Law Appraising Medicine
Medical Practitioners, Crime, Commerce
Discusses the case of a general practitioner, Dr James Clark, who sued the guardians of two young women for failing to pay the cost (£310 5s 6d) for his regular medical attendance. Criticises John Romilly (1st Baron Romilly), the Master of the Rolls, for offering Clark only one hundred guineas, suggesting that he appears to 'depreciate' the 'commodity' of medical attendance. Asks Romilly whether he considers Clark's claims 'unreasonable in comparison with that to which a corresponding quantity of forensic work is commonly allowed to entitle barristers'. Concludes by discussing further the differences in fees charged by barristers and medical practitioners.
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