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ally created to win our sympathy to allow us to fish in our pockets and purses for a few coins. As an afterthought we may now stretch our imagination just a little and wonder which doctor or hospital helped these beggars to their current fate.

Having said all this, it is unlikely that the kingpins who run the ‘Beggar mafia’ will be nabbed. In all sincerity the Police is likely to release its usual statement like -‘they would spare no one …..’ The beggar mafia may have already by now shifted its base of operation and maybe inciting another set of greedy surgeons to perform the act... Only a maimed conscience of the doctors can maim a healthy human being; for a change the awakening has to be from within.

The most important contract that can be made, is that which takes place between a sick man and his doctor. The subject of it is human life. The breach of this contract, by willful negligence, when followed by death, is murder; and it is because our penal laws are imperfect, that the punishment of that crime is not inflicted upon physicians who are guilty of it. Benjamin Rush, 1801

References-
1. Shaw, George Bernard. The Doctor's Dilemma, preface. 1913 [Reprinted in Baltimore: Penguin Books; 1941, p. 15].

2. World Medical Association. World Medical Association Bulletin 1949; 1:15. [Cited in: Etziony MB. The physician's creed: and anthology of medical prayers, oaths and codes written and recited by medical practitioners through the ages. Springfield (IL): Charles C Thomas; 1973, p. 95.]

3. Rush, Benjamin. The vices and virtues of physicians. In Runes DD (ed). Selected Writings of Benjamin Rush. New York: Philosophical Library 1947, p. 299.
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