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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 28, 2012

WHO DISCOVERED THE FUNCTIONS OF THE MOTOR AND SENSORY NERVES?

JAMA. 2012;307(12):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.202

The promulgation of claims of priority is certainly nothing unusual in the literature of medical science. Ordinarily the reader is inclined to neglect the polemical diatribes of the current journals and turn his attention to the more attractive contributions which a horde of untiring investigators are continually adding to our stores of knowledge. But there are occasions when the merits of some startling announcement are called into question or the credit for a classic discovery is disputed. Then we must pause, in the interests of scientific justice, to examine the claims and form a personal estimate.

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