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July 13, 1964

Lincoln-Marfan Debate...

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JAMA. 1964;189(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020092027

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To the Editor:—  I was delighted to learn that my contention identifying Abraham Lincoln with the Marfan syndrome (J Kentucky Med Assoc60:249 [March] 1962) has now been confirmed by Dr. Harold Schwartz (JAMA187:473 [Feb 15] 1964). My address to the Kentucky State Medical Association on Sept 21, 1961, is the first reference to appear anywhere associating Lincoln with the Marfan syndrome. I also know that since 1961 many physicians have asked patients with the syndrome, "Are you by chance related to Abraham Lincoln?" and since there are thousands of living Americans who claim such kinship, I predict the appearance of many more reports similar to the recent Journal communication.I carefully read the Schwartz communication and aside from his case reports I could not find that he has added anything new to my earlier report.The image of Nancy Hanks fits the Marfan syndrome. This cannot

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