August 30, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;61(9):688-690. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350090056019

COMMERCIALIZING THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS  The Seventeenth International Congress of Medicine has come and gone. As in all such cases, the congress itself and the exhibit held under its auspices will be used as advertising assets by firms and individuals who feel the need of something in that line. A letter (third-class mail) has been received addressed to "Monsieur le Docteur Directeur de The Journal of the American Medical Association." Enclosed were five sheets of thin paper each one of which bore the caption "17e Congrès international de Médecine, Section de Chirurgie, soussection d'Orthopédie." Each sheet—written in French—detailed the part that Monsieur Mencière of Reims played in the section of orthopedic surgery, describing as he did by means of wall charts (planches murales) his technic of "phéno-puncture" in "coxalgie douloureuse." Reference is also made to Mencière's "auto-modeleur à pression pneumatique," a piece of apparatus that the gentleman doubtless wants brought

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