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June 22, 1918


Author Affiliations

New York. Formerly Director of Laboratories, Bellevue and Allied Hospitals.

JAMA. 1918;70(25):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600250070023

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To the Editor:  —Referring to the article "The Value of the Wassermann Reaction: A Reply," by Drs. Larkin, Levy and Fordyce (The Journal, June 1, 1918), may I ask the courtesy of a few lines of space; although Dr. Symmers needs no protector, the responsibility for publishing Dr. Symmers' article which they criticize being entirely mine. At a future date Dr. Symmers will answer the points which the authors criticize.The article by Dr. Symmers was read and approved by me as director of laboratories of Bellevue Hospital at that time. Dr. Symmers had nothing to do with the performance of the Wassermann reactions. The methods employed in the pathologic department of Bellevue Hospital are well known, as a description was published by Dr. Cyrus W. Field, and they thus became public property. I might add that Dr. Field and myself were members of the committee appointed by Dr. Haven

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