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October 16, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(16):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160069029

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To the Editor:  —Our attention has been drawn to a book called "Microbe Hunters" recently published by Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, and alleged to have been written by one Paul de Kruif—a gentleman whose name is quite unknown to us. The work evidently aims at being a kind of popular history or rather romance regarding medical discovery, and mentions us among others. We should like an opportunity to say, for the information of your readers, that the author's statements about ourselves and our researches are almost entirely apocryphal; that they are not supported by reference to the original literature; that they are clearly derived almost only from his own imagination or from spurious prompting by others; and that his knowledge of the subjects with which we have been concerned is obviously incomplete.We have been legally advised that some of his assertions regarding ourselves are libelous according to

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