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To the Editor:—
I noticed in The Journal, May 3, page 2102, a short report from Dr. J. P. Sharon about a medical family that he knew, with their names and relationships. Although some of them are dentists, there are a number of M.D.'s among them. This report aroused my interest enough to enclose the bookplate that I had designed for my son's graduation in 1938 at Johns Hopkins. He is the seventh doctor in my family, all of whom have practiced in Baltimore in an unbroken line. He is the fourth Ferdinand. I have all the diplomas of my forebears, including those of my uncle S. M. C. and of my brother F. E. C. III, who did not live long enough to practice but died a month after graduation. My uncle after starting in medicine went into the priesthood and later became the Bishop of Indianapolis.The reason
Chatard JA. MEDICAL FAMILIES. JAMA. 1941;116(24):2713. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820240073024