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May 19, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(20):1619-1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690470002010a

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In the pursuit of our scientific work and in our efforts to plan and execute surgical measures which sometimes prove to be of major proportions and attract considerable attention, especially from a dramatic point of view, we are apt to overlook or place too little importance on commonplace ailments, the sum total of which, however, contribute quite a large proportion of the ills to which human flesh is heir.

I have been a member of the American Medical Association for many years and have read fairly diligently and absorbed as much as I could of the valuable information contained in The Journal, yet I do not recall ever having seen in its contents any reference to split finger-nails. I acknowledge willingly that this great medical publication is not especially devoted to such humble subjects, but at the same time I make bold to assert that it is

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