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July 18, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730030048030

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To the Editor:  —Rather late in the day, I fear, I have just seen in your issue of May 2 a commentary by Miss Elizabeth B. McDermott on a communication by Drs. R. G. Owen and H. E. Cope which does not seem to convey quite a correct impression of the proceedings of the second Laboratory Conference at Copenhagen in 1928. Miss McDermott states that "those who are familiar with the proceedings of the conference know that the recommendation of the use of two methods was originally made in order to 'appease' Dr. Kahn...." Reference to the Report of the Technical Laboratory Conference held at Copenhagen in 1923 (League of Nations C 5 M 5 1924, III [C. H. 148] p. 69) shows the following among the conclusions. "It is therefore recommended that the Bordet-Wassermann test and the flocculation tests be carried out side by side, since by such a

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