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May 8, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(19):1668. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780190084023

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To the Editor:—  On page 542 of The Journal, February 13, I am quoted, but with such omission as to invert the meaning of my own plain statements. The author refers to me in these words: "He 'naturally' assumes that, if patients do not return their hernias are 'gone and forgotten.' " Reference to my original article discloses, however, that I am not as naive as this would indicate. What I actually said was:I cannot speak with such certainty in the matter of recurrences, for we too often lose track of our old cases. I ask my patients to return in six months and again in a year, and often they do. Too often, however, I never see them again, and since my arrangements invite their return if any weakness appears, I naturally assume that their hernias are gone and forgotten. Among the more careful patients who do return for

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