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To the Editor:
—In the correspondence section of The Journal for March 13, 1954, page 937, is an interesting letter by Dr. L. Roddis, "Tributes to the Physician," containing a number of admirable historical citations. Unfortunately the author also made a passing reference to the Bible that was quite inadequate and in part erroneous. In his article, only seven lines were allotted to the scriptures: one of these quoted the familiar verse 22 of Jeremiah 8, while the other reference was wrongly ascribed to the Book of Ecclesiastes. That is one verse from the prolix commendatory but rather platitudinous chapter 37 of Ecclesiasticus praising the physician. That book should not be confused with Ecclesiastes; it belongs to the Apocrypha, which is not canonical and is not included in the Hebrew or protestant versions of the Bible, although it is printed in the vulgate. In these times when antithetical topics such
Macht DI. TRIBUTES TO THE PHYSICIAN IN THE BIBLE. JAMA. 1954;155(8):774. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260066025