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To the Editor: —
Your London staff correspondent in his letter of August 11 (The Journal, September 21) ends with mention of the recent death of England's leading balneologist, Dr. Robert Fortescue Fox. Unfortunately, he mixed the latter's fine life record with that of a relative, Dr. Richard Hingston Fox, noted in another special field of practice.Fortescue Fox was one of Britain's pathfinders in physical medicine, his manual on "Physical Remedies for Disabled Soldiers," to refer to only one of his authoritative writings, proving of great help to those of us stationed in hospitals during the first world war.The concluding statement of your overseas correspondent, "A great pioneer of physical therapy, he experienced much of the disappointment of the reformer in a world which will not share his enthusiasms," may apply to conservative England but no longer to North America. Over here, aided by the American Medical Association,
Hirsh AB. DEATH OF DR. R. FORTESCUE FOX. JAMA. 1940;115(24):2104. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500072034