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January 27, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(4):232-234. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220040010

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The January 1951 issue of Harper's Magazine contains a statement by a certain Bernard DeVoto, whose writings have appeared previously in that magazine. In the Jan. 10, 1951, issue of the New York Times is a letter from Ernest P. Boas, whose off-center leaning is well known to physicians. About the same time, a letter by Theodore M. Sanders, a member of the board of directors of the Committee for the Nation's Health, was sent to the editors of one or more newspapers. All these communications had a similar twist in their criticisms of the American Medical Association. Perhaps this similarity was coincidental, but no doubt many readers would regard it as a strange coincidence, especially because of their appearance at about the same time.

Each statement—DeVoto's, Boas' and Sanders'— is replete with shaded inferences and veiled hints, plus a few misstatements of fact, which indicate the writer's personal feelings

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