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Dear Mr. DeVoto:
I have always been one of your devoted readers and an admirer of your choice of material for the "Easy Chair." As a physician in private practice for fourteen years, I would like to answer your "Letter to a Family Doctor," with which I take issue, discussing the separate points gradatim.
My first reaction to your article was: "What has angered this man? Why is it so difficult for an intelligent individual to discuss medical care... the maintenance of the body machine in good working order... objectively?" I am not sure I know why, but since medicine has become so popular a topic in conversation and print I have found that most discussions have ended in bitter wrangling and personal invective.
You have used the old parliamentary trick of seemingly accepting one premise (gladly) to show what a fine fair fellow you are, so that you are
Durham JR. CRITICISM OF DEVOTO'S ARTICLE IN HARPER'S MAGAZINE. JAMA. 1951;145(4):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220058019