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October 21, 1961

Laënnec vs. Laennec

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Institute of Diseases of the Chest, Brompton, London S.W. 3

JAMA. 1961;178(3):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420093032

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To the Editor:—  I was interested to read Dr. Henry R. Viets' letter on the spelling and pronunciation of Laennec's name. As Dr. Viets mentioned, I am compiling a bibliography of Laennec, and although I have not yet completed my manuscript, you might be interested in the following opinions and impressions based on materials so far studied.In the first place, as pointed out by Dr. Viets and others, Laennec himself never seems to have used the diaeresis in spelling his name. This seems to me to be of some importance, and perhaps significance, as with his knowledge and love of all things Breton, and in particular of the Breton language, one would reasonably have expected him to have used it if he had thought it necessary. I have not yet been able to establish who first added the diaeresis, but I have never seen it used in the relevant

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