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August 28, 1967

Hofrat Riehl

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Springfield, Mass

JAMA. 1967;201(9):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130090073034

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To the Editor:—  Your editorial on Gustav Riehl (200:790, 1967) was another of your laudable contributions to the history of medicine. Within it, however, lies a small misunderstanding, which may have occurred during a translation. The article stated that Riehl served a short internship in Bamberg. Undoubtedly this referred to his service as an "Aspirant" (1879-1880) in the clinic of Professor Bamberger. This would have been the equivalent of the first stage of an internship.I remember how puzzled I was one day in 1949 at Obermayer's clinic in Los Angeles, when a student read a paper about a German dermatologist,—I think it was Neisser. What struck me was the great sense of tradition and interest in history of medicine. The article on my father struck me for the same reason. What the author writes seems pretty accurate, except for a few little things. My father was born, not