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Sept 11, 1967

Another First! My Kingdom for a First!

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Bloomington, Hawaii

JAMA. 1967;201(11):892. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130110118044

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To the Editor:—  The trenchant penchant for a first in medical research is a splendid aim, but more beautiful still is the glory of having described a rare disease, to which one's name becomes attached.This has become increasingly difficult, as diseases are replaced by syndromes, and science is now running out of syndromes. It is still possible, however, to describe the first case of a common disease, found west of the Mississippi in a Piute whose right ear was larger than his left. This permits vengeance to be taken by another discoverer who shows it to have been only the second case in a Piute, and that two cases had also been found in non-Piutes with larger left ears.Sweet is the TasteOf Love's First Kiss!But Sweeter yetIs Revenge.—Old SongThese ripostes are delicious in the same way that Alice in Wonderland is tasteful. Let