December 27, 1971

Lincoln-Marfan Debate

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USA El Paso, Tex

JAMA. 1971;218(13):1944-1945. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190260058022

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To the Editor.—  My next and last contribution to the Lincoln-Marfan Debate will be in the form of an illustrated, booklength manuscript, as yet unpublished, entitled Flibbertigibbet: The White House Baby Sitter. Therein the true Lincoln is described without political overtones or figments of imagination of a self-appointed historian. It is hard to believe the material it contains has been passed over by so many for so long, but consoling in that it took me 25 years to find it.I did not really find it. Donna Griffitts, a young lady of remarkable talents who is librarian to the Surgeons General of the Army and Air Force and a long time friend, dug it out for me. This is not the first time she has bailed me out of a tight spot.In a retrospect, my "refutation proclamation," as one of my opponents in the Debate considered it, was a