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November 10, 1989

Pimper Pimped

Author Affiliations

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Minneapolis, Minn

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Minneapolis, Minn

JAMA. 1989;262(18):2541-2542. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430180079029

To the Editor.—  I hope that Dr Brancati's commentary1 will not render attending rounds dull by discouraging all "pimping." He gives advice on how not to pimp. Medicine, like good pimping, should stick to the truth. What a bluff: In 1916 Osler was in Oxford and since it was World War I he was not once in the United States that year. Koch could not have asked a single Pümpfrage (much less a series) since there is no such word in German. And Harvey could not have expected his students to know much about circulation in 1628 in London, since De motu cordis was published only that very year (abroad, in Frankfurt am Main).