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February 1, 1908

The Inventor of the Guillotine.

JAMA. 1908;L(5):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530310056015

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Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Jan. 11, 1908, page 137, Dr. James Moores Ball corrects a statement attributed to me, in regard to Dr. Guillotin's death. It would have been more courteous for him to have waited until my paper was published in full, as it is not customary to review or to comment on such accounts of society meetings, often written by non-medical reporters. I endeavored to make my paper somewhat humorous, intending to restrict myself, should I publish it, to the truth. Your correspondent must know, as he seems to have looked up the subject, that there has been endless discussion about Dr. Guillotin and the guillotine, so much so in fact that I believe that the statement that the value of my paper was "much lessened" by my saying that "Dr. Guillotin, inventor of the guillotine, had his own head chopped off"

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