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New York, Oct. 29, 1908.
To the Editor:
—Your remarks on the death of Prof. Dr. v. Poehl are both indecent and offensive. I do not intend to employ servants to circulate scurrilous statements, nor do I care to receive them through the mails.[Comment: We publish the above as a model of the decent and inoffensive in correspondence. The matter referred to appeared two weeks ago in the letter of our Berlin correspondent, a man who stands high in the profession in Germany, and who is in a position to know whereof he writes. De mortuis nil nisi bonum is a rule that should ordinarily be observed. Probably, however, when our Berlin correspondent saw Spermin (Poehl) advertised in illustrated weeklies along with lost manhood restorers and bust developers, he felt that this rule did not apply. Professional nostrum promoters can hardly expect to receive obituary notices which will be
Wilcox RW. A Courteous Critic.. JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540190054013