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July 18, 1891

The Amenities of Medical Discussion.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(3):120. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410810036007

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To the Editor:  —The readers of The Journal who are interested in the legal side of their profession may remember an article in the issue for May 2, 1891, on "Medical Cases in the Courts," in which was a paragraph entitled "Cosmetics and Spectacles in Court." They may also have noticed a savage attack on the writer in the issue for June 6, 1891, under the title of "The Optician and Ophthalmology."It has been said that physicians show more bitterness in their discussions of unsettled questions than members of other professions, and it would seem as if this article tended strongly to prove the statement.If reference is made to the articles it will probably be admitted by every unprejudiced person that the lawyer made a candid and even tempered statement, while the physician or ophthalmologist,if he prefers so to be styled, made a violent, and uncalled for attack

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