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In a recent lecture to the students of St. Bartholomew's Hospital Sir Dyce Duckworth said: I am strongly of the opinion that at the present time a great deal of apprehension and unnecessary suffering is entailed on our patients, especially in the upper classes of society, by the details and clinical minutiæ that too often and most improperly find their place in the bulletins respecting important persons. Such a practice should be firmly discountenanced on every account, and it is certainly satisfactory to know that it does not emanate from the highest ranks of our profession. I believe, further, that many of our patients suffer nowadays more, and are actually less amenable to treatment, than was formerly the case, because there is so much widely spread knowledge of disease conveyed in lay periodicals, and because so many advertisements of vaunted specifics and new remedies are puffed before the public.
SIR DYCE DUCKWORTH ON MEDICAL BULLETINS.. JAMA. 1888;XI(17):598–599. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400690022004