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To the Editor:
—The article on this subject by Drs. Minot and Lee (The Journal, Feb. 17, 1917, p. 545) calls for brief comment. Since the observations reported in the paper by Dr. Meeker and myself on "Coagulation Time in Lobar Pneumonia, with Statistics and an Experimental Study of Its Causes" (The Journal, Nov. 25, 1916, p. 1591) were carried out in my hospital service, I hasten to assume all responsibility for errors both as to the method employed and the results obtained. In our paper, the reason the blood was taken from the ear lobes and finger tips was thus stated: "It was feared that an unwarranted degree of discomfort would be caused by venipuncture at intervals of twenty-four hours in patients suffering from lobar pneumonia."Subsequently, as it was found that it was quite practicable to tap a vein with a platinum needle without an objectionable degree of
Anders JM. Coagulation Time of the Blood in Pneumonia. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(9):729-730. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030061029