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March 24, 1917

Unauthorized Use of Name of Dr. W. W. Keen

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JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(12):929-930. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030261023

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To the Editor:  —March 2, I received from Dr. S. R. Maxeiner, secretary of the Hennepin County Medical Society in Minneapolis, a letter enclosing a copy of a letter sent out by the Lawrence Sanatorium of Minneapolis. Since then I have received two other identical letters signed personally by W. D. Lawrence, of whom I had never before heard.These letters disclosed the fact that Lawrence was using my name without authority as a quasi-endorsement of his sanatorium. The three letters are identical in wording. They begin:We are pleased to announce that we have recently associated with our Sanatorium staff a very eminent surgeon who until the past year has been surgeon-in-chief of a large European hospital.Dr. W. W. Keen... in a letter of introduction said,"I take pleasure in introducing to you my friend, Dr. Egilsrud, of Norway," etc.I enclose also two cards, one called an

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