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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
Keen WW. Unauthorized Use of Name of Dr. W. W. Keen. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(12):929–930. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030261023