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August 17, 1907

Dr. Knopf and Morphin in Tuberculosis.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):616-617. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530070086020

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New York, July 30, 1907.

To the Editor:  —On the day following the meeting of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis there appeared in the Philadelphia North American a sensational article, reporting that I advised the killing of dying consumptives quickly and painlessly by heavy doses of morphin, and that I admitted that it was my daily practice to do so. It was furthermore said that there had been a bitter debate and that the session adjourned in confusion. These false statements were copied by nearly all the newspapers in the United States, were cabled to Europe and made the rounds in the papers and magazines of England and the whole European continent. In spite of explanations and denials I sent to the Associated Press, in spite of a strong letter written by Dr. George Dock, the presiding officer of the meeting, and sent to the

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