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March 18, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380044014

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The irresponsible writing that is being done by certain wiseacres of the lay press who fancy that they know all about not only politics but history and histology, art and astronomy, money and metaphysics, to say nothing of philosophy and physic, is exemplified by a recent article by Richard Weightman for a syndicate of papers with which he is identified. In the course of one rather remarkable ebullition, in which Mr. Weightman assumes to set at rest once and for all every heretofore moot question connected with the pathology, symptoms and treatment of yellow fever, he says: "You will observe, however, that every recent report from Panama makes haste to explain how, as soon as yellow fever broke out there, the doctors at once got busy with the old expedients of sanitation—the dustpan, the shovel, the garbage cart, the carbolic-acid sprinkler and all the rest of it. You don't hear

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