April 30, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(18):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411220026006

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A libel suit against Mr. Lawson Tait, of Birmingham, brought at the last Manchester assizes, has been placated in some way out of court, very much to the satisfaction of English medical circles. Mr. Tait, as a surgeon, has many an admirer in this country, but when he is contemplated in the light of a controversialist he has not very many imitators here. He reminds us of Dr. Johnson's definition of a Scotchman as being " a person who is always positive, and sometimes right."

In this libel suit, if the account given in the London papers is reliable, Mr. Tait was positive and wrong. Briefly narrated, the trouble arose in this manner: Dr. Andrew Denholm had treated a Manchester lady-patient according to the Apostoli method of electrolysis, her disease being regarded as due to a fibroid uterine tumor. An accident, in the use of the electrodes, caused a vesico-vaginal fistula.

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