March 30, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):898. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02470130046013

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The death of Ex-president Harrison is taken as a text for abusing the medical profession by one of the quack-favoring dailies. It calls the event a "conspicuous instance of the helplessness of the medical profession when confronted by certain cases of diseases." Pneumonia, it says, while it is "always dangerous, is seldom deadly," and it suggests what a storm would have been raised if the ex-preident had trusted himself to the osteopaths or "Christian Scientists." The editorial is a type of many now appearing, inspired by ignorance and malice, and the question often arises whether such utterances are unworthy of notice or should be taken up and resented. Under ordinary circumstances it would hardly be worth the trouble to notice them, for they usually defeat their own purpose by their rank exaggeration and evident inspiration by prejudice and ignorance. It does not require much intelligence to recognize the fact that

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