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New York City, May 1, 1901.
To the Editor:
—Dr. C. H. Mayo's admirable article in The Journal of April 27, contains a most practical and concise review of the several operative methods of dealing with hypospadias. The Doctor gives me full credit for my new method of forward dislocation of the mobilized urethra, but he also lays himself liable to misinterpretations when he says that "Professor von Hacker devised the new method shortly afterward."With no desire to appear as criticising Dr. Mayo's brilliant work, I avail myself of it to clear up any possible misunderstanding, and incidentally emphasize the greater sense of justice we, in America, manifest toward each other.Literature clearly shows that I reported my first operation Oct. 4, 1897, (see Reports of the New York Deutsche Medicinische Gesellschaft for that date). My first article describing my operation was published in the New Yorker Medicinische Wochenschrift
Beck C. Priority in Forward Dislocation of Mobilized Urethra.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190046013