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September 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(11):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470370034007

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The judicious method of imparting information to the public by bulletins of the President's condition, is a feature that is to be commended. The possibilities of misconstruction of statements and the danger of premature announcements have been very evidently considered. In a case like this, medical secrecy is of course impossible; the people demand information, but it is a matter of some importance that the facts are given out in such a way that they can not be distorted by the imagination of the recipients. The surgeons in attendance on President McKinley have adopted the plan of having every official bulletin signed by the President's secretary as well as by themselves and have, in spite of pressure, apparently refrained as far as possible from any individual expression of opinion. The public can, therefore, feel assured that what it learns is reliable and that there is no confusion of individually expressed

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