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To the Editor:—
I would like to take exception to Simpson's statement (Shakespeare and Medicine, quoted, JAMA190:841 [Nov 30] 1964) that "it is very rare in the annals of crime to find a woman using a knife as the instrument of murder, or even considering it." As an intern covering the emergency room of a West Philadelphia hospital, I can assure Mr. Simpson that Lady Macbeth's choice is currently not unusual. While Scottish customs may be considerably different, I would suggest that the knife is the instrument of choice here.
Edwards SR. Shakespeare and Medicine. JAMA. 1965;191(6):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080060080039