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April 5, 1965

Lincoln-Marfan Debate ∞

Author Affiliations

Huntington Park, Calif

JAMA. 1965;192(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140070027

To the Editor:—  The following telegram was sent on Feb 11, immediately upon receipt of The Journal, in response to a letter and manifesto which appeared considering and deciding for science and history that by default and as of Feb 12, 1965 (I presume at the stroke of midnight), Abraham Lincoln did not have the Marfan syndrome (letters, JAMA191:505 [Feb 8] 1965):DR J W MONTGOMERY EL PASO TEX failure TO DEBATE DOES NOT VALIDATE YOUR refuTATION proclamation. I CONSIDER THE issue enGAGED AS OF february 11, 1965.There may be an analogy in the scheduled duel between Lincoln and Shield in 1842 which was precipitated by a letter to the editor, only to be averted by a bit of humor and an appreciation of differing opinions.1 With the same intent, I submit that the Lincoln-Marfan matter will not be settled by vacuous debate, but by the

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