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January 24, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(4):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490040045008

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A Russian writer of fiction, one Veresayeff, or Smidovitz, has recently made something of a sensation by a libelous work on the medical profession. He claims to have studied medicine, but relinquished practice because he had not the nerve to use the knife and open an abscess, and consequently lost his patient by septicemia. Accepting this as a fact one can allow something for such an individual's idiosyncrasies, yet they do not justify his publication of his libelous fancies as facts, and making such statements as that human vivisection is a common practice; that every medical discovery is made at the expense of the lives of scores of hospital patients ruthlessly sacrificed in experiments, and that murder in the name of science is constantly being performed. This work will probably be soon put in a form accessible to American readers, but we need not go abroad for all of this

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