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August 1960

Some Footnotes to Medical History

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(2):293-301. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820020133019

This section, which has as its primary purpose a review of the contributions of medical investigators and observers of the past to the present-day concepts of disease, is under the special editorship of Dr. Arthur Bloomfield, 2398 Sacramento St., San Francisco 15.

His editorial in the August, 1957, issue of the A.M.A. Archives of Internal Medicine, gives further detail of what it is hoped to accomplish in these articles. Contributions or comments for this section may be sent directly to Dr. Bloomfield, or to the Chief Editor for transmittal to him.

In studying the bibliography of a disease, one occasionally finds that important, or indeed essential, contributions have been forgotten or have become misinterpreted, so that credit for priority is now sometimes given to someone other than the person who really deserves it. Our purpose in this paper is to point out several examples of this sort —footnotes, as it

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