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October 1963


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Palo Alto, Calif

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(4):421. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050423014

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To the Editor: I am quite sure ours is not the only pediatric office to have fallen in the habit of establishing a sample drawer, a sample cupboard, or a sample closet for storage of the embarras des richeses showered upon us by bountiful pharmaceutical companies and their detail men. In our case it was a sample closet, and it was becoming pretty crowded when, about a year ago, the following anonymous graffito appeared on the closet wall:

A phocomelus I've not seen.

I hope I never see one;

But judging from the drugs in here,

I'm not surprised there be one.

Now our sample closet has been abandoned, and I like to think this plagiarism of Gelett Burgess may have played a part.

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