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February 10, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(6):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060058022

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To the Editor:—  The editorial entitled the "Plummer-Vinson Syndrome and Cancer" in the Nov. 11, 1939, issue gives an erroneous impression regarding the authors of the syndrome.In collaboration with Drs. William A. Swalm and Chevalier L. Jackson I have pointed out (Syndrome of Hypochromic Anemia, Achlorhydria and Atrophic Gastritis, The Journal, July 10, 1937, p. 108) and Correlation of Clinical and Gastroscopic Findings in Chronic Gastritis (Rev. Gastroenterol. 3:19, 1936) that Patterson and Kelly previously described this syndrome. I referred to the fact that D. R. Patterson (Brit. J. Laryng., Rhin. & Otol.34:285 [Aug.] 1919) and A. B. Kelly (ibid., p. 289) had separately analyzed and presented a detailed group study from their respective clinics.I feel that it is only fair to credit the priority of Patterson and Kelly's work, since the "Patterson-Kelly" syndrome was described three years prior to that of Plummer and Vinson.

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