FAIR PLAY FOR DR. FRIEDMANN—AND FOR THE PUBLIC
One of the most useful functions of newspapers is to call public attention to public injustice. Occasionally, however, it is proper to inquire if the admirable zeal displayed in this good cause has not been hastily misapplied. For instance, Dr. Friedrich Franz Friedmann of Berlin is plaintively asking for a fair field in which to demonstrate his treatment for tuberculosis; one or two newspapers have at once sprung to champion his cause and are inquiring why Dr. Friedmann cannot be accorded fair play. Why, they ask, can he not be allowed a chance? Before answering this question, it is well to find out whether or not Dr. Friedmann has been denied fair play in any particular. In parenthesis, it may be remarked that, if all Dr. Friedmann wanted was a chance to demonstrate his treatment, he did not need to cross the
Current Comment. JAMA. 1913;60(10):754–756. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340100046019
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