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October 3, 1925


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JAMA. 1925;85(14):1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670140066029

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, August 8, page 456, McNair critically reviews our report on the preventive treatment of ivy poisoning. As I directed the studies which, he says, should have been "more scientifically conducted," the duty is mine to point out wherein McNair has not quite grasped the situation.McNair is the author of a monographic treatise on Rhus dermatitis which covers all its phases and includes much original work; apparently he has not perceived the difference between the scope of a monograph and a report like ours, designed to be printed in a publication such as The Journal. Our communication reported our facts to the general medical practitioner, facts of which the doctor could avail himself in his approach to the problem of human welfare. Findings of more abstruse scientific interest could be pointed out only in passing. We did not pretend to exhaust all the ramifications—indeed,

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