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March 15, 1924


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Rochester, N. Y.

JAMA. 1924;82(11):910. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650370078032

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To the Editor:  —The first editorial in The Journal, Dec. 22, 1923, has much in it that seems to me unfortunate, as physicians reading this editorial I believe would come to the conclusion that recent work by Rich has changed the current conception about the formation of bile pigments. Rich's experiments attempt to controvert findings by Hooper and Whipple; and, although the editorial does not mention these authors, it is obvious that certain of the statements in the article refer to the work of Hooper and Whipple. I feel that the editorial writer did not examine the experiments of Rich, or he perhaps would have come to the conclusion that they were inconclusive, that his animals lived an insufficient length of time, and that the operative procedure caused such shock that the experiments were not a fair test of the hypothesis. Moreover, the reviewer did not give a fair summary

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