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July 10, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(2):112-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680020040021

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"Doctor Knock"  For the last eighteen months an amusing medical comedy has been running at the Paris and Geneva theaters, entitled "Doctor Knock," by Jules Romains, who himself is a physician as well as a dramatist; hence he brings to this piece an intimate knowledge of his profession as well as a very modern mind about letters. Dr. Knock is a mixture of medical man and quack, mostly quack. His object in life is to put money in his purse, although he incessantly describes himself as a devotee of medical science. He buys the practice of Dr. Parpalaid at St. Maurice, making the bargain by post, and finds when he arrives in St. Maurice that the practice hardly exists. The inhabitants of that place are nearly all healthy: a pretty prospect for young and impecunious Dr. Knock. So he decides to persuade the people of St. Maurice and the surrounding

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