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July 15, 1933


Author Affiliations

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1933;101(3):228. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740280048030

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To the Editor:  —Any one who has interested himself in tracing back to original sources statements subsequently attributed to an author is struck by the frequency with which ideas are attributed to authors which are quite remote from the meaning of the statement originally made by this same author. Something of this sort will be found in the editorial in The Journal, June 3, entitled the "Continued Use of Digitalis in Patients with Regular Rhythm," in which the idea is attributed to me of having suggested that digitalis was a specific like thyroid in myxedema and liver in pernicious anemia. What I actually said was that, like these two forms of therapy, digitalis therapy, if started as suggested in my paper in The Journal, March 18, should be continued throughout life, which is entirely a different proposal from that attributed to me in the editorial referred to.

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