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December 16, 1933


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Winston-Salem, N. C.

JAMA. 1933;101(25):1984-1985. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740500064031

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To the Editor:  —In his address as retiring president of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. C. Jeff Miller (Medical Men and Their Lay Critics, Surg., Gynec. & Obst.54:391 [Feb.] 1932) quoted Kipling's statement that "doctors always have been and always will be exposed to the contempt of the gifted amateur, the gentleman who knows by intuition everything that it has taken them years to learn." Dr. Miller further charges that "it has perhaps been easier for our traducers to gain a hearing than it has been for our defenders."In the Ladies' Home Journal for November, 1933, these two statements are abundantly confirmed. Paul de Kruif's article "Why Should They Go On Dying?" is a veritable storehouse of misinformation and vilification of the medical profession, as any doctor can see by securing a copy of the magazine and reading it for himself. Briefly, de Kruif had just

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