Every physician devoting his life work to a specialized line of endeavor is bound to have more or less correspondence with various colleagues and lay persons in regard to problems arising along that line.
It is not often, however, that the same specialist goes to the trouble of collecting and analyzing this correspondence.
This has recently been done by Stokes and Ingraham1 in two related publications, the one that is of particular interest here being entitled "Two Thousand Questions the Doctor Asks About Syphilis." In the period from July 1928 to July 1938 nine hundred and fifty-five letters have been answered either by them or in the Queries and Minor Notes of The Journal. In the case of the latter, they have been answered anonymously by various correspondents. The total number of questions answered by Stokes and by the correspondents was 2,115. Statistical break down of the 2,115 inquiries
COLE HN. SYPHILOTHERAPY: RECENT ADVANCES: GENERAL SCIENTIFIC LECTURE AT CLEVELAND SESSION. JAMA. 1941;117(13):1091–1095. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820390003010
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