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November 8, 1941

Doctors Anonymous: The Story of Laboratory Medicine

JAMA. 1941;117(19):1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450083041

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That passion for anonymity ascribed to pathologists in general is not characteristic of the author, who seems rather to be guided by the Arabic proverb "He that bloweth his own horn assuredly knoweth that it is well blown." His description of various laboratory methods of examination and his exposition of their significance in diagnosis and treatment might be a valuable contribution to the education of the laity were is not disfigured by reiterated, wholly unnecessary, slurs on his clinical colleagues and sneers at the ethics of the profession. The work is further marred by such gross errors as the statement that in 1876 in hospital obstetrics one third of all mothers died of puerperal fever and that the medical profession was satisfied with its 149 hospitals, that Crawford Long practiced in Alabama, that the American College of Surgeons requires 15 per cent necropsies or that the American Medical Association in

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