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May 11, 1935

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JAMA. 1935;104(19):1759-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760190079016

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EARLY DOCTORS IN ATLANTIC CITY  For many years the Jersey coast has been recognized as a region of great healthfulness. In the seventeenth century Gabriel Thomas, according to some items discovered by Dr. Philip Marvel, wrote to a friend saying "Of doctors and lawyers I shall say nothing as this country is very peaceful and healthy." Later on Dr. John Gordon, writing to his brother in England, said "If you design to come hither sometime, come as a planter or merchant; but as a doctor I cannot advise you, as I hear of no diseases to cure, but some agues and cut fingers, and legs." Among the pioneers in Atlantic City was Jonathan Pitney, who settled at Absecon in 1819 and called attention to the cleanliness of the sand dunes, the absence of mud and the purity of the air. The need of facilities for transportation led to the formation

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