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To the Editor:—
A number of friends have called my attention to a quotation attributed to Dr. John M. T. Finney which appeared on page 1312 of the Dec. 19, 1942 issue of The Journal.The quotation was taken from an editorial in the August 1918 issue of War Medicine; it was written by Dr. George Crile but not signed. Later the material was used in an address read by Dr. Crile before the American Surgical Association on June 16, 1919. Instead of the original title, "The Good Surgeon: The Most Important Factor in the Treatment of War Wounds," the heading was "The Most Important Factor in the Treatment of War Wounds and the Most Important Factor in Civilian Surgery—the Good Surgeon." This was published in the Annals of Surgery in October 1919, the article being almost identical with the editorial in War Medicine. It also appeared in the Transactions
Crile G. "THE GOOD SURGEON". JAMA. 1943;122(3):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200050023
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