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December 15, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(16):1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500054024

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To the Editor:—  A nephew of mine who is a lieutenant in the United States Army saw in a book shop in Italy a book by Aschoff published in 1940 in Nazi Germany. The title of the book is "Rudolf Virchow: Wissenschaft und Weltgeltung," published by Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg. In the beginning chapters of this book Aschoff writes in a way that enabled the book to pass the censorship. He states that he will deal only with the scientist Virchow, not with the politician, with whose views he disagrees. In later chapters, however, which generally are not read by a censor, Aschoff deals freely with Virchow's liberalism. I have known Aschoff personally and I have heard him talk in political meetings and have always considered him liberal. When I last visited him (around 1930) I was impressed by his liberal views and by his interest in American ideas and

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