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April 2, 1938

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JAMA. 1938;110(14):1114-1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790140046015

COMMERCIAL ASPECTS OF J. THOMPSON STEVENS—A "MIRACLE MAN"  In the Cosmopolitan for March 1938 Mr. Rex Beach, pursuing his devious, course through his conception of the great prophets in medicine, devotes some space to the work of Dr. J. Thompson Stevens of New York City and lists him with the "Modern Miracle Men." Among the previous inhabitants of niches in Mr. Rex Beach's hall of medical fame are Mahlon Locke of Canada, Hiss of California and a number of nondescript faith healers and promoters of unestablished methods of more or less scientific disrepute. The selection of Dr. Stevens would seem to be extraordinary, since he is listed as a member of the Radiological Society of North America and of the American Roentgen Ray Society as well as of the New York State Medical Society and the New Jersey State Medical Society. A brief analysis of the article by Mr. Beach