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July 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530052022

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The Assassination of Prof. Gustav Alexander  The profession and the public suffered a shock on hearing of the murder of the eminent otologist Prof. Gustav Alexander. An insane tailor, who, twenty-seven years ago, was operated on for a saddle nose by Alexander, then an assistant to Pollitzer in the ear clinic, had cherished feelings of vengeance toward the operator. Back in 1910 he made an attempt to kill Professor Alexander, but the attack failed and the assailant was placed in a psychopathic hospital, where he remained for twelve years. After dismissal from the hospital, he was taken home. There his paranoia developed into a delusion of persecution, under the influence of which he blamed Professor Alexander for all his misfortunes. A few days ago he returned to Vienna, lay in wait for the scientist, and killed him with five shots of his revolver as Alexander left his house.The fame

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