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June 10, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(23):2423-2424. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800230047018

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On Friday June 2 in the Federal Court at El Paso, Texas, Judge Boynton instructed a jury which was hearing the case of Brunson v. Fishbein to bring in a verdict in behalf of the defendant. In this case the plaintiff, Dr. Asa Brunson, who was treating tuberculosis with inhalations of a secret preparation, felt that he had been damaged because of a telegram sent by Dr. Fishbein to DeWitt Wallace, editor of the Reader's Digest. In January 1938 Mary Rose Bradford, wife of Roark Bradford, well known author, sent DeWitt Wallace a telegram asking whether or not he would be interested in an article dealing with the work of Asa Brunson, claiming that Brunson had cured more than 3,000 cases of tuberculosis and that he may be a second Pasteur. Mr. Wallace forwarded the inquiry to Dr. Fishbein, who telegraphed in reply that Dr. Hruby of the Chicago Municipal

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