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July 8, 1939

THE EFFECTS OF THE REMOVAL OF THE THYMUS

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Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1939;113(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800270064023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The inadequate and irrelevant quotations and misinterpretation of our reported data (Science87:20 [Jan. 7] 1938; Am. J. Roentgenol.39:263 [Feb.] 1938; The Journal, January 28, p. 290) on which Hashimoto and Freudenberger have based the major portion of their article in the April 29 issue of The Journal are so at variance with the actual facts that we feel a rebuttal would not be caviling.With a single fact evident from their limited research, they have criticized our data, subjected our results to explanation never pertinent and consistently tried to interpret us away from our actual observations. From the data which they present, their article might better have taken the form of one sentence: There were no recognizable changes following thymectomy in male rats 25 days of age. With this statement we would be in complete accord, because the destruction of the thymus by

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