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July 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(13):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960130052022

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To the Editor:—  In what was otherwise a scholarly and workman-like article in The Journal, page 535, June 18, 1955, Dr. Emil Seletz diverges from his task of making "a plea for prevention of deaths from reversible injuries of the brain." He chooses in one instance to describe a family doctor who is callous enough to berate a family for summoning him at 11 p. m. to attend a patient in apparent extremis. On the very next page he proceeds to portray what he terms an almost everyday occurrence in which a family doctor ignorantly sits by the bedside and watches his patient die without lifting a finger. The author's prose is graphically complete with screaming sirens and newspaper headlines. On encountering these supposedly illustrative accounts, I was constrained to glance again at the magazine cover in order to be certain a copy of a popular magazine had not been

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