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December 7, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(23):2016-2017. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810490072024

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To the Editor:—  With the sad announcement of the death of Prof. Karel F. Wenckebach in Vienna recently there comes to a dramatic close one of the most brilliant epochs of contemporary medicine. His passing will bring sorrow to hundreds of American physicians who enjoyed the rare privilege of basking in the warm friendship of the great group of medical scientists who made Vienna during the nineteen twenties the shrine of post-graduate teaching.It was here at the Wenckebach Clinic that modern cardiology was born; one by one the great lights of pioneer medical thought have gone out, and all the illustrious figures who strode across the stage of the clinic platform have disappeared. Through the doors of the American Medical Association of Vienna many doctors made lasting friendships with these teachers, and all of us will recall for a long time to come the pleasant memories of this group

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