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June 25, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(8):932. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260072022

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A delayed reply by Mr. Bennett Cerf of Random House, Inc., regarding the stemma of Harvey in "Great Men of Medicine" by Ruth Fox (J. A. M. A.172:1393 [March 26] 1960) reveals that the "baffling" reference was due to a transposition of a line. The reference should have read as follows. "In 1602 Harvey left Italy and returned to England. He had made himself a name at the University. It was customary to install tablets called stemmata around the walls of the building to commemorate important professors and students. Harvey's stemma, a white-clad arm holding a candle entwined by a snake, is a little worn with the passage of three hundred and fifty-odd years, but it is still to be seen in Padua."—Ed.

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