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August 13, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;173(15):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020330129023

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To the Editor:—  The Journal occupies a very unique place in American medicine. While its responsibilities are many, one of the most important would appear to be the field of applied therapeutics, a subject of the greatest concern for the practicing physician. Therefore, papers which deal with treatment should receive the closest scrutiny prior to publication, not only because they can be misleading to the physician but also because they can exert a deleterious effect upon the relation between doctor and producer. A case in point is a recent publication (Gothberg, L. A.: Severe Infectious Mononucleosis Treated with Chloroquine Phosphate, J. A. M. A.173:53 [May 7] 1960) in which it is "demonstrated" that chloroquine is an effective drug for the treatment of infectious mononucleosis. The physician reading this report might conclude that such is the case. The astute detail man might, with some propriety, do likewise and subsequently

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