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January 13, 1989

Clash of Symbols—The AMA Stone in the Washington Monument: Hippocratectomy or Hippocratoplasty?

Author Affiliations

Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation Lancaster, Pa

Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation Lancaster, Pa

JAMA. 1989;261(2):246. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420020097025

To the Editor. —  I refer to the cover story of the July 22/29 issue and the resolution presented to the American Medical Association for a stone to be inscribed and placed in the Washington Monument.1It is no coincidence that I write now, as I am the great-grandson of the John L. Atlee, MD, who was the delegate from Pennsylvania and put the resolution to the American Medical Asociation's meeting held in Richmond, Va, in 1852, at which time a committee of five was appointed to tend to the inscription of a stone to be placed in the national monument in memory of Washington. That monument was then under construction in Washington City. The commission for the stone was given to a marble mason of Lancaster, Pa, by the name of Louis Haldy. The work was done by a sculptor, I. Augustus Beck of Lancaster, Pa. The great-grandson