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December 29, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(25):731. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390250015005

—We take pleasure in copying the following notes, which will explain themselves:

December 22, 1883.

Mr. Editor:  —In your issue of December 15, there was a review of the Annual Report of the Supervising Surgeon-General of the Marine-Hospital Service for the year 1883, in which the reviewer has fallen into an error, evidently due to his misapprehension of the system employed in reporting autopsies. On page 685, first column of your journal, he has noted a case, reported on page 229 of the Report, in which he states there was " no diagnosis." For the benefit of those who may fall into the same error, it seems proper to state that there are reported several autopsies of patients dying from the same disease, each of which is serially numbered. He will find that the case to which he alludes is No. 8 of the series of "Diseases of the Heart," the

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