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March 8, 1884

To the Editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1884;II(10):272. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350020010

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Sir:  —That I might not assume to possess a monopoly in the collection of eccentricities in medical acquirements, a friend, not in the Navy, but a man of mark in the profession, too modest, however, to wish me to print his name, gave me, a few evenings ago, these additional evidences of that "regular medical education which is presumptive evidence of professional abilities and acquirements:""The oracle was full of black clots.""diohrea.""Ambrose Pare was a distinguished New York Surgeon," and"Sore eyes," the phonetic guise in which psoriasis appeared on a formal medical record.I quote them as fitting companion pieces to the following:"the mad Stone that I hav advertised is as fine a one as I ever seen I hav no use for that one as I hav got one besides as it is useful to thos who has non when they need it it is

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