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April 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(15):413-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900021014

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Editor Journal of the American Medical Association:

Please do me the kindness to insert in your journal the following, which is a copy of a letter just mailed by me to the gentleman mentioned in it, and oblige

Yours, etc.,

D. W. Cathell, M.D.,

Author of "The Physician Himself."

Baltimore, April 2, 1885.

J. B. Murdoch, M.D., Pittsburgh, Pa.:

Dear Doctor:  —My attention has been called to your criticism of my little book in the Journal of the American Medical Association of March 28.Upon reading it, I see at once that you proceed under a misapprehension. The book, you will remember, is not a work on the treatment of disease, but upon human nature as the physician encounters it.Its paramount subject is, how to deal with people for their good, as well as ours, and proceeds on the patent fact that we are to treat the whole individual,

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