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April 25, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(17):469-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390920021009

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Dr. Murdoch's Reply to the Author of "The Physcian Himself."  D. W. Cathell, M.D., Author of " The Physician Himself":

Dear Doctor,  —Many thanks for your letter of April 2; its publication in the Journal enables me to reply through the same channel, and also gives me an opportunity to speak of other matters contained in " The Physician Himself," wherein I differ with you.I have so fully expressed myself upon the subject of placeboes in the address published in the Journal of March 28th, that it is only necessary now to refer to the case of Willie Brown; and as this letter may be seen by some readers who did not see your letter, I here reproduce the history of his case as given by you, " verbatim et literatim": "I was recently called upon to treat Willie Brown, a stout twelve-year-old boy, one of whose companions had died of traumatic

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