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January 9, 1909

Illness of the Emperor of China

JAMA. 1909;LII(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540280062013

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Yale Mission Hospital, Changsha, China, Nov. 28, 1908.

To the Editor:  —I send a translation of a document which has just come to hand, concerning the nature of the illness to which the late Emperor Kwang Hsu of China succumbed. It may be of interest to your readers to see the sort of statement that entirely satisfies the intelligent Chinese, and which would be an ample description of the objective symptoms in any given patient. How the failure to bring about the recovery of the emperor resulted for the attending physicians is reported in the newspapers which state that all the men whose names appear in the translated statement, "are degraded two steps in rank each, for having carelessly prescribed for his majesty the emperor," and in addition, five other physicians, all holding important medical posts in the government "are ordered to be cashiered for having carelessly prescribed for his

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