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August 21, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(8):632-633. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550080032003b

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In The Journal of May 22, 1909, Dr. Eshner reported a case of undiagnosticated brain abscess. In a day when chiefly successes are given to the medical press I feel like congratulating the Doctor for his courage in publishing a failure, for as such much be regarded all cases which are undiagnosticated, or are wrongly diagnosticated.

Though it is embarrassing to report mistakes, the science of medicine is often materially promoted thereby and the fear of criticism arising from a pardonable failure of diagnosis should not prevent one from speaking of the undiagnosticated. For that reason a parallel case to Dr. Eshner's is submitted.

History.  —X., male, aged 27, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital May 3, 1909, complaining of severe headahe. There was nothing of note in his previous history except that he

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