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February 4, 1911

Value in Case Histories of Term "Jew" as Racial Designation

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JAMA. 1911;LVI(5):367. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560050053030

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To the Editor:  —An unintentional error in classification of nationalities in medical articles, case reports, etc., is regarded as an injustice by a portion of the community, and your aid is sought to prevent repetition. The use of the designations "Jew," "Hebrew" and "Israelite" with their adjectives is here referred to, because when so employed these terms are meaningless. City Jews may possibly be distinctively more subject to diabetes and nervous affections than the average of our population but so large a proportion of the former now live the rural life that general deductions regarding these or any other diseases no longer hold good. Then, again, so large a percentage of Jews show admixture of other race stocks that mistakes are liable to occur from this source; authoritative statistics covering the world have just been published to prove this fact. See, also, Jean Finot's "Race Prejudice" and Antoine Leroy Beaulieu's

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