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[Dr. Hotard's letter was referred to Dr. Wood, who says:]
To the Editor:
—I had no intention of casting any slur at the "country doctor," for I know from personal experience something of the problems he has to meet and how conscientious he is in meeting them. The array of authority which Dr. Hotard quotes, I am sorry to say, does not surprise me. If Dr. Hotard will read my paper on "Pharmacologic Superstitions" (The Journal, April 8, 1916, p. 1067), he will see that I comment on the fact that men of authority in medical circles lend their commendation to therapeutic measures which cannot be defended on either scientific or clinical grounds.The medical profession as a whole—including both the city doctor and the country doctor—are not to be blamed for the leaders they have chosen to follow, but for the unreasoning blindness with which they follow those leaders.
Wood HC. Aromatic Spirits of Ammonia. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(7):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590070058023
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