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October 27, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(17):1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590440073027

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To the Editor:  —Your editorial in The Journal, October 20, p. 1355, entitled "The Full Sacrifice," strikes home. I am guilty; and yet I cannot bow gracefully to the charge of neglecting my duty. Surely I have done no bargaining. Indeed, on numerous occasions I have expressed my willingness to do anything I am asked to do. It happens though that in years I am past 55; but in health and strength I am often taken for 40. Except for a partial plate of teeth, I am physically and mentally as fit as I ever was. And in patriotism I am not wanting, for I am American through and through. Besides, I am married to an English woman who has lost many relatives and loved ones in the present war. Now what more do I need to fire me with a spirit of service? True, my specialty is that of

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