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December 1, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(22):1877-1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590490041010

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In the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift for May 18, 1916, appeared a letter signed by Dr. J. Schwalbe, the editor, which has become famous. While at that time the Wochenschrift was coming to this office more or less regularly, that particular issue was not received; and the efforts made to secure a copy were fruitless. A copy of the letter recently came into our hands. This letter is not only one of the important historical documents of the war, but it gives a revealing flash of the spirit that must rule in Germany before that nation can be readmitted to fellowship in the world-state. The facts of the case are clear and simple. The official reason given by the German government in 1914 for declaring war on France was that French aviators had dropped bombs in the vicinity of Nürnberg before any other outbreak of hostilities. This was officially denied by

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