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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, Nov. 17, 1917, appears a letter by Dr. Arthur Dean Bevan in regard to the Carrel-Dakin treatment. This letter is based on such a complete misconception of Dr. Carrel's work and motives, and is so untimely and ill considered that one who does not know and admire Dr. Bevan, as I do, might wonder whence the source of his inspiration in attempting, in an academic discussion, to throw confusion into the Medical Department of our Army in regard to such an important scientific question. I respectfully submit that no man, however distinguished himself, is the final judge on scientific matters, and that especially if he be in a position of great responsibility, conferred upon him by the profession, he has no right to give publicity to a personal letter which lends the weight of his authority to a destructive criticism without a semblance of
McCormack AT. A Reply by Dr. A. T. McCormack. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(24):2062–2063. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590510054024
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