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December 29, 1917


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Atlanta, Ga. Major, M. R. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(26):2204-2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590530046027

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To the Editor:  —Ten years after Sedan and thirty-three before the present war, the great French physician Charcot in his "Lectures on Senile Diseases," page 20, indulges in comment on French, German and English medicine that is perhaps more striking now than when it was written. It will probably be interesting to the 20,000 physicians who have already volunteered in the medical service of our country.The pride of the Frenchman in Laennec and the stethoscope is evident. The slow waking up of the German to modern scientific medicine, and the influence of Schönlein, of purpura fame, and of Rokitansky is charmingly described. The keen terseness of the French is evident when he refers to "the science from beyond the Rhine." In the last two paragraphs he accuses Virchow of abusing "the word science in order to excite German minds for the sake of a narrow patriotism." His contrast of

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