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January 3, 1914

Stethophone and Stethoscope

JAMA. 1914;LXII(1):57. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560260065037

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To the Editor:  —Kindly permit me to say to Dr. Joseph H. Barach of Pittsburgh that "stethoscope" is really a genuine Greek word meaning, exactly, an instrument to examine the chest. It appears that Dr. Barach's Greek-English dictionary is imperfect. It is to be regretted that Dr. Barach uses such hybrid terms as "auriscope" and "dictaphone."

Quarantine and Individual Inconvenience.  —It is neither the province nor the intention of the Department of Health to give an individual or the public the preference over the other in quarantine matters. This does not always seem so from the individual's point of view in cases of communicable diseases. While quarantine may, in some instances, result in personal invonvenience and often in hardships, yet the safety of the community must be the first consideration. The same measures which work an apparent hardship also serve as a protection. This is a well-established principle in public

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