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May 2, 1914

Holmes, Not Semmelweis

JAMA. 1914;LXII(18):1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560430050029

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To the Editor:  —Your comments on the banquet in honor of Semmelweis (The Journal, April 11, 1914, p. 1177) are timely. To the disregard of the memories of men who have shed luster on our calling and contributed to the removal of sorrow and pain and death may be traced much of the lack of appreciation now meted out to medical men by the public as manifested in the passage by their representatives of unfairly discriminating laws that humble us and render our calling a thankless one. If we do not honor our own colleagues, if we do not hold up as examples their devotion to humanity at the risk of their comfort, health and life, how can we expect the public to know of their achievements? You well say that "it is a commendable custom thus to keep alive the memory of a physician who has helped by a

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