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January 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(1):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490460043008

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Apropos to the above comments on the Report of the French Yellow-Fever Commission, we recall that a daily paper a few days ago commented in a somewhat disparaging manner on the fact that so far no American scientist or writer has been made the recipient of a Nobel prize. Thus it is stated that "it is strange that with all the facilities for original research this country now has they have not been utilized to better advantage." We believe that a knowledge of the work of Reed and his coworkers in yellow fever and of its far-reaching consequences is fully sufficient to convince any intelligent person of the injustice of this reflection on the achievements in recent years of scientific medicine in America. It is far from our intention to question the judgment and the fairness of the committee in charge of the distribution of the Nobel prizes—its members undoubtedly

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