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October 16, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(16):809-810. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440420043007

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We have received the following letter from Dr. William Smith of Kirksville, Mo. The Doctor is one of the Smiths whom fate vainly tried to conceal by naming him Smith, and is bound to be heard from:

"To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill. Sir, As I am forwarding to my attorneys, Messrs. Carroll, Turner and Kirwin of Grand Rapids, Mich., the issue of your Journal for the 2d inst., I would be obliged by your sending to me in return for the enclosed ten cents another copy. I regret that you saw fit to publish so foolish an article on the mere statement of the Medical Age (July 26). It necessitates my bringing two libel suits instead of one, as, of course, I do not allow such statements, published in the most reckless manner without a tittle of proof in their support, to

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