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April 28, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(17):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510440045010

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In the present state of public thirst after medical sensations and with the license allowed itself by the yellow press, it is dangerous to say anything startling or novel in relation to medical or surgical matters within the range of a reporter. A distinguished eastern surgeon relates an experience in point. Having mentioned in a lecture massage of the heart as a means of resuscitation, he was interviewed by telephone in regard to it, but carefully explained that he had never successfully employed the method, the patient on whom he had tried it having died. The next day's newspaper contained an account of his marvelous discovery and of his bringing the dead to life, and in the middle of the article was an account of an interview with his patient who had died two years before. In spite of President Cleveland's demand for a shedding of the esoteric in medicine,

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