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Chicago, March 5, 1897.
To the Editor:
—Is this an authentic quotation of a book published in 1768? As you are an authority on these matters I ask you. Cordially yours,E. J. Doering, M.D.
Foote, "Devil on Two Sticks" 1768.
"I have discovered the primary cause of all distempers incidental to the human machine. And these, brethern, I attribute to certain animalculæ or piscatory entities, that insinuate themselves thro' the pores into the blood and in that fluid sport, toss and tumble about like mackerel or codfish in the great deep." Yours, Will.Feb. 24, 1897."This piece consisted of nothing more than the introduction of several well-known characters in real life, whose manner of conversation and expression this author had very happily hit in the diction of his drama, and still more happily represented on the stage by an exact and most amazing imitation, not only of
"Devil on Two Sticks.". JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120039018
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