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November 26, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(22):1636. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500220046012

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It is refreshing to learn that a Georgia physician is by himself alone more effective than a whole company of militia in foiling a lot of would-be hangmen. His conduct is in notable contrast to that of many cowardly public officials, whose failures at such times have brought dishonor on their names and on the reputation of their states. In this instance a murderer, himself badly wounded, lay in a hospital. A mob, bent on vengeance, was met at the hospital door by the surgeon-in-charge, who announced his intention to shoot any one who attempted to enter. The mob reconsidered its threat and finally dispersed. We do not know that it is the custom of Georgia physicians to be prepared to meet such emergencies, but it is satisfactory to know that when the occasion occurred one was not found wanting. The physician in this case upheld the best traditions of

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