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June 26, 1897

Medical Instruction of the Laity in the Lay Press.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260041009

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Elmdale, Kan., June 14, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I have watched with some interest the comment on Dr. Shastid's letter as it appeared in Vol. 28, No. 17, of the Journal. I can well see why it is a subject of no particular fascination to the profession, and why therefore it is so adversely criticised. It is not only in the columns of the professed advertiser, but also from the pens of men who from their positions successfully dispute the epithet of anything but leadership in the profession, that we have seen more than would be characterized by the term diplomacy. I refer to health officers of distinguished cities and heads of hospitals, public, endowed and private. However well meant some of these contributions (signed) to the lay press may be, they yet carry so much of the stigma of the advertiser that the profession can not fail to be

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