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July 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480270027010

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The recent illness of the King of England with the emergency operation of which he has been the subject has naturally been a matter of interest to the whole civilized world. Coming as it did so unexpectedly on the eve of his coronation, which it necessarily postponed, the whole world was aroused in sympathy. Much has been said on very imperfect knowledge of the facts, a vast amount of conjectural medical opinion has been uttered, and it seems—after the later fortunate developments of the case—much more than any facts warranted. Of course, with so prominent a sufferer every symptom would be noted, but there is apparently no basis whatever for some of the statements that have gone abroad, such as that there has been a bowel resection or that his physicians had erred in their diagnosis. Until the official history of the King's illness and operation is published there are

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