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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:
I have just seen in The Journal of January 2, in your report of the proceedings of the Mitchell District Medical Society, the following as purported to have been said by me, in reply to Dr. Wathen's discussion of Dr. Reed's paper. "The speaker said Dr. Wathen had made a statement that should not go unanswered, which was, that all young girls up to 20 of age, who suffered from irregular menstruation, should be examined,looking,he supposed Dr.Wathen meant,for cancer." At the meeting referred to I jocularly referred to some remarks made by Dr. Wathen, but for fear that the interpretation of what I said might be misconstrued,I write to correct the idea that Dr. Wathen meant to convey any such impression that every young girl up to 20 years of age, should be examined,that suffered from irregular menstruation.
Mathews JM. DOMESTIC CORRESPONDENCE.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(9):271–272. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411130025009