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December 15, 1900

Newspaper Notoriety—A Protest.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(24):1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460500054013

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Chicago, Dec. 5, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Have medical men no protection against "write ups" in the columns of the daily press? In the Chicago Daily News of to-day appears an offensive and grossly incorrect sketch of myself which was not only unwarranted and without my knowledge or consent, but which deals with my blindness in a way that is most degrading to my self-respect. My only consolation lies in the consideration that those colleagues whose respect I value can not read that article without appreciating the fact that it could not have emanated in any wise from me. I have many times been solicited by reporters to allow them to publish sketches of my professional career. In most instances I have flatly refused such permission. In a few instances, when told that the knowledge of my endeavors would stimulate other unfortunates to rise above their affliction and would thus

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