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February 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(7):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480070031009

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What is the matter with Brooklyn? Within a few weeks one local practitioner of that borough has come into prominence by his alleged experiment of inoculation of a woman with tuberculosis, and now another proposes to go him one better by submitting his own body for a year to vivisection. Of course, it is for the highest kind of scientific considerations that these heroic men sacrifice others and themselves; all the world knows that, and if any doubt existed as to this point it would be dispelled by their own persistent and strenuous efforts to inform the public through the press as to the scientific purity of their motive. They are always "leading physicians"— the newspapers say so, possibly on the highest authority, that of the parties themselves. With such evidence available the unconsequential fact that we have never heard of them before goes for nothing, and we can appreciate

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