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October 29, 1898

The Jugglery of Statistics. A Reply to an Absurd Editorial.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1062-1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450180056009

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Abstract

Washington, D. C., Oct. 22, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I desire to invite attention to the editorial comment in the Philadelphia Medical Journal of Oct. 15, 1898, under the caption: "The One Fact the Whitewashing Committee Must Explain." I would not have troubled you with this communication but that I have regarded the said journal as a paper of value and of increasing importance whose editorial utterances should have weight. The article to which I take exception as unworthy of the columns in which it appeared, presents to its readers the large ratio of deaths from disease in the Spanish War, as the one fact to be explained, "the crux of the entire discussion," and manifestly elated with his discovery, the editorial writer exclaims in a burst of triumph: "Explain us that right thoroughly and without equivocation, Honorable Sirs," etc. This exuberance of diction from the editorial pen manifests that

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