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November 12, 1898

"The Jugglery of Statistics"—A Bungling Prestidigitator.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450200054012

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Philadelphia, Oct. 30, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In answer to your correspondent who writes under a part of the above title, permit me to quote a reply which appears in the Philadelphia Medical Journal of November 5:"The Jugglery of Statistics, a Reply to an Absurd Editorial" is the title of an article occupying one and one-fourth columns in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Oct. 29, 1898, and written by Dr. Charles Smart, Deputy Surgeon-General of the U. S. Army. The writer is very scornful and contemptuous of the statistics of medical men in general, and of the Philadelphia Medical Journal in particular, viewing all of us from the lofty point of an expert dealing with ignoramuses. He admits the accuracy of the figures given in our editorial, namely, that in the Civil War 66.6 per cent, of deaths were from disease, and in the Spanish War

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