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September 27, 1965

Christian Fenger in Egypt —A Clarification

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Blue Island, Ill

JAMA. 1965;193(13):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090130055023

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To the Editor:—  The article on Christian Fenger which appeared in the June 21 issue (192:1091, 1965) relates that Fenger went to Alexandria in 1875 where he witnessed the première of Verdi's Aida in honor of the coming of Napoleon III.Napoleon was deposed in 1871 and kept a prisoner of war in a castle near Kassel, Germany. I don't think he was able to witness any public function after his deposition. The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.

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