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April 1961

Miscellaneous Notes, Seventh and Eighth Series

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(4):624. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620040150024

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Parkes Weber is happily still at it and should be in his 99th year by the time comments on these most recent Miscellaneous Notes are printed. In these books he ruminates on the influence of house officers on their junior associates, "rainbow cups," nightingales, the derivation of family names from houses, a portrait of his father, the gambling spirit, early lumbar puncture, and speculation in stock markets. There is a charming incident about James I and witchcraft. King James was a learned man, though it had been alleged before he became king that he was "the most learned fool in Christendom." Anyhow, he was quite an authority on witches and was called upon once to determine whether a young woman who was unable to move from her bed had been paralyzed by a witch casting a spell on her. He listened gravely to her story, asked a few questions, and

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