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November 1944


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Medical Corps, Army of the United States.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1944;32(5):423. doi:10.1001/archopht.1944.00890110091014

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To the Editor:  —In the June 1944 issue of the Archives there appears an article entitled "Ocular Tuberculosis : Its Relation to General Tuberculosis," by Dr. Benjamin L. Gordon. The first section of this paper is a historical review of tuberculosis, with particular reference to ocular tuberculosis. In view of the generally high scientific level of the papers appearing in the Archives, it is shocking to find the historical section of this paper replete with errors. As the journal has a wide circulation, I believe that such misstatements may become widespread. I am therefore taking the liberty to point out these errors in the hope that the correct information will be presented.On page 541 Dr. Gordon states : "Hippocrates had no other diagnostic procedures at his disposal than simple inspection and palpation. He had no stethoscope and no experience in percussion and auscultation." This statement with regard to auscultation is erroneous.

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