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Logan Clendening, M.D.
JAMA. 1928;90(11):873-874. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690380057030.
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To the Editor:  —An article in the February Scribner's, "Prophetic Medicine," by Dr. C. Ward Crampton, contains statements which, to my mind, are excessive. I call the matter to your attention rather than to the editor of Scribner's because such articles are frequently appearing in the lay press and their whole tone tends to place the profession in a false, not to say dishonest, light. The effusion in Scribner's is particularly distasteful: it is written by a member of the regular profession, the director of the "Health Service Clinic" at the Post-Graduate Medical Hospital of New York, and appears in one of the staidest of American magazines: articles in Scribner's have weight with the public because they are usually thoughtful, at least accurate."Prophetic Medicine" has as its thesis the familiar and by now well worn appeal for periodic examinations, on the basis that these will detect unsuspected disease tendencies


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