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Dial M for Murder?

Samuel Bigg, MD
JAMA. 1966;195(6):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060139050.
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To the Editor:—  I would like to take issue with Dr. Liddle's cavalier handling of the dial-a-service facilities provided by various benevolent community-minded agencies. Where does Dr. Liddle get the idea that the proliferation of these services reflects a deep-seated emotional insecurity of our citizenry? The conclusion is totally unwarranted.Our prosperous progressive town boasts of all the dial-a-facilities of Bloomington with a few extras thrown in. We enjoy a dial-a-date (formerly dial-a-dame, since discontinued because of run-ins with the law) service—fully computerized. We have dial-a-dialogue and dial-a-debate services which provide us with instant conversation amicable or argumentative depending on our mood. We have recently acquired a dial-a-dialysis service to help tide over uremic subscribers when hospital technicians are away on holiday.All these instant fringe benefits of the telephone reflect, not insecurity, but rather its opposites— confidence and assurance that whenever help is needed it will be forthcoming at


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