CHARLES MITTMAN, M.D.
To the editor: Dr. William B. Spaulding's review of the life of James Jackson, Jr., in the March 1973 issue (pp. 429-435) reminded me of an earlier encounter with the work of this remarkable young man. In searching the literature for studies of the possible relation between heredity and emphysema, I found the following statement in a standard medical textbook of 1842 (1).
The question as to its [emphysema] hereditary character was closely and ably investigated by a young American physician, too soon lost to sciences, (J. Jackson, Jr., of Boston,) who was a worthy pupil of a distinguished master,
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MITTMAN C. James Jackson, Jr., and Emphysema. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:283. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-283_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):283.
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