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Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(6):804-805. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-5-6-804
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Seldom, indeed, has the physician been found deaf to a legitimate call for his services, a shirker when confronted with duty, or a coward. Neither has his apparent disregard for personal comfort and security been based upon ignorance of possible consequences to himself. At the present time it must be exceedingly rare for an emergency to arise in which a physician finds it necessary to aspirate a diphtheritic membrane from the larynx of a dying child by mouth to mouth contact. It was not the discovery of the Klebs-Loeffler bacillus, however, which caused this act of heroism to become all


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