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June 20, 1953


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Division of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1953;152(8):657-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690080001001

When I began preparation of this paper I had only general ideas, for I was requested to present a non-scientific essay. I know now that generalities tend to remain amorphous and that to cause them to crystallize in lucid exposition may require a great deal of additional thought. Also, I have some perturbation about the result I have achieved. I know that in this audience are persons whose qualifications for the sort of address I was asked to make equal or exceed mine. Moreover, as I read what I had written when it was too late to make changes, I wondered if some of my words would be interpreted in Milwaukee as accusation. I assure you that is not my intention. In Milwaukee, I am fully aware, my voice is not crying in a wilderness. But there are remnants of wilderness in the land, and where but in a place

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