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October 19, 1964

Censura et Cavilla

Author Affiliations

Long Beach, Calif

JAMA. 1964;190(3):253. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070160077028

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To the Editor:—  To the astute Dr. Conlon I extend my gratitude and admiration for not hesitating to be identified as a reader of Critique and Cavil. Dr. Conlon, understandably, objects to the words, "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin," being lumped with the Latin phrases preceding them, and so, by implication, appearing to be of Latin origin. Dr. Conlon is, of course, correct in pointing out that they are not. I must confess that I, too, was aware of this, but succumbed to a glosso-buccal urge—and a lumping instinct—hoping that a splitter would stand up and be counted among those who manifested the lifted-eyebrow syndrome on seeing the "Mene...." quotation in sequence with the Latin ones. Dr. Conlon will note the ammunition I had in reserve in "Cris de Coeur" just in case "Mene, etc" missed the mark as a gambit.Dr. Conlon obviously is very well informed on the

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