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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 26, 2012


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2012;308(12):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3225

Within the past few days the public press has furnished much comment on the nature, origin and maintenance of life, which formed the topic for the annual address before the British Association for the Advancement of Science by its president, the eminent Edinburgh physiologist, Prof. E. A. Schäfer.1 It is an interesting, if not surprising, sign of the times, that such questions, which were regarded not long ago as outside the sphere of scientific discussion, should be given calm and critical analysis by wide circles of interested laymen and biologists alike. It requires no great stretch of the imagination to picture days when all this would have been both heretical and hazardous before a British audience.

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