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JAMA Revisited
November 26, 2014


JAMA. 2014;312(20):2172. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279860

One of the rules of the game is that editorials in medical journals should be timely, if not scientific or relevant (hackneyed word), or they should be anticipatory. In August 1971, writing about Thanksgiving Day therefore poses problems. In December 1621 the Plymouth colonists had reason to be grateful for the ending of a difficult year and for a successful harvest. Now, 350 years later, what have we to be thankful for?

Pakistan and India are said to be on the brink of war; the Middle East, like the Balkans of 60 years ago, is a powder keg; and the war in Southeast Asia plagues us. Hearts are throbbing for men on the moon, and the world worries about the outcome of the President’s visit to China. Daddy Warbucks’ life is again direly threatened.

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