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JAMA Revisited
November 26, 2014

Thankfulness Unlimited

JAMA. 2014;312(20):2172. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15763

To the Editor.—In your excellent “Thanksgiving” Editorial (218:1296, 1971), of 18 catastrophies [sic] that you mention, nine of them haven’t happened yet. Shouldn’t we be thankful for that?

Of nine that have happened, four aren’t really so bad. Housemaids are talking about detergents, but they could (and have) talked about worse; the Chicago Kennedy expressway is a mess, but then it always has been; the railroads are on strike, but they claim they operate at a deficit, so they must save money when they don’t; and I know one airline pilot that doesn’t really care what kind of work he is doing because he is so thankful for his wonderful parents.

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