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February 1, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(5):342-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710310038014

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Now and then the medical profession is upbraided by the proponents of various notions in the field of health and science because it fails to give to their claims what they conceive to be adequate consideration. Again and again, the difficulties of Galileo, Harvey, Jenner and Pasteur, when they attempted to convince the leaders of their times of the importance of their discoveries, are cited as evidence that scientists are intolerant. Apparently cultists and others who have had but little experience in reasoning and logic, or with what is known as the scientific method, fail to take into account the fact that the world has moved since the time of the prophets, and that science has advanced more in the past fifty years than in the previous fifty centuries. James Harvey Robinson wrote an interesting essay on "The Importance of Being Historically Minded." With a proper perspective, one realizes that

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