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December 22, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(25):2126-2127. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650250054020

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Dean Roger's Impressions of South America  Prof. H. Roger, dean of the medical faculty of the University of Paris, gives, in the Presse médicale, an account of his visit to South America. It is the general, but erroneous, belief in Europe that South Americans are not familiar with European science. Those who entertain such a belief would be greatly surprised if they could visit the splendid scientific institutions and modern hospitals that are rising throughout South America. No doubt South Americans can still learn from us, but we can learn much from them, and Roger assures Europeans that a visit to South America will well repay them. Whereas our scientists often devote time and energy to abstract research, and take pleasure in formulating hypotheses and theories, the investigators of South America are, for the most part, intensely practical, with little interest in doctrinal discussions. They go straight toward their goal,

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