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October 10, 1942


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From the Cleveland Clinic.

JAMA. 1942;120(6):413-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830410001001

At a time when human energy and resources are being consumed on a scale never before imagined in the frenzied production of instruments of destruction, carnage and chaos, it is easy to agree with the cynics and pessimists who contend that there is no real progress in the world and that what we call civilization is completely doomed. But if we ponder more carefully the things we know best and the changes that have been wrought in our thinking as well as the environment in which we live, we know that this is not true. Change is eternal, the law of life, and those changes that endure are always for the better. Sometimes progress is so gradual that we are not aware of it; sometimes it is hastened by spectacular and stimulating events.

It is well, especially when immediate happenings are conducive of despair, to stop and give our attention

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