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April 3, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(14):1203-1207. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480055026b

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Many years ago, Charles Victor Roman wrote: "Intercommunication begets confidence. Friendship and cooperation grow with acquaintance. Isolation accentuates differences and dissention thrives on adversity. We dislike what we do not understand and antagonize what is strange to us. Civilization rests on integration of effort." No comment could be more directly applicable to the problems confronting society today as we face the kaleidoscopic avalanche of readjustments that are taking place in every field of human activity and that necessitate ever-increasing intercommunication if that integration of effort so essential to the survival of our way of life is to be assured. Sometimes today one feels like Alice in Wonderland must have felt at the Pool of Tears, when she remarked, "How puzzling it all is: I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see; four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and

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