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January 20, 1951

Speaking of Man

JAMA. 1951;145(3):189. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920210061028

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Produced over a period of 18 years, during which Myerson rewrote much of his material again and again, this volume is a testimonial to that method of delivery. The author did not become enmeshed in a futile, dreary tangle of words, to which one of lesser character might and frequently does succumb, but instead produced a highly refined distillate of his thoughts and beliefs about the behavior of man and suggestions as to how these opinions might be applied. Although one may at times be at least momentarily shocked by Myerson's pronouncements, the logic of what he writes is always so clear and unassailable that agreement is inevitable. In many instances the point is neatly driven home with a three line story that does more than a thousand words might do.

Myerson in an early chapter considers his own prejudices and prepossessions frankly and without apology. The next chapter considers

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