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September 9, 1961

And Homer Nods

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JAMA. 1961;177(10):728. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040360064016

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To the Editor:—  In reference to the letter to the editor, "Greek Yes!—Latin No!" (JAMA176:636 [May 20] 1961), I notice that onychophagia has apparently provoked an enjoyable brain biting.It was a pleasurable experience that Doctor Anstall has revived in connection with onychophagia Horace's Ars Poetica. I have little doubt that a scholarly mind such as Anstall's must be, could have not made an error in this beautiful quotation. The correct wording, however, is: Indignor quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus and not quandaque. This is probably a typographical error, and in defence of the printer, who is also not infallible, I would be grateful for the insertion of these few lines in your next issue.

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