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April 28, 1975

Comment on Hyperbole: Statement of the Drug Research Board

JAMA. 1975;232(4):380-381. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250040034024

At the risk of being repetitious, we feel obliged to return to a theme explored repeatedly in past issues of The Journal.1-4 This situation reminds me (R.H.M.) of an experience that occurred during my army years. I was attending the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. On the first day in our nervously chattering class of Military Map Reading, in strode an impressive full colonel: elegant, beribboned, and ramrod erect. He stared sternly at the large group. Then he spoke in measured words, "Gentlemen, I am Colonel Jones, your instructor in map reading. I wish to state at the outset of this course, that at all times, I reserve the right to use the terms north and south interchangeably!"

This ice-breaking introduction is reminiscent of the ambiguous, mad-hatterish resolution of the Drug Research Board of the National Research Council (NB: the final paragraph):

WHEREAS, The patient's