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December 27, 1971

Economy in Wonderland

JAMA. 1971;218(13):1938-1939. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190260052017

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Although she had lived in America as long as she could remember, Economy seemed never to have grown up like other folks. At times she wondered about it, tried to find a reason for it. She supposed it might have been because so many people were always staring at her as though she were an animal in a zoo or a plant in a botanical garden. And she heard learned doctors—doctors of economy, some were called—talking about her, and she read what they wrote about her. What they said and what they wrote didn't help; she only wondered all the more about where she had come from and where she would end. One thing she did know: the doctors usually didn't know either.

Oh, she changed in size all right. Sometimes the things she ate or drank made her grow very large; still she didn't feel "grown up." Other times,