February 19, 1916

The Kinetic Drive

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(8):591-592. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580340047028

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To the Editor:  —The recent discussion of the kinetic drive by Drs. Carlson, Woelfel and Crile must of necessity be of interest to laboratory worker and clinician alike, since it is a continuation of a discussion, in which at times I have participated, which has ranged through the clinical and scientific societies for some years past. And since, on the record of past performances, I do not think that I may fairly be classed as an exponent of the kinetic drive as Dr. Crile has formulated it, I may the more readily be pardoned for pointing out what seem to me certain errors in the argument against Dr. Crile's position. It behooves the laboratory man to be circumspect in his criticism of clinical theories, since going beyond the bounds of well established things weakens his position, not merely with reference to the particular subject under discussion, but with reference to

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