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July 7, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280042016

"It is well to be on the right side of facts, for they are stubborn things and insist on being respected." This dictum deserves to be reiterated with strong emphasis at a time when shortage of food is confronting millions of people and when the possibilities of specific deficiencies in food products and the introduction of "devitalized" foods as a result of current methods of food manipulation are being widely discussed. In urging young men to "first get the facts," the secretary of commerce has said:

The relation men hold to truth, their respect for facts, their use of facts, largely determines their place and power in life. We make progress in the business world not necessarily by research for facts but at least by outreach for them and by respectful treatment of them when they are found. The amount of success will depend a good deal upon how far

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