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Friar's Point, Miss., Dec. 23, 1905.
To the Editor:
In The Journal, December 16, is an article by Dr. Bayard Holmes, in which the doctor takes the position (if I understand him) that all text-books of medicine should be burned after being in print ten years. He says: "If a man has done his work before he is 50 and ought then to step aside and give place to the young, the medical text-book has outlived its usefulness in one-tenth of that time." In the first place, I feel sure there are very many men in the medical profession, as well as in other walks in life, who can and do a great deal of good work after they are 50. Dr. Osler would hardly admit his work complete, and doubtless would enter a very vigorous protest to being "laid on the shelf." While I am as strong
Buck HC. The Burning of the Books.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(27):2022. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510270028014