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September 15, 1906

State Board Results in the Educational Number.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):876-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520110060016

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Springfield, Sept. 1, 1906.

To the Editor:  —The data collected and tabulated in the Educational Number of The Journal (Aug. 25, 1906), gives to the medical profession a compact arrangement of facts not obtainable elsewhere, but it is to be regretted that existing conditions are not such as to render the results of your immense labor more generally satisfactory. Much may be learned by any person by a careful analysis of your figures, but at the same time many of your deductions and conclusions would convey most erroneous impressions to the casual reader. Inasmuch as the great majority of your readers will glance at your results rather than consider the conditions surrounding the origin of your data, I feel that it would be wise more emphatically to impress the fact on them that deductions based on figures which are not uniform in significance are very apt to be misleading.The

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