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June 18, 1904

THE VALUE OF SYMMETRY IN EDUCATION AND CHARACTER.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON STOMATOLOGY AT THE FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE 7-10, 1904.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(25):1610-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490700010001b

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Abstract

In the contemplation of any subject, be it animate or inanimate, the pleasure and satisfaction derived therefrom is dependent in a great degree on its symmetrical proportions; indeed, asymmetry, as seen in many objects, and especially in the human form, is a positive disfigurement, and is often repulsive.

But symmetry as I wish to discuss it will be considered in connection with the mind and soul. It will be noted at once that lack of symmetry in the mind is not so readily observed as a similar condition of the body, although they are vastly more common, and the deviations from what might be considered typical in the former would be altogether hideous if the same disproportion were exhibited in the physical system. Imagine a nose, which by a slight aberration of development has continued to grow until it is twelve inches long; or one eye eight inches in diameter

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