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The profound scholarship, the keen judgment, and the humor which pervades Dr. Gould's writings are destined to make them popular. Although a shudder goes through one when some old time image is swept away by a single stroke of the sword, yet we must admit that if there were no iconoclasts there would be no progress in civilization. If there were no reformers there would be no reform; if there were no revolutionists, governments would go on forever, grinding the poor and laying additional burdens on the patriotic; the chains of the slave would clank to deaf ears, and the race become covered with the dust of antique custom.
There is another thing that is evident in all the writing of Dr. Gould, and that is the absolute sincerity of the man. No weak or foolish sentiment appears in any article; it is entirely clear that he believes what he
Borderland Studies, Miscellaneous Addresses and Essays, pertaining to medicine and the medical profession, and their relations to general science. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740043018