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June 13, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(24):857-858. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410760029003

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The progressive spirit of the Japanese people— and particularly in the direction of medicine—has of late been abundantly shown to Mr. Ernest Hart, editor of our justly distinguished contemporary across the seas, the British Medical Journal.

Mr. Hart has been temporarily sojourning in the land of æstheticism and flowers, and he finds very much to praise, but little to criticise, and an opportunity for suggestion, which, if wisely cultivated, may prove no less meritorious and successful in Japan than has maintained under the sterner régimé of the Anglo saxon.

In the way of gratification and commendation the observer found the emergence of the nation as a unit from a vast superstitious thralldom of a not greatly-distant past; the rapid acceptance and appreciation of Science in its wonderful onward march; the newer systems of government; the improved architecture; and the advanced provisions in learning.

Upon the latter condition, it may be

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