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Dr. Patrick, in his Chairman's Address, published in this issue of The Journal, alludes to the charges that the neurologic specialists arepractically therapeutic nihilists, and offers some figures that apparently point that way. In examining the issues for a year of four leading neurologic journals, he found that out of 199 original papers only three were on treatment, and out of 1033 abstracts only 74. In two years of two other high-class journals he found only one out of 115 original papers on a therapeutic subject, that is, he says, only 2.2 per cent. of the original contributions related to the cure or alleviation of disease. While his calculations are not altogether accurate, the figure is certainly a small one and if we are to accept it as indicating a tendency on the part of the neurologists especially, the showing would justify the charge. It ignores, however, the fact that
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