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Chicago, Aug. 25, 1898.
To the Editor:
—In the Journal of July 23 appears an editorial upon the "Hygiene of Music," which, while judiciously advising against the abuse of the art, contains some statements that I would like to reply to. From the general tone of the article I would almost infer that the writer is one of those unfortunate, over scientifically trained individuals who, in their zeal for "utilitarianism" have lost their artistic sense. Darwin, to whom he refers as attributing the love of music to the sexual sense, clearly stated in his own writings, that though he possessed a lively artistic temperament in his youth, his constant application to science had so warped his mental faculties that in later life it was torture for him to read a great novel, and it was simply impossible for him to enjoy a line of Shakespeare. I know an individual whose
Mettler LH. A Defense of Music.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450110055009