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To the Editor:—
Without wishing to impede the progress of science or to dull anyone's idle curiosity, it is time someone uttered a few words of protest concerning the ever-increasing number of questionnaires that come across the desk each week.Some of these come from scientific and medical leaders, some come from our leading institutes and universities, and some come apparently from our asylums for the insane.Wherever they come from, they are rapidly becoming a first-class nuisance. To answer them honestly and truthfully would take a few days of one's time, or the time of a secretary or a librarian just to dig up the data requested.It used to be that our scientists worked with painstaking care for years to discover new things such as insulin, or a cure for pernicious anemia, and before publishing, they waited more years to check and recheck their observations. Then suddenly statistics
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