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November 15, 1965

Poor, Poor Paracelsus

JAMA. 1965;194(7):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200141038

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To the Editor:—  Sometimes the white-space filler is the most interesting part of The Journal—and sometimes it is utterly silly. Take, eg, the recent remarks on Paracelsus (193:1114, 1965). Of course Paracelsus made mistakes. Mr. Pachter says, "Paracelsus might have discovered this [a mistake] had he owned a microscope."Just think what Paracelsus might have done if he had used a spectrophotometer. Isaac Newton, too, could have accomplished quite a lot if only he had had sense enough to use a digital computer. And Galileo might have made quite a name for himself if he hadn't been too lazy to cross the ocean and avail himself of the Mt. Palomar telescope.

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