Sep 12, 2011

“A Little Learning Is a Dangerous Thing”

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(16):1494-1495. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.272

The essence of the timeless warning from Alexander Pope1 expressed in the present title is often lost through misquotation as “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Pope's “essay” continues,1

Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring,
[the fountain of wisdom from Greek mythology]
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain
And drinking largely sobers us again.

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