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Criticism may be delivered by the direct attack, by an oblique approach, by ambush, or by envelopment. There are many who would agree with Saki that sometimes the best way to get rid of a cat is to strangle it with cream. A professor, writing about professors, particularly when he points out some of their foibles, shortcomings, curious doctrines, and heresies, is in a position of extravagant vulnerability. He must be careful or he will be scorched by his own firecracker. In this necessary caution the author succeeds very well.
Recently it was my great pleasure to make the acquaintance of Professor George Williams and savor his whimsical insights and his relaxed urbanity in conversation. His very searching questions gave me a proper foretaste of what was to be found in his book. Of all the numerous assaults upon education and the many differential diagnoses of "what is wrong with
Bean WB. Some of My Best Friends Are Professors.. Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(4):583-584. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820040121016