December 1962

The Dreams of Reason: Science and Utopias

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By Rene Dubos. Price, $5. Pp. 162, with 16 illustrations. Columbia University Press, Journalism Building, New York 27, 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):934-935. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240116041

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One of the most forceful critics of the "We never had it so good" school of parasites of placid acceptance of the status quo and the belief that science, harnessed, can produce anything and securely give it to every last free leader has been Dr. Rene Dubos. The present book contains the George B. Pegram Lectures, delivered at the Brock-haven National Laboratory where Dubos's period of being lecturer in residence or what might perhaps be termed "visiting philosopher" gave him the opportunity to try out and develop various themes of philosophy, morals, and a great body of scientific knowledge in a way which must have been extraordinarily stimulating for those who were in close association with him during his tenure of the lectureship. Anyhow the lectures themselves give us food for thought and meditation. Dubos's classical background in the discipline of his French schooling in the classics and humanities and

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