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October 1964

Man in the Future

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):467-469. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100049001

We cannot depend on getting star performances from star performers every time; and when a whole galaxy of stars of great magnitude get together we wonder whether a comet will light us on our way or an eclipse will cast rays of darkness upon us. Here we find light, not always refracted, nor reflected, but steady light. A company of well-trained biologists and scientists peers at the crystal ball of the future through the spectacles of science to see what man may do to change himself. Many symposia, particularly those where discussions are taken down in literal or nearly exact transcript, expose the follies, foibles, and inadequacies of the participants at times more clearly than their better aspects. This Ciba symposium edited by Gordon Wolstenholme is just as solid in the discussions as in the set pieces. Perhaps they were edited wisely. Indeed, the discussions of this little book are

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