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December 1950


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(6):812-822. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310300059005

IN ONE of his letters from Germany, describing the atmosphere of scientific life in that country, William Osler wrote in 1890: "I should say that the characteristic which stands out in bold relief in German scientific life is the paramount importance of knowledge for its own sake. To know certain things thoroughly and to contribute to an increase in our knowledge of them seems to satisfy the ambition of many of the best minds." No more suitable words of introduction could be found for this address, which is devoted to the jubilee of Cécile and Oskar Vogt, for these two scholars most aptly personify those values of scientific vocation. They have devoted their lives entirely to "knowledge for its own sake"; the thoroughness of their observation is above criticism, and nothing can satisfy their ambitions more fully, or make their happiness more complete, than a new contribution to "our knowledge