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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 11, 2002


Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(10):1298. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1298

According to a cable dispatch from Vienna, a newspaper for nervous persons is projected, which will handle startling occurrences in such an unexciting way as to permit sensitive individuals to keep au courant with the times without the needless shock liable to be produced by usual chronicles. It will be a demulcent of the day's doings, rendering them palatable to the weakest stomach. There are some perhaps who would say that we have such periodicals now, but that is intended as a slur, and not to be taken seriously. In this new organ, scareheads, we suppose, will be tabooed, all the bad news will be broken gently, a general mild neutrality preserved on all irritating and disputed questions, wars and rumors of wars will be treated most diplomatically and all uncomfortable details of catastrophes, bank failures, etc., be scrupulously avoided. In this way the restful and unirritating environment so needed by many patients will not be broken in upon while at the same time they will not forego altogether the pleasures of enlightenment as to the world's progress. The worst thing about it, however, is the possibility of suggestion; a partial concealment or revelation is often the strongest stimulant to the imagination. The eminent usefulness of the de-horrorized and expurgated chronicle has its possible hindrances, but we wish it success.