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January 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(4):270-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720300003012

The editor's occupation affords him opportunity to display either broad and comprehensive ignorance or erudite knowledge of many topics before audiences composed of specialists in various fields. Following his glittering generalizations he is likely to become the recipient of anathema and vituperation for his disagreements with long-held opinions. Obviously, the knowledge of physical therapy which forms the basis of the considerations here presented is not derived from personal observation of the devices used in physical therapy, from an intimate study of their effects on animals or on patients, or even from their trial on a physical constitution inured to punishment by the trials of numerous tooth pastes, breakfast foods, condensed, dried and powdered milks, or other samples conferred on editors by earnest manufacturers and a progressive advertising department. Such statements as are here made public result from the reading of innumerable manuscripts submitted by aspirants for fame in the field

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