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July 16, 1927

THE LIMITATIONS OF SCIENCE

JAMA. 1927;89(3):206-207. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690030038016
Abstract

In a discussion of some current tendencies in the promotion of chemical research, Mendel4 of Yale University has uttered a frank warning against certain possible dangers in the present-day undue vaunting of the contributions of science to the welfare of mankind. He reminds us that the recent popular exaltation of physics and chemistry is in part due to the help which these sciences in particular furnished in the prosecution of the World War. As a consequence the sciences have come to be regarded by many as forces to conjure with—potencies for affording a solution to almost any question that is presented to the devotees of science. Of course, as Mendel points out, men of science realize that they cannot answer the riddles of life or solve the problems of industry on command; yet the larger public is beginning to assume that in the scientific disciplines a little enthusiasm and

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