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September 17, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(12):985. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690120061033

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To the Editor:  —In Science, August 5, p. 117, Dr. R. E. Rose, head of the research department of the great DuPont Company, has a searching and provocative paper on research. It is not altogether orthodox. Indeed, his attitude must affect the orthodox believers in research "from cover to cover" a good deal as higher criticism does the fundamentalists. For Rose submits to careful scrutiny our tendencies in academic research; criticizes a great deal of it; thinks that it is unduly expensive, carelessly directed, unproductive as research and of doubtful value; and acts in general a good deal like an unbeliever in the Temple. It is a good deal like one of the talks of Dean Inge to the high churchmen. It is not that he is not a firm believer in the value of research, or that he does not recognize the value of knowledge for knowledge's sake and

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