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April 28, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(17):1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860170040009

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Among the major annoyances to American physicians of the last decade have been the loose statements emanating from propagandists in support of proposed changes in methods of medical practice. The death rates in the United States, although they are among the lowest if not the lowest of any great nation in the world, are always described as "shocking" or "amazing." We are told again and again that one third or more of American youths are physically unfit, but they never say physically unfit for what or by what standard. This type of viewing with alarm has now aroused the satire of a writer for the New York Times. He says in a recent issue that there is one indispensable rule for viewing with alarm and that is, when quoting, never to use conditional or supplementary clauses. His first example is a statement recently syndicated under a Washington dateline: "Only one

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