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February 7, 1977

RE: Courage Beyond Science

Author Affiliations

Friendship, NY

JAMA. 1977;237(6):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270330019003

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To the Editor.—  "Courage Beyond Science" (236:2085, 1976) is a delightful, discursive piece that is a welcome relief from the usual fare in our journals. It is, unfortunately, so well constructed that glaring errors of fact may be readily swallowed by the unwary.Before asserting that E. Grey Dimond should have known better, I looked him up in the Directory of Medical Specialists. Since he is my junior in medicine by two years, I am on solid ground. As far as "none of the following medical aids..." and as far as "remarkable technical events unknown..." are concerned, I assert that I knew about some of them and that I should have known about still more before I reached for my diploma in the old Brooklyn Academy of Music, in May of 1942.Antibiotics may be an imprecise term, but we knew about them and, as a matter of fact, administered