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April 18, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(16):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390910017006

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Our British confreres seem to have a trifle of unrest in their daily lives; such matters as which bell to ring, what to do with their hats, how many fingers to use in shaking hands, where to send their boys to school, and other living questions of the day seem to give them a world of trouble, Any one reading the correspondence columns of the Lancet, British Medical Journal, or Medical Times and Gazette would scarcely infer that they regard life as "One grand, sweet song," or that the greater number of them are entirely free from dyspeptic attacks. There is a childlike freshness and simplicity about some of the questions asked, and an evident and earnest thirst for knowledge to be found in these columns that is most refreshing to slow Americans.

A few months ago an animated discussion was kept up for some time as to whether Coleridge

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