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May 2, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(18):495-496. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390930019005

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There is no more common observation than that men who insist on dabbling in those things of which they know nothing sometimes err. This has been known to happen even to editors of daily newspapers, who are generally supposed by ignorant people to know everything; and from the ex-cathedra manner in which they give utterance to their (often absurd) opinions, one can but think that they are as fully impressed with their omniscience as is what may be called the "general public." A few weeks ago we took occasion to congratulate one of our lay contemporaries on having a sensible editorial article on a subject connected with public health. But from the editorial opinions recently expressed in some of the public papers in connection with General Grant's case, we are forced to the conclusion that articles of real merit on scientific questions, and which display some degree of intelligence on

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