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August 6, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(6):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400050021006

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In a recent address on the germ theory and advances in abdominal surgery, Mr. Lawson Tait, indulges in some rather severe strictures on the germ theory, which, with the German language, seems to trouble him not a little. It will be remembered that Dr. Sänger recently advised Mr. Tait to learn German and read the works of German gynecologists. Mr. Tait says: "Unfortunately for me, that is just what I did some twenty years ago, with infinite labor, for the language is neither simple nor easy. I have long been convinced that my time in this respect was thrown away." From this it would seem that Mr. Tait's knowledge of the German language is as faulty as his pathology. Again he says: "The German mind, at least the German medical mind, is essentially different from the mind of the Briton. It not only evolves from its own consciousness descriptions of

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