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June 13, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(24):1987-1988. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530500035005

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There are some people who pride themselves on being "cock-sure" of anything about which they have made up their minds; sound common sense is their strong point; they "know what's what;" they are not to be taken in. As a matter of fact, such persons are commonly among the most gullible of mortals. Lacking imagination, lacking idealism (and even proud of their defects in this regard), utterly lacking in sense of perspective and in capacity for broad and comprehensive views of things, they are impressed as easily as children by some vulgar and utterly unsubstantiated pretense of a cure of cancer or of caries; and most illogically (at the same time considering themselves to be nothing if not logical) they conclude that some popular cult—such as Eddyism—has better claim on the understanding than all science, from Hippocrates to Koch.

There is absolutely nothing new in the story. Not to go

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