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November 28, 1908

A Plea for Esperanto in International Medicine.

JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1881. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220053014

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Lewis, Kan., Nov. 16, 1908.

To the Editor:  I wish to answer your Paris correspondent's question in The Journal, Oct. 10, 1908. Speaking of the advantages accruing from the use of only one language in international medical congresses, he says: "The ideal, however, would evidently be to adopt for communications and for discussions a single language, as has been done for international relations. Some believe that only a new, artifically created language, such as Esperanto, is capable of answering the requirements; but is it not chimerical to think of adopting an artificial language when it would be much simpler to use a living one?" Then he goes on to urge the use of French.Certainly, one can not deny that one language only would be the ideal—not only for medical, but for all international relations—but with the correspondent's conclusion as to French and Esperanto, many will take issue, even many

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