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February 12, 1916

The Kinetic Drive

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JAMA. 1916;LXVI(7):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580330063027

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To the Editor:  —It has occurred to me that since Professors Carlson and Woelfel have made themselves the sponsors of those who see reasons for questioning the validity of the kinetic theory (The Journal, Jan. 22, 1916, p. 295), it might be well to pursue with them an open debate in the pages of The Journal. Certainly if the kinetic theory is false it should be proved so, and that proof should be presented as openly as arguments in favor of that theory have been presented. My proposal would be that this debate be purely on the merits of the case; that it be free from personalities; that each present fully the data on which he founds his opinion regarding any contended point in the discussion; and that the discussion of each point be subject to the generally accepted rules of debate, i. e., that the affirmative have the privilege

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