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September 15, 1917


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(11):933. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590380075030

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To the Editor:  —Continuing the subject of "Patriotism Rampant": Patriotism sometimes goes to excess; but, like the old adage of "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all," it is better that patriotism ramp, and wildly ramp, than that it crouch or cower. That the language and literature of a people reflect the spirit of the people is a truism: why then should we wish to perpetuate or encourage by any authoritative act of our own the spirit that decorates authors of "Hymns of Hate"; that finds solemn treaties but "scraps of paper"; that stamps its very money with "God damns" of its enemies; that mints commemorative medals of the sinking of a Lusitania; that, while professing good will with its lips, sinks the ships of its friends "without a trace being left"?I take off my hat to "Patriotism Rampant."But science—so much

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