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April 13, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(15):567-568. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430150037021

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This work is one of the healthiest tonics of the present century. It is seldom a book is written with such originality, with such keen insight into poor, weak and erring human nature, and although the tendency of the book is distinctly pessimistic, yet it is as well that the full measure of the degeneracy of the present age should be exposed and made clear, as that a foul ulcer or sinus should be probed to its extremity in order that a cure may be effected. Nor is it fair to charge this author with being an unreasonable cynic, for "the plain dealing remonstrances of a friend differ as widely from the rancor of the misanthrope as the probe of the surgeon from the dagger of the assassin."

The work is divided into five books—Book i, Fin-de-siecle; which comprises four chapters, as follows: i, the Dusk of the Nations; ii,

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