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September 23, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(13):926. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510130046010

The public interest in research and in scientific knowledge of various kinds has a deep significance that augurs well for the future. Mutual understanding between the lay public and scientific men is a highly important and desirable condition. Prof. John M. Coulter,2 in discussing this subject, makes the following statements: Matter describing scientific research that is now published in popular magazines and in newspapers is scant in amount, sensational in form and usually wide of the mark. There is an increasing desire on the part of the public for information on these subjects. The usual method of presentation is through a middleman, a reporter, who presents the matter in a "popular way," and in so doing makes misleading statements and almost entirely removes the scientific atmosphere. The important need in the situation is for the scientific men themselves to study the popular method of presentation and to provide matter