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November 14, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1032-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980004001b

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The question whether man has ascended from the monkey or descended from "a little lower than the angels" does not matter in the present discussion; also whether women have passed to a higher or lower plane in the evolution of our higher woman; whether it is a higher sphere to wield the keen, logical brain of a Maria Mitchell or to be the mother of a host of well trained sons as Cornelia, is not pertinent to the present subject. For the reason that popular opinion, before which we all fall prostrate, says woman's brain, whatever its capacity, must be made to hold a certain amount of book lore which we call an education. Sometimes when we have this erudition applied we think with the poet, "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."

"Go on to perfection" is the motto written above every scientific laboratory door; and one of the most weighty

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