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December 23, 1905

The Burning of the Books.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510260057016

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South Haven, Mich., Dec. 18, 1905..

To the Editor:  —I have just read the letter of Dr. B. Holmes in The Journal of Dec. 16 on the "Burning of Books," and I must enter a protest against such wholesale denunciation of all medical books older than the last edition. To my mind, the fathers in medicine, be they old or new, deserve not only our respect, but their teachings and their books are worthy of our serious thought and study. There is something more due them and ourselves than—"As dutious sons we fondly wished Our fathers were more wise."Truth is not always most abundant in things ultra new. There is no greater danger of falling into error by going slow than by going too fast.The same desire of the public which demands two editions of a daily paper, with extras between, seems to consume some medical men,

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