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February 20, 1904

The Nature of Man. Studies in Optimistic Philosophy.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(8):551. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490530053022

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This work, which has been widely noticed in the secular press and almost universally with favor, is a striking contribution of the day. The author needs no introduction to medical readers, but the present volume will probably be a revelation in some respects to most of them. It is the work of a biologist as well as that of a physician and bacteriologist, and the author accepts the most advanced materialism of the period. He begins by speaking of the discontent and uneasiness that exist throughout the world to-day, the desire for universal happiness and the failure thus far to find the right way to obtain it. Religion, he asserts, has failed, and man has developed into a condition where his organism is in many respects out of accord with Nature about him. He foresees a remedy for the present state of affairs in the general adoption of the teachings

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