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August 17, 1895

PROFESSOR HUXLEY.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(7):289. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430330031004

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Abstract

The death of this very eminent man who was an educated physician and most learned biologist and teacher, brings out one phase of his work which every physician should copy. All his writings are models of concise exact expressions conveying the precise meaning intended. This was not easy to him, but was acquired by hard labor and persistent study. Many of his works were written three and four times over, and cut down and altered continuously. He explained that his idea of good writing was to make it so clear and concise that no critic could draw any other conclusion but the one intended. In this he succeeded, and the various polemic discussions he had with learned theologians always brought out a clear, crisp, ringing range of thought, in contrast to the heavy learned logic of his opponents.

Physicians and even teachers show great faults in this direction. Professor Huxley's

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