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November 16, 1895


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JAMA. 1895;XXV(20):861-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430460027001l

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It is often interesting, as well as instructive, to take a retrospective glance over conditions that apparently have taken the lead in shaping popular opinion. In professional work this is quite as fascinating as it is to follow the ordinary topics of the day. In the present, matters that are non-sensational are relegated to the background, giving place to topics that can be made to excite the imagination, and help to create a sensation. Out of this has been developed the fad of being interviewed by a representative of the public press; in which, many times, the person being interviewed is shrewdly made to say what the publishers of the paper or journal believe will be graciously received by its patrons. This seems to have extended to all classes of society until it has become a profession. The ward politician discourses eloquently on the financial problems of the day; the

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