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Nothing but a high sense of public duty will justify a man in attempting to prove another insane, it matters not whether he be dead or alive. The great leading men of the past belong to their posterity. They are valuable lessons to the young, both as warnings against evils and incentives to duty. Biography has always been interesting to me. When nine years old I had read "Plutarch's Lives" more than once. From this kind of study we select our ideals. For this reason the Bible is an invaluable book; it presents us with so many noble ideals on all great moral questions. Some three years ago I read a pamphlet on "The Rise and Decline of Homeopathy," before our State Society, which has had quite a wide circulation. Last year I had a newspaper discussion with the homeopathists of Richmond. Each fired a gun and retired from the
PARKER WW. WAS HAHNEMANN INSANE? JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):7–9. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530007001b
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