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February 15, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(7):311-317. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430590013002a

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PREFACE.  The scope of this article is little more than a suggestive outline of the subject in a fragmentary form. While some of my positions may be regarded as neither proven or self-evident, I am persuaded their correctness will become manifest on a careful consideration. At a later date I expect to deal more fully with some of the points under other headings. I have treated the question by contrast which will give a more accurate view than could otherwise result.

DEFINITION.  By the term normal mind I mean the prompt and coördinate action of all the mental faculties coexisting with pacific disposition or temper. It has no reference to knowledge in the numerical sense, nor capacity in the geometrical sense, but simply that state of mind which enables the individual to do his best in any given relation.

GENERAL ASPECT.  Of ten business or professional men selected at random,

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