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September 13, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(11):400-401. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410370024004

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In the candid study of reported cases, there is apparent to the critical mind, an element of incredibility, which will not down at the bidding. We are ready to admit that this is not a constant factor, but merely that with all the hedging that it is quite frequent enough to deserve criticism. There is somehow an over-writing, a curious blending of the probable with a suggestive caution lest the tale be too well told. These are the arts of the shrewd writer, well up in the tricks of his craft. Parallel instances do not and are not expected to yield like results in other hands. Failure is to be attributed to lack of skill, knowledge or judgment.

Much may be allowed for the enthusiasm of the advocate of a new mode or principle, but there is altogether too much glossing and too much of the spirit of self-complacency to

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