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November 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470037009

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According to a cable despatch from Vienna, a newspaper for nervous persons is projected, which will handle startling occurrences in such an unexciting way as to permit sensitive individuals to keep au courant with the times without the needless shock liable to be produced by usual chronicles. It will be a demulcent of the day's doings, rendering them palatable to the weakest stomach. There are some perhaps who would say that we have such periodicals now, but that is intended as a slur, and not to be taken seriously. In this new organ, scareheads, we suppose, will be tabooed, all the bad news will be broken gently, a general mild neutrality preserved on all irritating and disputed questions, wars and rumors of wars will be treated most diplomatically and all uncomfortable details of catastrophes, bank failures, etc., be scrupulously avoided. In this way the restful and unirritating environment so needed

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