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July 23, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):189-190. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450040039007

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A witty popular writer makes the suggestion that with the growth of utilitarian ideals, music will gradually come to be looked upon, not as a dignified and civilizing art, but as a sort of minor vice; an amiable but enervating dissipation. While there is probably little chance that our ideals will become so completely utilitarian as he suggests, there is nevertheless something in the idea he advances that is perhaps worthy of consideration. It is certainly a curious fact that one form of sensual indulgence, or perhaps one might say more acceptably, sensuous enjoyment, and that as little utilitarian as any, if not absolutely of no value to the race and its continuance, should be lauded as in every way meritorious, even when excessive, while others of far greater real utility are considered, if at all overdone, as hardly respectable, if not absolutely disreputable. This is not because of its

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