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January 18, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):180-181. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480030038009

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An imaginative English writer, in his latest publication, which is a sort of tentative prophecy of what society and the rest of the world are coming to in future years, suggests the possibility that a refined and scented Obeah worship will be in vogue in fashionable society and imagines a witch dance and doctor with feathers and all, as a feature of a future social function in Park Lane. With modern Eddyism in existence and thriving on both sides of the Atlantic the suggestion is not so wild as it seems and may be nearer fulfilment than many of his other vaticinations. We ought to be able to count on the counteracting influence of our profession to some extent, but human nature is a peculiar thing and facts sometimes play strange tricks. For example, it is a curious thing to see a physician—an emeritus professor of Columbia University—posing as a

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