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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090038004

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Of the many phases that the life of Helmholtz preents to the student of his life and times, by no means the least important is the scientist as an exponent, in popular fashion, of the more difficult subjects of his investigations. These run all along the line of physics and physiology and include such subjects as painting, musical tones, as well as others more closely related to medicine. Too little stress is generally laid upon the great teacher's ability as a public speaker. His addresses and popular lectures form no mean part of the legacy that has come down to us from him—commending themselves as examples of what such expositions should be— dignified, interesting, instructive and inspiring. An untiringand successful teacher himself, he possessed well-defined ideas of the requirements of professional fitness and these he set forth in his Rectorial Address at Berlin University. A few of the axioms he

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