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September 24, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):734-735. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450130056009

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Some little time ago this journal editorially called attention to what, in a medical point of view, appeared to be some insalutary possibilities of the over-encouragement of musical culture, and in so doing noticed briefly some of the theories of the origin of the musical sense and emphasized a little the fact that it is essentially a sensuous and emotional faculty, not in any intrinsic sense an intellectual one. An esteemed correspondent has found in the said editorial, matter to which he strongly objects, and accuses us of overmagnifying the value of the merely useful, and underestimating that of the higher incitants of the imagination. As he appears to have misunderstood the whole spirit and tenor of the editorial referred to, it may be well to take up the subject again and state, it may be more plainly, the idea it was intended to convey.

There is no rational being

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