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November 25, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(22):1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450740055014

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and this is more true of our psychology than of our physiology. The mysteries of the human mind continually multiply upon us, and new facts are constantly springing up that defy our comprehension or explanation. The aggregate of human intellect seems sometimes insufficient, from the way it repeats itself, and the often-quoted line, "Two souls with but a single thought," seems more than pure poetic license. An apparent instance of this was that of a well-known preacher who was accused of delivering another's sermon, but who successfully defended himself on the ground of unconscious assimilation, or something of the kind. Even in prosaic medicine this forces itself upon us, as one of our esteemed contemporaries realized when it found a few years back, one of its original articles identical with a chapter in a well-known text-book. A still more striking and recent instance is