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February 8, 1965

To Have Been or Not to Have Been

JAMA. 1965;191(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080060078025

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To the Editor:—  I enjoyed reading the clever and well written editorial, "To Have Been or Not to Have Been," but the remark of Horace about Homer, namely "Indignor, quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus," may apply here. Your editorialist uses the word hypothecate for hypothesize. Webster gives for hypothecate: "To subject to a hypothec; to pledge without delivery of title or possession; specif., of vessels, to pledge by a bottomry bond."

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