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February 27, 1967

An Introduction to Experimental Pathology

JAMA. 1967;199(9):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090118038

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Readers of this new impressive book who persevere through the introductory barriers of towering philosophical profundities will discover that it contains a wealth of information on latest research techniques that fulfill all requirements of refinement, elegance, and sophistication. It should prove particularly useful to inexperienced researchers. Even an unsophisticated onlooker will be edified by the panoramic approach of new research methods. He will marvel at the ingenuity with which diverse and often contradictory data are woven together in logical sequences.

He may, however, find the labyrinthine complexities of minute details somewhat indigestible and may even be vexed by innumerable threeletter contractions of long terms as well as by the introduction of newly coined and unfamiliar technical expressions. Codified language must be necessary, since it is so widely employed, but the cynical-minded may suspect that scientific snobbishness is as contagious as any other variety. Are such expressions as "tingible substantiveness" really