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November 1959


Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology University Hospital Philadelphia 4

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(5):593. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560230079022

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To the Editor:—Dr. Kalz has a winning letter. It is an artistic creation. The very thought of opposing it seems sinful. His argument is in the classical tradition set up by Gladstone; it is balanced, in good taste, sober, and eminently fair. I certainly admire Kalz's literary craftsmanship. Furthermore, I could wish to have written it myself for his thoughts have great merit and are gently delivered. As is well known, I prefer rapiers to the back of the gloved hand.

We are, however, not involved in a literary contest. Words and thoughts, no matter how beautifully assembled, will not decide the real issue. Scholarship by no means guarantees access to the truth. I suspect that Dr. Kalz and I have the same philosophy of research. We differ only in regard to what we think we have observed. I cannot verify his observations. I do not think this

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