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June 1961


Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(6):801-803. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620060001001

I have been alloted a reading time of five minutes, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, which permits only an epitomization of an extremely important subject. Briefs such as this are like underwear bearing the same designation—they cover the point of maximum importance but of necessity leave the peripheral areas uncovered. My situation is frankly as a condition of parenchyma with too little supporting tissue, and this makes for a most difficult assignment. However, I am buoyed by the words of the author who advised: "Do the best you can. The forests would be very quiet if all the birds were quiet except the best singers." Robbins cannot hope to aspire to the charming melody of nightingales but I hope my few chirps will be pleasant, thought-provoking, and welcomed.

In introducing my subject I would like to make an adaptation of a story told in the Talmud. A student approaches his