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December 1961

Man Against Himself

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):957-958. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120141020

If ever there was a time when man needed to understand his overwhelming aggressive tendencies, his almost unlimited capacity for hate, and the perennial troubles it gets him into, that time is now. In the past a temper tantrum of a tyrant might destroy a favorite subject, or someone threatening his power; or it might lead to a destructive war in which a whole nation might be extinguished. The ultimate in destruction that might occur is exemplified in the last of the Punic Wars, with complete annihilation of a nation, and the symbolic ploughing with salt the ruins of the greatest city, Carthage. Today when "communication" can flash news all over the world in an instant, modern man is bombarded with pronouncements, codified rumors, and propaganda. Neither his intellectual capacities nor his training prepares him to deal with them competently. The outburst of fury, frenzy, and anger which enabled primitive

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