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October 1962

Greek Experience

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):411-413. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220003002

Perhaps because I was sentenced, as you might say, to study Greek in prep school, and later recognized the privilege of learning it, there and in college, and since I have had rich opportunity if not ripe experience in doing editorial work as well as doing a deal of reading; somewhat belatedly I have come to suspect, in horror, that casting Latin and Greek out of the curriculum of schools in our country has helped those who aim to be devotees of science to reach nearly total cultural illiteracy and a high stage of linguistic chaos. It would be unfair to claim that "classical innocence" and the prevailing linguistic vacuity among "scientists" exist in any strict cause and effect relationship. Still I have not yet found a person who regularly writes a morbidly illiterate or boringly awkward paper who has contributed anything more to science than he can fetch off

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