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January 1963

Science and the Humanities

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(1):130-131. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620250134035

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Abstract

The Markle Scholars in Medicine met at Aspen in 1957 and had a 3-day Symposium dealing with science and the humanities. Moody Prior's book, Science and the Humanities, had its origin in this symposium. He was able to extend and elaborate upon his views during a recent sabbatical year. This is a very capable study, stimulating, provocative, properly finding fault with scientists but not by any means confining critical remarks to them, but also addressing criticism to those who work in the field of humane letters. There seems to be no disagreement that the balance between science and the humanities has shifted notably and critically. Whereas early in the Eighteenth Century the humanities were aggressively critical of science, now it is the other way around. Prior emphasizes that while certain powers may lie latent in a particular field of learning, those who are exposed do not always possess the qualities

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