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August 1963

The Head of Medusa: Contemporary Literature's Obsession With the Pathological: Part III

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Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):278-283. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020176025

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By this time my readers will have grown weary of this record of the assaults on my sensibilities made by a considerable segment of current literature. They will read on only because they are curious to see how long I can maintain a state of moral indignation. They have probably long since decided that in an exercise of this sort the cool detachment of the clinician would be more in keeping with these pages.

In the course of the discussion there have been echoes of agreement and also of a desire to debate the matter in a little less sweeping way. The Editor, generous as always, has commended my "temperateness in tempering the distemper of intemperate writers." Others have suggested that I have taken far too serious a view of works which are intended as "entertainment" and nothing more. That I countered by replying that even works of entertainment may

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