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December 1964

Studies in Words.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):861-862. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120173034

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The well-read man of our day is keenly aware of C. S. Lewis. It does not require religious orientation to recognize the incisive style, the cunning use of words, the wisdom, and the almost sardonic theology of the writer of the Screwtape Letters. In order for a person to make an impact on the world of intelligent men today, he must have at the very least a full command of the language he speaks. Otherwise he will find himself caught off guard, off base, and sadly enough too many times in the predicament of the eager but unwary player caught between second and third base with the winning run in a World Series game.

A melancholy commentary on the "scientific" mind is that since the importance of the technique of language as a medium for transferring or indeed even promoting ideas so often is not recognized there has come to

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