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November 1974

A Critique of Criticism in Medicine and the Biological Sciences

Author Affiliations

Head of Department of Internal Medicine, State University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):858-861. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230068015

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In reading Mr. Godwin's ingenious work on political justice, it is impossible not to be struck with the spirit and energy of his style, the force and precision of some of his reasonings, the ardent tone of his thoughts, and particularly with that impressive earnestness of manner which gives an air of truth to the whole. At the same time it must be confessed that he has not proceeded in his inquiries with the caution that sound philosophy requires; his conclusions are often unwarranted by his premises; he fails sometimes in removing objections which he himself brings forward; he relies too much on general and abstract propositions, which will not admit of application; and his conjectures certainly far outstrip the modesty of nature.—T. R. Malthus