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occurred. There occurred three hemorrhages. The members of the medical profession The shortest duration of fever was twelve days; should bear in mind that they are themselves the longest, a case which relapst, forty-four exceedingly ignorant in what constitutes high- days. The average duration of fever was sixclass massage and remedial movements, few of teen and three-fourth days, counting from the them having learned the simplest rudiments of first day of the headache, malaise, etc., until mechanotherapy; and that consequently, they the temperature reacht normal. After that, in are rarely competent critics. In Europe this most of the cases, there was an evening rise for is not so. Again, in this country we have few one or two, and sometimes for five or six, of the thoroly trained masseurs, such as are days; which is the usual course under any graduated at the Swedish, Danish, and German treatment. high-class institutiors, where the course is two I here were only four relapses. This was full years of nine or ten months each. Unfor- attributable, in part, to the continuation of the tunately, our local schools of massage turn out diet during convalescence; but it was attribgraduates after a three months' course, and utable, more than anything else, to the fact even American aptitudes can become only that the castor oil was continued until long superficial in the fundamental branches in so after the fever subsided, and the patient was brief a training. Few are conscientious enuf safe from the likelihood of a relapse. As a to carry their studies to an adequate thoroness; rule, during convalescence from typhoid fever, yet a few do so and are then often better than there is more or less constipation, which is prethe foreigners. The European masseur finds vented by the continued use of the oil. There

almost none of our physicians able to appreci- occurred, practically, no complications. The • ate his skill, much less competent to direct him, fact that the poisons were eliminated nearly as

hence the temptation is for him to practise on fast as generated, and that the patients were his own responsibility. Thereupon, in the not doctored to death with useless and harmful minds of many, both of medical men and mas- drugs, is probably reason there were no seurs, there arises a bitter antagonism based on more complications, and that the cases generalrivalry. This is not as it should be; they ly ran a mild course. In almost every case the ought to work in harmony, each appreciating temperature was below 102° within two or the special skill of the other.

three days after the treatment was begun In

some cases the fever fell faster and went lower Two men, in no way associated, applied for

than it did in others. I have seen it fall from work in massage recently, one a graduate of the effects of one dose of oil three degrees in Dr. Clodhausen's Institute, in Copenhagen, five hours, and again I have seen a single dose and one of the Royal Institute for Gymnastics,

fail to reduce it at all; but I have always found in Stockholm. The first, after completing his that the temperature would promptly rise if the two years' course in Denmark took a postgrad

oil was withdrawn. uate course of a year in the Swedish School.

The method I think best is to begin promptOn coming to America, each hearing of the ly with a dose of pure castor oil every twelve marvels of osteopathy, which pretends to pro- hours, regardless of the stage of the disease. ceed on similar lines, but with a mystical qual- The dose should be so regulated as to cause one ity of omniscience, determined to learn this or two actions, and will vary from one to eight “science." Each one took the full course at drachms, depending upon the patient, the stage Kirksville, the school of Dr. Still and the

of the disease and the condition of the bowels. fountain head of osteopathy, graduating in due

This should be continued thru all stages of the course. They both assured me that they disease.-Dr. C. C. Bass, of Columbia, Miss., learned no facts of importance not already in N. Y. Med. Jour. known to them. Such instances can be readily duplicated in the experience of others.—Dr.

The use of oliv oil in ulcer of the stomach as sugJ. Madison Taylor, in New York Medical gested by Waldo in Cent, fur innere Med., Nov. 8, 1902, Journal

is rational, and should be given a trial. It is said to

reduce the acidity of the gastric juice, thus preventing Castor Oil Treatment of Typhoid Fever.

further erosion; it quiets irritation, and acts gentiy on

the bowels. It is given in desertspoonful doses, and I have already stated the thoro diagnosis of the patient allowed to rinse the mouth with some all the doubtful cases, Widal's test being made,

aromatic mouth wash. The dose is gradually increast

to fifty cubic centimeters; if this creates nausea, the and will now summarize the results in seventy- oil is made into an emulsion and cautiously introduced nine cases. In the majority of these cases no

thru the stomach tube. He reports a series of cases

demonstrating the success of the treatment and medicin except castor oil was given. All were believes it would also be efficient in duodenal ulcer. given an abundance of pure drinking water. (We suggest the addition of a mildly healing antisepThe diet was strictly liquid, generally milk,

tic, and believe such a course would favorably influand sometimes predigested food. No deaths

ence gastro-intestinal catarrh and ulceration following prolonged diarrheal trouble.-Ed.)

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PRACTISE,

Pennsylvania Examination Questions Used

treatment.

1. Define hyperchlorhydria : causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and 2. In chronic interstitial nephritis (the primarily contracted kid

ney) name the causes, structures involved, symptoms and

treatment. 3. What are the causes of hypertrophy of the heart other than

valvular disease, and how would you recognize the condi

tion? 4. Give the incubation periods of smallpox or variola, of chicken

pox or varicella, the time of appearance of eruption in each,

duration and clinical history and respectiv diagnosis. 5. Define Argyll-Robertson pupil and name the diseases in which

it is one of the diagnostic signs.

SURGERY.

1. Give symptoms and treatment of pyemia and septicemia. 2. Describe any one of the dislocations of the shoulder-joint and

the mode of reduction. 3. Describe the diagnostic symptoms and the surgical treatment

of congenital inguinal hernia. 4. Describe the varieties and the treatment of fracture of the

patella. 5. Give the etiology and symptoms of nasal polypi and describe

the surgical treatment. 6. Describe the operation of ligation of the lingual artery. 7. Give the operativ treatment of varicose veins of the lower ex.

tremity. 8. Define necrosis and give the cause, symptoms, and treat9. When and why is ether preferable to chloroform for anes

thesia. 10. Describe the surgical methods for the reestablishment of joint

function in confirmed ankylosis.

ment.

OBSTETRICS.

1. Give the causes and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. 2. Give the relations of the cephalic and pelvic diameters at three

points during the birth of the head in an L. O. P. presen

tation. 3. In prolapse of the funis what are the dangers and how should

you proceed to overcome them? 4. How would you prevent phlebitis in the puerperal period! 5. Give the rules for applying the forceps and describe the method

of application in the R. O. A. position. 6. Cite the conditions requiring version. 7. Diagnosticate rupture of the body of the uterus during labor. 8. Diagnose pregnancy in the sixth month from phantom tumor. 9. What are the conditions justifying the induction of premature

labor? 10. In what stages of labor is it improper to give ergot!

HYGIENE,

1. Give a concise statement of the means to which you would re

sort to prevent the contamination of drinking water. 2. How do running and quiescent waters purify themselves and

which is the more efficient means of purification ! 3. What diet should be recommended in scurvy? 4. Describe the hygienic principles to be observed to prevent catch

ing cold. 5. In our public schools what hygienic principles should be

enforced to prevent the spread of infectious and contagious diseases?

" Or are you going to practise medicin? If your pa. tients were all reasonable men and women, your task would be easy; but they are not. Even in their best estate they are not all reasonable men and women, and you will have to deal with them when they are not in their best estate, but are morbid.

“You will have to deal with patients who throw your medicin out of the window, and still expect you to cure them ; in one house with a mother busy with other things and careless of the sick child; in another house with a mother whose weak and tearful sympathy does much to negativ the influence of your presence and the effect of your medicins.

" It is not enuf for you to know physiology and anatomy and therapeutics; not enuf for you to know what your medical school has told you ; you must know men and women-their physical constitutions, their mental and moral constitutions.

You must understand them-their life, their narrowness, their prejudices, their unreasonablenesses. You must see into them, that you may minister to them.”—The Outlook.

December 16 to 18, 1903.

ANATOMY.

1. Describe the relation of the deep epigastric artery and the in

ternal abdominal ring. 2. Describe the course and distribution of the nerves of the palm

of the hand. 3. If the femoral artery were obstructed at the apex of Scarpa's

triangle, thru what channels would the blood flow to reach

the tibial arteries? 4. Give the relations and topography of the gall-bladder. 5. Describe the superior vena cava, and name the veins that enter

into its formation. 6. Name five muscles of the shoulder, and give the origin and in

sertion of any one. 7. Describe the mastoid portion of the temporal bone, and name

the muscle attacht thereto. 8. Name the structures that maintain the bladder in its position in

the male and female. 9. Describe the iris, giving its blood and nerve supply. 10. Make a sketch of and explain the circulation of the kidney.

PHYSIOLOGY. 1. Explain the functions of each component part of an artery and

include its nervous mechanism. 2. Explain “electrotonus," and describe the effects of an ascend

ing and a descending electric current upon normal muscle,

when closing and opening the circuit. 3. Describe the principal superficial and deep reflexes. 4. Describe the mechanism of the heart in action, 5. Describe the functions of the suprarenal capsules.

contents.

CHEMISTRY. 1. Describe a test for excess of hydrochloric acid in the gastric 2. Define albumoses and give test for detection. 3. Give method for quantitativ estimation of urea eliminated in

twenty four hours. 4. Give quantitativ test for glycosuria. 5. Define bilirubin, describe its properties and give test for its presence.

THERAPEUTICS.

1. Name the two most important drugs used in the treatment of

syphilis ; the stage in which each is indicated and the proper

method of administration. 2. In night sweats name the drugs indicated, their doses and meth

ods of administration. 3. Name several drugs that render the urin alkalin; give their in

dications, doses, and methods of administration. 4. Name the hypnotic drugs and their doses, and name the chief

hypnotic to be avoided if the patient has a weak heart, and

tell why it should be avoided, 5. Give the indications of salol, its dose, and name the two drugs

it is subdivided into in the stomach.

MATERIA MEDICA.

1. Write a prescription for a four-ounce mixture containing an ex

pectorant, a sedativ and a tonic, of which the dose is a tea

spoonful every two or three hours. 2. Give the composition of pil cathartic, composita and state the

dose. 3. How is argenti nitras best administered internally, and what is

the dose for an adult and for a child two years of age ? 4. Name one hydragog cathartic, one intestinal antiseptic, one

hypnotic, and one antipyretic. Give doses. 5. Give the chief activ principle contained in digitalis and give the

formulae and doses of the tincture and intusion,

PATHOLOGY, 1. Give a general explanation of the pathology of edema and in

clude the chief factors 2. What is the cause of a rise in temperature ; explain the mech

anism. 3. Describe thrombosis and embolism. 4. Describe the changes that occur in cartilage in arthritis defor5. Describe the lesions found in the different varieties of cirrhosis

of the liver.

mans.

DIAGNOSIS.

1. Diagnose paresis. 2. Differentiate the eruptiv fevers. 3. Differentiate a distended gallbladder and a movable or floating

kidney: 4. Dia znose Ménière's discase. 5. Differentiate beniga and syphilitic exanthemata.

Complete and Authentic Expose of the "Free
Electric Belt” Fake as Workt by the
Heidelberg Medical Institute

of St. Paul.
As indicated by the heading and the cut which is in-
troduced on this page, our attention this week is given
to a gang of fakirs who carry on an extensiv business
thruout the states by means of the endless chain
and follow up system of cor respondence.

The Heidelberg Medical Institute, with head offices at St. Paul, Minn., pays large sums for the square yards of advertising space they occupy in the leading provincial dailies and fireside journals. The first advertisement reproduced by us is taken from a journal “Devoted to the Idealization of the Home.”.

We took the Heidelberg Medical Institute of St. Paul at their word when we made application for their Free Electric Belt, and it is only their word we have for stating that it is an institute capitalized at $100,000, and that it is giving away thousands of its great Electro-Chemic belts to prove and advertise their wonderful curing power, and that it recently restored 18,976 ailing men to vim, vigor, health and happiness.

after examining our case, they thought it a curable one, they would immediately forward the New ElectroChemic Belt without one cent of cost to us.” They would do this, because they knew it was without doubt one of the best belts ever manufactured, and that their gift was for advertising purposes only, knowing that for every Electro-Chemic Belt they gave away they would be able to sell twelve in our locality, and that after that their belts would be put on the market for sale at $28.00 each. All this in an imitation typewritten letter which is run off on the neostyle or mimeograph machine at the rate of about 1,000 a minute.

We returned the diagnosis sheet without delay. We were as promptly favored with a further letter of over 900

words of the usual stereotyped gag of which the fake medical institute is parent. They told us that the diagnosis sheet had received their “ careful attention," and that our case had been given a "most thoro" examination, and that they found us suffering from a frightful complication of troubles, which were the direct results of causes which they knew all about and understood. They imprest upon us that we allowed our ailments "to advance to such a severe stage that ordinary or common treatment would be of no avail."

ELECTRIC BELT
FREE

To AMen Who Write to the
Heidelberg Medical Insti-

tute, St. Paul, Minn.
Just send your name and ad.
dres plainly written and they

will send their great "Electro
Chemic Belt" without one cent of cost to yon. It is yours

for the asking. Not even necessary to send a postage stamp
The Feldolberg Medical lastityte, capitalized at $100,000, is the largest and richost Medical lo
stitute in the North west and is giving away thousands of their Great Electro Chemic Belts to provo
and advertise their wonderful curing power. The Great "Electro-Chemic" Belt will restore you to
health and happiness. 18.976 millog mes recenty restored to vim, vigor and perfect'manhood. It
quickly cures Aneumatism, Lumbago, Lame Back, Nervous Exhaustion. Varicocele, Failing Vitality,
Kidney Troubles, Liver, Stomach and sexual Diseases, General Weaknesa, Lost Nervo Force and
many other allments. It is worth from $20 to 50 to anyone. It is given away aboolutely free oy
the Heidelberg Medical Insutute to all those who need the one great curative agent, electricity.
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There is practically no beginning and no end to the circle of diseases which this belt can cure. It embraces and "quickly cures" rheumatism, lumbago, lame back, nervous exhaustion, varicocele, failing vitality, kidney, liver and stomach trouble, female weakness, and " many other ailments," and this charitable institute, incorporated for the physical welfare of the weak and decrepit, declares that they give this belt away

absolutely free to all those who need the one great curativ agent, Electricity." Remember," they state, " the belt is not sent on trial, but is yours to keep forcer without the payment of one cent. So write to-day for the great Electro-Chemic Belt, Free. Address Dept...5, Heidelberg Medical Institute, St. Paul,

We wrote in due course and this is how they tried to work us. They acknowledged the receipt of our appli. cation for their electric gift. They went on to express what happiness it would

afford them to send us the belt absolutely free of charge, if we in turn would do them the small service of taking them sacredly into our confidence and fill out their diagnosis sheet, which they enclosed, and return it at once. They stated that if,

So hopelessly wreckt did they diagnose us that it was their conviction that none but the most skilled specialists should attempt treatment of us, and that it was their “ Electro Medical treatment we should have by all means." No ray or spark of hope lay in any other treatment. It would act directly upon our entire system and give us new life and strength.

In this letter-another stock-printed effusion, with spaces at intervals to stick the name of prospectiv victims in for the purpose of gulling poor fools into the impression that a letter was written specially to meet the requirements of each individual case--they were pathetically sorry for us—for us, mentioning our names and appealing to us directly. They took paternal interest in us the moment they examined the diagnosis sheet. They addrest us now confidentially. It was no business, or commercial, or skin game. They had our name and case already fixt indelibly in their philanthropic minds. But the sad thing about us was that they found us to be in such a deplorable condition that No Electric Belt could cure us without being used in conjunction with proper medicin." Notice how the veil was gradually lifted. Electricity was all

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very fine in its way and, indeed, it would perform won- we should be so, but long experience and unbounded ders if properly applied; but there was a limit to it, as tact enabled them to devise a way out of this difficulty, there must be to faking and to all things else. In our They would send the parcel carefully packt and case, per exemplum, their Electro-Chemic Belt would labeled as it it came, not from the Heidelberg Medical not rid us of our complications without the assistance Institute, but from a friend named Franklin, who, for of medicin properly taken and applied, but what the aught anybody might know, could be a personal palout Electro Belt, given away absolutely free by the Heidel- in Minnesota. Nobody could thus suspect the contents berg Medical Institute of St. Paul, would do for us, no of this package, and even tho it passed thru the hands other electric belt in the world could accomplish. of the curious they would not be one whit the wiser. They were not backing out of their promises in the It was already, in fact, at the express office at our end, newspaper, undertaking to send us one of the Electro- so all we had to do was to drop in and examin it care, Chemic Belts free of all charges and without the cost of fully and take it home. We were in immediate need a single cent to us. No! they would keep their promise of the treatment, and as they wisht us to be rid of our as honorable men. They were not incorporated for disagreeable symptoms at once they decided that no the purpose of swindling and faking. They had a time must be wasted. This was why they took the capital of $100,000, and their already long list of 18,976 kindly liberty of sending us the package so quickly. ailing men, recently restored by them to vim, vigor Thev'urged us to go right ahead and win-not to worry and happiness, was a sufficient and noble reward for about payment; there was no hurry about that. Call their self-sacrificing interest in humanity. They re- for the free belt, anyhow, at the express office; call for peated that “Besides electricity our case required a it at Adams' and pay for the medicin when we conscispecial course of medicin, for the Body Battery, with- entiously felt we were cured. It would cost us nothout this special treatment, could not effect a cure." ing for the belt, of course. They would keep their They, of course, promist to send us their belt, and promise. The only condition they would impose on us they promist to present it to us as a free and irrevo- in the matter would be an expression of our gratitude cable gift. But, like everybody else who makes a and appreciation by acknowledging in a letter how promise, they had reserved to themselves the privilege they cured us and how honorably we had been dealt of waiving, or modifying, or breaking it altogether. with by them. From their careful and correct diagnosis of our physical Now, let us analyze their honesty and their honor. collapse it was apparent to them that the Electro

It is a very easy task, for you will find that the virtues Chemic Belt could not, per se, effect a cure. It would of this and all similar concerns do not include either now be "absolute folly to essay our cure by electricity one or the other. alone in our advanced stage of disease. As a matter This belt was advertised and offered us free of all of fact, they could not thus help us, nor could they cost in the first instance. Then the veil was lifted. afford to take chances, for a single failure would bring The merits of the belt were ingeniously relegated to opprobrium upon them and dim the fair name of the second place and all importance given to a special Heidelberg Medical Institute of St. Paul and eventu- course of medicin, of which, after mature and care; ally switch

them off the market as a group of deceiving ful consideration, they found us to be in real and fakirs.

urgent need. They sought to inveigle us into this trap However, our case was an exceptional and special by insinuating that the $28.00 belt was being given us one. They appreciated our promptness and frankness free, and that we were askt to pay only for the two in filling out and returning their diagnosis sheet. months' course of medicin, and to report progress ocThey appreciated this, and would carry out their casionally, so that more medicin, and more still, promise to the spirit and the letter, and were sending might be forwarded to us at the usual rates, and in the us their belt free. They were, in addition, sending us usual discreet manner. They offered this at $5.98– a special course of medicin for internal use and exter- not $6.00, but at two cents less than $6.00. The price nal application. This they prepared specially for us, was cut down to the cost of manufacture, and no marand it must be taken and used while wearing the belt. gin left for profit. They did not seek' profit. The Their regular charge for this medicin, which would more they thought of us, or rather, the longer we kept carry us over about two months, was $20.00, but we them waiting, the more hopeful they grew. They now were so prompt and frank in taking advantage of their felt sure that instead of 12 they would be able to sell generosity that they decided to let us have it, the whole 20 belts at from $20.00 to $28.00 in our locality, as soon business, belt thrown in, for a mere song-not for the as our cure was completed. This bait did not work. $20.00 they regularly charged others, but for $5.98. The They could not understand us. They pointed out how $5.98 scarcely paid for the labels on the bottles; the belt "fair" and "honestthey had been with us so far. alone was worth $28.00. This did not matter. Their Why, therefore, did we let such a trifling sum as $5.98 desire was to cure us, and they did not mind losing stand between us and speedy cure. They would now over it.

let us have the whole outfit, bottles and belt for $4.65 ; They were sending the box containing the belt, and the medicin-to take on the side-by express. They

they would knock off $1.33. Surely, we now had no

excuse. knew how sensitiv we were about anybody suspect- But we had. We decided to play the game out. We ing we were under treatment. It was only natural delayed still further, and ignored their letters-the

same style of stock-printed letters right thru, with the usual provision for our name, which was introduced at critical periods in the body of the letter to give it the semblance of good faith and genuinness.

They were now prepared to lose further in order to induce us to take immediate steps to prevent our untimely death. They would charge us now, not $5.98, as originally demanded, but $3.60! Just think of it! A two months' course of medicin for internal and external use, and a $28.00 Electro-Chemic Belt, all for $3.60. This they assured us was their last offer.

This offer," they said, “is final-it is our last offer." But we were not wrong in assuming that it was not their "last offer."

We have been four times approacht by an emissary from the Express company's office, offering the case for $2.90. But we have also declined this offer, which we feel sure is not their bottom price. We declined this, and we have now told them, politely, to give us up as hopeless.

THE

MASTER SPECIALIST

HEIDELBERG

MEDICAL INSTITUTE

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[The above review is clipt from the February issue of The Medical Council, and it approaches nearer to " the perfect book review" than any review of any book we ever saw. We thank our contemporary, sincerely.--Ed.]

The American Year-Book of Medicin and Surgery for 1904. A Yearly Digest of Scientific Progress and Authoritativ Opinion in all branches of Medicin and Surgery, drawn from journals, monographs, and text-books of the leading American and foreign authors and investigators. Arranged, with critical editorial comments, by eminent American specialists, under the editorial charge of George M. Gould, A M., M.D. In two volumes. Volume I, including General Medicin. Octavo, 673 pages, fully illustrated; Volume II, General Surgery.. Ocravo: 680 pages, fully illustrated. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Co., 1904. Per volume : Cloth, $3 Det; half morocco, $3.75 net.

This work is one of the best of its class. We know of no other which will so well enable the man with a limited library to keep abreast of the rapid strides in medicin.-A. L. R.

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It has come to our turn now to endeavor to light the ignorant and the unwary out of the darkness into which hordes of unscrupulous harpies of this class inveigle those broken down in health, who are always too credulous and always too ready to be influenced by the flamboyant, stereotyped twaddle which these electric belt and patent medicin institutes introduce into their advertisements, circulars and “follow up system" of correspondence.

As for the belts themselves. We have known cases where the source of the “static current" was little pads of cayenne pepper, and also pads of mustard, which generated, not electricity, but painfully raw blisters when perspiration from the body came in contact with the pepper or the mustard.-GERALD KeatING, in Physical Culture for June, 1903.

After the above article was set up, another communication came to the writer's hands, offering the belt and medicin for 98 cents !

[The above has been in type for a number of months, but has been crowded out month after month until now.-ED. M. W.]

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Truly a superb work of art; one of the finest portraitures we have ever seen. It is fit to grace any office or home, and will prove its possessor to be one of taste and judgment. The limited edition, with the author's autograph, will be exhausted early. Few medical men were more appreciated than Doctor Leidy, and it is with the greatest satisfaction that we realize that so magnificent a monument to so great a man is now within reach of his friends. The etching is carefully packt, and will reach any destination safely. We commend it to all friends of the Doctor as being all that could be desired in the way of an etching.

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New Zealand is a country about which there is at present a great deal of interest in the minds of the people of the world at large. This book is just the one to supply all one desires to know about this beautiful, wonderful and progressiv country, The natural beauties and wonders of New Zealand excel those of any other country on the face of the globe. In the small space of about twice the size of our New England States we have mountains grander than the Alps, deep fiords equal to those of Norway, hot springs and geysers equal to those of the United States, a climate more equable than that of California, the blue skies of Italy, vegetation green the year around, beautiful

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'Whatever interpretation may be drawn from New Zealand's example, the record of her struggle and the showing of results made in this work are most valuable and interesting, and 'The Story of New Zealand' is bound to have a wide and far-reaching influence upon those who would apply the lessons to our own country.”—Philadelphia Public Ledger, January 31, 1904.

The subject, the wonderful progress of New Zealand, is one of which we know too little. I emphatically confess that if we possest a knowledge that can be obtained by reading this work so splendidly written, we would be better citizens, and our education would be

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