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JAMA. 1952;149(13):1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930300085039.
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Many of the discussions in this small volume seem to offer little in the way of helpful education. This may be because the discussion does not relate the various scientific advances closely enough to what the average man knows. For example, it will not profit a man much to know that there is a device capable of seeing 100,000 colors, that the perfect fly repellent has yet to be developed, or that different shaped knobs on the automobile panel can simplify car operation. These and other scientific findings reported are interesting but open to so many arguments that their value may be questioned. Nevertheless, there is a considerable amount of interesting material. Anyone who has watched the Johns Hopkins Science Review on television will agree that many extremely stimulating programs have been presented. Perhaps the lesson from this is that science teaching can be effective only when it is given

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