JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1160-1175. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500420001002.
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It has been aptly said, and with some degree of truth, that a well-bred person never insists on facts. The person who forces his facts into the minds of others by the brute force of figures is usually called a statistician and is frequently considered a bore. Like other pests, however, he has his usefulness and, while it may not be the good fortune of the statistician to adorn a tale, it frequently falls to his lot to point a moral, and in medicine the brute force of figures will always be the court of final resort.

It is my misfortune to-day to have to offend from both points of view, to insist on facts and to drive them home by figures, but I will feel that I have not offered myself in vain as a sacrifice on the altar of science if I can aid in any way in


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