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In Defense of The Newborn Cliché

John T. Flynn, MD
JAMA. 1966;197(13):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110130109042.
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To the Editor:—  Is it possible to think of a cliché that is not tired? (197:216, 1966). The answer is clearly "Yes."After perusal of Abstracts of Research and Demonstration Projects in Social Welfare and Related Fields, US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1965, I can state this firmly.This is a moving and heartening document. Someone, after all, is giving close attention to the economically deprived, the illegitimate, the mentally retarded, the chronically ill, the aged, the unwed mother, and the street gang.At an idle midnight hour, this document inspires a host of fantasies, and a trance-like verbosity infuses the mind with a spate of new clichés, meaningless but zestful:Creative and non-creative accomplishment and its bearing on crosscultural perspectives.Goal-attainment in the non-achiever. Semantic differentials and their effect upon intragroup structural contrasts.Parental attitudinizing—a reactive counterforce against offspring resistance to maternal-paternal authority status as it


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