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The future's so bright I gotta wear shades1
  1. Robert W Tarr
  1. Correspondence to
    Robert W Tarr, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA; editor{at}

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“All the world acknowledges that the invention is the greatest event that secular history has recorded….

Science was found lurking in the corners much prosecuted; the invention gave it freedom on land and sea and brought it within reach of every mortal.”

- Mark Twain, 1900

This quote from Mark Twain is excerpted from his article in the Hartford Daily Courant2 commemorating the 500th year anniversary of the birth of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type press. Admittedly, Gutenberg's invention was one of the more significant inventions in the past millennium. It simplified the production of the written work, thereby expanding the audience and facilitating the transfer of information and knowledge. Perhaps nowhere is the transfer of knowledge more crucial than in science and medicine.

“I told you to do it this way.”


“Because, I said so.”

The above exchange is not attributable to any single individual but is almost universal in the field of parenting. With …

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