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Source Notes: Michael Crichton is not the first to use this, by a long shot. Pathologist and Holmesian scholar, Dr. John M. Kissane (Kissane and Smith, Pathology of Infancy and Childhood, Anderson's Pathology, "Two Victorians look at Science," with James D. Kissane) was fond of using this epigram in his medical lectures when Dr. Crichton was mere youth.

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