Certain words of Laennec’s preface are an echo of Auenbrugger’s expressions. He said:

“For our generation is not inquisitive as to what is being accomplished by its sons. Claims of new discoveries made by contemporaries are likely, for the most part, to be met by smiles and mocking remarks. It is always easier to condemn than to test by actual experience.”

James J. Walsh, The Popes and Science (1908)

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