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The Standardization of Error.

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):859-860. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120171030.
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A friend of mine who had just read an essay I produced long ago, "The Natural History of Error," and who knew that I was adding to my collection of what is now a large miscellany of "erroriana," called my attention to Vilhjalmur Stefansson's book The Standardization of Error. I had never heard of it. Curiously enough, within less than 24 hours I came across the book in a catalogue of secondhand books and so got it. Not many years before Stefansson died, he paid a return visit here to the University of Iowa from which he graduated many years ago after he had set a record for the brevity of his stay. He had mastered many languages and was able to achieve credits one after another by passing examinations, a matter which the administration now has made impossible. Perhaps using some variant of Shandy's theorum, "those in control" asked


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