Science: Scientists' Oath

Columbia's fortyish, bouncy Dr. Gene Weltfish, who teaches anthropology (the science of Man), is a woman, but that is not the only reason she is sometimes dubious about man's future. Like many another scientist (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), she is shocked by the horrors of a war in which scientific brains were deciding factors. In September's Scientific Monthly, Dr. Weltfish proposed a professional oath for all scientists, like the Hippocratic Oath which physicians honor:

"I pledge that I will use my knowledge for the good of humanity and against the destructive forces of the world and the ruthless intent of men; and that...

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