The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. 9 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. 9 A German physician of some note once gave it out as his solemn conviction that civilized man is gradually but surely losing the sense of smell through disuse. It is a fact that we have noses less keen than the savages; which is well for us, for we have a dozen "well-defined and several" bad odors to their one. It is possible, indeed, that it is to the alarming prevalence of bad odors that our olfactory inferiority is in some degree due: civilized man's habit of ...

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