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On Mon, 17 Aug 1998, Robert J. Petry wrote (small excerpt):
 
> Again, Esperanto is capable now of reaching maybe 2 million people with a scientific
> article.  [...]
>                                                               With Occidental those 1-500
> million people can read most of the articles or letters without any training.
 
    I do not have the reference -- perhaps Don Harlow does -- but I
recall reading somewhere that an experiment was done with Interlingua.
A group of American medical doctors with no training in Interlingua
were given medical articles (or perhaps summaries) in Interlingua and
asked to translate them into English.  Specialized matter otherwise
familiar to specialists in that field.  The results were not totally
encouraging, as the physicians did not do as well as some prople had
expected.  Would it be any different with Occidental?
 
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