THERE SEEMS TO BE a notable increase these days in various assaults on people's senses. Often this involves sight and hearing. Who hasn't at times felt besieged by graphic visual images of battle or crime, either in a TV news report or movie theater, or on a neighborhood street? Nor do you have to live in a major city anymore to feel awash in the unwanted sounds that define noise pollution.

What about taste, smell, and touch? While these senses are not as often the fodder of evening news and talk shows, the assaults on them are no less aggressive. And Christian Science concludes they're no less deserving of attention; the importance of not ignoring any assault on the senses involves a welfare far greater than just that of physical comfort. In medical reports especially, the three "junior senses" are increasingly depicted as vulnerable to decline and impairment.

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May 5, 2008

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