JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
It can scarcely be too often emphasized that the science of medicine
consists almost entirely of applications of the principles and methods of
other sciences, natural and mental, to the study of disease. The principles
of natural science, especially, form the skeleton on which the great masses
of medical facts are hung. Medical men sometimes forget that it is the methods
of physics and chemistry that they are using every day, and that it can scarcely
be otherwise in their work. Everyone knows, when he stops to think of it,
that physics and chemistry are more fundamental or basal sciences than biology,
just as mathematics is a science more fundamental than physics.
MEDICINE AS APPLIED SCIENCE.. JAMA. 2004;292(20):2450. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2450-a