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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 24, 2004

MEDICINE AS APPLIED SCIENCE.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(20):2450. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2450-a

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.

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