March 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(9):631. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360039015

Even the most enthusiastic optimist would doubtless admit that there are many paths in medicine that lead to discouragement or dissatisfaction. Those who pursue them need to be encouraged from time to time so that they will not falter. He who is brought face to face daily with seemingly insuperable difficulties in diagnosis or therapy is likely to acquire a deadening inertia from such situations unless there is some new spur to his initiative. A retrospect of progress often serves to remind us of how frequently the unexpected happens, and how occasionally the supposedly insoluble is solved. The history of modern microchemical technic in the service of medicine affords an illustrative instance. Myers8 has recently pointed out with full justice that, during the decade from 1910 to 1920, the chemical composition of the blood was a topic of increasing interest and importance, quite eclipsing in significance the studies carried

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