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February 4, 1933

Die Krise der Medizin: Lehrbuch der Konstitutionstherapie.

JAMA. 1933;100(5):363. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740050059039

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In this thesis the author appeals for a return to the medicine of the days of Paracelsus and Galen, whose views prevailed up to about a hundred years ago. He maintains that the relegation of bloodletting, cupping, emetics and leeching to the junk heap of medicine constituted a great error. He regards such apparently local diseases as glaucoma, amenorrhea and peptic ulcer as general metabolic disorders. Actually the trend of modern medicine is gradually preparing the field for a return to that view. He has struck on the weak point of modern medicine in its tendency to overspecialization. Whether he is justified, however, in condemning all modern medicine because of overspecialization is greatly to be doubted. Still more to be doubted is his insistence on a return to ancient and medieval medicine in toto. In his two volumes he ably presents his views on the subject. In the first volume

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