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April 6, 1935

Principles in the Treatment of Inflammation

JAMA. 1935;104(14):1269. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140073029

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The thesis of this book is just the opposite of the theses so generally and fulsomely exploited at "commencement day" orations. These lead the medical neophyte to believe that the "wonderful" progress of medicine has made him master over disease and that he is now entering on a victorious career of curing human ills. This book, by a World War military surgeon and seasoned clinician, might be recommended as a good antidote to the dangerous cocksureness thus engendered. Hammond points out that physicians do not understand it all, "that disease generally arises we know not why," and that much depends on the patient's "constitution," a matter about which little is known. "In few diseases has treatment been more irrational than in inflammations. Inflamed fingers are still immersed in antiseptic solutions, though few believe that these have any action and some even think that they do harm. But few are prepared

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