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January 30, 1937

Synthetische geneeskunde: Een nieuwe ziekteleer en ziekenbehandeling

JAMA. 1937;108(5):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780050076032

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Realizing with many other writers that medicine stands at the crossroads, the author propounds a new theory of disease and a new treatment of the patient, which aim at putting medicine on a higher level by delivering it from the clutches of analysis. He thinks that, although physicians have not yet advanced far enough to construct a synthetic medicine in all its subdivisions, for which analysis may for a time be allowed to continue furnishing the scientific foundations, it seems that it is high time that they remember the teachings of Hippocrates and discard the nosologic system, with its fiction of diseases divorced from patients, which is useless in practice. They should concern themselves with constitutions and zealously study the laws of heredity. The unity of the living being and the interdependence of its organs, maintained by the circulation and the nervous system, lead unavoidably to a synthetic theory of

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