March 8, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(10):347-349. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410100023003

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As surely as result must follow cause, so surely will present methods of investigation lead, and that in the immediate future, to a more rapid development of medical science. Never before in its history were so many men of ability and culture bending their energies to the verification of facts already stated and to the discovery of new truths. Rich fields were all the time awaiting investigation, but until now it was impossible to enter them. Hitherto men must needs content themselves with gross appearances, and speculate with reference to that which was beyond the limit of their comprehension. But by the added means of vision, which in itself is yet to be improved, these new and hitherto untrodden fields are brought within the range of study, and fresh discoveries of untold value are being added to our wealth of knowledge every day; and each new truth but helps the

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