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The article in this week's issue by Dr. Reid Hunt, on the thyroid principle in the blood of exophthalmic goiter, forms a part of series of investigations by this indefatigable and successful experimenter, conducted under government auspices in the Hygienic Laboratory of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service. The work promises to be of unusual practical importance and Dr. Hunt and Surgeon-General Wyman deserve commendation for their efforts on behalf of scientific medicine. Let us hope that these investigations may be followed by others of like character and thus place our therapeutics on a firm basis of experimental knowledge.
Therapeutics can not rest on experiment alone; the conclusions from experiment must be confirmed by experience. Clinical experience is apt, however, to be wofully uncertain unless controlled by the exact tests formulated by experiment. We are familiar with the exactness and delicacy of chemical tests, but the work of Hunt and
PRACTICAL SCIENTIFIC WORK.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(3):248–249. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530030052005