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November 10, 1917

THE METHOD OF EXPERIMENT IN MEDICINE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1610. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460036009
Abstract

"In a country rich in gold, observant wayfarers may find nuggets on their path; but only systematic mining can provide the currency of nations. In the search for natural knowledge, the experimentalists are the miners." There is a peculiar appropriateness in these words of Gowland Hopkins of Cambridge University at a time when men's minds are diverted by the great emergencies of war and are upset by the distorted values of every-day life. Nowadays it would require a foolhardy person to maintain that "there is nothing new under the sun," or to prophesy what cannot be done. The progressive evolution of science is expressed in the arts exemplified daily before us. We marvel at the newest phase of the conquest of the upper air or the ocean depths, at the irresistible force of the newest explosive or the perfection of the latest motor, all too often oblivious of the great

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