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October 17, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):848-850. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940018001g

In searching for the striking and unusual we often overlook that which is trite and commonplace to our detriment. Nowhere is this more true than in the practice of medicine. I believe that we are, safe not only as teachers in medicine but among ourselves, in laying stress upon the importance of using the simplest possible means for gaining a given end. The neophyte is not the only one who seeks for the unusual, for the formidable, as a means to an end and overlooks that which is near his hand. Indeed, all of us are prone to err in the same direction. As a profession we need to call a halt, ever and anon to get down off of our stepladder in our search for the unattainable, to come down to terra firma and use the things that nature has given us. Drugs, drugs, drugs, seem to be the

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