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The use of any remedy empirically declines always in proportion to increased knowledge of facts and the approach to exactness in medical science in all its branches. When the treatment of disease consisted almost entirely of a medication of symptoms and no fixed rules or indications regulated the giving of drugs, many remedies were used because of precedent and without any other virtue to recommend them for the cure of disease. At the present, when rational ideas about the causes, course, and all other phenomena of disease are found, collected and classified from actual knowledge of these subjects, and the progressive medical mind is not satisfied with the therapeutics of the past, many remedies and methods of treatment, some of them very popular, have been superseded by other and more rational methods of dealing with disease. Preventive medicine has come to the front in many departments of healing, notably in
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