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February 29, 1896

THOUGHTS ON GENERAL AND CARDIAC THERAPY.

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BURLINGTON, VT.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):399-401. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610001001
Abstract

During the last quarter century remarkable advancement has been made in every department of medicine. While in the realm of therapy, advancement toward scientific accuracy has perhaps hardly been in keeping with the general progress, still modern therapy is becoming one of the more exact branches of medicine. It is not based entirely upon empiricism, as was formerly the case, but is establishing itself upon a basis which may be called scientific or rational. In treating disease empirically, a certain remedy is used because it seems to have been valuable in treating the same disease or conditions. I do not deny, or wish to under-estimate, the value or success of such treatment in many cases, but would emphasize the fact that the method is anything but scientific. A system of scientific medication must be founded upon a knowledge of the natural history of the diseases to be treated, and of

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