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June 20, 1896

SOME GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN RELATION TO THE NATURE AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1214-1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770016001e

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Abstract

"Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies; Hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is."

How profoundly true this is! Given one fact and you have the key to the universe, a formula that can solve all problems, a talisman that will open all the arcana of nature. Be faithful to your one fact and it becomes an unfailing test for truth, for nothing that contradicts it, can be true. An isolated fact is an impossibility. Conditions that are unvarying and know no shadow of turning, relate your one fact to all the other facts in nature. And these laws and relations are constant; the same yesterday, to-day and forever. To believe that nature is fickle and capricious, doing a

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