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December 17, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1873. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500250043005

In a recent address Cabot1 expresses the opinion that the use of exact methods in diagnosis, the use of instruments of precision, and the keeping of full and accurate records, will in future times be regarded as the most striking characteristics of the progress of medicine in the last fifty years. In other words, the tendencies in the medicine of to-day are all in favor of more accurate methods. As a result of these tendencies, certain changes have occurred, according to Cabot, both in medicine and in the physician. In medicine exact methods have led to the abandonment of many of the loosely applied terms which uneducated men have so long used as a cloak to ignorance. The gradual disuse of the term "diathesis" to describe certain obscure symptoms, the disappearance of the word "bilious" from our vocabulary, the absence from modern diagnoses of such diseases as congestion of

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