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My purpose in reporting the cases detailed in this paper, is to give some additional testimony as evidence of the importance in practice, of keeping constantly before us one of the first principles in the treatment of disease, namely, the removal, so far as possible, of the cause of every abnormal condition that we are called upon to treat.
Disease in its various forms exhibits so many phenomena for which we can find no adequate cause, it is not a matter of wonder that we at times fall into a routine practice of treating symptoms.
At the same time, we are justly proud of our superior methods of diagnosis that have enabled us to acquit the liver of many sins of other organs; to stop some supposed "consumption coughs" by checking the discharge from the posterior nares; to relieve many cases of so-called fever by evacuating pus cavities in various
THOMSON RL. SOME ABNORMAL CONDITIONS DUE TO REFLEX NERVE ACTION.Read before the Spokane County Medical Society, July 3, 1890.. JAMA. 1890;XV(12):428-429. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410380016001e