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To gain a correct knowledge of the morbid processes capable of taking place in the human body and the laws by which they are governed, on the one hand, and an equally correct knowledge of the action of remedial agents, on the other, are the two great leading objects of every thoughtful and conscientious physician. Without the first, he is incapable of seeing clearly what he needs to accomplish in the treatment of any given morbid condition or disease; and without the second, he is equally in doubt as to the particular remedy best adapted to the accomplishment of the changes desired; and in consequence he is obliged to prescribe empyrically such remedies as are recommended by his teachers or authors.
For instance, if he regards any given case of fever as simply increase of heat or pyrexia as its chief pathological element, without any definite knowledge as to whether
DAVIS NS. ON PREVALENT THERAPEUTIC INCONSISTENCIES IN MEDICAL PRACTICE, ILLUSTRATED IN CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE AND IN CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS.Read in the Medical Section of the Michigan State Medical Society, May 5, 1892.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(20):601-605. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411240001001