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February 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):509-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470080031004

Sir Michael Foster discourses upon this interesting topic in a recent magazine article.1 While much that is already known must be learned by the medical student, there remains a vast extent of unknown that must be learned before the healing art may gain the mastery of disease desired so much by all. Our hospitals offer great opportunities for gathering new truths, but unfortunately adequate use is not made of these opportunities, not only in England but also in this country, and quite likely elsewhere as well. Sir Michael Foster meets the constantly recurring agitation against hospitals being used for the purposes of experiment—which is the favorite phrase of those misdirected persons who hold that hospitals ought not to serve for advancing knowledge— by pointing out that every sick person who seeks medical aid makes himself the subject of an investigation, that no physician or surgeon is ever absolutely sure

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