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December 21, 1901


Author Affiliations

Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at Yale University. NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(25):1652-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470510008001b

We are in the age when a better understanding of pathology and bacteriology has shown the absurdity of many pseudospecifics and of symptomatic treatment. We realize more and more the "phusis" of Hippocrates, the "archeus" of Paracelsus, the "pneuma" of Hoffmann, the "anima" of Stahl, and the "vis medicatrix naturæ" of later writers, which power Hahnemann so well demonstrated with his multiple dilutions of nothing, allowing disease to recover without interference. Also, we recognize the uselessness of attempting to cure or even to stay organic disintegration or obliteration.

While acknowledging the above, I think we have become too pessimistic therapeutically, and while we are directing our energies and remedial agents to the etiology and pathology of disease, we have forgotten to better, or correct, or aid the normal metabolism of the body.

Too many books on practice and too many teachers instruct carefully in the etiology, pathology, symptomatology, diagnosis, and

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