Inasmuch as medicine has to do with natural forces, and as natural forces are uniform and according to law, the inquiry has often come to mind, have we a basis for a science in medicine? Other sciences, as physics, chemistry, astronomy, navigation, etc., have come to their present position through long years of struggle and search. Now they present themselves before the tribunal of public opinion, and find universal acceptance. No one would question the validity of the principles on which they rest; no schisms exist among their followers.
It is the purpose of this paper to show that the conditions with which the physician deals have such uniformity of phenomena and facts that the subject may be properly termed a science, and that such conclusions may be reached, and practical results attained, as to be unquestioned by any intelligent inquirer, and that when those principles are applied to practical
HERRICK HJ. HAVE WE IN NATURE A BASIS FOR A SCIENCE AND ART IN MEDICINE.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(7):408–412. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610070024001m