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February 1948

Whither Medicine: From Dogma to Science?

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(2):245. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220200133017

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The writer states in his introduction that he has had no training in philosophy, but this book is purely philosophic and hence, as with all philosophic works, beyond the full comprehension of the reviewer. He believes, however, that this is a good book and that the author really has something to say which is worth while. The point seems to be that the practice of medicine should be based on methods so accurate as to approach planned experiment and to be capable of statistical analysis; if this could be pushed to its logical conclusion the physician would always know exactly the right thing to do, and the result would always be the best possible one. Dr. Fidler writes well, although one discerns everywhere that mixture of the obvious and the esoteric so common in philosophic exposition. George Henry Lewes in his "Biographical History of Philosophy" attributes to an unknown wit

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