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May 13, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(19):1493-1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500460001001

THE THEEAPEUTIC AKT.*  OLIVER T. OSBORNE, M.A., M.D.President of the American Therapeutic Society Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at Yale. NEW HAVEN, CONN.Many societies of internal medicine and many prominent clinicians believe therapeutics to be sucn an integral part of practice as not to require separate consideration or special study. We naturally take strong and positive exception to this belief, and it is my purpose to present the reason for the inauguration of special societies to discuss and to study this neglected branch of medicine.The definition of therapeutics involves everything of importance to the patient. All the scientific physiology, etiology, and pathology of the world is of no use to him without their final practical application through the knowledge of therapeutics. I may illustrate this point by the following diagram It is inane to say to this audience or to the profession that the patient cares