Three distinguished English physicians1 have recently viewed in retrospect the major lines of advance in the fields of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology, the occasion being the celebration of the jubilee of King George. There is in medicine, as in other lines of endeavor, a continuity of development that precludes the acceptance of any line of demarcation twenty-five years ago which is not based on previous accumulated experience.
In the recognition and practical applications of the deficiency diseases, including some of the anemias, a well-nigh new outlook has been reached. In the study of the hormones knowledge has progressed far, though, as Langdon-Brown points out. Starling's theory of chemical control of the body had been enunciated by 1905. The applications of chemistry and physics to medicine have also increased enormously during this time. The chemical analysis of the tissues, especially of the blood, has improved diagnosis, prognosis and
PROGRESS IN MEDICINE DURING THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. JAMA. 1935;105(9):721. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760350081014
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