When called to a case, the young physician is apt to meditate more on what he shall prescribe rather than on what is the matter. As a student he was, perhaps, more diligently occupied in copying the pet prescriptions of his favorite teachers than in noting the care with which these same teachers sought to impress upon his mind the importance of diagnosis and the fact that a correct knowledge of the disease process, its cause and its natural course, must precede a rational therapy.
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