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July 11, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(2):81-82. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670020001001

Although we have not yet reached the Golden Age of therapeutic discoveries, there are many indications that we are approaching the threshold to it. Never before in the history of medicine has so much interest been taken either in the introduction into the treatment of disease of new drugs and other therapeutic measures or in the scientific study of the action of well known old time drugs and procedures. Moreover, drugs are more easily and better prepared and standardized, and the roentgen ray and other physiotherapeutic measures further developed than in the past. It has been of interest and value to me to attempt to outline the paths along which therapeutic research should proceed in the future, and I hope that it will also interest others.

There are three important paths for progress in therapeutic knowledge: first, the discovery of new drugs and other methods of treatment; second, the determination

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