DOSAGE OF DRUGS
—In order to be successful in the practice of medicine, it must be remembered that we are not treating a disease but a patient, and that it is essential to consult the peculiar tendencies of the man or woman who is the patient. For this purpose, what is popularly known as "a knowledge of the constitution" is necessary. This is a knowledge that can be gained only by experience, and for the acquisition of which obviously but little help can be given by generalizations. Still, some of the factors may be pointed out that go to make up "the constitution."It is the knowledge of hereditary tendencies that makes the advice of the old family physician sometimes so valuable. The habits of life are of importance. Hard physical work and habitual exposure to weather render the system less sensitive; refinement, luxury and indolence, more sensitive
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