Huxley, whose life was pervaded by an incessant search for scientific truth, stated that "the only source of real knowledge lies in the application of scientific methods of inquiry to the ascertainment of the facts of existence: that the ascertainable is infinitely greater than the ascertained." He rejected all hypotheses which could not be substantiated by scientific investigation, no matter what their significance in contemporary thought. There is no room for the apocryphal; only the truth will survive the vicissitudes of time.
Three years ago, before the American Medical Association, because of my implicit belief in the effectiveness of my cautery punch operation for the removal of large prostatic obstructions, I expressed my confidence in its survival.
My proposal for its complete adaptability to these large prostatic growths, though substantiated by facts gleaned from the analysis of a large series of cases accumulated since 1921, met with considerable adverse criticism,
CAULK JR. EFFECTS OF USE OF CAUTERY PUNCH OPERATION ON NECESSITY FOR PROSTATECTOMY: PRESENTATION OF A NEW CYSTOSCOPIC IRRIGATING, FULGURATING ATTACHMENT TO THE CAUTERY PUNCH INSURING DOUBLE VISUALIZATION. JAMA. 1932;99(22):1828–1832. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740740012004
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