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July 28, 1883

ADDRESS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SECTION ON PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, MATERIA MEDICA AND PHYSIOLOGY.

JAMA. 1883;I(3):65-68. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390030001001

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Abstract

Delivered to the American Medical Association, June 6, 1883.

Gentlemen of the Association

In the development of medical science, men have been compelled to grapple with some of the most intricate and difficult problems which can challenge investigation.

In studying those higher relations which lie in part beyond the limits of finite conception, reason may properly defer to faith, and, seeking the guiding hand of revelation, walk with a wisdom other than its own. But in medicine it is not so. Forces, mental and material, interchangeable, inter-dependent, and inseperable, manifest themselves in ways so manifold, and with so many essential facts undiscovered, that reason is compelled to thread her way with steps slow and uncertain, sometimes, in truth, oft times in error, ever painfully conscious of her weakness, and of the mysteries that confront her on every side. Thus only may we account for the seemingly meagre fruitage which represents

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