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[From Advance Sheets of the Transactions of the Illinois State Medical Society.]
The By-laws of this Society make it the duty of the Standing Committee on Practical Medicine to report annually concerning such improvements as may have been made during the year in the management of individual diseases, and on the prevalence and special character of epidemics in all parts of this State.
Improvements in the management of any given disease may arise, either from a better knowledge of its causes, a more accurate understanding of its special pathology and tendencies, a more perfect comprehension of the action of remedies, and from direct clinical experience or observation at the bedside of the sick. By a full knowledge of the causes capable of producing a disease, the physician is often able to direct such remedies, or adopt such hygienic measures, as will neutralize or suspend their further operation, very much to
DAVIS NS. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PRACTICAL MEDICINE AND EPEIDMICS, OF THE ILLINOIS STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY FOR 1882-3. JAMA. 1883;I(14):409–416. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390140001001
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