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Read to Section on Practice of Medicine and Materia Medica of American Medical Association, May, 1884.
The efforts of many earnest workers in the medical profession, have of late years been directed toward investigating and seeking to isolate the causes of disease. And the tendency is to ascribe the cause of a class of diseases to the presence in the human body of a contagium, spore, or morbific germ, producing zymosis, with more or less intense disturbance of general nutrition, with or without local lesion of the solids.
As yet none of these have been satisfactorily determined. And while this work is necessary to the advancement of medical science, yet it would be of little avail to the human family to isolate, classify, and describe a morbific element, so long as we have no antidote for it, or means of protecting the human body from its ravages.
Prof. William Pepper,
LYNN GA. SPECIFIC TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA AND CROUP. JAMA. 1884;III(4):94–96. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390530010001b
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