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March 28, 1885

NATURE VERSUS ART IN THE CURE OF DISEASE.

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SURGEON TO THE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL, PITTSBURGH, PA.

JAMA. 1885;IV(13):337-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390880001001
Abstract

The constitution of our society requires that its president, on retiring from office, shall deliver to the society a public address. It is expected of the one who undertakes such a task to act the part of a leader and conduct his hearers into new regions of thought. For such a task I feel myself entirely unfit. Instead, therefore, of acting as your conductor, let me take the more humble position of brakeman upon the train of medical progress. It has seemed to me that in our desire to get ahead we have been going too fast, and that there is danger of the train getting off the track unless the brakes be applied. Let us stop for one moment in our search for something new and return to first principles. In what I shall have to say I will refer to what I regard as mistakes which we, as

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