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April 4, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(14):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390890016007

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Such is the title of a most interesting paper by Dr. Charles J. Hare, delivered at the annual meeting of the Metropolitan Counties Branch of the British Medical Association in 1883. At first sight it would seem to a practitioner of "ye olden time" that in our race for new remedies, we are rapidly discarding those old friends which have been our sheet-anchor, helm, sail and all for many years; and that the physician of the present day thinks that the more new remedies he discovers the greater will be his reward. Undoubtedly many remedies, useful in past years, are now laid aside—a few have fallen into unmerited disuse—while others have been consigned to a merited oblivion. Still others have been clothed anew, disguised under other and new names and forms, and find an honored place in our therapeutic tables.

Dr. Hare seems to lament the disuse of not a

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