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October 11, 1884

Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Medicine.

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Delivered in Chicago Medical College, Medical Department of the Northwestern University. By Nathan Smith Davis, A.M., M.D., LL.D., Dean of the Faculty and Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine, etc., etc., etc. Jansen, McClurg & Co., Chicago: 1884.

JAMA. 1884;III(15):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390640025005

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Abstract

The volume comprising these lectures is excellent in appearance. The features which, after a careful perusal, attract one's attention especially, are: first, the distinction which the author clearly points out between the functional derangements of living matter that are manifest in the diseased state and the result of these which is ordinarily described as morbid anatomy. Second, the fullness and completeness and detail with which the treatment of disease is described, and third, the insertion of metric measures in all prescriptions. He, however, adds in brackets the apothecaries' measure.

So much attention has been devoted by pathologists to the study of morbid anatomy, both gross and microscopical, that it has come to be considered almost synonymous with pathology. The fact that morbid anatomy is the result of disease, not strictly speaking the disease, is ignored. The author in his first chapters which treat of the principles of medicine, points out

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