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October 18, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(16):434-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390650014001c

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The absolute failure in the past to read aright the clearly defined symptoms of this disease has left it, as found to-day, one of the most obscure and incomprehensible of all diseases. The wrong reading of symptoms is indicated by the fact that the rate of mortality is virtually the same, whether nature alone is trusted for the cure, or whether the treatment is according to the best lights in medical science; viz.: 50 per cent. of those who are attacked.

Such being the fact, it is discreditable, not to say criminal, longer to entertain the theories or to employ the modes of treatment belonging to such a past. Our profession will be held to a rigid accountability by a world of growing intelligence. This disease will be studied by those outside of the profession who have faith in a better state of things as being possible.

The hope for

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