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January 9, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(2):29-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010037001

In the popular mind, the name Bright's disease, at the present time, has a prophetic import not unlike that of a verdict of conviction after a trial for life. It is regarded as a hopelessly fatal malady; more hopeless indeed than the condition of one condemned to execution, inasmuch as in the latter case there may be the prospect of a new trial or a hope for pardon. This prevailing impression, like other popular impressions relating to disease, reflects the views of the medical profession. By the latter, Bright's disease, in its chronic form, is generally regarded as a disease from which recovery is not to be expected, a fatal termination taking place invariably sooner or later. This view of the prognosis is not far from the truth. It may be said, perhaps, to be a view which accords with our present pathological knowledge and clinical experience. But the scope

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