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May 14, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(20):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391450017006

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Probably there is to be found no period in the past history of medicine, characterized by such an active strife for making new discoveries, not only in the prolific realm of bacteriology, but in new therapeutic inventions and in novel applications of old remedies, as is the present. The mania for discoveries and inventions and the thirst for novelties has become fairly epidemic. It is only necessary to invent some kind of apparatus and either some new remedy or some new combination of old ones, apply them to the treatment of a few cases of some dangerous form of disease, or, still better, to disease in such stage of advancement as had been regarded hopeless, and report some striking improvement, before time enough has elapsed to make permanent results possible, and it is at once heralded as a grand achievement. It is so important that it cannot wait for the

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