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June 18, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(25):683-684. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391500011005

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It was with some surprise that many members of the Association heard the Chairman of the Section on Practical Medicine, in his address last week, utterly condemn the Bergeon method, after making the indefinite statement that he had given it a "fair trial." The rationale of the gaseous treatment of phthisis has been given so fully in former issues of The Journal that it is quite needless to go over the ground again. But it seems that certain facts in regard to the method need repetition.

Whatever may be the reasons assigned for the use of any method or drug, the value of it must depend on the results obtained in actual practice. If a theory seem to be correct and success be not obtained by a practical application of the theory, we may be certain that: 1. The theory is wrong; or 2. That the test was incorrectly applied.

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