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March 3, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(9):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400350028009

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Dear Sir:  —If physicians would have the following or something similar published in the newspapers and popular press everywhere, they would greatly help to enlighten the people and diminish quackery of every kind:There appears to be a great misapprehension existing respecting the character and scope of medical science. It does not consist of a single pathy or ism, or of many shreds of pathies and isms, but of all knowledge, all truth pertaining to life, health, disease, deformity, injury or abnormity of every kind, and their treatment, in their most extended relations. Hence, pathies and isms do not represent and have no place therein, while the real knowledge and truth included in every phase of thought, pathy, ism, or otherwise, belong to and are comprised in the general science of medicine, which is thus of universal compass. The application of the term "allopathy" to legitimate medicine is a misnomer

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