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Every new theory is at first more or less ridiculed by the incredulous class, and the number of those incredulously inclined is unfortunately as large to-day as when Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood, or Jenner promulgated the boon of vaccination. Hence no surprise will be created should this new plan of treatment for pneumonia be derided, or even denounced in terms more vigorous than elegant. But still among you all there may be one patient investigator searching for truth, who will give this new theory a practical test; and if so, he will be induced to make a second trial; and when he ascertains that substantially it never fails, it will then become his fixed, permanent and unalterable practice in the treatment of pneumonia.
No attempt will be made in this paper to enter into an extended research or exhaustive analysis relative to the cause, pathology or results
MARTINE GR. A NEW PLAN OF TREATMENT FOR PNEUMONIA. Read in the Section of the Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):412–413. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090016001d
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