At a time when biochemistry and microscopy are achieving such brilliant results in demonstrating the etiology and pathology of disease, a discussion of time-honored methods of treatment may naturally be expected to provoke only a more or less modified interest. Nevertheless, I regard such a discussion as seasonable, and all the more so since the fascinations of science logically tend to diminish confidence in and thus lead to neglect of measures which, though their value may have been ever so amply attested by many years of experience, in their inception at least, were essentially empiric. Not to be misunderstood, I wish to express my most sincere respect and admiration for the efforts that are being put forth with a purpose of discovering a palpable cause of insanity, and hence rational plans of prevention and cure; pending such discovery, however, it is expedient to make the most of what we possess,
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