Under the benign influence of aseptic surgery the domain of operative treatment of disease has been gradually but steadily expanding, so that, even at the present time, almost every organ of the body is within reach of surgical aid when it has become the seat of injury or disease. The sphere of the physician is constantly being narrowed by successive achievements of modern surgery, which have been and are still multiplying with wonderful rapidity. The useless and often pernicious administration of drugs for the cure of local affections must and will yield to rational local treatment. Aseptic surgery has created a new era in the diagnosis of disease. All the large cavities can now be opened and the organs examined with comparative immunity. In obscure cases, speculative diagnosis must give way to direct inspection and palpation.
Aseptic surgery has also revolutionized that most important branch of medical science—experimental physiology
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