It is an evident fact that the materialistic theory is at the present day, among educated people, the popular one; but when, if it has not already reached its flow, the ebb sets in, it will be discovered that the members of the medical profession have in no small degree been responsible for its dissemination, as their preparatory studies necessitate the investigation of matter and its properties, and in the pursuit of this knowledge they lose sight of the fact that there is something immaterial in man, and that some of his acts are free. The same cause exists in all the branches of science, producing like effects; consequently scientific men are largely in the majority in the materialistic ranks, with the medical profession well represented, and all this in the face of the fact that every practitioner of medicine admits, that in numerous instances he recognizes the necessity for
SAWYER A. THE RELATION OF MIND TO MATTER. JAMA. 1885;V(17):451–456. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391160003001a
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