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November 6, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(19):1647-1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580190053017

Modern science calls for proof — proof as indubitable and unqualified as the case will permit. Scientific men accept new theories and new alleged facts only when they are supported by reliable evidence. Especially is this true in the realm of scientific medicine. Unlike the exact sciences, there are in medicine so many elements which may vitiate definite conclusions that the careful physician is slow to accept claims made for new therapeutic agents. And rightly so; for human health and life are too valuable to be made the sport of untried theories and unsupported claims. In a world largely dominated by commercial instincts, this unwillingness on the part of the physician to accept, at its face value, every claim made for a new therapeutic product has long been a source of irritation to the exploiter. It is not surprising, then, that the refinements of twentieth century advertising have been brought