Freedom of thought is the foundation of all progress; and while this law develops a diversity of opinion in practical therapeutics so great as to give rise to the belief that no two physicians treat the same disease in the same way, it is nevertheless true that in the struggle to relieve and cure disease we consciously or unconsciously seek and follow methods which finally lead to adoption of the same principles if not of the same details of treatment. This unanimity in practice is sometimes reached through certain etiologic and pathologic convictions which we hold of disease; or, as is more often the case, we are driven to it by the power which comes from witnessing the successful effects of well directed medication either in the hands of others or our own, and in spite of any theory we may possess in regard to the origin or mechanism of
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