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December 5, 1896

THE SLOWNESS WITH WHICH IMPORTANT MEDICAL DISCOVERIES ARE GENERALLY PUT TO PRACTICAL USE.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(23):1210-1211. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431010038007

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Abstract

It is a remarkable and lamentable fact that many years often elapse before an important and scientifically established discovery in either the theory or practice of medicine becomes an essential constituent of diagnosis and treatment in the hands of the practicing physician. The newspaper-advertised fad is quickly enough caught up, but alas, the newspapers know nothing of the great scientific advances in medicine.

Too much caution can not be exercised in the investigation and adoption of medical innovations. It goes without saying, that as a rule, experimentation should not be pursued in private practice. The field for such work is generally in the hospitals and laboratories established for original research, and carried on by men carefully trained in practical knowledge and observation, and who by specializing their studies, are usually much more capable of producing valuable and definite results than their fellows engaged in the practice of general medicine. Conservatism

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