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January 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):223-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490490008002b

The light which science has thrown on this subject is so slight that to-day we are almost blindly groping in the dark, and those of us who come in contact with this fearful malady reach out our hands and grasp first one object then another, hoping that we are going to find the match whose tiny spark may finally illuminate the darkness about us. We can not help believing that with our increased knowledge of the secretions and excretions of the various glands of the body and the changed conditions of the blood from these and other sources, coupled with our better understanding of the nervous system, that we must to-day be in close proximity to the source of light.

I have no intention of wandering into the clouds of speculation and theory, but wish to speak of a few things that I think important in our present darkness, well

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