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April 16, 1904


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JAMA. 1904;XLII(16):1008-1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490610013002e

Since the insane of Christian countries were rescued by the hand of science from the despotic barbarism of superstition, they have been treated rationally, if not successfully, as persons suffering bodily infirmities. The therapeutics of such treatment may be classified, for convenience, as medical, hygienic and disciplinary. Medical therapeutics consists of the administration of materials supposed to be curative of diseased conditions. That medicines administered to the insane are not always, but are, indeed, seldom curative, is a "huge criticism" of present states of knowledge respecting both disease and medicine.

Were man a rational as well as a reasoning being, it might not be exacting to require of physicians prescribing medicine for the insane to have some knowledge of the more intimate relation of function and manifestation to structure, in conditions of both health and disease, as well as a clear perception of the relation of drug-energy to physiologic

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