The topic I have ventured to bring before you is "Prognosis; Its Theory and Practice." As a text, let me quote from the oldest work we have on this subject,1 which, though old, still has the freshness and modernism that genius gives to human productions:
It appears to me [said the Father of Medicine] a most excellent thing for the physician to cultivate prognosis; for by foreseeing and foretelling, in the presence of the sick, the present, the past and the future, and explaining the omissions which patients have been guilty of, he will be the more readily believed to be acquainted with the circumstances of the sick; so that men will have confidence to entrust themselves to such a physician. And he will manage the cure best who has foreseen what is to happen from the present state of matters. For it is impossible to make
DOCK G. PROGNOSIS; ITS THEORY AND PRACTICE.ORATION ON MEDICINE AT THE FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AT ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE 7 TO 10, 1904.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(24):1540–1545. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490690008002
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