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"From the remotest past which science can fathom, up to the novelties of yesterday, an essential trait of evolution has been the transformation of the homogeneous into the heterogeneous." This statement of the great English philosopher, Herbert Spencer, is especially applicable to the development of medicine. The history of our art and science is a brilliant example of the truth of this assertion. Of humble origin, nourished and reared by superstition, for ages an integral part of theology and priestcraft, medicine has grown to be of so complex a nature that the combined intelligence of many sages is insufficient to grasp all its essentials. At first homogeneous, it is certainly now heterogeneous. "From an insignificant shrub a stately tree has developed, its numerous branches profusely laden with blossoms and fruits, and the widely-disseminated roots drawing their nourishment from a resourceful ground."
The development of the art and science of medicine
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