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March 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(9):669-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500360001001

THE IMPORTANCE OF GENERAL THERAPEUTICS IN THE TREATMENT OF OCULAR DISEASES.*  A. MAITLAND RAMSAY.GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.In offering a few thoughts on "The Importance of General Therapeutics in the Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery," I wish to sketch in broad outline what is in my mind, and to leave each of you to fill in the details of the picture from your own experience. It is to the principles which guide, more than to the means to be employed, that I desire to direct attention; for although the treatment of disease is to a very large extent empirical, the discoveries made in physical, as well as in physiologic and chemical, laboratories are slowly but surely placing the subject on a more scientific basis, and showing in many instances that so far from empiricism being opposed to rational therapeutics, the two have many points of contact and are indeed interdependent.