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January 3, 1891

"The Wisdom of Koch."

JAMA. 1891;XVI(1):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410530047014

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To the Editor:  —It seems to me that The Journal, as the official mouth-piece of the largest, and oldest, large organized body of physicians in America, should be more conservative in its utterances than appears in the current number editorially under the above caption.In the first place, there is an objection to extravagant praise of Prof. Koch in connection with his new treatment of lupus and tuberculosis, because, as he himself admits, its value is so far an unknown quantity. The profession has in the past properly refused, and should now and in the future refuse, to endorse any method which has not had the test of time, and in numerous hands. Prof. Koch has made wonderful and valuable contributions to scientific medicine, but in this new field of endeavor, the logical outgrowth of his pathological discoveries, we must not, simply on the basis of his success in pathological

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