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Chicago, Feb. 9, 1898.
To the Editor:
—In the prevention and successful treatment of disease our science culminates and becomes an art. Therapeutics, the philosophic adaptation of remedial agents to the correction of pathologic conditions, the cure of disease in the human organism and its restoration to that physiologic equipoise we dominate health, is the full consummation of science and art. No one unfamiliar with physiology and pathology, pharmaco dynamics and therapeutics can prescribe for any disease in a scientific manner. Therapeutics must be regarded as first among the principles of scientific medicine by learned and cultured members of our profession. The adaptation of means to the accomplishment of wisely purposed ends in the practice of medicine and surgery, implies much as to acquirements and knowledge? Every case is stamped with an individuality by which it is differentiated from all others. We find special perversions of functions and pathologic tendencies
Akins WT. Prescribing Ready-made Compounds. JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):501–502. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610049013
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