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August 16, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(7):369-371. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480330023001e

One result of the Baconian method of research has been to enlighten both the scientific and the professional mind. Previous to the time of Bacon, scholastic arrogance prevailed, and the votaries of the then dawning sciences kept themselves aloof from a large portion of their fellow beings, whom they regarded with the greatest contempt or indifference. Scholasticism, long decaying, received its death-blow from Bacon. It, however, struggled desperately against its destruction and, so persistent has been the contest, that at the present day there remains a remnant of that haughty arrogance. But that is slowly disappearing before the radiance that is glowing from the secrets of ethical and physical laws that are now being revealed to man. This advance in knowledge has gradually developed a fraternal feeling among the various investigators in not only the closer, but also the more distantly allied branches of science. This accession in science has

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