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May 6, 1905

SOME ASPECTS OF SCIENCE AND FALLACY AS THEY RELATE TO MEDICINE.

Author Affiliations

CLARKSVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(18):1437-1440. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500450025001e
Abstract

"Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last."

In the preparation of this paper I have had in view several motives. First, to emphasize the fact that the practice of medicine consists simply in the intelligent application of common-sense principles and forces. It has nothing of the mysterious and supernatural about it. The further one gets from common sense the further he gets from scientific medicine.

Second, to call general attention to the value and to the dangers of that force which we call "suggestion." For, while the forces of nature intelligently employed may result in great good, wrongly employed they are equally as potent for harm. Take whatever force or power you will and reason out the principle; see if these powers wrongly used are not equally as dangerous as they are beneficent when rightly used. Merely for illustration, I will

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