Notwithstanding that about 95 per cent. of medical practitioners devote nearly their entire time to the practice of internal medicine by the application of remedies found in the materia medica, the greatest interest in the profession is centered upon therapeutic agents other than medicine. Looking over the programs of several state medical societies it is observed that nearly all the papers read are along the lines of surgery or some kindred topic. In the smaller medical societies only an occasional hour is given to the subject of materia medica or therapeutics. The text-book of to-day on internal medicine devotes little space to the treatment of disease and almost none to subjects pertaining to our materia medica, while whole volumes in surgery are devoted to surgical therapeutics. Among the younger members of our profession the brightest minds are allured by the brilliant successes of surgical therapeutics. Our pathologists study their science
HILL WB. THE PLACE AND IMPORTANCE IN THE COLLEGE CURRICULUM OF MATERIA MEDICA.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(10):546–547. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480360026001e
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