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July 21, 1900

Rambling Notes of a Roving Doctor.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):177-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290047028

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Paris, France, June, 1900.

To the Editor:  —The Vienna school of medicine probably represents the most perfect type of the conservative treatment of the sick, of any school in existence. Years ago, when Bamberger was chief of the first medical clinic here, although he taught all the fine points in symptomatology and pathology, and took his students to the dead-house nearly every day to illustrate on the cadaver the correctness of his diagnoses, he said but little about the treatment of the sick. Nothnagel, who now fills this chair, although he gives more medicine than his predecessor, is still very conservative in his therapeutics. He says, "When you are called to see a patient, examine it well, make the best diagnosis that you can, and when you have done this, never ask yourself first, what medicine you shall give, but always precede it by the question, 'shall I give anything

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