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September 1, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(9):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460350032011

It is thought by some persons that members of the medical profession become hardened to suffering and death by reason of their more or less constant association with both of these conditions; but investigation will disclose that there is no body of men more thoughtful and considerate for the comfort and welfare of those that come under their care. Occasionally in the pursuit of his duties, the medical man may be compelled to resort to measures that to the layman may seem unnecessarily harsh and severe. The cold bath, for instance, has been considered such a measure. Again, many patients do not consider milk a food, and complain bitterly of being starved if given no other nourishment. It is, therefore, incumbent on the physician to be especially careful in experimental observations, as well as guarded in his manner of description, in order that both his motives and his methods be