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The day of medical theories, which do not have established facts to justify them, belongs to the past. It has taken ages of observation and investigation, by the greatest intellects of the profession, to elevate the science of medicine to the high position it now occupies. We live in an age of light and knowledge, an age in which old isms, theories and fallacies, are fast disappearing before the sweeping progress of this century.
The past decade has given us the beginning of a new epoch in the science of life. Medical science is now called upon to defend our bodies from the parasites which prey upon us from without, and physiological and chemical research has taught us the therapeutic application of drugs in the cure of dipsomania and kindred diseases.
The power of self-regeneration is one of the great distinctive properties belonging to all organized living bodies; but the
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