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June 18, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):791. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290029009

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Dr. Holmes in Praise of Preventive Medicine.  — Dr. Oliver W. Holmes has always been a keen admirer of the hygienic functions of medicine. He is still firm in that opinion. From a letter of his, bearing date of May last, we borrow the following sentence: "I am an out-and-out believer in preventive measures against diseases as contrasted with what are called curative agencies."In praising hygiene at the expense of medication, Dr. Holmes is simply commending the bridge that carries him safely. All his life long, his need for drugs has been kept down to the minimum, by reason of his prophylactic watchfulness. His physique, even in his green and salad days, was never so robust as to warrant any but the simplest courses of life. The laws of simple living having become ingrained he can neither tolerate nor commend the potent potions of the pharmacy.

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