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June 25, 1898

THE ESSENTIAL OF THE ART OF MEDICINE.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(26):1487-1494. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440780001001

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Abstract

The closing years of the eighteenth century and the early years of the nineteenth century marked an epoch in medicine as transcendent for its welfare as the events of the past decade bespeak for the glory of the medicine of the future. In that epoch was witnessed the passing of the old; the dawn of the new. A long farewell was being said to schools of medicine and systems of pathology and false methods; a timorous but cordial welcome was extended to the beginnings of that which culminated in the realism of the nineteenth century. It is true, as echoes of the past, Brunonianism, Broussaisism, the Stimolo and Contrastimolo of Rasori, and subordinate "isms" furnished exercise for the expiring idealistic intellect, and seemed to condone for the pernicious therapeutics of the early periods of this century.

Although the reform period extended over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the death agony

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