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July 13, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(2):85-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470280009002a

Many years ago it occurred to me that physicians could follow generally with advantage both in pathology and physiology the example of neurology and study the human body from the standpoint of both its embryonic and post-uterine evolution and from the standpoint of its degeneracy as well. It was long recognized that health simply constituted a balance and that disease meant the destruction of this balance with resulting undue predominance of some healthy function and the undue depression of others. Practically the same rule is followed by the chemist who controls his analytic experiments by his synthetic, and vice versa. Physicians and dentists generally in studying man as an entity, view the differences between the normal and the abnormal as of kind and not of degree. To avoid this error, I have studied the degenerate phases of man from the standpoints of etiology, physiology, and lastly and most important from

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