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Until very recently the profession has for the most part relied upon the administration of drugs for the alleviation and cure of disease—all other means except surgery being left to the abuse of charlatans and quacks. But it is the sign of the present state of scientific development, that the attention of the thoughtful has been called to the effects that may be obtained by agents not emphasized in books on materia medica, therapeutics, or in the pharmacopeia. The value of general hygienic conditions and of surroundings; the necessity of proper and systematic bodily exercise; the curative power obtained through the placing of the patient's mind in the proper psychological attitude; the importance of the use of a diet suitable to the case and to the individual; the bearing that heat and cold may have upon the bodily functions in general, and especially on the different parts of the human
TURCK FB. NECESSITY OF A PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF DIETETICS, HYDROTHERAPY AND PHYSICO-MECHANICAL THERAPEUTICS. THE NEED OF ESTABLISHING COURSES OF INSTRUCTION IN THESE SUBJECTS IN OUR MEDICAL SCHOOLS. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(12):738–741. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470380008001b
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