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May 17, 1902

THE EVOLUTIONARY ASPECT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE LOCAL VENEREAL DISEASES.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(20):1287-1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480200001001
Abstract

The evidence of evolution in general and of infectious micro-organisms in particular, has been so overwhelming during the last decade that it is surprising that teachers of science who renounce the doctrine of evolution can still be found. A few weeks since, however, I heard a distinguished teacher of physiology say that the theory of evolution was untenable and unscientific, and that Darwin was not a scientist. This despite the facts that manifold and indubitable proofs of organic evolution exist, and that evolutionary law controls and binds together all the natural sciences and is the very cornerstone of sociology, and indeed, all else of human interest. But the experimental and laboratory craze is upon us and we are worshipping the new gods instead of weighing their potentialities and assigning to each its proper place in scientific medicine. Experimental facts are valuable in so far as they lead to a more

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