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May 24, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1359-1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480210017001f

Even the most superficial observer of the expansion of the medicine of to-day might accept without much question the claim of chemistry to be the first of the pure sciences which form the foundation of medicine, for the potent influence of its leaven may be perceived throughout the whole medical mass. Clinical laboratories are growing in favor and influence; publishers have produced a superabundance of text-books which purport to "make clinical chemistry easy"; medical journals accept at sight articles on almost any chemical subject, some of scientific value, some of practical value, some of no value.

At a recent large medical congress so much time was spent on the chemical side of internal medicine that one not interested in that subject must have had to exert unusual efforts to look interested and knowing. What did he care what the intermediate products of sugar metabolism are, or whether the body can

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