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September 17, 1898

The "New Interpretation of Operative Principles"—A Pertinent Question.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):667-668. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450120041012

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Kansas City, Mo., August, 1898.

To the Editor:  —What should be the attitude of the "science mind" in regard to discoveries and theories, revolutionary in their character and tendencies in medical science; in other words, the duty and obligation of the scientific physician in respect to "new interpretations of long-accepted basic principles in medical science now being promulgated? Unfortunately our wording of the subject is wordy; we trust our discussion of it will not be found mere words. It is said, history repeats itself. Up to the beginning of the fifteenth century the Ptolemaic system was the accepted astronomic science. All discoveries of new planets or fuller knowledge of known ones was adjusted to the recognized Ptolemaic plan of the earth as the central body. Many "hitches" in the workings of the scheme and anomalies arose here and there and again and again, but they were silently ignored or explained

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