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October 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):824-826. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450150010001d

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My purpose in coming before you is to present some of the general principles governing that form of medicinal treatment which I have denominated "Al- Alkaloidal Medication," and I trust that I may be enabled to present them with sufficient force and clearness to make my meaning distinctly understood. I am prompted to this effort by the belief that by bringing the subject before this Section of the great Association, we may correct some mistakes which my experience shows to exist very generally among the members of our profession.

There is an erroneous idea abroad that those who favor alkaloidal or dosimetric medication aim to establish a distinct system of practice. This is a great mistake, and a careful perusal of the literature of the subject will show that the word "system" is used by its opponents while the word "method" is used by its friends. In other words, what

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