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October 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450150051006

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One of the most curious facts of our latter day science is the correction of statements of symptoms which have been calmly accepted by medical writers for many years. It is perhaps too much to expect of a writer that he should have personally verified all statements of which he is the accredited author. Indeed, the experience that would warrant one to write a book on such terms would take several centuries of constant clinical work and study to acquire. Thus it is then that assertions made by many writers become finally elevated to the dignity of facts, and it is not until some self-assertive scientist, who only believes what he himself is able to prove, happens upon the scene, that the flimsy foundations upon which some of our most important diseases are constructed become suddenly undermined. Again, with the accession of new instruments of precision many new symptoms are

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