The value of a therapeutic agent or method can not be measured by the volume of its literature nor yet by the enthusiasm of its advocates, and no doubt too great a measure of faith in the testimony of false witnesses has bred in us that skepticism which, however admirable as a mental attitude in scientific work, may nevertheless, if too greatly expanded, become a serious stumbling-block in the path of medical progress. We are right in insisting upon something more than dogmatic assertion or the voice of authority in the determination of therapeutic values; we may justly demand the right to withhold judgment, ask for substantial proofs and thoroughly sift our evidence, but behind all this there must be a sincere and earnest desire, not alone to detect error, but also to know the truth, and the ultimate test must after all be derived from personal experience and the
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