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October 22, 1898

THE LIMITATIONS OF MEDICINE.

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CHICAGO, ILL.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(17):951-955. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450170005001a

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Abstract

Medicine has for its object the relief of suffering and the prolongation of life. There exist many limitations to the successful accomplishment of this object. The limitations of medicine are less numerous today than in the past, and many of the obstacles to success in the prevention of disease and the healing of the sick will be removed in the future.

Medicine as a whole is not a science. Of some branches which enter into it our knowledge is exact; of others our information is theoretic, while every day adds to our knowledge and removes many obstacles from the path of progress. The chemic laboratory and the microscope have done much and will do more to make medicine a science. Progress in knowledge of chemistry and biology has been wonderful in the last twenty years, and this knowledge has removed many of the limitations of medicine. Strange as it may

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