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December 31, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1553-1556. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450270005001b

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Nature is, without doubt, the best, the most successful physician, when she is permitted to have full sway and her mandates are obeyed. Almost every disease, every ailment, every departure from the normal condition, exhibits a tendency to recovery. In the human body, as in that of the animal, there exists apparatus for the removal of elements that disturb the healthful working of the internal machinery; such as the depuratory system, i. e., the bowels, the kidneys, and the sudoriferous glands. The work of depuration is not confined to the above named organs, neither is that their only function, since the intestinal tract is largely concerned in digesting the food and preparing it for assimilation, and the system of sudoriferous glands serves to cool the surface of the body during excessive heat and in fevers. The greater number of diseases that afflict man and sometimes cause his death will result

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