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July 15, 1899


Author Affiliations

Councillor of Alabama State Medical Association. MONTGOMERY, ALA.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(3):147-149. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450550031001i

The progress in the science of medicine precludes the possibility of the entire field being properly surveyed by one mind, therefore specialists are necessary for the satisfactory cultivation of its soil, much of which remains yet to be upturned by the ploughshare of research. No one, however, is fitted for a specialist who is not well grounded in the general subjects of anatomy, physiology and pathology, for a clear appreciation of the relationship and interdependence of the various tissues of the body is necessary in order to judge of the effect produced on the function of structure of one tissue by disease of another. This being manifestly important in reaching a correct diagnosis, Battey's and Tait's opinion that the removal of normal ovaries would cure nervousness, not only had no physiologic justification, but showed a total disregard for the general principles of physiology. I feel safe in saying that our

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