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September 16, 1899


Author Affiliations

Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science; Member of Committee of Revision of the U. S. Pharmacopeia, of the American Medical Association; of the Amercian Anatomical Association; of the Medical Society of the County of Kings, New York, etc. BROOKLYN, N.Y.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(12):713-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450640024002h

In a lecture delivered by Dr. T. Clifford Allbutt, regius professor of physics in Cambridge University, England, before the Johns Hopkins University in October, 1898, occur these words1 : "The study of origins, then, is not only the new method of modern criticism, of modern history, of modern anthropology, of our reading of the evolution of the universe itself from elements which even themselves are falling under the same analytic inquiry, but the study of origins is leading to a revolution in our conceptions of therapeutics, as all of these other studies : a revolution which as yet we have not fully understood."

Never were truer or more profound words uttered than these. The revolution to which Prof. Allbutt refers is one so momentous that but few have scanned the horizon of modern therapeutics closely enough to duly appreciate its far-reaching consequences and importance.