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November 11, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(20):1232. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450720048007

It has passed into a proverb, that any one studying the science of medicine, as presented in any one phase of disease, must collect all the collateral knowledge possible in allied sciences, in order to view his own subject in a sound light. To a lack of this plan is due much of the immature and faulty conclusions of some clinicians who specialize in medicine. Probably the class of physicians engaged in the care and treatment of the insane have been much less open to this criticism than many other workers: which is due in no small part to the natural conservatism of their work. However, this tendency should not stand in the way of real progress, as it seems to be in danger of doing at present, in this country. A special plea against this possibility has recently been made by Dr. Van Gieson, Director of the New York

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