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January 6, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):28-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610010028001h

There is no field in medicine that presents such opportunities for exploration as therapeutics. There is none in which so much work has been done and none where such results may be expected. Therapeutics is being revolutionized. The biologic laboratory has become one of the important factors in the production of our remedies. It not only furnishes us with the various serums and animal extracts now so universally used, but it also affords us a means of standardizing vegetable products so that the very best results may be attained.

The most marked advance in therapeutics is shown by its tendency toward rationalism, and while empiricism, pure and simple, is necessarily giving way before the light of reason, we do not underestimate the value of clinical experience, when applied to a working hypothesis. It was but yesterday we were content to study the pathologic conditions in diseases as demonstrated in the