Professor Von Virchow, in "the Huxley Lecture" delivered before the British Medical Association, Oct. 3, 1898, gave utterance to the following statement, pregnant with meaning to the thoughtful physician: "... An indispensable foundation for practical work, and particularly for medical practice, is to construct an objective picture of the nature of vital processes." And further: "The local action of cells must determine the practice of physicians and surgeons." This suggests the true ground to occupy in the battle we are called to wage with disease. And before attempting to construct this picture, permit me to fortify and strengthen the dynamics of Virchow's suggestion by a statement, equally pregnant, made by Prof. Lionel S. Beale. In his latest work, "Vitality," published less than a year ago, he says: "Healing processes can take place only through the agency of the living matter." That is, the bioplasm. If this be so, then biology is
CLEMENTS J. INFANTILE DISEASES FROM THE STANDPOINT OF BIOLOGY. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):655–658. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610110015001d
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