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April 26, 1965

WILLIAM HILLARY (1700-1763)— WEST INDIAN VOYAGER

JAMA. 1965;192(4):323-324. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080170051018
Abstract

William Hillary, physician and meteorologist, collected a significant mass of weather data in England and the West Indies, but from these observations he drew general conclusions only and avoided unscientific or fanciful deductions. In his practice he followed the teachings of Hippocrates, Sydenham, and Boerhaave and, in his Inquiry into the Means of Improving Medical Knowledge, lauded them for their1

... accurate Observations, judicious Experiments, assisted by just inductive Reasoning, conformable to Nature, that all medicinal Knowledge has been obtained, and all the Discoveries and Improvements therein have been made; and it is by the same Methods only, that it must and can be yet further improved, and brought to greater Perfection.

It is well known, that many fine Hypotheses, and pleasing plausible Theories, on various Diseases, have been invented and formed in various Ages, and especially within this last Century; Such of them as are perfectly consistent with Truth,

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