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Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen:—If, in the present paper, I take issue with any of the audience in regard to recent or novel theories relating to the proximate causes of our most important diseases, be assured that it has been done with all sincerity, and with the kindest feelings for those with whom I may differ. The writer does not wish to be considered as actuated by a spirit of obstinacy, or unreasonable skepticism. Indeed, it is so much easier to accept the dictum of others, or to shift the responsibility of our views onto those who set themselves up as authority, than to formulate the lessons of our own observation and experience, so much more convenient to accept the thought of others, than to think for ourselves that natural indolence protests against the sacrifice. In medicine, as in all other pursuits of life, we are more inclined to simply acquiesce
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