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July 30, 1892


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JAMA. 1892;XIX(5):125-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420050007001c

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I do not propose to present to you more than a suggestion of the merits of nutrition, and its relation to pathology. My studies along this line have forced me to conclusions which seem of vital importance to the science of medicine. It is true, our conclusions are more or less colored by the environments of the place from which we view the subject—so let us view the subject from analogous laws of nature.

From the true scientific standpoint, in the organisms lie the principles of life, in the environments the conditions of life.

The cart has been before the horse long enough —let us reverse the awkward position, and place them in a more practicable way. Instead of teaching that an abnormal nutrition is the result of "disease,," let us teach that "disease" is the result of abnormal nutrition. Then, and not till then, will we make progress toward

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