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August 20, 1892

WHAT IS THE RELATIVE INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANS OF THE BODY IN HEALTH AND DISEASE?Read by title in the Section of Practice of Medicine at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):221-224. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080015001e

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In presenting my thoughts on this subject I am moved with a desire to express to you those things which we have all seen in our professional experience. From those observations we may piece out our conclusions—examine them, and approve or decline their acceptance. By such processes do our minds make progress along the way of truth. The conclusions in the complex problems of medicine are offener determined by the point from which we start. In giving my thoughts on this subject I may say further that I have no expectation of presenting any new principles but old established ones in a relation from which we may hope to draw profitable conclusions.

The problems regarding disease are so obscure and involve so many and such varying factors that their solution has baffled the skill of wise men of all ages—and as yet, though we have to deal with natural phenomena

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