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August 1954

Physiological Methods in Clinical Practice.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;94(2):330. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00250020164018

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This paper-backed copy in the American Lecture Series is the Beaumont Lecture delivered by Dr. William Middleton before the Wayne County Medical Society, in Detroit, Mich. It will furnish an hour of stimulating and informative reading to any internist who is really interested in his specialty.

The profound observations of the young Army surgeon, whose only equipment consisted of his five sharp senses and unlimited patience, on Alexis St. Martin are again recounted by a loyal and competent disciple of the physiologic approach to the study of disease. Several bright gems from Beaumont's original writings are quoted: "But we ought not to let ourselves be reduced by the ingenuity of argument or the blandishments of style. Truth, like beauty, when 'unadorned, is adorned the most'; and in pursuing these experiments and inquiries, I believe I have been guided by its light. Facts are more persuasive than arguments, however ingeniously made,

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