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CLINICAL APHORISMS

JAMA. 1928;91(6):399-400. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700060033014.
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Practical medicine has been more inclined than are most branches of human endeavor to accept new discoveries and inventions and to incorporate them into its professional activities. Indeed, such ready indulgence in the latest contributions of science has not infrequently led to extremes of enthusiastic applications that subsequent experience and critical deliberation have shown to be unwarranted. Perhaps it is the realization of the limitations of many of medicine's procedures that encourages a sort of flair for whatever promises greater success. One after another, new drugs are hailed with delight in their vaunted accomplishments until their shortcomings enforce a saner attitude. Of course, the novel measures of relief need to be tried in clinical work. The danger in great expectations lies in the readiness with which things that have been tested with satisfaction may be cast aside too readily because of unrewarded hopes.

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