[Read before the Indiana State Medical Society, June 11, 1884.]
It is within ten or fifteen years only that much has been done to entitle medicine to a place among the exact sciences. Up to this period we knew disease only by groups of effects; of their causes we had no certain knowledge; we dealt only with the symptoms.
As the methods of research adopted became stricter and more systematic, we have been enabled to look forward with much certainty and to offer speedy solutions of many problems hitherto deemed inscrutable, and the men of science in medicine anticipate with much hope the possibility of triumph, not merely over individual cases, but over whole genera of disease.
I have, therefore, thought I could not choose a more opportune theme than pyæmia, with its closely allied diseases, and to refer briefly to the light cast by recent discoveries upon its nature