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THE RATIONAL STUDY OF THE ACTION OF MINERAL WATERS

JAMA. 1914;LXII(17):1333-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560420039021.
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Those who have followed the progress of investigation in the biologic sciences fundamental to the study of medicine cannot have failed to notice the change which the past decade or two has brought about with respect not only to the lines of inquiry, but also to the materials forming the objects for experimental attack. Increasing attention is being given to the study of the lower forms of life, using simpler structures and more diffuse phenomena to elucidate the more general properties of living matter. As the late Sir Michael Foster expressed it in a memorable address before the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Toronto in 1897, by far the greater part of the results obtained in physiology in the past half century have been gained by inquiries restricted to about half a dozen kinds of back-boned animals; the frog and the myograph, the dog and the

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