JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):899-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450160018002c.
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There has always been a tendency, both within and without the medical profession, to scoff at drugs. The tremendous development of certain scientific and mechanical departments of the healing art, within the last two decades has, by contrast, placed the homely skill of using medicines in the background. Teachers and students of medicine have alike neglected the old-fashioned details of therapeutics; therapeutic nihilists have arisen who have sought to discredit the value of drugs and, naturally enough, the preconceived notion that ponderable therapeutic agents have little use, has made it possible for those who hold such a view to demonstrate their belief from their own experience. The writer is sufficient of an old fogy to hold that if the regular profession would devote to the physiologic and therapeutic study of drugs the same amount of pains that the homeopaths bestow upon what we believe to be false theories, a great


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