Excerpt from The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 1916, Vol. 152
Therapy is not a sufficiently studied subject. Books on prao tice are very generally indefinite and rarely explain the details of treatment, unless it be that of an antitoxin or other brilliant specific. Most teachers of clinical medicine, though brilliant in diagnosis and learned in pathology, glide over the therapy of disease. Hos pital teaching is of necessity concerned with serious or unusual ailments and terminal conditions of chronic disease. Even the acute illnesses, such as typhoid fever, pneumonia, and the acute infections, which reach the hospital, occur in a class of people who are very different from those seen in private practice, and in the latter the treatment and management must be very different from that carried out in the hospital. Or, if the patient is found among the poorer classes and in a poor home, and he will not go to the hospital for treatment, again the management of the case must of necessity be very different from that learned by the hospital interne.
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