Excerpt from American Medical Monthly, Vol. 18: July-December, 1862
An analogous change, within the same period, has taken place in medical practice. Formerly, boldness was a distinction coveted by the medical, as well as by the surgical practitioner. Heroic prao tice was a favorite expression, consisting in the employment of pow erful remedies, or in pushing them to an enormous extent. The phy sician emulated the surgeon in daring. The change is not less marked in medicine than in surgery. We hear now oftener of diseases man aged with little or no medication, than of cases illustrating the abuse of remediesf In the treatment of many affections it is not considered necessarv to employ measures which, but a few years ago, it would have been considered culpable to withhold. The change, too, is here one of sentiment. We desire to preserve the vital forces, to avoid the perturbations and damaging effects of potential therapeutic agen cies - in short, conservatism has become a leading principle in medi cine as well as in surgery. The improved method of managing a host of affections will be found to illustrate this fact.
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