Canadian Practitioner Volume 32

Canadian Practitioner Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...It is often said that medicine is not an exact science, and that we cannot hope to make it such. I am inclined to demur to that statement, although, of course, much will depend on the meaning we attach to the term "exaet science." If the interpretation is strict, what science is entitled to the designation? They are all liable to err, and all depend to some extent on other sciences for their foundation. Much in medicine is quite as exact as any of the sciences. We have an accurate knowledge of the cause and process in many diseases, as. for example, malaria, yellow fever, diphtheria, dysentery, and many other infections, while of many others our knowledge is about complete. In some the exact infecting organism which causes the disease is not yet discovered, or. knowing the organism, the missing link in our knowledge is in the exact means by which it gains access to the infected part. Measles, scarlet fever, variola and syphilis belong to the first class, and pneumonia, tuberculosis, pleurisy and cerebro-spinal meningitis to the second. We have good ground for confidence that our knowledge of these and many others will soon be complete. Of the practice of medicine, however, exception cannot be taken to the charge that it is not exact; the human organism is too unstable to justify us to hope for more than approximate results. This necessitates the bringing of empirical knowledge to the aid of rational therapeutics, and our empirical knowledge depends very largely on an accurate knowledge of the natural or uninfluenced course of disease. It is therefore as essential now as in the days of our forefathers, before the introduction of laboratory methods, that a careful record of the patient's condition be made, noting the variations more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 630g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885813
  • 9781236885814