Excerpt from The London Medical Gazette, Vol. 13: Being a Weekly Journal of Medicine and the Collateral Sciences; Vol. I for the Session 1833-34
This would seem to be a very common notion: but it is a very erroneous auda very damerons notion.. It should always be remembered that the science is quite dis. Tinct from the art of physic. A knowledge of the science prepares its possessor ia deed, but it does not qualify him for exer cising the art. Rules of practice may be dictated by the teacher, and committed to memory by the student; but in applying those rules, the most painful embarrass ment, the most pernicious blundering, may and will perpetually occur, unless a long apprenticeship has been served to the art itself. It is necessary that the prac titioner should begin with some acquired sagacity in the investigation of diseases, and with some acquired address in their management. These qualities neither books nor lectures are able to communi cate; yet without them the earlier years of our practice must be full of peril - as well to the lives of those who confide in our skill, as to our own reputation and peace of mind.
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