The Physicians and Surgeons' Investigator Volume 1-2

The Physicians and Surgeons' Investigator Volume 1-2

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... means embraced under its control. Exceedingly misty, and many times absurd, have been the conceptions of it, as placed before the public, by medical writers. I am persuaded that a great number of men who assume the position of leaders in medicine, as well as in other departments of human learning, and who talk and write much 0l')7'Z'77.0i;l7Z6-9 and laws, fail to have a definite idea of what is expressed in those terms. Some seem to regard physical principles as "heaven-born " and revealed to man from above and beyond and independently of his own studies and endeavors, as ordinances at once infallible and universal. They would require an unquestioning acceptance of such revelations, and a childlike adoration of the persons through whom they are made known. It is clear that such leaders are mistaking the natural for the supernatural, and the scientific for t.he religious. Not questioning the wisdom and power creative, we occupy the standpoint of persons observing, gathering and comparing things or facts, as they appear to us, in order to learn their character and uses. To retain in memory and at command, each individual thing or fact presented, so as to know its place and practical importance upon all occasions, is simply impossible; and hence the necessity of classification, the putting together of things alike, and of generalization, or the grouping of facts for the discovery of principles. A class is but a collection, under some appropriate name and description, of a number of individual things which are alike; and so a principle is but an expression, or the language of a number of facts each telling the same story. The classification of things and the generalization of facts, going hand in hand, have given to more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926269
  • 9781236926265