Excerpt from A System of Treatment by Many Writers, Vol. 4: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
During the last ten years our knowledge Of the measures available for the treatment of disease and the relief of symptoms has become more scientific and therefore more definite in its application. Not only have many of our ideas undergone profound modification, but new fields of work, some of great promise, have been discovered. Of these we may instance Vaccine Therapy, X-ray Therapy, Radium Therapy, Ionic Medication and measures dependent on improved methods of Observation and diagnosis such as Broncho scopy. The subject of the treatment of disease consequently has become more specialised and makes greater demands upon all branches of the medical profession than formerly.
The aim of these volumes is to provide the General Practitioner with a series of practical articles, in as concise a form as possible, describing the modern methods of dealing with all diseases and written by those who have had special experience in the subjects with which they deal.
There are many difficulties in preparing such a work as this. Our knowledge is not yet sufficiently exact to permit dogmatic expression In all instances, or to enable us to differentiate sharply between the various forms of disease. It is therefore inevitable that certain articles should overlap, and that there should be legitimate differences of opinion not only in the subject-matter itself but also with regard to the classification adopted. The Editors have always been guided in their final decision by considerations of convenience rather than of strict symmetry. They recognise that their decisions are therefore open to criticism and will gladly welcome suggestions, either for alterations or additions, to be incorporated in future issues.
This System of Treatment was commenced rather less than two years ago, and it is hoped that no material addition to our knowledge made during that period has been omitted. The attempt to keep thoroughly abreast of these additions has been rendered rather more difficult than usual by the decision to issue all four volumes simultaneously, and to provide each with an index which is complete for the whole work.
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