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Page 8 - Looking at the revolutions and contradictions of the past — listening to the therapeutic Babel of the present — is it a wonder that men should take refuge in nihilism, and like the lotos-eaters dream that all alike is folly; that rest and quiet and calm are the only human fruition?
Page 549 - They are covered by an external brown membrane, and an inner reddish-yellow one, and are an inch and a half to two and a half inches in length, with a longitudinal groove. Internally, they are white, fleshy, and solid, and contain an acrid, bitter, milky juice. As found in the shops, they are in the dried state, sometimes whole, but...
Page 733 - Ten drops of turpentine every two hours during the day and every three hours during the night will in the majority of cases remove these threatening symptoms.
Page 693 - ... articles of food rich in phosphates, such as oat-meal, disagree ; where, from the character of the motions, there is a deficient or defective secretion of bile It is thus of service in cases of chalky stools or white fluid motions. I have also found it of service in many cases of green stools.
Page 9 - Niemeyer's assertion, that experiments made with medicaments upon the lower animals or upon healthy human beings have, as yet, been of no direct service to our means of treating disease, and that a continuation of such experiments gives no prospect of such service, it is certain that in these experiments is the only rational scientific groundwork for the treatment of disease. We must discover what influence a drug exerts when put into the body of a patient before we can use it rationally; and we...
Page 8 - Experience is said to be the mother of wisdom. Verily she has been in medicine rather a blind leader of the blind; and the history of medical progress is a history of men groping in the darkness, finding seeming gems of truth one after another, only in a few minutes to cast each back to the vast heap of forgotten baubles that in their day had also been mistaken for verities. In the past, there is scarcely a conceivable absurdity that men have not tested by experience and for a time found to be the...
Page 8 - What has clinical therapeutics established permanently and indisputably? Scarcely anything beyond the primary facts that quinia will " arrest an intermittent, that salts will purge, and that opium will quiet pain
Page 9 - Evidently, it is his especial province to find out what are the means at command, what the individual drugs in use do when put into a human system. It is seemingly self-evident that the physiological action of a remedy can never be made out by a study of its use in disease.
Page 495 - ... produce any very obvious symptoms. These drugs may perhaps neither stimulate nor depress, so far as can be perceived, any function of the body ; their action may be silent and imperceptible, their mode of influence may be unknown : but their therapeutic effects are among the most assured of clinical facts.