The Urine and its Derangements: With the Application of Physiological Chemistry to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Constitutional George Harley Author
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...we can never foretell what extraneous influences may be brought to bear upon the body and modify or even counteract its effects. This much, however, may be said, that as no two cases are ever precisely alike, and no two sets of conditions invariably the same, there is far less likelihood of error in rational than in empirical medicine; for while the former combines the teachings of science with those of empiricism, the latter contents itself with the information obtained from empiricism alone. The chief obstacle to the spread of rational, or as they are often called, chemical therapeutics, lies in the imperfect knowledge of physiology and chemistry possessed by practical men. For the limited acquaintance they have with these studies prevents their appreciating the true value of scientific information sufficiently to deter them from attempting to apply it in practice ere they have thoroughly mastered the subject. The natural result consequently is that they almost invariably fail in their endeavors to combine science with empiricism, but instead of attributing their failure to a deficiency of knowledge, put the entire blame upon what they please to term the false teachings of science. It is to be hoped, however, that through the agency of physiological laboratories, such as have been already established in France and in Germany, at this (University) College and at Netley, the succeeding generations of medical men will be enabled more successfully to apply these same teachings of science to the alleviation of suffering, and thereby raise our Profession to the high position it is evidently destined at no very distant period to occupy. As regards cystin calculi, some special remarks are necesCALCULI. 179 sary. They are by no means always vesical; for Marcet, se...

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