David L. Edsall, M.D.
Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1908;I(II):154-174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1908.00050020007002.
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In a pursuit like the practice of medicine, in which we have two kinds of possible activities, one essentially very close to pure science, the other engrossing practical work, those engaged in these two fields are likely to draw somewhat apart. There is a strong tendency for many of those occupied with scientific matters to keep their minds so closely fixed on the abstract problems they are endeavoring to solve that they forget to reconnoiter as they go along, and to attempt to determine—and they often forget particularly to point out—what practical bearings they may discover by the way. A certain number of such workers, indeed, frown very readily on frequent excursions into the practical application of science, as being somewhat cheap and likely to mix science and empiricism. They forget that in practical medicine we make such a mixture constantly, and must do so. Our efforts must be to


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