The American Journal Clinical Medicine, Vol. 14
Excerpt from The American Journal Clinical Medicine, Vol. 14: January, 1907 As 'the years roll around we wonder at times concerning the future - not this year or next, but those long vistas which rise dimly enough ahead now - when others shall take up and carry forward the great work which we have but just commenced. What of our work then? Will it live? We have faith to believe that it will live - a glowing faith founded upon the certainty of the truth of the principles for which we contend, and upon our confidence in manhood. Perhaps we put the man first. After all, principles are dead, lifeless things, powerless for good or for evil, unless behind them there stands some warm, pulsating, devoted human personality. Let the strong man arise, one who will put intelligence, industry, energy and unceasing faith into these principles and they become great world-moving forces. Our work has in it the very essence of permanency. It is founded upon great and changeless truths, vital to the future success and growth of therapeutics. In these days of moral analysis there is a passion for truth. Men want to get beneath the surface to the right and wrong of things. To that feeling, which after all is found to greater or less degree in every man, we ascribe the marvelous growth of the alkaloidal propaganda. We instinctively hate shams. That is why so many of our best men have lost faith in galenic practice. The old remedies have been found variable, unreliable, confusing. They were shams. The doctor finds that he can depend upon the active principles. They are true. The need, therefore, is for men. We appeal to you to carry forward the great therapeutic movement which means so much to us and to those who shall follow. The movement needs men with red blood, strong human sympathies, who shall feel, as we feel, that while it is a really scientific work, it is more - a great humanitarian plan for the alleviation of the ills of our kind. If there is one thing more than another which we have tried to preach and teach it is optimism - faith in the doctor and the doctor's mission; faith that the doctor has a work in the world and that this work is going to grow greater and his influence increase; faith in the doctor's ability to not only alleviate but to cure disease, and that this ability is going to increase as knowledge increases; faith in the doctor as a man, with professional interests and sympathies which shall constantly bind us closer together and ultimately break down the barriers of sect. And we have this optimistic feeling because we feel that active-principle practice has within itself the germ which shall bring all these things to pass. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.