O. T. Williams
1907 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
ABNORMAL FAT& AS8IMILATION, [MIAL JON 199 know what -has been revealed to our aided senses; but we do not know, nor can we even guess, at the limits of the means by which they may be assisted, or " the invention of instruments, which will become only a little more separate from our mental selves, than the outer sense organs with which we are constructed." Further, Hippocrates knew little of human anatomy, for the reverence for the dead among the ancient Greeks precluded dissection ; and he knew
more » ... ction ; and he knew still lees of physiology, for, such as it then was, it was subject-matter of study for the philosophers, but the sciences of chemistry and biology, which have sprung -up centuries after his, time, have secured for medicine a scientific foundation. It is to the growth and progress of the physical scienees and their closer and more intimate union with medicine that its present advanced position may be ascribed rather than to a relatively increased knowledge in the art of medicine by observation from experience. Bat whatever advances may in the fature be achieved by the progress of the physical sciences-whether on a purely physieal basis of life, and by the most rigid experimental methods, the iatrochemico physicist may produce all the phenomena of disease in the physiological laboratory and appropriate to himself the whole domain of medicine, or whether the two spheres are co-ordinate and complementary of each other-still all orthodox clinicians must trace their apostolical succession to Hippocrates and his method of reasoned experience. Finally, let the high ethical tone be noted which pervades the writings of Hippocrabes, and his serious and elevated conception of the duties and responsibilities of a physician. " Medicine," he says,-"1 is of all arts the most noble"; and, again, enumerating the qualities of a good physician, honesty of purpose and love of work -for its own sake, he adds: "Physicians are many in title but few in reality "-a remark which even at present cannot be entirelydenied, for within the pale of the profession aswell as outside, there is unfortunately no security against disloyalty, the sophisticated perversion of knowledge, and the abuse of trusting confidence for sordid ends. geditione, dolis, soelere, atque libidine et Ira Iliacos intra muros, pecc3tur et extra. The sentiments which he. then expressed as to the sacred confidence of physician and patient-the singleness of aim, the avoidingof imposture, the solemn responsibilities of the duty of a physidan, and In spending his life in purity and self.denial, are still as binding as when they were -uttered by the Father of Medicdneuttered in the dim twilight of pagan philosophy and polytheism, but worthy of the more advanced epochs in the moral evolution of the world. REFEDEnCES.
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