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Although pathological knowledge affords the best basis of therapy it is not always the sole basis. We cured malaria long before we knew its cause. Syphilis was controlled long before bacteriology was born, and all that we know of the cause of syphilis to-day is that it must be dependent upon some form of living organism having the power of indefinite reproduction. When we use the term diabetes niellitus let us clearly grasp the fact that we speak probably of a symptom rather than a disease;doi:10.1056/nejm190402251500801 fatcat:ymplywmhjvd6znndmeh44gnz5q