1877 The Lancet  
Association is, of all the problems which are engaging th( scientific pathologist or the practical physician, the mosi important. The question of the nature of disease if indissolubly linked with the problem of the nature o'. contagium ; and the question of the origin of maladies if of even greater practical importance than is that of their nature. Our efforts at cure must be for the most part un. successful until we know more of the nature of the processes in which diseases consist; but our
more » ... consist; but our attempts at the preventior of disease must be even less successful until we know thE nature of the mechanism by which the disease, as we reoo. gnise it, is produced. It was to the latter point that Dr. EoBEETS"s address was, in the main, devoted. As admirable in style, as it is in. teresting in scope, it will, without doubt, justify the higb commendation of Sir WILLIAM JENNER, who remarked that it will form a new point of departure for medical opinion. It contains some things that are fresh and of the highest importance; and although most of the facts and opinions of the address are not new to those who have followed recent research and controversy, there is very little that will not have been new to the majority of its hearers and readers, and all the facts and opinions, old and new, are stated with admirable force and lucidity. This latest contribution to the doctrine of a " contagium vivum" is based, as such, on certain recent continental
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