Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

MEDICAL STUDIES 
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view, namely, that there was mischief in the system 
that Nature strove to eliminate, so he prescribed 
castor oil to expedite matters ; others took the 
exactly opposite view, consequently there was open 
war between the two methods. I read somewhere 
that one of Johnson’s most fiery opponents considered 
the number of deaths occasioned by his method to 
amount to eleven thousand. Leaving aside all 
question of the accuracy of the estimate of this 
particular treatment, it is easy to see that when a 
pestilence lies heavily on a nation, the numbers 
affected are so large that a proper or improper 
treatment may be capable of saving or of destroying 
many thousands of lives. By all means, then, let 
competitive methods be tested at hospitals on a 
sufficiently large scale to settle their relative merits. 
Of this I will speak further almost immediately. 
One part of my duties ,was to attend King’s 
College Hospital, but the position of a student there 
was far less instructive than that of an indoor pupil 
at the Birmingham Hospital, where responsibility 
was great and there was no crowding. The teaching 
was, however, greatly superior to the generality of 
that at Birmingham. The position of house pupil 
and resident medical officer has long since become 
highly and justly prized, and is now obtainable only 
after competition and by the best men. 
Medical knowledge has advanced so far that 
more scientific treatment can be had in many small 
country towns than was formerly procurable even in 
London. Still, the experience haunts my memory 
of Dr. M. at the Birmingham Hospital, of his 
habitual drench of which I wrote, and of his remark-
        

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