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First Principles.

The following trite statements which embody the principles which we have taught for many years, are taken from The Texas Courier-Record. The only objection we have to them is that they state them as if they were their own, and do not give credit for them to those who have developed the truth of these statements, and have evolved, by persistent labor, the most correct principles of practice known to the profession. The statements are these:

  • "Use single drugs in the smallest possible quantity for physiological and therapeutic effect.
  • When the single drug does not act, make your own additions as the symptoms demand.
  • Don't take anybody's word for your therapeutics, without some personal experience.
  • This is the true principle of medicine. Did you ever try it ? It will surprise you."

This opinion is now being held by the leading medical journals of our country. Many of them are claiming that it is simply a material evolution of their own labor. Others give credit to those to whom it is due. These are some of the underlying principles which have guided the practice of eclectic medicine for over eighty years.


Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.



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