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Gentlemen: I must trouble you with a date, 1685, the year in which Charles II died. That reign marks the watershed between the medieval and the modern world; between the mass and the individual; between authority and experience; between books and experiment. From that summit the spring of modern medicine burst forth.
It was in reality a new world. The Royal Society had been founded; the circulation of the blood had been proved; the Cartesian method had been disclosed; the universal law of gravity and the laws of planetary motion had just been announced. Logarithms, electricity, magnetism, chemistry were words
MACPHAIL A. THE SOURCE OF MODERN MEDICINE(THE SOURCE OF MODERN MEDICINE*An Address to the American College of Physicians): An Address to the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 1933;7:120–130. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-1-120
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1933;7(1):120-130.
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