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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 MEDICINE1: An Address to the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;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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