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proportion. The will of the old doctor is no longer omnipotent,
and his ipse dixit has ceased to be oracular.
The true school of medicine, the Eclectic school, may now be
said to reign-a school that is no slave of antiquity, while no
encourager of rash experiment. Eclecticism teaches, not to
attribute diseases to one common cause, but to behold in them
the operation of an immense variety of internal and external
causes, the exact and respective influence of which it is extremely
difficult to ascertain. Does Eclecticism lay herself down at the
feet of old authority? No! Does she run after every new
fangled doctrine ? No! Does she galvanize into existence
exploded theories ? No! Does she strain the intellect and per-
vert facts, to find reasons for a wnew theory? No! Steering
safely between Scylla and Charybdis, she looks upon no phe-
nomenon as too humble to arrest her attention, no precedents so
respectable as to challenge their imitation. With a diligence
untiring, she investigates the cause of the disease; with indi-
vertible patience and magnetic certaifity, she watches its symp-
toms and progress; and, as a sound philosophy indicates, applies
the remedy which experience has approved. In this school
have we studied, in this school have we laboured, and the follow-
ing pages are our feeble tribute to the profession we love.
We have not taken up an ambitious pen, nor written with the
expectation of distinction or reward. Upon the call of our
brethren, we have crudely and hastily, in the midst of distract-
ing cares and anxieties, thrown together our experience; we
have mingled with it some unsophisticated reasonings, and sub-
mitting the work to an indulgent public, we trust that it may
be,of some utility.
HOUSTON, Texas, S()t. 1853.
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/25/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.