The Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner, Volume 40
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1880. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Elections. Is Phthisis Self-limiting? By Wm. Porter, A.m., M.d., Read before the St. Louis Medical Society, Oct. 1877. From advance proof pages furnished by the author. It is well known that at a recent meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine (May 1879), Prof. Flint asserted his belief in the self-limitation of phthisis (Arch, of Med.) This assertion was made so forcibly and sustained by such seemingly positive proof that it has thus far been received without recorded dissent. It being a subject of vital importance, with all respect for the learned author, we will examine his position from his own stand-point, and cite the cases which he has noted. The deductions that follow will thus be made upon ground already chosen. Let us, then, gentlemen, receive the evidence purely upon its merits, forgetting, if possible, the high authority which we call in question. It is, moreover, right that a decision be reached in this matter, for if phthisis be self-limiting, this element must necessarily affect the result in no small degree; but if it is not, then must we look to therapeutic force and hygienic conditions for success. At the outset, however, I cannot but echo Andrew Clarke's just tribute to our author, for he is "one from whom I have learned much; one whose acute powers of observation, whose largeness of experience, deserve the warmest gratitude of every student of pulmonary pathology." We revere and honor Flint; therefore, we shall deal freely and directly with his conclusions. What is meant by self-limitation? So far as our argument is concerned, the definition given by Prof. Flint is well adapted. "A disease is self-limited when it ends in recovery, irrespective of extrinsic influence derived from either hygiene or therapeutics." We might almost rest our cas...
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