I think I have proven, by this time, doctor, that if you and I work together, we can help every other doctor, and can help the cause most satisfactorily. Have you, doctor, sent me a single fact for publication in this journal yet? Whether you have or not, it is your duty to give me another right away. Let me have it by return mail, without delay. This means you, doctor.
With the advancement the profession is now making in the study of exact drug action, it will soon be true that if a physician acknowledges that he cannot cure a given disease, that acknowledgment will be accepted tacitly that he is ignorant; that he does not know, or has never learned, the method which will cure that condition.
While this fact has never been accepted, and physicians have never been blamed for not being able to cure certain diseases classed as incurable, the advancement made in the profession in the last few years, and the advancement now made in the study of exact therapeutics, as well as in the causes of disease, is changing all this. The mass of the people are coming to demand, with all other advancement, that the physician shall know how to cure his patient.
With this, the medical student, as he leaves college at the present time, goes out with the idea, that if he cannot cure the diseases he meets, some one else can, and if he does not cure them, the prestige and credit will go to the other man, and he will be the loser.
This is as it should be. Let this belief be impressed upon the mind of every student, by the faculty and by experienced physicians, and there will soon be by all a very much more thorough study of disease conditions and drug action.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.