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When investigating the nature of disease, we should attend to all the signs and symptoms. They should not be considered in isolation but rather in combination with each other.
As far as medicine uses the principles of physics, it can be properly called a science; as far as it relies on practice, it can be called an art.
In medicine there are two supports — experience, which is the first parent of truth; and reason, which is the key to medical science. Experience comes first in order, and reason follows. Hence in medical affairs reasons which are not founded on experience have no value.
The physician is the servant of nature, not her master; the principles of nature and of art are the same and hence the physician must work and act with nature.
Frequent changes of medicines proclaims the ignorance of the physician and is calamitous for the patients.
In physics experience can best be sought from mathematics and mechanics, chemistry, and anatomy; in medical practice experience derives most abundantly from the observations of diseases, and from more accurate histories and cures.
To live in a medical fashion, that is, according to the strict and academic rules of the physicians, is to live miserably and uncomfortably.
Who identifies well, treats well; hence the diagnosis of disease is in the highest degree necessary for a physician.
The perfect physician must have not only the knowledge of medical art but also prudence and wisdom.
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February 19, 1660
November 12, 1742
Friedrich Hoffmann was a German physician and chemist.
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