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The History of the Study of Medicine in the British Isles

Nature volume 78, pages 2526 (14 May 1908) | Download Citation



THERE are two ways in which a scientific subject may be taught—the logical method, which describes the facts, and follows the course of reasoned demonstration; and the historical method, which follows the progress of knowledge by which facts are accumulated long before their logical sequence has been ascertained. The geometry of Euclid follows the former course, as do most of the exact sciences. The history of navigation follows the historical method, and so does the history of medicine.

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