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Man's Redemption of Man

Nature volume 85, pages 404405 (26 January 1911) | Download Citation



AN address delivered by Prof. Osier to students of the University of Edinburgh in July last is here presented to a wider public. The message is that of the gospel of science. By observation and thinking, the Greek philosophers grasped great principles and arrived at brilliant generalisations, but not until the secrets of nature were searched out by experiment did the scientific redemption of man begin. The mastery “Of Earth and Water, Air and Fire,” is to be obtained by following the experimental methods and through it the conquest of disease and suffering may be confidently anticipated. Unnecessary pain was banished by the introduction of anæsthetics, Listerian surgery has revolutionised the treatment of wounds, while cholera, yellow fever, malarial fevers, and other epidemic diseases have been brought under control. Tuberculosis has yet to be stamped out, and the campaign must be carried on until it is in the same category with typhus fever, typhoid, and smallpox.

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