Modern improvements in medicineBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7507.22 (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:22
Most of the modern improvements in medicine and surgery have taken their rise from hospital practice…It is mortifying to think that all these advantages are in general so ill understood by those for whom they are designed; and it is a striking instance of unseasonable prejudice, joined to weak credulity, that the very people who would not on any account enter a hospital, though attended by men of the most approved skill and humanity, will without hesitation commit themselves to the care of an itinerant quack, whose whole practice is nothing but random guess, and presumptuous rashness.
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