The Science of Health

The treatment of disease by human means is necessarily tentative and experimental. One of its methods of treatment was whimsically described by a distinguished medical man as the process of pouring medicine, with regard to which men know little, into a body of which they probably know less.

The wider the medical knowledge the more nearly ready is its exponent to admit that his efforts are mainly exploratory and conjectural. While this in no wise detracts from his conscientious humanitarianism, from his skill and ingenuity, it produces of necessity in himself and those who adopt or accept his methods, a sense of precariousness, an element of chance.

With the greatest knowledge attainable, with ability to use it, and with the noblest desire to benefit others, nevertheless no one dealing with human ills in a human way is in the position to speak with absolute authority. He cannot say as could Jesus, "I will come and heal him," or again, "Thou art made whole."

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August 8, 1942

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