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1872 Excerpt: ...conclusion. This constitutes the very sin of the
Aristotelian method, and, if followed constantly, would bring
medical science into equally well-deserved disrepute, as it did the
old Grecian philosophy. Still, reasoning thinking men will draw
deductions; nay, more, we may venture to say that most of the
brilliant discoveries of medicine have been made by following this
mode of reasoning, rather than attained by the slower but surer
method of induction. The chief thing to guard against in deductive
reasoning is the mistaking of a mere inference for a logically
proved conclusion. So long as we accurately see the direction in
which our inquiries and experiments should lie that are needed to
verify our conclusions, there is nothing to be deprecated in making
deductions, or in publicly stating them. I make these remarks
because the following paper is in great measure of this deductive
character in its reasoning, and I might be blamed for drawing the
public attention to it before collecting much experimental
illustration of its truth or falsity. This, indeed, I should have
done had my own opportunities of research been sufficiently large
for the purpose; but as they are not, and as at the same time I
believe the matter to be of importance, I am anxious that it should
be worked out without unnecessary delay, and by many rather than by
one, knowing that if untrue it will speedily come to nought,
believing that if true it will prove of value to the national
health. My communication consists of the statement of a case and a
deduction from it. The case is as follows. On October 2nd, 1870, I
saw the child of Mrs. B, --212, Stockport Road, Manchester. The
child (a girl) was four months old. It was covered with syphilitic
psoriasis, which had first appeared a week before...
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