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" I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes. "
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by New Hampshire. State Board of Health, New Hampshire. State Department of Health - 1883
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Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy

Jerome D. Frank, Julia B. Frank - 1993 - 343 pages
...harmful. As Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, if most of the drugs of his day "could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes" (Holmes [1860] 1911, p. 203). That is, physicians were prescribing placebos or worse without knowing...
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American Physicians in the Nineteenth Century: From Sects to Science

William G. Rothstein - 1992 - 362 pages
...having said in 1860 that "if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind — and all the worse for the fishes." However, this statement was taken wholly out of context. Holmes advocated keeping on board 2 Jacob...
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The Codification of Medical Morality: Historical and Philosophical Studies ...

R.B. Baker - 2007 - 241 pages
...Oliver Wendell Holmes freely admitted that "if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the sea, it would be all the better for mankind - and all the worse for the fishes" ([23], p. 203). Yet in "Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions" ([23], pp. 101-102), Holmes delivered...
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Searching for Magic Bullets: Orphan Drugs, Consumer Activism, and ...

Lisa A Basara, Michael E Montagne - 1994 - 266 pages
...1760 I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the fishes. Oliver Wendell Holmes, ¡860 The pharmaceutical revolution, while yielding significant benefits, has...
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Ethical Issues in Drug Research: Through a Glass Darkly

Michael J. Parnham - 1996 - 155 pages
...believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind. - and all the worse for the fishes [1]." Public opinion is once again becoming negative towards the pharmaceutical industry, and with...
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Endo Nasal, Aural and Allied Techniques: Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat

Thomas T. Lake - 1996 - 128 pages
...when he declared, "I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes". The body of man is still the fundamental study for the healing arts, and the medicine manufactured...
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Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine

Barbara Griggs, Barbara Van der Zee - 1997 - 432 pages
...drugs: 4 I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind - and all the worse for the fishes. } 29 His words produced such a storm of abuse and protest that he was obliged to qualify them slightly....
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Keeping America Sane: Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and ...

Ian Robert Dowbiggin - 1997 - 245 pages
...Wendell Holmes remarked that "if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind — and all the worse for the fishes." Cited in Ronald L. Numbers, "The Fall and Rise of the American Medical Profession," in Sickness and...
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Handbook of Health Behavior Research II: Provider Determinants

David S. Gochman - 1997 - 523 pages
...that "I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica as now used could be sunk to the bottom of the sea. it would be all the better for mankind— and all the worse for the fishes" (quoted in Crout. 1980. p. 41). But by and large. 18th- and 19thcentury physicians and healers also...
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Toxemia Explained

J. H. Tilden - 1997 - 137 pages
...profession. He once said: "I firmly believe that, if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes." "Breakfast-Table Series" will be read by the intelligent people of the future, who will know nothing...
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