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Carl Friedrich Gauss: A Genius Who Apparently Died of Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure

Carl Friedrich Gauss: A Genius Who Apparently Died of Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease and... Abstract A complete history of medicine is more a history of errors and blunders than of success. Not long ago clinical medicine simulated, in many respects, tribal medicine of the dark jungles, which included the use of concoctions of herbs and many other substances and arbitrary medical rituals. As recently as 10 years ago, the management of subacute bacterial endocarditis was primitive and irrational, and this is still true for many diseases today. Surely, when the cure for malignant neoplasia is discovered, most of the present elaborate, expensive, yet inadequate, therapeutic procedures will seem to resemble closely the procedures of the tribal medicine man. The introduction of antibiotic drugs represented one of the greatest advancements in therapy ever achieved by man, an advancement which reduced even fairly recent therapy, control, and prevention of bacterial infections to errors, blunders, and expensive ineffective empiric procedures. Whereas such objective reflection may be considered pessimistic, References 1. Bell, E. T.: Men of Mathematics , New York, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1937. 2. Dunnington, G. W.: Carl Friedrich Gauss , Baton Rouge, La., Louisiana State University Press, 1937. 3. Dunnington, G. W.: Carl Friedrich Gauss, Titan of Science , New York, Exposition Press, 1955. 4. Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada , Barcelona, Hijos de J. Espasa, editores, 1924. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Carl Friedrich Gauss: A Genius Who Apparently Died of Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure

A.M.A. Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 101 (4) – Apr 1, 1958

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1958 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0888-2479
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1958.00260160148015
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Abstract

Abstract A complete history of medicine is more a history of errors and blunders than of success. Not long ago clinical medicine simulated, in many respects, tribal medicine of the dark jungles, which included the use of concoctions of herbs and many other substances and arbitrary medical rituals. As recently as 10 years ago, the management of subacute bacterial endocarditis was primitive and irrational, and this is still true for many diseases today. Surely, when the cure for malignant neoplasia is discovered, most of the present elaborate, expensive, yet inadequate, therapeutic procedures will seem to resemble closely the procedures of the tribal medicine man. The introduction of antibiotic drugs represented one of the greatest advancements in therapy ever achieved by man, an advancement which reduced even fairly recent therapy, control, and prevention of bacterial infections to errors, blunders, and expensive ineffective empiric procedures. Whereas such objective reflection may be considered pessimistic, References 1. Bell, E. T.: Men of Mathematics , New York, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1937. 2. Dunnington, G. W.: Carl Friedrich Gauss , Baton Rouge, La., Louisiana State University Press, 1937. 3. Dunnington, G. W.: Carl Friedrich Gauss, Titan of Science , New York, Exposition Press, 1955. 4. Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada , Barcelona, Hijos de J. Espasa, editores, 1924.

Journal

A.M.A. Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1958

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