|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.|
|Lecture, Harvard Medical School.|
Harvard Classics, Vol. 38, Part 5
The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Although Oliver Wendell Holmes is mainly known for his verse and fiction, he also made significant contributions to medical science, as this essay demonstrates.
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