Medicine does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they can be guided.
Scanning any authoritative encyclopedia of medicine suggests that the human body has about as much stability as an egg tossed out on a major highway at rush hour. More than 2000 disorders are known to afflict human physiology, although less than 50 account for the overwhelming percentage of deaths and hospitalizations. 1 On the other hand, research and practice over the past century have nearly doubled average life expectancy. So if conventional practice has improved life and life expectancy as much as it has, there must be a reason. That reason is called the physical theory of medicine, namely, that most medical disorders stem from the body's physical system gone awry. Consequently, these disorders are best remedied by equally physical