“Whereas, again and again, in his time of freedom, he had denounced the perversion of pathological doubt into moral doubt and had said—«the purest experiment in treatment may still be conscientious: my business is to take care of life, and to do the best I can think of for it. Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.»
Alas! the scientific conscience had got into the debasing company of money obligation and selfish respects.
«Is there a medical man of them all in Middlemarch who would question himself as I do?»”