Sir John Arthur Thomson
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Keynote address – 1914 British Medical Assoc Annual Meeting
“What, then, do I mean tonight by the healing power of nature?
I mean to refer to the way in which Nature ministers to our minds, all more or less deceased by the rush and racket of civilization, and helps to steady and enrich our live…
…there are deeply-rooted, old-established, far reaching relations between man and Nature that we cannot ignore with loss…
…In a period of evolution that has been mostly urban we miss our contact with Nature; most of all, perhaps, in youth, for it remains true of the child who goes forth every day, that what he sees becomes part of him for a day or for a year, or for stretching cycles of years…”