The Advocate of Veterinary Reform and Outlines of Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse: Also, a General History of ... Veterinary Science in England, with Practical Observations on Feeding, Watering, Grooming, Shoeing, &c. ... (Google eBook)

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The author, 1850 - Horses - 307 pages
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Page 14 - The following apologue," says D'Alembert, " made by a physician, a man of wit and of philosophy, represents very well the state of that science. Nature," says he, " is fighting with disease ; a blind man armed with a club, that is, the physician, comes to settle the difference. He first tries to make peace ; when he cannot accomplish this, he lifts his club and strikes at random ; if he strikes the disease, he kills the disease ; if he strikes nature, he kills nature.
Page 203 - ... egg; and suspending herself for a few seconds before it, suddenly darts upon it, and leaves the egg adhering to the hair: she hardly appears to settle, but merely touches the hair with the egg held out on the projected point of the abdomen. The egg is made to adhere by means of a glutinous liquor secreted with it. She then leaves the horse at a small distance, and prepares a second egg, and, poising herself before the part, deposits it in the same way. The liquor dries, and the egg becomes firmly...
Page 238 - ... witness the ravages of glanders. Professor Coleman relates a case, which proves to demonstration the rapid and fatal agency of this cause. " In the expedition to Quiberon, the horses had not been long on board the transports, before it became necessary to shut down the hatchways (we believe for a few hours only) ; the consequence of this was, that some of them were suffocated, and that all the rest were disembarked either glandered or farcied*.
Page 292 - Almost all the diseases of cattle arise either from exposure to wet and cold weather, from their food being of a bad quality or deficient in quantity, or from being changed too suddenly from poor, unwholesome keep to rich pasture. It is necessary to observe also, that the animal is more liable to be injured by exposure to wet and cold, when previously enfeebled by bad keep, old age, or any other cause, and particularly when brought from a milder and more sheltered situation.
Page 292 - They are either too much exposed to the rigors and changes of the weather, or they are gorged with food, denied a sufficient quantity, or supplied with such as is unwholesome. Here we learn the chief causes of their maladies. Learn to prevent them, instead of undertaking the tedious, unsuitable, and hopeless task, of learning to cure them. Of all things, let the proprietors of cattle renounce forever, the insane folly of offering premiums for...
Page 188 - ... quantity of water they probably drank while kept upon this dry food, was the real cause of their miscarrying. A farmer at Charentin, out of a dairy of twentyeight cows, had sixteen slip calf at different periods of gestation. The summer had been very dry, and during the whole of this season they had been pastured in a muddy place, which was flooded by the Seine. Here the cows were generally up to their knees in mud and water, and feeding on crowfoot, rushes, and the like. Part of the stock had...
Page 14 - Nature is ever busy, by the silent operation of her own forces, endeavoring to cure disease. Her medicines are air, warmth, food, water, and sleep. Their use is directed by instinct ; and that man is most worthy the name of physician, who most reveres its unerring laws.
Page 203 - ... holds her body nearly upright in the air, and her tail, which is lengthened for the purpose, curved inwards and upwards : in this way she approaches the part where she designs to deposit the egg; and suspending herself for a few seconds before it, suddenly darts upon it, and leaves the egg adhering to the hair: she hardly appears to settle, but merely touches the hair with the egg held out...
Page 96 - That weakness is the consequence of violent inflammation of these parts ; and if that inflammation is subdued by the loss of blood, the weakness will disappear.
Page 260 - In a few days, the ccfagulable lymph from each portion becomes united, and anastomoses form between the blood-vessels; the coagulable lymph gradually assumes a, firmer texture, and the number of the blood-vessels diminishes, and the newly-formed substance appears to contract, like all other cicatrices, so as to bring the extremities of the divided portions nearer and nearer to each other. It is difficult to determine, from an experiment on the limb of an animal, the exact time at which the nerve...

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