Observations on the Small-pox and Inoculation: To which is Prefixed a Criticism Upon Dr. Robert Walker's Late Publication on the Subject, by Alexander Aberdour ... (Google eBook)

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J. Elder, 1791 - 86 pages
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Page 59 - I am patriot enough to take pains to bring this useful invention into fashion in England; and I should not fail to write to some of our doctors very particularly about it, if I knew any one of them that I thought had virtue enough to destroy such a considerable branch of their revenue for the good of mankind. But that distemper is too beneficial to them, not to expose to all their resentment the hardy wight that should undertake to put an end to it. Perhaps if I live to return, I may, however, have...
Page 58 - Every year thousands undergo this operation; and the French ambassador says pleasantly, that they take the small-pox here by way of diversion, as they take the waters in other countries. There is no example of any one that has died in it; and you may believe I am well satisfied of the safety of this experiment, since I intend to try it on my dear little son. I am patriot enough to take pains to bring this useful invention into fashion in England...
Page 58 - ... or that part of the arm that is concealed. The children or young patients play together all the rest of the day, and are in perfect health to the eighth. Then the fever begins to seize them, and they keep their beds two days, very seldom three. They have very rarely above twenty or thirty in their faces, which never mark ; and in eight days' time they are as well as before their illness.
Page 57 - ... which is the term they give it. There is a set of old women who make it their business to perform the operation every autumn, in the month of September, when the great heat is abated. People send to one another to know if any of their family has a mind to have the smallpox: they make parties for this purpose and when they are met (commonly fifteen or sixteen together), the old woman comes with a nutshell full of the matter of the best sort of smallpox and asks what vein you please to have opened.
Page 57 - ... the smallpox : they make parties for this purpose, and when they are met (commonly fifteen or sixteen together ) the old woman comes with a nut-shell full of the matter of the best sort of small-pox, and asks what veins you please to have opened.
Page 57 - ... a nut-shell full of the matter of the best sort of smallpox, and asks what vein you please to have opened. She immediately rips open that you offer to her with a large needle (which gives you no more pain than a common scratch), and puts into the vein as much matter as can lie upon the head of the needle, and after that binds up the little wound with a hollow bit of shell, and in this manner opens four or five veins. The children or young patients play together all the rest of the day, and are...
Page 57 - The smallpox, so fatal and so general amongst us, is here entirely harmless by the invention of ingrafting, which is the term they give it. There is a set of old women who make it their business to perform the operation every autumn, in the month of September, when the great heat is abated. People send to one another to know if any of their family has a mind to have the smallpox.
Page 57 - ... to have them in the legs, or that part of the arm that is concealed. The children or young patients play together all...
Page 10 - information, fays he, of one hundred and " twelve people being inoculated in the middle " of winter in fome of our moft northern ifles, " where there was fcarce fuel enough to pre" pare victuals, and many of the inoculated *' went abroad bare-footed in fnow and ice, " and yet not one of the whole number died.
Page 55 - Portuguefe, found out the way to the Eaft Indies by the Cape of Good Hope, in all probability we ihould be ftill obliged to trade there thro' Alexandria and Suez, and be deprived of thofe riches we bring from thence.

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