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Page 207 - The science of medicine is a barbarous jargon, and the effects of our medicines on the human system are in the highest degree uncertain, except, indeed, that they have destroyed more lives than war, pestilence and famine combined.
Page 198 - This was all their nourishment for the day of sixteen, or eighteen hours' labor. They were astonishingly powerful and active ; and endured severe and protracted labor far beyond any of my men. Some of these men were eighty and even ninety years old ; and yet these old men would do more work than any of the middle-aged men belonging to my ship. In handling and stowing away iron, and in stowing away hemp with the jack-screw, they exhibited most astonishing power. They were full of agility, vivacity,...
Page 214 - Gentlemen, medicine is a great humbug. I know it is called science. Science, indeed ! it is nothing like science. Doctors are merely empirics when they are not charlatans. We are as ignorant as men can be. Who knows anything in the world about medicine?
Page 203 - And flung away the steel of sacrifice ; And through the land next day passed a decree Proclaimed by criers, and in this wise graved On rock and column : " Thus the King's will is : — There hath been slaughter for the sacrifice And slaying for the meat, but henceforth none Shall spill the blood of life nor taste of flesh, Seeing that knowledge grows, and life is one, And mercy cometh to the merciful.
Page 215 - Dieu. Some three or four thousand patients passed through my hands every year. I divided the patients into two classes : with one I followed the dispensary and gave...
Page 194 - For twelve people two handfuls of dry beans or peas, a few potatoes, a few ounces of fried bacon to give it a taste, a good deal of hot water. The twelve basins are then filled with thin slices of brown bread, and the soup is poured on it.
Page 202 - After the new system was fairly adopted, the nursery was soon entirely vacated, and the services of the nurse and physician no longer needed, and for more than two years no case of sickness or death took place. In the succeeding twelve months there were three deaths, but they were new inmates, and were diseased when admitted, and two of them were idiots.
Page 215 - ... and they would irritate themselves until they got really sick; but Nature invariably came to the rescue, and all the third class got well. There was but little mortality amongst those who received the bread pills and coloured water, but the mortality was greatest among those who were carefully drugged according to the dispensary.
Page 199 - ... stevedores," are also very powerful men. I have seen two of these men stow off a full cargo of wine in casks, after it was hoisted on board and lowered into the hold, with ease. They brought their food on board with them ; it consisted of coarse, brown wheat bread and grapes.