The influence of tropical climates on European constitutions: to which is now added, an essay on morbid sensibility of the stomach and bowels ... preceded by observations on the diseases and regimen of invalids, on their return from hot and unhealthy climates

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printed for Thomas & George Underwood, 1827 - 680 pages
 

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Page 472 - In this foggy and cold region, therefore, want spurs on the Indian to labour and excites his industry. At the height of San Miguel pines begin to mingle with the oaks, which are found by the traveller as high as the elevated plains of Perote, where he beholds the delightful aspect of fields sown with wheat. Eight hundred metres higher the coldness of the climate will no longer admit...
Page 471 - Perote. We see there the .physiognomy of the country, the aspect of the sky, the form of plants, the figures of animals, the manners of the inhabitants, and the kin d of cultivation followed by them, assume a different appearance at every step of our progress.
Page 255 - giant of the Western Star, Looks from his throne of clouds O'er half the world!
Page 419 - Observations on the diseases which prevail in long voyages to hot countries, particularly on those in the East Indies; and on the same diseases as they appear in Great Britain.
Page 639 - I was led to this solution of the enigma some years ago, by observing that a very aged hypochondriac was every second day affected with such an exasperation of his melancholy forebodings, that he did nothing but walk about his room wringing his hands, and assuring his servants that the hand of death was upon him, and that he could not possibly survive more than a few hours. Under these gloomy impressions he would refuse food and drink, and, in fact, give himself up for lost. The succeeding sun, however,...
Page 472 - Mexican oak quiets the alarms of a traveller newly landed at Vera Cruz. Its presence demonstrates to him that he has left behind him the zone so justly dreaded by the people of the north, under which the yellow fever exercises its ravages in New Spain. This inferior limit of oaks warns the colonist who inhabits the central table-land how far he may descend towards the coast, without dread of the mortal disease of the vomito.
Page 319 - Contemporary with the last symptoms, or very soon afterwards, ulcers appear at the inside of the joints of the toes and fingers, directly under the last Joint of the metatarsal or metacarpal bones, or they corrode the thick sole under the joint of the os calcis, or os cuboides. There is no previous...
Page 270 - Ihidily of the whole countenance. Some at this period had some nausea, and retching to vomit, but brought up nothing bilious. In a short time the spasms began to affect the muscles of the thighs, abdomen, and thorax, and lastly they passed to those of the arms, hands and fingers ; but I never saw, then or afterwards, those of the neck, face, or back at all affected.
Page 319 - ... the toes and fingers numbed, as with frost, glazed and rather swelled, and nearly inflexible. The mind is at this time sluggish and slow in apprehension, and the patient appears always half asleep. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands then crack into fissures, dry, and hard as the parched soil of the country...
Page 1 - ... animal. They proudly observe, that this power of accommodating itself to all climates, is a distinctive characteristic of the human species, since no other species of animal can endure transplantation with equal impunity.

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