A Fair examination and criticism of all the medical systems in vogue

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proprietor, 1855 - Medicine - 204 pages
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Page 15 - that in a large proportion of the cases treated by allopathic physicians, the disease is cured by nature, and not by them ; secondly, that in a lesser, but still not a small proportion the disease is cured by nature, in spite of them ; in other words, their interference opposing, instead of assisting the cure...
Page 11 - made by a physician, a man of wit and of philosophy, lepresents 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 17 - Since medicine was first cultivated as a science, a leading object of attention has ever been to ascertain the characters or symptoms by which particular internal diseases are indicated, and by which they are distinguished from other diseases which resemble them. But, with the accumulated experience of ages bearing upon this important subject, our extended observation has only served to convince us how deficient we are in this department, and how often, even in the first step of our progress, we...
Page 8 - An incoherent assemblage of incoherent opinion.*, it is, perhaps. of all the physiological sciences, that which best shows the caprice of the human mind. What do I say ? It is not a science for a methodical mind. It is a shapeless assemblage of inaccurate ideas, of observations often puerile, of deceptive remedies, and of formulae as fantastically conceived as they are tediously arranged.
Page 9 - Consulting the records of our science, we cannot help being disgusted with the multitude of hypotheses obtruded upon us at different times. Nowhere is the imagination displayed to a greater extent ; and perhaps so ample an exhibition of human invention might gratify our vanity, if it were not more than compensated by the humiliating view of so much absurdity, contradiction, and falsehood.
Page 12 - The first five passed away in hearing others, studying what he had heard, implicitly believing it, and entering upon the possession as a rich and valuable inheritance. His mode of employment the next five years was to explain more clearly the several particulars, to refine and give them a nicer polish. During the next equal space of time, because no part of it had succeeded to his mind, he became cold upon the subject, and, with many eminent...
Page 17 - ... from analogy. The difficulties and sources of uncertainty which meet us at every stage of such investigations are, in fact, so great and numerous, that those who have had the most extensive opportunities of observation will be the first to acknowledge that our pretended experience must, in general, sink into analogy, and even our analogy too often into conjecture.
Page 29 - ... the cavity in which the affected organ is lodged, or in convulsions, or in delirium running into coma ; or in death either from exhaustion or from one of the foregoing states ; or, more fortunately, in partial subsidence of the original malady, and protracted convalescence. Such are the consequences which but too often result — which I have seen...
Page 17 - When, in the practice of medicine, we apply to new cases the knowledge acquired from others which we believe to have been of the same nature, the difficulties are so great, that it is doubtful whether in any case we can properly be said to act upon experience, as we do in other departments of science.
Page 139 - ... a dynamic disease in the living economy of man is extinguished in a permanent manner by another that is more powerful, when the latter (without being of the same species) bears a strong resemblance to it in its mode of manifesting itself.* * Physical and moral diseases are cured in the same manner.

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