Researches to establish the truth of the LinnŠan doctrine of animate contagions

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Page 206 - I scarce could turn to fall upon the ground, with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat of its current plainly upon my face. We all lay flat on the ground, as if dead, till Idris told us it was blown over. The meteor or purple haze which I saw was indeed passed, but the light air that still blew was of a heat to threaten suffocation.
Page 204 - All animated bodies soon discover it by the change it produces in them. The lungs, which a too rarefied air no longer expands, are contracted and become painful. Respiration is short and difficult, the skin parched and dry, and the body consumed by an internal heat. In vain is recourse had to large draughts of water ; nothing can restore perspiration. In vain is coolness sought for ; all bodies in which it is usual to find it deceive the hand that touches them. Marble, iron, water, notwithstanding...
Page 115 - ... particularly the meat, betwixt his shirt and skin. Having a considerable portion of this provision in store, so deposited, he was taken rather unwell, and laid himself down in a field in the parish of Scredington — when from the heat of the season at that time, the meat speedily became putrid, and was of course struck by the flies: these not only proceeded to devour the inanimate pieces of flesh, but also literally to prey upon the living substance ; and when the wretched man was accidentally...
Page 206 - I saw from the southeast a haze come, in colour like the purple part of the rainbow, but not so compressed or thick. It did not occupy twenty yards in breadth, and was about twelve feet high from the ground. It was a kind of blush upon the air, and it moved very rapidly, for I...
Page 109 - Of the larvae of the beetle," says Dr. Pickells, " I am sure I considerably underrate, when I say that not less than 700 have been thrown up from the stomach at different times since the commencement of my attendance. A great proportion were destroyed by herself to avoid publicity; many, too, escaped immediately by running into holes in the floor. Upwards of ninety were submitted to Dr. Thomson's* examination...
Page 204 - The sky, at other times so clear in this climate, becomes dark and heavy ; the sun loses his splendour, and appears of a violet colour. The air is not cloudy, but grey and thick, and is in fact filled with an extremely subtile dust, which penetrates every where.
Page 151 - ... years, whose leg and thigh bones, to the utter astonishment of all present, were covered with myriads of flies (of a species, perhaps, totally unknown to the naturalist) as active and strong on the wing as gnats flying in the air, on the finest evening in summer. The wings of this non-descript are white, and for distinction's sake, the spectators gave it the name of the coffin-fly.
Page 115 - Oil the 25th June, 1829, died at Asbornby, Lincolnshire, John Page, a pauper, belonging to Little Willoughby, under circumstances truly singular. He being of a restless disposition, and not choosing to stay in the parish workhouse, was in the habit of strolling about the neighbouring villages, subsisting on the pittance obtained from door to door ; the support he usually received from the benevolent was bread and meat ; and after satisfying the cravings of nature, it was his custom to deposit the...
Page 200 - Astracan by the emigration of the inhabitants, principally those of the lower orders. This is the chief cause of its propagation in Russia ; it has never shown itself in any place except where it has been brought by travellers who came from infected places. We have not a single instance of a town or village which, without communication with houses or persons affected, has contracted the disorder. Several places surrounded by the disease have preserved themselves from it by a rigid insulation.
Page 107 - I scratched it till the blood came. I soon after observed something like a black spot, which had already risen considerably above the surface of the skin. All medicine proved useless, and the disease not being known at Cairo, there was nothing for it but to have recourse to the only known manner of treating it in this country.

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