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Page 340 - I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes.
Page 324 - out of one hundred patients whom I have visited or prescribed for this day, I have lost none." Where was all his legacy of knowledge when Norfolk was decimated ? Where was it when the blue flies were buzzing over the coffins of the unburied dead piled up in the cemetery of New Orleans, at the edge of the huge trenches yawning to receive them ? One such instance will do as well as twenty. Dr.
Page 307 - The truth is that medicine, professedly founded on observation, is as sensitive to outside influences, political, religious, philosophical, imaginative, as is the barometer to the changes of atmospheric density.
Page 306 - There are, of course, in every calling, those who go about the work of the day before them, doing it according to the rules of their craft, and asking no questions of the past or of the future, or of the aim and end to which their special labor is contributing.
Page 244 - After ten years, the number begins to increase considerably, and the largest number admitted are for the decennial period from the age of fifteen to twenty-five, and although progressively diminishing, they continue rather large up to thirty, and from thirty to thirty-five they are nearly the same as from ten to fifteen; but as in the unprotected at this period of life, the mortality is doubled, showing the cause to be probably as much or more depending on age and its concomitants as on other circumstances....
Page 270 - In that fair niche, by countless billows laved, Trace the deep lines that Sydenham engraved ; On yon broad front that breasts the changing swell, Mark where the ponderous sledge of Hunter fell ; By that square buttress look where Louis stands, The stone yet warm from his uplifted hands ; And say, 0 Science, shall thy life-blood freeze, When fluttering folly flaps on walls like these?
Page 335 - Throw out opium, which the Creator himself seems to prescribe, for we often see the scarlet poppy growing in the cornfields, as if it were foreseen that wherever there is hunger to be fed there must also be pain to be soothed; throw out a few specifics which our art did not discover, and is hardly needed to apply...
Page 352 - I have wandered from my point. It is a very narrow and unjust view of the practice of medicine, to suppose it to consist altogether in the use of powerful drugs, or of drugs of any kind. Far from it.
Page 325 - Kush must have been a charming teacher, as he was an admirable man. He was observing, rather than a sound observer ; eminently observing, curious, even, about all manner of things. But he could not help feeling as if Nature had been a good deal shaken by the Declaration of Independence, and that American art was getting to be rather too much for her, — especially as illustrated in his own practice.
Page 306 - In the mean time, however, these currents are carrying the practical men, too, and all their work may be thrown away, and worse than thrown away, if they do not take knowledge of them and get out of the wrong ones and into the right ones as soon as they may. Sir Edward Parry and his party were going straight towards the pole iir one of their arctic expeditions, travelling at the rate of ten miles a day.