Illustrations of the Enquiry Respecting Tuberculous Diseases

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T. and G. Underwood, 1822 - Tuberculosis - 236 pages
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Page xiv - For as knowledges are now delivered, there is a kind of contract of error, between the deliverer and the receiver; for he that delivereth knowledge, desireth to deliver it in such form as may be best believed, and not as may be best examined : and he that receiveth knowledge, desireth rather present satisfaction, than expectant inquiry ; and so rather not to doubt, than not to err ; glory making the author not to lay open his weakness, and sloth making the disciple not to know his strength.
Page 15 - ... subsequently fall into a state of suppuration. This occurs chiefly in those that were not destined to arrive at this point. " The consolidation therefore just referred to, may in some measure be considered as a favourable termination to tubercle, as life has been found to be compatible with their existence, except in cases where they occupied a large proportion of the lung, or produced accretion of the membranes.
Page x - Medicine is a science which hath been, as we have said, more professed than laboured, and yet more laboured than advanced ; the labour having been, in my judgment, rather in circle than in progression. For I find much iteration, but small addition.
Page 132 - For he that shall well consider the errors and obscurity, the mistakes and confusion, that are spread in the world by an ill use of words, will find some reason to doubt whether language, as it has been employed, has contributed more to the improvement or hindrance of knowledge amongst mankind.
Page x - ... it is almost necessary, in all controversies and disputations, to imitate the wisdom of the mathematicians, in setting down in the very beginning the definitions of our words and terms, that others may know how we accept and understand them, and whether they concur with us or no. For it cometh to pass, for want of this, that we are sure to end there where we ought to have begun, which is, in questions and differences about words.
Page 12 - ... the firm and almost cartilaginous remnant of the emptied cyst, conspicuous amid the surrounding disease. Should a great number of contiguous tubercles have fallen into this state, deep and extensive and irregular shaped fissures and excavations are thereby formed.
Page 11 - ... and hard and almost cartilaginous, while their contents may vary both in colour and consistence. Others proceed in a different way and are condensed into solid bodies of an uniform texture, the cysts and the containing parts being scarcely discernible from each other. The appearance then of the lungs of those who die in this state is, as follows : some tubercles, when cut through, will be found to be firm and solid, others with thick dense coats containing curdy, cheesy, or purulent-looking substances...
Page 5 - VI. That it is rarely that we can have an opportunity of seeing the first steps of these morbid phenomena in the human subject, because the tubercles are generally formed, and the elementary character of course lost, before death permits us to make enquiries respecting altered or morbid structure.
Page xi - Homines enim per sermones sociantur; at verba ex captu vulgi imponuntur. Itaque mala et inepta verborum impositio miris modis intellectum obsidet. Neque definitiones aut explicationes, quibus homines docti se munire et vindicare in nonnullis consueverunt, rem ullo modo restituunt. Sed verba plane vim faciunt intellectui, et omnia turbant; et homines ad inanes et innumeras controversias et commenta deducunt.
Page 225 - Diseases. the iodine, was shewn in a surprising degree. A gentleman had a series of tumours, which reached from the angle of the jaw to the top of the shoulder; some of them were very large, being equal in size to a goose's egg ; they extended also to the front of the neck. Various powerful medicines, such as the compound calomel pill, liquor potassa;, &c.

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