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“He told the hidden power of springs,
Es war nur Wasser-doch dom halb erstorbenen Sinn
OF THE CAUSES, PROGRESS, AND TERMINATIONS OF VARIOUS
CHRONIC DISEASES OF THE DIGESTIVE ORGANS,
LUNGS, NERVES, LIMBS, AND SKIN;
AND OTHER HYGIENIC MEANS.
JAMES MANBY GULLY, M.D.
LICENTIATE OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS,
SOCIETY, LONDON, ETC.
MALVERN: HENRY LAMB.
15%. c. 108
TO THE FIRST EDITION.
Every writer supposes that his work is to supply some want. My object in publishing this treatise, is to afford a truthful and rational exposition of the value of the water treatment in certain chronic diseases. I apprehend that it is wanted, because the works on the subject of the water cure which have hitherto appeared in this country contain, so far as my experience informs me, much overstatement as to its operation, and are moreover written rather to catch the hopeful invalid, than to enlighten him as to the nature of his disease, or the mode in which the water plan is to relieve it. From this remark I except the work of Dr. E. JOHNSON, entitled, “Hydropathy,” wherein the manner in which the water cure operates on the chemistry of the living body is very ably traced. The other works have not the slightest claim to be called scientific
In the First Part of this work, the origin, progress, extension, and terminations of Chronic Disease in general, are delineated and explained, and one general deduction from the facts made,-namely, that no disease becomes chronic, unless the central organs of nutrition are affected. In the Second Part, this is further developed in the history of individual chronic diseases, the explanation of the pathology and symptoms of each of which is given, and also of the reasons for the water treatment applicable to each. In arranging the diseases, those are first treated of which affect the primary organs of nutrition, the
organs in which the first step in bloodmaking from food, and therefore of nutrition, is taken. The next step of bloodmaking being effected by the lungs and heart, their maladies are then treated of. The circulation of the perfected blood being under the control of the nervous system, the diseases of that system come the next in order. One portion of the general nervous system,namely, the brain and spinal cord and their nerves, having control over the locomotive organs, the diseases of the limbs come the next in order to be treated of. Finally, the blood having been made and circulated, certain elements of it are thrown off in the shape of secretions from the bowels, kidneys, and skin : the diseases of which are the last to be mentioned. The whole arrangement of these individual maladies is thus strictly physiological, beginning with the formation of blood, and ending with the excretion of its useless portions.
Part Third treats, in the first place, of the mode in which the water cure operates in producing its beneficial results, the rationale being given under twelve sections. The subject is treated generally, as that of Chronic Disease was in the First Part. But, in the second place, the details of the water cure are brought forward, the rationale of each process given, and the circumstances which regulate their application stated.
Throughout the volume, the great pathological fact of