1785-1790

1785-1790

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...but in a much less degree, anatomy began again to flourish; and by other means all the other sciences shone forth with a greater lustre than they had ever done in any period handed down tq us by the history of any nation. It was obvious therefore to conceive, that the knowledge of the structure of the body, and the investigation of the powers of matter, made in a more accurate manner, and on a more extensive scale, would elucidate the doctrine of the human body, and its diseases, and their treatment, in a new and more perfect manner: to this opinion I mean now to apply the reasoning I have before laid down. In the structure and physiology of the body, 2 great discoveries have beenmade by the moderns; the circulation of the blood; and the lymphatics and absorption of the lymph. These at once overthrow the ideas of the ancients with regard to most of the functions of the interior parts of the body; which was now conceived by many to be an hydraulic machine, and subject to. all those disorders which were incidental to such a machine; and particularly, from various fluids flowing with great rapidity, through tubes, many of them of infinite fineness, that stoppages must often take place, which were to be removed by dissolving out the obstructing matter; that the blood was mixed so perfectly through all the body, and so constantly, that the same blood roust be takea away, whatever blood-vessel was opened; and when we contemplate the nume rous openings and communications of the vessels with one another, that blood flowing out of any one will empty them all equally, and that therefore it can be of no consequence from what part of the body blood is evacuated. In a pleurisy, for instance, where can be the difference, whether blood be taken from the right...show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 630g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588894
  • 9781236588890