Annals and Transactions of the British Homoeopathic Society and of the London Homoeopathic Hospital

Annals and Transactions of the British Homoeopathic Society and of the London Homoeopathic Hospital

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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. Excerpt: ...draw indications as to the manner by which the incipient fermentations may be promoted and the patient restored to health, orelse we must discover a specific." This is said of the treatment of ague. We now know which of the two ways is the best; by the former the mortality was, in seven years, 15,000 odd, by the latter 35. If we were to pursue this line of investigation we should find that from the time of Bacon medicine was divided between his legitimate and his spurious successors. Among the latter we should find men of great genius and profound learning; we should find the mystic Van Helmont, the spiritual Stahl, the encyclopaedic Boerhaave, the great system-maker Cullen, and our learned opponent, Sir John Forbes. Far be it from us to undervalue the labours of these men; even their errors are worthy of respect, while their genius and industry must ever command our admiration. But it is one thing to admire, and quite another thing to obey. "For," again to use the words of Bacon, "it is the greatest weakness and cowardice to yield absolute submission to authors, and yet to withhold his due from Time, the author of authors, and so of all authority. Truth is the daughter of time, and not of authority. No wonder that these spells--authority, tradition--have so bewildered men that they have not dared to hold direct intercourse with things. It would indeed be disgraceful to mankind if, after such parts of the material world had been laid open which were unknown in former times--so many seas traversed, so many countries explored, so many stars discovered--philosophy or the intelligible world should be circumscribed to the same boundaries as before," or, we may add, the art of medicine be put back to the period of Hippocrates, as Sir John...
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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 10.67mm | 362.87g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236641604
  • 9781236641601