Consumption Curable; Containing the Causes, Cure, and Prevention of Consumption

Consumption Curable; Containing the Causes, Cure, and Prevention of Consumption

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... particu4 larly practised by those who might be destined to take an active part in their wars; this they considered necessary, to produce that muscular strength required in the field of battle. War was a laborious occupation from the weight of the armor used by the ancients, and strength must be acquired by exertion, and supported by constant exercise. The gymnastic games were consequently connected with their religion, and victory in them was politically rendered an object of the highest importance., --"Palmaque nobilis Terrarum dominos evehit ad deos." The gymnastic art had attained no inconsiderable degree of perfection in the time of Homer, as we find from the description of the games at the funeral of Patroclus. Gymnastics were introduced, however, into medicine only about the time of Hippocrates, or perhaps a little before his era by Herodicus his father. The gymnastics of the warriors were too violent for the diseased, or even for the preservation of health in those not naturally strong; and Hippocrates, in his work on regimen, speaks of exercise in general, of walking, of races on foot or horseback, leaping, wrestling, the corycus, or exercising the suspended ball, with the usual additions of unctions, frictions, and rolling in the sand practised in those days. Boxing, the pancratia, boplomachia, running, quoits, the exercise of the ball, hoop, and javelin, required too great exertion to be admitted into the medical department; though walking, vociferation, recitation, and holding the breath, seem to have been among the medicinal exercises; and by this holding the breath, we must conclude the ancients had some knowledge of the advantage arising from full inflation of the parenchyma. Hoffman mentions fifty-five kinds more

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