Excerpt from The Eclectic Journal of Medicine, Vol. 1: From November, 1836, to October, 1837, Inclusive
Alexander trallianus, called a follower of Galen, has left a reputation behind him, for accurate description of disease, and philosophical attention to all the modifying circumstances of age, climate, sex, and constitution, which place him in advance of his master as a valuable contributor to the science of medicine. His extended fame' never lessened his great modesty nor the extreme amiableness of his disposition. In him were combined learning, industry, experience, refined perception, accurate judgment, and high moral feeling. At this day we must prize his admirable oh servations on the moral treatment of melancholy madness, which he enriched with some very interesting cases. On the subject of blood-letting, he differed from all the other physicians of the day, by contending that the numerous communications of the sanguiferous system rendered it of no moment, in the generality of cases, in what part of the body a vein was opened. He has pointed out with great accuracy the distinction between the symptoms of pleurisy and inﬂammation Of the liver the seat, varieties, and management of dysentery, - and the regimen most proper to be adhered to in each of almost all the diseases of which he has given a description. In a separate treatise on intestinal worms, which be divided into ascarides, lumbrici, and taeniae, he has pointed out with admirable accuracy the distinguishing sympa toms of each, together with the methods of cure, which are little different from those: at present commonly had recourse to.
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