An Essay on the Certainty of Medicine

An Essay on the Certainty of Medicine

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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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...delicate nnd imposing-in which it is more necessary to trace for ourselves, some invariable plan of conduct--to submit to the test of analysis, all the circumstances under which we may be placed--to direct all our inquiries in virtue of some geiieral principles to which all details may be referred. Iwould beg indulgence for a few reflections on this subject. ' _ Viewed in a certain light, the medical profession, may be regarded as a kind of sacerdotal function; under another, as a true magistracy. As the object of aphysician's labours is one of no little importance, namely, humatrlife; it naturally follows that his obligations to disclose all useful truths--t9 pervert none, and to give to his mind, all the perfection of which it is susceptible, becomes of so sacred a nature, that the least violation, forgetfulness, or negligence on either of these points, presents invariably something truly criminal. The duties of the physician, may be examined according as they relate to the science, to his patients, or to society at large. The physician is in duty bound to the science, or in other words, to humanity, (for the service of man is constantly its most important object) to acquire hi the co. lateral sciences, a knowledge ofall those subjects which may have some relation to our art, and may without the aid of hypothesis be transferred into it; and likewise to search in the art itself all that is capable of furnishing light to the other sciences, but more particularly to those from which it receives support. To him the love of truth must be, not only apropensity, or habit, but a passion; it must possess all the activity, solicitude and scruples of a true passion. If the virtuous physician can. not conscientiously disguise or conceal the...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824628
  • 9781236824622