Excerpt from Guy's Hospital Reports, Vol. 14
Much might be said on this interesting topic, and I only allude to it because I believe it tends to show why the subject of diathesis has been so little dwelt on by modern writers. It is not only that our closer regard to pathological changes has caused us to overlook it, but it has become obscured by the Hippocratic divisions being no longer altogether applicable at the present day, and by the temperaments varying in different countries and probably undergoing alterations in our own.
A knowledge Of the particular temperament to which an individual belongs affords an acquaintance also with the diseases to which he is liable, there being a tendency always to morbid changes in some particular direction. We thus have in our hands treatment of a prophylactic nature, most important means of diagnosis, and by connecting the habits of the individual with his temperament a more accurate idea of the duration of life for purposes of insurance. The peculiarities both of health and disease being transmitted from father to son are too well known to require any illustration, and the same appears to be true of all classes in the animal kingdom; for, as Youatt says, There is scarcely a malady to which the horse is subject which is not hereditary.
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