Handbook of General Therapeutics Volume 5

Handbook of General Therapeutics Volume 5

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...actions of the organism rested exclusively upon mechanical principles. Their leaders, discreet men who stood at the top of the scientific ladder, approached the point known as methodismus without closing their eyes to the practical advantages to be gained from well-considered eclecticism, foremost "amongst them the renowned Boerhaave, professor at Leyden (16981738), who endeavoured with great scientific judgment to utilise all the results obtained in the natural sciences for the promotion of medicine, but still could not resist interesting himself most in the mechanical discoveries and seeking to appropriate them to the development of a system of mechanical pathology and therapeutics. In a manner analogous to the lawwm andistrictum of Themison, he goes upon the assumption that the universal elements of the organism, the fibres, cause the most diseases by their contraction or relaxation. He compares the action of cold baths with intermittent fever. Boerhave nevertheless still labours under the general fear of cold water in these his views (hoc remedium mm proponitur nisi 1'/n despemtis casibus). A freer spirit had however been introduced into medicine with his advent, and soon the experiences gathered especially in England in cold-water treatment began to make an impression upon the medical world of Germany. The actions of water as a beverage, as a bath, or as a showerbath began to be gradually known in the course of time. To the use of cold baths in England attention was first drawn by John Gottfried de Berger ( 1658-1 7 36), in a work on the thermal springs of Carlsbad. Vitus Riedlin, of Ulm, popularised the doctrine of the water cure by a German publication which he brought out on-the subject. A work of D. Daniel Fischer ('...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753070
  • 9781236753076