Medical Essays and Observations Volume 1

Medical Essays and Observations Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1752 edition. Excerpt: ...sent immediately into the Blood by the umbilick Vessels, than if it had received it by the Mouth and Stomach, for hereby its vitiated Qualities might possibly have been altered: Hence Dr. Pitcairn (m) assirms, that many acid Substances, when taken into the Stomach, do soon turn alcalious; and Naturalists do unanimously agree, that there are many Poisons, such as the Virus of Asps, Vipers, ts'c. which are absolutely innocent when taken by the Mouth, but carry along with them present Death when immediately mixed with the Blood: Thus we find the brave Cato, w hen marching the Remains of Pompey's Army through Africa, wisely animating the thirsty Soldiers to drink of a Spring that came in their Way, which they were afraid to touch, because they found many Serpents init, by telling them, Noxia serpentum eft admifto sanguine peftis Morsu virus baient, & fatum dente minantur, Pocula morte carent (-). And Celsus (-), when speaking of the Serpent's Poison, fays, Non guftu, fed in vulnere nocet. But I must own that Alcalines, or even Alcalescents are not turned into an opposite Nature in the Stomach, and that many vegetable, as (m) Dislert. de opera quam praestant corpora acija vel alcal. in curat. morbor. (n) Lucan. Pharial. lib. 9. (-) Lib. cap. XI. as well as mineral Poisons are deadly, tho' ta. ken by the Mouth; yet certain it is, that any noxious Matter, when 1 immediately mixed with the Blood, does as certainly, but more fuddenly produce its direful Effects, (as many Experiments evince) than when the fame individual Thing is sent into the Body by. the ordinary Pasfages. Hence Galen (p) tells us, "That "nothing has the fame Power upon the human "Body outwardly as. inwardly; (for fays he) f neither the Venom of the..
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607902
  • 9781236607904