Excerpt from The Medical Times and Gazette, Vol. 2: A Journal of Medical Science, Literature, Criticism, and News; For 1865
Of his publications, most are anonymous and published in the Quarterly, and we have not time to attempt an account of them but there are three which are well worth noting here, as showing his mental character most completely.
One is his well-known Essay on Puerperal Fever, to which is added his introductory lecture at the opening of the session at King's College in 1836. No one who sees the most minute care with which every fact is adduced, the vast number of Opinions and authorities collated, the almost cramped and constrained style, as if from a nervous anxiety to state the arguments fairly, could think Ferguson the idle, haphazard, mere fashionable Doctor which, as he said, some of his con temporaries were pleased to call him, till this book showed him in his true light. It marked the era when blood poison ing, and other phrases of the humoral pathology were once more accepted by us, in place of the action of blood-vessel theory.
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