Notes on Syphilis, with an Appendix on the Unity of the Syphilitic Poison

Notes on Syphilis, with an Appendix on the Unity of the Syphilitic Poison

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...observe that, far from bacteria being the common cause of the different zymotic diseases, the contrary is probably true--that bacteria are never the cause of zymotic disease. The simple fact that bacteria are always and everywhere present, while zymotic diseases are only occasionally epidemic, would in itself render it improbable that this character of organism gave rise to contagious diseases. "4. Dr. Bastian's fourth argument is undoubtedly a very powerful one; and here again I shall await further discussion with much interest. It certainly appears to me that further evidence on this head is very much called for, more particularly as the fact is denied by some authorities. "Passing to the latter part of his subject, Dr. Bastian argues in favour of the catalytic character of contagious disease. But, is it not legitimate to object to this, that he demands for himself exactly what he refuses to grant to others?--for the establishment of his theory requires, equally with the germ theory, the introduction of something into the blood--in the one case an organic ferment, in the other case a cell. In neither case are they demonstrated. The mind forms a distinct conception of a cell, even if it is invisible; but Dr. Bastian does not tell us what he wishes us to conceive by an organic ferment. I cannot but consider that Dr. Bastian's theory requires the existence of twenty different organic ferments, just as the germ theory necessitates the belief in twenty different living organisms. The natural evolution of disease is certainly as comprehensible on the one theory as on the other." ON SYPHILITIC RENAL DROPSY. K Medical reasoning is too often hastily deductive in character; in other words, we too often reason from the particular to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574036
  • 9781236574039