On Medicine and Medical Education; Three Lectures with Notes and an Appendix

On Medicine and Medical Education; Three Lectures with Notes and an Appendix

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... Again, the stethoscope discovered a large number of kinds of chest-disease, which had either been latent previously, or had been imperfectly known. But no sooner were those diseases discovered, than it became necessary to give them names. They were regarded, perhaps correctly on the whole, as varieties of old and well-known diseases of the chest, and named accordingly. But it was forgotten by many that the old established treatment, set down in the text-books as applicable to these ancient forms of disease, would not apply at all to the newly discovered varieties; and many well informed physicians, without adverting to this circumstance, congratulated themselves on having brought within the range of diagnosis, and therefore of treatment, several forms of disease before unknown. The consequence was a frightful abuse of active remedies, which has only been corrected by time, and the good sense of the great body of physicians, who refused to yield to the brilliant and seductive lessons of the modern inquirer when they did not correspond with the previous experience of ages, and the results of carefully instituted trials. See a paper by me in the "British and Foreign MedicoChirurgical Keview," for January 1854. Once more: --it happened that surgeons were led, by long-continued and carefully generalized experience, to recognise an important difference between tumours. Some were found to be capable of being removed with complete relief to the local symptoms, and little or no chance of permanent disease in the system. These were called benign: others, which had the opposite characteristics, were termed tumores mali moris, or malignant tumours. Between the two, surgeons acknowledged a doubtful or suspicious class. A careful study of tumours...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547055
  • 9781236547057