Sketch of the Revolutions of Medical Science, and Views Relating to Its Reform

Sketch of the Revolutions of Medical Science, and Views Relating to Its Reform

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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. 1806 edition. Excerpt: ...imperfect notions, the prejudices, the errors, and all the vicious habits, which the mind acquires. In almost all the branches of medical research, the language employed is very ill sormed. It has become gradually more and more vitiated, by the false application of words borrowed from the other sciences, and by a certain unmeaning and ridiculous jargon, which a culpable respect for prevailing prejudicsses has' too often led practitioners to adopt. ' ' _ It is from the Greeks and Arabians that we have derived our first notions 0 medicine; and, it is, in particular, from the works of Hippocrates and Galen, that the modern professors have bonrowed the substance of their first doctrines. The diseases described by the ancients have retained the names which had been originally bestowed 202 REVOLUTIONS or upon them: the instruments, the remedies and preparations, which have been discovered or imagined by the Arabians, have been handed down to us, along with the terms by which they were designated by their inventors. When the use of written language began to be introduced into France, Latin was the language of the learned: our first medical works, accordingly, are composed in it. When French came to be used, medicine still retained its ancient terms; which suffered scarce any change but in their terminations. Besides, the barbarism of the schools was, at that time, at its height: and in them it was the fashion to speak in a manner both formal and burlesque, and to write in a style that was obscure and trivial, pompous and unpolished. In this state of things it was scarcely to be expected, that a medical language could be framed, which would be acknowledged by reason and by taste. To take an example: -Anatomy, too often cultivated, as it has...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921917
  • 9781236921918