Excerpt from Till the Doctor Comes, and How to Help Him
IN preparing this little volume for the American public, it has seemed to me not advisable to make any essen tial change in its original plan. Its style is attractive, and I have in many instances done little else than give familiar names in place of those which are less well known in this country. My aim has been to simplify the text, and with this view I have omitted several prescriptions more elaborate than could well be made up in a family, and have struck out several subjects where I thought the risk of delay would be less than that of treatment at non-medical hands. I have added a few short paragraphs on subjects to which our wide extent of country, and our peculiarities of climate, give an every-day importance they do not possess in England. In some few cases where my views of the best treatment have. Differed from the author's, I have substituted such directions as I thought did justice to myself, and would prove of the great est service to those who may consult this book. But I would say to those who learn from these pages how they may well employ the anxious moments till the doctor comes and takes the responsibility upon his shoulders, that 'their thanks are justly due to the English author, much more than to the American Editor.
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