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MEDICAL EXTRACTS:

ON THE

NATURE OF HEALTH,

WITH
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS:

AND
THE LAWS

OF THE · NERVOUS AND FIBROUS SYSTEMS.

BY

A FRIEND TO IMPROVEMENTS,

VOL. II.

A NEW EDITION.

Homines ad deos in nullâ re propius accedunt, quam falutera

hominibus dando.

CICERO.

LONDON,
Printed for J. JOHNSON, St. Paul's Church-yard; and

ROBINSONS, Paternoster-Row :
And fold by them, and DILLY in the Poultry ; MURRAY, Fleet-Street ;
MANSON, Pall Mall; Owen, Piccadilly, opposite Bond-street,

and Cox, St. Thomas's-street, Borough.

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TO

DR. DARWIN.

PHYSICIANS often lament, that their patients will not pursue the directions given them; and indeed, when their sense is not persuaded, it is no wonder they are tempted to follow their own fancies. It is presumed, that those, who will be at the trouble to peruse the following pages, will see abundant reason for the injunctions frequently given them by scientific practitioners, respecting food, air, exercise, diversions, &c. &c. and having acquired a knowledge of THE NATURE OF HEALTH, and THE LAWS OF THE ANIMAL OECONOMY, they will also be able to distinguish the Practitioner of modest merit from the Quack, who wades in darkness, and tries his specific remedies one after another, until the patient recovers

VOL. II.

THE NATURE O

HEA

HE LAWS OF THE ANIMAL OR CO

more

more by accident, and the efforts of Nature, than any thing else, or can tell no tales. This part of the work, I am led to think, will be also amusing to the philosopher, who considers the study of the human frame a part, and the most interesting part, of natural history. It may prepare the student for the more careful study of your incomparable work *, which, had it appeared sooner, would have earlier enriched this volume, and the discoveries of Dr. JOHN BROWN would have been also attributed to you, as they were made previous to his, though not published to the world, as many of your friends can attest.

I HAVE THE HONOUR TO BE,

WITH THE HIGHEST RESPECT AND ESTEEM,

&c. &c.

* Zoonomia, or the Laws of Organic Life. Two Vols. Quarto.

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