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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. 1857. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION TO ESSAY ON TYPHOIDAL FEVERS. THE CLASSIFICATION OF FEBRILE DISEASES BY THEIR RELATION TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.1 During the examination of our subject since the time of our appointment as a special committee, by this Association, we have been, at each step, more and more impressed with its importance, and at the same time with the extreme difficulty attending its full, clear, and thorough elaboration. "A man," says Lord Bacon, "must collect facts, in order to know the law of facts;" diligently and earnestly engaged for the year past, in collecting and interrogating the facts which have a bearing on the important subject of Febrile Diseases, in the relation assigned us for examination, we have scarcely had time to do more than note, here and there, the gleam of truth which has been evolved during a bare hasty collocation of data; much less to determine satisfactorily any fixed law in relation to the vast subjects involved in the investigation. That such laws will be recognized, and that the careful generalization of the facts will be productive of important, fruitful results, we have already seen enough fully to persuade us. Pleading then the magnitude, as well as the embarrassments of the subject, we ask of this Association the privilege of having our special committee continued for another year, allowing us at present to lay before this body a few conclusions arrived at, as the result of the investigation in its presest state of progress. I. As all the normal phenomena of the living organism are known to occur under the superintending influence of the nervous system, and are dominated by it, so it is but rational to regard all morbid actions as being more or less influenced in their manifesta 1 See "Partial Report on the Nervous System in Febr...
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