Medical Problems of the Day: The Annual Discourse Before the Massachusetts Medical Society, June 3, 1874

Williams, 1874 - 92 páginas

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Página 6 - I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which, as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
Página 6 - This is performed in some degree by the honest and liberal practice of a profession, when men shall carry a respect not to descend into any course that is corrupt and unworthy thereof, and preserve themselves free from the abuses wherewith the same profession is noted to be infected ; but much more is this performed if a man be able to visit and strengthen the roots and foundation of the science itself; thereby not only gracing it in reputation and dignity, but also amplifying it in perfection and...
Página 21 - I sincerely believe that the unbiased opinion of most medical men of sound judgment and long experience is made up, that the amount of death and disaster in the world would be less, if all disease were left to itself, than it now is under the multiform, reckless and contradictory modes of practice, good and bad, with which practitioners of adverse denominations carry on their differences at the expense of their patients.
Página 25 - This same change is also indicated in the anatomy and physiology of the person. The framework of the body generally is not so large, is not so compact, nor so well proportioned ; the countenance is paler, the features are more pointed and not so expressive of health, though more so of intelligence. The texture or quality of organization is more delicate and refined ; the brain is becoming developed more and more relatively, and too frequently at the expense of the body ; or, in other words, the nervous...
Página 21 - I declare," says Dr. James Johnson, "my conscientious opinion, founded on long observation and reflection, that if there was not a single physician, surgeon, apothecary, man-midwife, chemist, druggist, or drug on the face of the earth, there would be less sickness and less mortality than now obtains. When we reflect that physic is a
Página 36 - ... this the greatly increased strife, excitement, and competition in every department of business and society, —all these changes must serve gradually to diminish muscular power and the general vitality of the system. No truth in vital statistics is better established than the fact that large cities and a dense population tend to diminish the physical energies of the body and shorten human life. * * # " The simple reason is, as we conceive, that their style of living taxes the brain altogether...
Página 49 - ... battle field. No one can be familiar with life in the Eastern and Middle States generally, and in the Western cities, and not be aware that children are not born to American parents as they were in the early days of the country. Luxury, fashion, and the vice of
Página 65 - ... a great predominance of the nervous temperament at the sacrifice of other parts of the body, which by inheritance is increased from generation to generation. The balance of structure and harmony of function in organization is radically changed, and carried to an intense development of nervous tissue, which in its very nature is unfavorable to the procreation of offspring. "But it is in the accumulated, the intensified effect produced by the law of inheritance, that the most striking and destructive...
Página 76 - Formerly," writes another American physician, Dr. N. Allen, "such an organization was generally possessed by American women, and they found but little difficulty in nursing their infants. It was only occasionally in case of some defect in the organization, or where sickness of some kind had overtaken the mother, that it became necessary to resort to the wet-nurse, or to feeding by hand. And the English, the Scotch, the German, the Canadian, the French, and the Irish women who are living in this country,...
Página 5 - That the Massachusetts Medical Society hereby declares that it does not consider itself as having endorsed or censured the opinions in former published Annual Addresses, nor will it hold itself responsible for any opinions or sentiments advanced in any future similar addresses.

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