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covery was made. It is only wonderful that it had not occurred
to his venerable preceptor. He made a ligature of an artery;
he found that the inturgescence of the artery caused by the
arrest of the blood, was above, not below the ligature, and there-
fore established that the blood is propelled from the heart to the
extremities through the arteries, and then returns through the
veins to the heart. Thus he incorporated in his discovery what
had already been established by Columbus and Fabricius. Now,
is not glory, and very great honor due to the men who prepared
the way for this great discovery, and are they not entitled to
share it with Harvey ?"
But why should we dwell any longer in examining the diver-
sity of opinion and practice in those who have gone before us ?
Is not the mischief of an exclusive adherence to false theory
sufficiently manifest among us ? Is there a physician that has
not his peculiar notion, and consequently a practice of his own ?
One traces the origin of all diseases to the liver, another to the
heart, a third to the spinal column, a fourth to the nervous sys-
tem, a fifth to the digestive apparatus, and so on.
More "paties" exist than we have time or inclination to
describe, but however unpleasant the task, on account of their
general prevalence, and because we have ourselves given them a
thorough test, we feel it a duty to speak with candor upon two.
We mean Homeopathy and IIHydropathy.
And for the first. Finding that a burn could be sometimes
cured by the approach of the burnt part to the fire, noticing
the specific effect of preparations of bark in the cure of inter-
mittent fevers, lHahneman, from behind the mountains of Saxony,
invented and proclaimed to the world his new theory; that those
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/21/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.