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You are aware that this volume was solicited by my medical
brethren; I have endeavoured to write a purely scientific work,
and at the same time have tried to compose it in a simple and
popular style, which renders abstruse subjects comprehensible
and even entertaining to the general reader. We are not of
that class who believe every nan capable of being his own
doctor, and candor and truth compel us to give you warning,
that he who is not thoroughly acquainted with anatomy and
physiology, should not tamper with medicine, unless in cases of
I claim for the work something more than a mere compilation.
I have consulted numerous works, and I profess I am indebted
to each for some of the best materials in them. Where quota-
tions appear, I have named the author, or noted the part as
I have written this work at the solicitation of my friends,
unaided and unadvised; and disrobing myself of those declara-
tions of diffidence that seem to depress some authors, and view-
ing honestly and candidly that such feelings are most chastely
felt when they are least expressed, I have only to assure you
that this work was written, as I before observed, in the midst of
many distracting cares. Imperfect as it may be, I respectfully
present and submit it to the public taste, confident it will meet
the fate it justly claims.
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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/m1/27/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.