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but is generally followed by depression of vital powers.
There are a great number contained in this class-
nitrous ether, sulphuric ether, ammonia, camphor, &c.
Tonics are substances, the continued administration of
which in debilitated and relaxed conditions of the body
imparts strength and vigor, without producing any sud-
den excitement. There is no class of remedial agents
which requires more discrimination in their administra-
tion than tonics; nor any, the injudicious use of which
more frequently produces evil consequences. The dis-
eases in which they are employed must be diminished
power; in no case should they be prescribed when there
is irritation or inflammation of the digestive organs, or
where the secretions are in a depraved state.
BY the term, diagnosis, is understood the peculiar
faculty of distinguishing one disease from another.
The exact appreciation of the several organic alte-
rations, chiefly constitutes diagnosis. This is one of the
most important branches of our profession, and without
doubt one of the most difficult. The number of those
who are remarkable in diagnosis is extremely small; but
in the practice of medicine, how important is a correct
diagnosis, for when correct in that, it necessarily tends
to a rational treatment. In order, therefore, to form
such a diagnosis, one that can be relied upon, it is ne-
cessary to know the organs and functions in their normal
state; without this knowledge we cannot appreciate the
changes induced by disease. Anatomy and physiology
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