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Proygnosis is that peculiar prescience or fore-knowledge
of the course and termination of diseases. It is essential
and frequently necessary to predict how a disease will
terminate, and a correct knowledge of prognosis is a sure
source of credit and reputation. To form an accurate
opinion on this head is, however, one thing-to divulge
it, another. There is great risk of losing instead of
gaining credit, by strong statements and confident pre-
dictions of the death or recovery of a patient. If your
prognosis is unfavorable, the friends naturally conclude
that you are not infallible, and they will grasp at any
quack who makes pretensions to cure such diseases; this
is not always so, but in a large majority of cases it is.
You will frequently see Doctors who affirm they cure
cases in advanced phtisthis (consumption) ; if they cure
anything, it is generally chronic inflammation, with puri-
form discharge of the mucous membrane of the bronchi.
The profession as well as the public should view with
suspicion such statements, let them come from whatever
quarter they may. Certain symptoms may disclose to
us what the malady is, and where it is situated; other
symptoms teach whether our patient is likely to survive
or not. In a work of this character, devoted exclusively
to practice, we will have to condense many articles, and
especially the one under this head; but we conceive the
subject of sufficient importance to give the most promi-
nent characteristics in regard to prognosis, of our own
observation, and take pleasure in referring the medical
reader to Watson's practice of physic, by Condie, to a
very elaborate and scientific article upon this subject.
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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/m1/63/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.