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parietes of the chest transparent. Percussion and aus-
cultation merely open a new set of symptoms to our
notice; and, as diagnosis is certain in proportion to the
number and nature of the facts on which it is founded,
and the percussor and auscultator, with all the same
means of judging, as his opponents, possesses others in
addition, he is better qualified to form an opinion; and
though he may sometimes still regret his want of cer-
tainty, he knows that by shutting his-ears, by levelling
himself with his opponents, he augments his uncertainty
a hundred fold."
The alleged errors of those who practise auscultation
are no arguments against it. Many tales of this de-
scription, like those of the errors of Plhrenologists, have,
when traced to their origin, proved inaccurate, or even
altogether destitute of truth; and eagerly catching at
them would betray a mind hoping that no fresh know-
ledge is to be attained. Persons who have no skill will
pretend to, it, and the skillful will sometimes give a
hasty judgment, but as in Phrenology, nature is open
to all. Let every one examine for himself-examine
carefully and patiently-not anxious to find it a decep-
tion, but hoping to find the promise of iew information
IN giving the number of pulsations, and the mode
and manner of examining the pulse, we have been quite
particular in consulting authorities, viewing a proper
knowledge of this symptom as the most essential to the
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