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OF FEVERS IN GENERAL.
general system as a living body; it impresses the solids,
and by the action of the solids the fluids are secreted in
a vicious manner and of an unwholesome quality. There
are various other reasonings that we could cite, but as
our object is to give a brief outline of fevers, their causes,
&c. in general, we refer readers to works that have
entered largely upon this portion of our subject, and I
can only assure you, in your perusals you will find many
assumptions. '"Anything may be said in physic, but
anything may not be right."
Remote causes of Fever,-Are divided into predis-
posing and exciting. There exists no essential difference
between the predisposing and exciting cause. Every
predisposing cause may become an exciting cause by
continued or intense action. So says Bell, Eberle,
Stewartson and Cook. We believe that most of the
remote causes of fever do not produce epidemic disease;
the predisposing causes are: an anxiety of the mind,
grief, an over-exertion of the mental faculties, extraordi-
nary muscular exertio i'excess of venery, and all cir-
cumstances of a debilitating character. Predisposing
causes soon become an exciting cause, when pushed too
far; such as an excess in venery, &c. One cause, most
certainly, of continued fever, is an exposure to cold,
more especially when the body is over-heated. Cold
again, will sometimes, it is said;, produce epidemic dis-
eases, but rarely, except in conjunction with the cause
of autumnal fever. However, it is but too true, that
from Sept. '46 "to April of '47, cold was the cause of an
epidemic in the county of Grimes and adjacent country.
I style it an epidemic because it was almost universal,
pneumonia, (vulgarly termed winter fever.) Famine is
capable of producing epidemic disease, and epidemics
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