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OF FEVERS IN GENERAL.
are annual in many parts of the world. It is in the
summer or hot months,' almost universally, that epide-
mic diseases prevail..
Predisposition.-General debility but seldom, most
commonly, confining itself to some local organ. In
drawing our deductions from our past reading, to arrive
at conclusions for the predisposing causes of ague, the
first that presents itself for consideration is bad health.
A distinguished .author says, "if a person be out of
health in any respect, he is more likely to be the cause
of ague." Our own impression is, whether in health or
out of health, that in this climate the general system,
from the effects of heat, is so much relaxed, that the
least change of weather predisposes us to ague. And it
is under .this head that, with feelings of some reluc-
tance, I feel it to be an imperative duty to state, that
in this climate, our systems require a stimulant; I am
well aware of the general hypothesis, and concede that
associations for temperance are well calculated to do
good, but nevertheless, to carr y-it to the ext~ht of con-
fining entirely to cold water, .I am well convinced
would, in many instances produce disease. I am well
aware in assuming, this position that there are persons
belonging to Temperance Societies, whose anathemas I
will receive, but an author should have but one guide,
to write conscientiously his views, and to state them
boldly; and arriving at my conclusions from some of
the most distinguished authors of the present day, and
accompanied with my own experience, I assert, that in
this climate to keep p the general vigor of the body, it is
necessary to drink in moderation small portions of wine.
I think good claret,the most preferable. In support of
this position I refer you to Gregory's A.'Conspectus Medi-
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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/m1/78/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.