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OF FEVERS IN GENERAL.
cinae Tleoreticae," wherein he asserts when a student at
Leyden there were twenty-four students, who always
dined together, and were very much in each others so-
ciety; twenty-three of them conceived it to be necessary
to avoid the ague to keep up a slight excitement; there
was one whose opinions were the reverse, and confined
himself to cold water; the twenty-three escaped,. but
the water drinker caught an intense ague. This cer-
tainly exemplifies the necessity of keeping up the vigor
of the body, and strength of mind to resist disease.
The French authors assure us, (and for their authority
the world can produce no better,) that it is indispensa-
ble in the marshy parts of France, to drink wine in
moderation to resist the ague., Dr. Elliotson asserts that
Sir John Pringle mentions that wine in moderation,
and a full diet, are the best safeguards against it. In
Gregory's Study of Medicine you find'the same opinion.
Dr. Stewartson asserts that the Dutch are in the habit
of exciting themselves by taking spirits before they go
out in the morning, and their physicians contend that
it is highly necessary, exposed as they are to the exha-
lations of an impure atmosphere. I am aware that
these opinions are counter to those entertained by many,
and more especially to some benevolent societies, insti-
tuted for the suppression of drinking intoxicating liquors;
but the major part, or at least the intelligent of those
societies, will discover that my opinions approach near
to theirs, and if used in -the manner proposed, that no
harm would result therefrom.
The origin of all possible cause of Fever, says
Chisholm and Eberle, is quadruple. 1st. "Retained
recrementitious materials, in consequence of the acci-
dental torpor of one or more of the emunctories.
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