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IT would be a grateful task to us, by way of introduction to
the following essay, to give our readers a rapid sketch of the
history of the practice of medicine. We should delight to
journey with them through the labyrinths of times long gone
by, and hand in hand to trace with them the paths of the
science of medicine from its first rude beginning when supersti-
tion was its principal means of action and a few simple herbs
formed its whole body of agents, through its various advances,
retrogressing and occasional declines, until it at length assumed
the proportions of a correct and continually progressive science,
and became exclusively practiced by a particular class of per-
sons, as a distinct art. But time and spkce and the practical
nature we have endeavoured to give to our work, preclude this
attempt, which after all might prove more curious than useful,
and we shall confine ourselves to a few remarks on the influence
which the different theories that have from time to time prevailed,
have exerted over the practice of medicine.
Let us commence by examining the notions of the Egyptian
physicians, the earliest of whom we have any record. How
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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/m1/9/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.