The Alternative; Disease And Premature Death, Or Health And Long Life: disease and premature death…

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byJoel Pinney

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Excerpt: ... MEDICAL REFORM. "The first physicians by debauch were made: Excess began, and still sustains, the trade; By chace our long-lived fathers earned their food, Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood." The practice of medicine may be considered in two points of view, as a science and as a trade. As a science, if conscientiously and faithfully administered, it will be found of the highest possible benefit to the community at large; but, practised as a trade, and subjected to the influence of rivalry, in supplying the article of advice, which appears to be admitted to be "the staple commodity," it becomes most pernicious. When a medical man first enters the field of practice, he frequently finds, that, by dominant customs, he is prohibited from pursuing unfettered, the true principles of his science, and successfully reducing those principles to their practical use. To explain in some measure the cause of this subjection, I need only refer to the words of an eminent physician, now in full practice. "There exists a fashion in medicine (observes this author) as in the other affairs of life, regulated by the caprice, and supported by the authority, of a few leading practitioners, which has frequently been the occasion, of dismissing from use valuable medicines, and substituting others less certain in their effects, and more questionable in their nature." An insurmountable barrier to the practice of medicine upon pure scientific principles, therefore, presents itself. The tempers of individuals, must, it appears, be studied, together with the follies and prejudices of the day; otherwise, the reputation, and consequently the interests, of the practitioner will suffer. Injurious as is monopoly in commerce, to the general interests of society, its consequences are utterly insignificant, c...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Excerpt: ... MEDICAL REFORM. "The first physicians by debauch were made: Excess began, and still sustains, the trade; By chace our long-lived fathers earned their food...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217377505

ISBN - 13:9780217377508

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