The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B., M.D. by Emily Anna SmithThe Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B., M.D. by Emily Anna Smith

The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B., M.D.

byEmily Anna Smith

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1914 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON THE PROGRESS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE The science of medicine or the art of preventing and curing diseases has, by the most intelligent part of mankind, ever been considered a subject of great importance to society, and of course has in all ages and in all civilized countries engaged the attention and employed the talents of some men of the first grade of intellect, so that by tracing its progress we bring to view the operation of the human mind on a subject as difficult of investigation as anything which has been the subject of human inquiry. It has been said, that there never was a time since the human race existed in which there was no physician. Be this as it may, we have no distinct account of physicians at a very early period of society. It has been stated by some historians that before Hippocrates lived the profession of physician was usurped by the priests; and that they had some share of the practice, or pretended to the knowledge of remedies, is more than probable; even since the Christian era this has been the case in certain countries; for instance, the Jesuits introduced the use of the Cinchona or Peruvian Bark as a remedy for intermittents and kept it as a secret for some time; from them it had the name of Jesuits' Bark. But notwithstanding the interference of the priests in the practice of medicine, I should think, from the mention made of physicians in the Old Testament, and especially in the Apocryphal writings, that there were at the time in which they were written,--which was long before the Christian era,--a class of men called physicians whose business it was to cure diseases and attend the sick. But we have no account of their theory or practice, as they have left no writings on the subject that have come down to us, ...
Title:The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B., M.D.Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021759302X

ISBN - 13:9780217593021