First Lines of the Practice of Physic, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint)

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While I t us deliver my work in its now more improved state, with the hopes that it may be Of use to others as well as to those who hear my Lectures, I must at the same time observe, that it presents a system which is in many respects new, and therefore I apprehend it to be not only proper, but necessary, that I should explain here Upon what grounds, and from what considerations, this' has been attempted.

In the first place, I apprehend that, in every branch of sci ence with respect to which new facts are daily acquired, and these consequently giving occasion to new reflections, which correct the principles formerly adopted, it is necessary from time to time, to reform and renew the whole system, with all the addi tions and amendments which it has received and is then capable of'. That at present, this is requisite with regard to the Science of Medicine, will, I believe, readily occur to every person who at all thinks for himself, and is acquainted with the Systems which have hitherto prevailed. While, therefore, I attempt this, I think it may be allowable, and upon this occasion even proper, that I' should offer some remarks on the principal Sys tems of Medicine which have of late prevailed in Europe, and that I should take notice of the present state of Physic as it is influenced by these. Such remarks, I hope, may be of some use to those. Who attempt to improve their knowledge by the reading of books.

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