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By the same Author.

The QUESTIONS of AURAL SURGERY. Large crown 8vo.

[Preparing An ATLAS of DISEASES of the MEMBRANÆ TYMPANI. Large crown 8vo.

[Preparing PHYSIOLOGY for PRACTICAL USE. By various

Eminent Writers. Edited by JAMES HINTON. 2 vols. crown 8vo. With 50 Illustrations.

HENRY S. KING & Co.

MAN and HIS DWELLING-PLACE: an Essay

towards the Interpretation of Nature. New Edition, crown

8vo. 6s. THOUGHTS on HEALTH and SOME of its

CONDITIONS. Crown 8vo. 6s.
LIFE in NATURE. Crown 8vo. 6s.
The MYSTERY of PAIN. Crown 8vo. 25. 6d.

SMITH, ELDER, & Co.

BEING THE INTRODUCTORY LECTURE AT

GUY'S HOSPITAL, OCTOBER 1873

WITH OTHER ESSAYS

BY JAMES HINTON

Aural Surgeon to the Hospital

HENRY S. KING & Co.
65 CORNHILL & 12 PATERNOSTER Row, LONDON

1874

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PREFACE. .

On being requested to print the Lecture I had the honour of delivering at the opening of the present Session of Guy's Hospital Medical School, I felt that it dealt with some of the subjects on which it touched in a manner so fragmentary as to demand an attempt at a fuller explanation. I have accordingly added two short Essays, which, I hope, may show that there are reasonable grounds for the views which, in the Lecture, I endeavoured briefly to enforce.

I should say, also, that, in claiming so much for the Physician, I have not meant to make any exclusive claim for him, nor to imply that his part in human life is larger or better than that of any of his fellows. My object was to trace out, so far as I could, the position of advantage in respect to the other aspects of human thought and action, in which their own studies and experience place those whose primary duty is with the physical structure and the physical ills of man. For them, if they truly enter into their work, I have claimed that, through the necessary relations of their special knowledge to all other, they stand in the attitude of teachers to every other class of men, especially to those whose business lies with the most important spheres of human life. But if the Physician is in wide relations a teacher, assuredly he is also on every hand a learner; and to the full I believe that for every task which is imposed on men there is provided an equal reward, and that the

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