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MEDICAL EXTRACTS:

ON THE

NATURE OF HEALTH,

WITH

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS:

AND

THE LAWS

OF THE

NERVOUS AND FIBROUS SYSTEMS;

B Y

A FRIEND TO IMPROVEMENTS.

VOL. IV.

How charming is divine Philosophy!

Not harsh, and crabbed, as dull fools suppose j

But musical as is Apollo's lute,

And a perpetual seast of nectar'd sweets,

Where no crude surseit reigns.

Milton.

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THE REV. DR. BLAIR,

Professor Of Rhetoric And Belles Lettres In Edinburgh.

Sir,

Iveligion seems so naturally to flow from the Study of Medicine, that among the Ancients Galen wrote on the Uses of the Parts iri the human Body as a Hymn to the Creator. In the Supplement to Hoffman we find a regular Confession of Faith; and the illustrious Baron Haller has left behind him several valuable Dissertations, with some Poems on religious Subjects; The Religio Medici of Dr. Brown, acquired and maintains the highest Reputation; and the Medical Works of the late Dr. Gregory abound with pious Reflections. The present Age can boast of a Fothergill, a Percival, a Lettsom, and a Townsend. After the mention of such illustri

A i ous Otis Names, we trust that, in Conformity to theif Example, the frequent Introduction of religious Reflexions throughout this Work, whose professed Object it is " UT SIT MENS SANA IN "CORPORE SANO," will not be deemed incongruous by any one. The late Dr. Brown mentions, in his Elements of Physic, " that he "was acquainted with a Work, whence abundant "Proof might be drawn to Jhew that the Laws of "Morality and Physic reft on the fame broad Basis." It is much to be regretted, that this great Genius did not live to execute his Intention; but to supply this Want, I have assumed the Pen, yet with timid Steps, I venture to tread the Path he has marked out. I follow " haud Paffibus æquis;" and, in the Execution of my Plan, it is with Gratitude I embrace this Opportunity of publicly acknowledging my Obligations to You, Sir, and the Veneration with which I subscribe myself

Your obliged and faithful Servant, &c. &c.

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