William Andrus Alcott
Release Date: 09 August 2009
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. REMARKS ON THE FOREGOING LETTERS. Correspondence.?The "prescribed course of regimen." How many victims to it 1 Not one. Case of Dr. Harden considered. Case of lit. Preston. Views of Drs. Clark, Cheyne, and Lamb, on the treatment of scrofula. No reports of injury from the prescribed system. Case of Dr. Bannister, Singular testimony of Dr. Wright. Vegetable food for laborers. Testimony, on the whole, much more favorable to the vegetable system than could reasonably have been expected, in the circumstances. " Reports not unfrequently reach us," says Dr. North, "of certain individuals' who have fallen victims to a prescribed course of regimen. These persons are said, by gentlemen who are entitled to the fullest confidence, to have pertinaciously followed the course, till they reached a point of reduction from which there was no recovery." " If these are facts," he adds, " they ought to be known and published." It was in this view, that Dr. North, himself a medical practitioner of high respectability, sent forth to every corner of the land, through standard and orthodox Medical Journals, to regular and experienced physicians ? his " medical brethren,"? his list of inquiries. These inquiries, designed to elicit truth, were couched in just such language as was calculated to give free scope and an acceptable channel for the communication of every fact which seemed to be opposed to the Vegetable System; for this, we believe, was distinctly understood, by every medical man, to be the "prescribed course of regimen " alluded to. The results of Dr. North's inquiries, and of an opportunity so favorable for "putting down," by the exhibition of sober facts, the vegetable system, are fully presented in the foregoing chapter. Let it not be said by any, that the attempt...
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