New guide to health, or Botanic family physician. [Followed by] A narrative of the life and medical discoveries of Samuel Thomson

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Página 135 - I preferred to take my chance with my leg on, to having it taken off ; which resolution I have never repented of, to this day. On arriving in Walpole, my father proceeded immediately to the house of the famous Dr. Kitteridge, to have him dress my wound, and get his opinion of my situation; he not being at home, and it being nearly dark, we concluded to put up for the night, and I was carried in on my bed and laid by the fire. The doctor soon came home, and on entering the room where I was, cried...
Página 26 - In the room of these, abundance of new ones were introduced by reasoning speculative men, and those more and more difficult to be applied, as being more remote from common observation. Hence rules for the application of these, and medical books, were immensely multiplied, till at length, physic became an abstruse science, quite out of the reach of ordinary men.
Página 61 - ... that a state of perfect health arises from a due balance or temperature of the four elements; but if it is by any means destroyed, the body is more or less disordered. And when this is the case, there is always an actual diminution or absence of the element of fire, or heat; and in proportion to this diminution or absence, the body is affected by its opposite, which is cold. And I...
Página 187 - He continued his abuse to me till between two and three o'clock, when he took his horse and set out for Salem to get the indictment. After he was gone, I found on inquiry of the constable, that after he had been before the grand jury and caused me to be indicted, he came home before the bill was made out, and finding that I was at Salisbury, fearing I might be gone, and he should miss the chance of gratifying his malicious revenge against me, he went to a brother doctor, who was a justice of the...
Página 139 - ... down on the ground and vomited several times. He said he thought he threw off his stomach two quarts. I then helped him into the house, and in about two hours he ate a very hearty dinner, and in the afternoon was able to do a good half day's labor.
Página 131 - I had the curiosity to pick some of the pods and chew them ; the taste and operation produced was so remarkable, that I never forgot it. I afterwards used to induce other boys to chew it, merely by way of sport, to see them vomit. I tried this herb in this way for nearly twenty years, without knowing any thing of its medical virtues. This plant is what I have called the Emetic Herb, and is the most important article I make use of in my practice. It is very common in most parts of this country, and...
Página 151 - I found would effectually cleanse the stomach, and would very effectually aid in raising the heat and promoting perspiration; but would not hold it long enough to effect the desired object, so but that the cold would return again and assume its power. It was like a fire made of shavings; a strong heat for a short time, and then all go out.
Página 188 - Sheriff, and ordered me to be delivered up by the constable to the Sheriff; and after Dr. French had again vented his spleen upon me by the most savage abuse that language could express, saying that I was a murderer, and that I had murdered fifty, and he could prove it; that I should be either hung or sent to the State prison for life, and he would do all in his power to have me convicted. I was then put in irons by the sheriff, and conveyed to the jail in Newburyport, and confined in a dungeon,...
Página 3 - If any errors should be discovered it is hoped that they will be viewed with candour ; for in first publishing a work, such things are to be expected ; but much care has been taken that there should be no error, which would cause any mistake in the practice, or preparing the medicine. Many persons are practising by my system who are in the habit of pretending that they have made great improvements, and in some instances it is well known that poisonous drugs have been made use of under the name of...
Página 7 - By constantly receiving food into the stomach, which is not suitable for the best nourishment, the stomach becomes foul, so that the food is not well digested. " This causes the body to lose its heat — then the appetite fails, the bones ache, and the man is sick in every part of the whole system. This situation of the body...

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