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PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF GUY'S HOSPITAL,
JAMES SPENCE, Esq.,
PROFESSOR OF SURGERY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGII,
THIS WORK IS DEDICATED
AS A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE AND ESTEEM
“ PRESENTLY THROUGH ALL HIS VEINS THERE RAN A COLD AND DROWSY HUMOUR, WHICH DID SEIZE Each VITAL SPIRIT."
My aim has been to treat the subject of the present work in detail. My conclusions as to the nature of Pyæmia, or, as I prefer to term it, Suppurative Fever, are based on a careful study of cases. many cases which I have met with, I have selected twenty for special observation, as presenting great diversity and affording an almost complete view of the subject.
The term Suppurative Fever appears to me to be preferable to the current appellation Pyæmia, inasmuch as the former name refers to Pathological conditions which are constant and characteristic of the disease ; while the term Pyæmia is connected with a theoretical origin of the affection now considered to be incorrect.
More accurate knowledge of a disease, is, I think, acquired by clinical observation than by experimental research; hence, while not neglecting the latter, my endeavour in the following pages has been faithfully to describe the symptoms and pathology of Suppurative Fever, and to draw correct inferences from these re