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THEOPHILUS THOMPSON, M.D., F.R.S.
FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, LONDON ;
AUTHOR OF ANNALS OF INFLUENZA, PREPARED FOR THE SYDENHAM SOCIETY,
THESE Lectures were originally delivered at the Brompton Hospital for Consumption during the Spring of 1851, and were published with slight alterations in the second volume of “The Lancet” for that year. The favourable reception which they obtained exceeded my anticipations; and, at the recommendation of some of my professional brethren, whose judgment I highly esteem, they are now incorporated in a volume, with such modifications as further reflection has suggested. Clinical lectures afford an advantageous medium for communicating medical information. The short but faithful sketches of individual instances of disease, thus presented, are more readily available than detailed and elaborate descriptions ; and better adapted to instruct the student respecting the proportionate value of different symptoms. Whilst avoiding tediousness, it has been my constant aim to impress the points of chief importance; and it is doubtless practicable to be