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THE DECLINE OF LIFE

IN

HEALTH AND DISEASE,

BEING AN

ATTEMPT TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSES OF

LONGEVITY:

AND THE BEST

MEANS OF ATTAINING A HEALTHFUL OLD AGE.

BY

BARNARD VAN OVEN, M.D.,

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL MEDICAL AND CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY, &c. &c.

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“Resistendum Loeli et Scipio, senectuti est, ejusque vitia diligentia compensanda sunt. Pugnandum tanquam contra morbum sic contra senectutem. Habenda ratio valetudinis, utendum exercitationibus modicis : tantum cibi et potionis adhibendum, ut reficiantur vires, non opprimantur.”

CICERO, 'de Senectute.'

“Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the means, nay, hy means which are quite contrary to it ?"

TILLOTSON, On the Wisdom of being Religious,' Sermon 1.

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1776
v 27
1853

TO

WILLIAM FERGUSSON, ESQ.,

PROFESSOR OF SURGERY AT KING'S COLLEGE ;

TO

GEORGE F. WHID BORNE, ESQ.,

AND TO

RICHARD D. HARRIS, ESQ.;

This Volume is Dedicated

AS A TESTIMONY OF

THE AUTHOR'S GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SKILFUL SERVICES

DURING A LONG AND SERIOUS ILLNESS,

AS A MARK OF

HIS RESPECT FOR THEIR TALENTS AND ACQUIREMENTS,

AND AS A TOKEN OF

HIS PERSONAL ESTEEM AND REGARD.

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