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ON THE INFLUENCE
BY AMARIAH BRIGHAM, M. D.
Is not that the best education which gives to the mind and to the body all the
S'il est possible de perfectionner l'espece humaine, c'est dans la medicine qu'il
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1833,
BY MARSH, CAPEN & LYON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts,
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The favor with which the first edition of this work was received by the public, has been extremely gratifying to the author, not only by confirming his belief of the importance of the truths it contains, but by giving promise that they will be regarded, in the education of the youth of this country.
The inutility, and even the danger of very early attempts to cultivate the minds of children to a high degree, are beginning to be acknowledged, not only in this country, but also in England. An article in a recent number of the Christian Observer, denounces in strong terms this dangerous practice; and from various parts of our own country, I have been assured that experience has convinced many of the most intelligent and reflecting people, that it has been prosecuted to an injurious extent.
Public attention is now awakened to the importance of manual labor and exercise for scholars, in high schools and colleges. rejoice at this; but I still believe there is far more injury caused by too much mental labor required of children, when young, and by efforts to suppress their natural gaiety and love of amusements, than by neglect of exercise in after life. This is more particularly true as regards females.
The author has endeavored to improve the present edition of this work by the correction of some verbal errors, and the addition of some new matter, particularly upon the influence of mental excitement in producing diseases of the heart ; upon self-education, and upon the Sunday Schools of this country.
He would again express the hope that his countrymen, and particularly those who have the care of youth, would give more attention than they have hitherto, to the study of anatomy and physiology ;- sciences which he regards as of the utmost value to mankind, and which ought to be understood by every individual.
Hartford, Ct., June 15th, 1833.