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AN EXAMINATION OF THE PRINCIPLES
RESEARCHES IN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
SURGEON TO THE NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE INFIRMARY, ETC., LATE PRESIDENT
OF THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD."
Dars 8.31-44 50125
In offering the following pages to the Public the Author has no intention to maintain that the Medical Art has arrived at perfection, or even approached that state; those who have practised it the longest, a Heberden, an Abercrombie, and a Holland, have pronounced otherwise. He merely hopes to set its claims in a fair position, at the same time that he admits, nay, endeavours to elicit, its deficiencies, in humble desire that some of his (perhaps too immature) reflections may haply cause the attention of the student, or possibly of the more advanced philosopher, to be directed to points in our cherished art where there may be a prospect or need of discovery.
Many of the defects of Medicine arise from its acknowledged difficulty, too many have originated from the prevalence of hypothesis, and others from our indolence and apathy in the search after that knowledge which is only to be derived from truthful and patient observation. These will recur to our notice hereafter.
But there are other causes which have probably retarded the progress of Medicine in our own country in particular.