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Էջ 12 - I have of late — but wherefore I know not — lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
Էջ 87 - Or as philosophers, who find Some favourite system to their mind, In every point to make it fit, Will force all nature to submit.
Էջ 18 - They are testy, pettish, peevish, distrustful, apt to mistake, and ready to snarl, upon every occasion and without any cause, with their dearest friends. If they speak in jest, the hypochondriac takes it in good earnest; if the smallest ceremony be accidentally omitted, he is wounded to the quick. Every tale, discourse, whisper, or gesture, he applies to himself; or if the conversation be openly addressed to him, he is ready to .misconstrue every word, and cannot endure that any man should look steadfastly...
Էջ 21 - An inaptitude to muscular action, or some pain in exerting it; an irksomeness, or dislike to attend to business and the common affairs of life; a selfish desire of engrossing the sympathy and attention of others to the narration of their own sufferings...
Էջ 17 - Discontented, disquieted upon every light occasion or no occasion, often tempted to make away with themselves; they cannot die, they will not live; they complain, weep, lament, and think they live a most miserable life; never was any man so bad.
Էջ 20 - Sydenham at the conclusion of the seventeenth century, computed fevers to constitute two thirds of the diseases of mankind. But, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, we do not hesitate to affirm...
Էջ 20 - Malady," makes nervous disorders almost one third of the complaints of people of condition in England: from which we are led to believe, they were then little known among the inferior orders. But from causes, to be hereafter investigated, we shall find, that nervous ailments are no longer confined to the better ranks in life, but rapidly extending to the poorer classes.
Էջ 71 - Pyrmont water. In consequence of the weight of the carbonic acid gas, it may be lifted out in a pitcher, or bottle, which, if well corked, may be used to convey it to great distances, or it may be drawn out of a vessel by a cock like a liquid. The effects produced by pouring this invisible fluid from one vessel to another, have a very singular appearance ; if a candle or small animal be placed in a deep vessel, the former becomes extinct, and the latter expires in a few seconds, after the carbonic...
Էջ 53 - ... having a waiting-room and every other requisite convenience. THE BATHS. The benefit of an external application of the waters was perceived, and the absence of the means lamented, by Dr. Dean, in his tract of 1626. Dr. Neale — the great patron of Harrogate — introduced warm sulphuretted baths, "and procured one such vessel for a pattern as are used, beyond sea, for that purpose.
Էջ 31 - I esteem any progress in that kind of knowledge, (how small soever it be,) though it teach no more than the cure of the toothache, or of corns upon the feet, to be of more value than the pomp of nice speculations.

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