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CHRONO - THERMAL
SYSTEM OF MEDICINE,
FALLACIES OF THE FACULTY,
IN A SERIES OF LECTURES,
SAMUEL DICKSON, M.D.
FORMERLY A MEDICAL OFFICER ON THE BRITISH STAFF.
AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
WILLIAM TURNER, M.D.,
XX-HEALTH COMMISSIONER FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, FELLOW
OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL-ECLECTIC COLLEGE OF VIRGIZIA,
LONG & BROTHERS, 41 (LATE 46) ANN STREET.
“Look at these two men about to be buried_they were brothers, and had the same disease—but they treated' themselves differently. One had a blind confidence in his doctor-the other left himself entirely to nature ;—both, nevertheless, are, as you see, on their way to their long home-the first because he took all the physic ordered him-the second because he would take none at
“How very embarrassing !" said Leandro. “ What, in such a case, Friend Asmodeous, would you advise a poor patient to do ?" " Ah! I wish I could tell you that,” replied the Cripple; “I know plenty of good remedies, but it would puzzle us both to find a good doctor !"-Le Sage's Diable Boitert.
TO MRS. GENERAL GAINES.
It is related of the heroic and patriotic Mary Wortley Montague, who introduced into England a great medical improvement for her day—the SMALL-POX INOCULATion—such was the malice of its enemies, that, though supported, in addition to the prestige of aristocratic rank, by a Princess of the Blood, she all but sunk under the difficulties of her undertaking. How far, under our simpler institutions, the liberality manifested by you, whose chief distinction consists in your faithful and exemplary discharge of the duties appertaining to the endearing relations of daughter, wife and mother, in permitting me to dedicate to you this edition of a work subversive of the entire fabric of “established medicine,” may neutralize the savage rancour of persecution, I am unable to predict. If, however, it shall be the means of attracting the attention of the women of our country filling the delightful domestic offices to which I have adverted, to a system calculated to enable them, under judicious advice, to disarm, in innumerable instances, pain of its intensity, disease of its severity, and to put the King of Terrors himself at bay, they will agree with me, that
your sagacity, courage, and patriotism are worthy of a nation's gratitude.
I have the honor to be, Madam,
Disorders of Sensation
Dyspepsia, or Indigestion
142 Dr. Laycock's ditto
145 Dr. Copland's ditto
147 Dr. Turner's Notes
THE FOURTH BRITISH EDITION.
“What have the physicians been about the last four thousand years? The answer to that question will be found in the following pages !”
Such is the question—such the reply with which the eminent Health Commissioner for the City and County of New York introduces the Chrono-Thermal System of Medicine to his countrymen in the new West. The flattering terms with which Dr. Turner has expressed his acknowledgements to me in his Introduction to the American Reprint of my labours, contrast somewhat curiously with the reception they have met nearer home. To the author of the Chrono-Thermal System he thus writes :
“ New York, May 14th, 1845. “DEAR SIR,-This note will be handed to you by my friend Mr. Richard Burlew, a merchant of this city, who, visiting England on business, and intending to pass a few days in your metropolis, has kindly undertaken to place in your hands a copy of an edition of your · Fallacies of the Faculty,' which I have had reprinted here. He has also been good enough to undertake another commission for me, viz. to make an arrangement with some Daguerreotypist in London to take your likeness for if you will do me the great favour to sit for it.
“ The reprint of your book is too recent to enable me to inform you as to the result. But I think the obstacles to a full reception of your beautiful System in America, are not so great as they have been with you. The daily press here takes cognizance of such works. And thus far I have no reason to complain in this respect. My edition consists of 1000 copies.
"I hope to communicate further with you hereafter, and would be pleased to receive any hints or suggestions you may have to offer to your new disciple in this Western Hemisphere. Let me add, that, if I can in any way promote your views or wishes in this quarter, I shall be most happy to receive your commands. With unfeigned regard,
• Your friend and obedient servant,
“ Wm. TURNER. “ Dr. Dickson, Bolton Street, Piccadilly, London."
On a suggestion which the reader will find in Dr. Turner's Introduction, the “Fallacies of the Faculty” is now again presented to the public under its second titleThe Chrono-Thermal System of Medicine. In the face of much opposition, this system has already made its way pretty well in the world. Reprinted in America, it has had the further honour to be translated into three of the continental languages -French, German, and Swedish ; while the sale of nearly six thousand copies of former editions in this country speaks favourably for its reception among the British people. When I come to relate how it has been received by the Medical Profession, the great body of them, I fear, will not feel much flattered, either by the matter or the manner of the relation.
Fifteen years ago it was my fate-I can scarcely call it my fortune to make two most important discoveries in Medicine,-namely, the Periodicity of Movement of every Organ and Atom of all Living Bodies--and the Intermittency and Unity of All Diseases, however named, and by whatever produced. To these I added a third -the Unity of Action of Cause and Cure,---both of which involve Change of Tem