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(without typos) from the publisher. 1785. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... 'j?7s-very well, and had seen the bark of it used by many of
July. J sJrsj his countrymen with equal success; but that since his
arrival in Africa, he had looked for it in vain. The christians who
arm the natives of Madagascar against each other, in order, by
bartering afterwards with the conquerors, to recruit their colonies
with droves of wretched slaves, must here give me leave to remind
them, if not swayed by the consideration of the advantages, which
may accrue to mankind, yet at least for the sake of their own
interests, a motive in other respects so powerful with them, in
some measure to turn their thoughts, and allot a small part of
their gains, to the purpose of making useful researches. The
Peruvian bark, senega, ophiorhiza, sarsaparilla, quassia, with many
other useful remedies, calculated for preserving millions of our
species, have not we learned them all from those we call savages?
and perhaps might learn still more, if our tyranny had not already,
I had almost said, entirely extirpated them, and together with them
the fruits of their useful experience. The operation of the bath,
and the cures that are here performed by its means, depend, in my
opinion, very little on the mineral that is contained in a state of
solution in the water; for to do any good in this way, it is forced
out too speedily, and by too near passages. The warmth itself, in
the degree in which it exists here, hinders the iron from acting as
a tonic; and likewise prevents any of the water, by which the body
is surrounded, from being absorbed into the vessels, and diluting
the humours, 8cc. as these latter evidently flow towards the
surface of the body; so that the cures performed here, proceed from
nothing else than repeated mutations of the humours by sweating,
and j75-' therefor...
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