Neurology

1843 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
and the undersigned. It was contemplated, in the first place, to carry out experimentally, with a view to determine their truth, thp various alleged discoveries of Dr. Buchanan's system of neurology ; but this design, in consequence of Dr. B.'s speedy departure from this city, has been, in a measure, frustrated. Fortunately, however, he is now wending his way to your city, which has been ever distinguished for liberality, as regards the free and untrammeled exercise of opinion. With us, every
more » ... n. With us, every gentleman who has become acquainted with Dr. B., is fully satisfied of the honorable motives prompting his present devotion to these investigations. He is truly a bold and an original thinker, and an untiring searcher after truth. As mankind have, in all ages, been the dupes of deceptions practised upon the love of the marvellous, the wise have consequently been always very justly on their guard against easy credulity ; but notwithstanding this fact, it becomes not the true philosopher of the present era, because some favorite and long-cherished system might possibly be disturbed, to shut the avenues of his external senses against the intrusion of any evidence however marvellous. In the fact that many natural phenomena which were formerly regarded with superstitious awe, have been satisfacrily explained on scientific principles, we are taught the important lesson, not to decide precipitately that any phenomenon is too marvellous for credence. It is not intended to present here even a sketch of the principles of neurology. Suffice it to say, that to Dr. B. is due the distinguished honor of being ihe first individual to excite the organs of the brain by agencies applied externally directly over them; and before this discovery, on the assumption of its truth, those of Gall, Spurzheim, Magendie, and Sir Charles Bell, dwindle into comparative insignificance. If wc admit that by this means, in " impressible " subjects, have become discoverable the various cerebral organs, which are connected not only with the phenomena of thought and feeling, but which control the corporeal powers, it follows that this discovery has revealed the key to man's nature, moral, intellectual and physical.
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