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1831 The Lancet  
THACKRAH. 8vo. pp. 124. London. Longman and Co. 1831. WE hail the appearance of this interesting little volume with feelings of much satisfaction, as well for the intrinsic value it possesses as because it seems to be the precursor of some public excitement on the importanttopic to which it relates. The necessity of such excitement is great beyond belief. In this country alone, of all the nations which claim the epithet of civilised, is the conservation of the public health abandoned by the
more » ... bandoned by the legislature to the caprice and neglect of the community itself. In France, the code of health devised by Napoleon waff found so i valuable in its action, and to exercise so complete a preservative influence, that his stupid and fanatical successors, while they defaced multitudes of the monuments of that great man's glory, upheld this in its full force, and even made additions to its utility. In Germany, the same solicitude prevails ; and even the savages of the Dnieper and the Don are protected by imperial ukases from the operation of the insidious causes by which national constitutions (taken in the strictly physical acceptation of the term) are liable to be undermined and destroyed. In England alone is it that the principles of popular liberty are so sagely maintained that the people are allowed to poison themselves with adulterated food and medicines, or to be suffocated in the asphyxiating vapours of manufactories, without the slightest concern being manifested by the rulers of the land. From the annexed quo-tations and remarks, some notion may be formed of the enormous losses this nation has already sustained, by the reckless and insensate neglect by her constituted authorities, of the choicest treasure a country can possess, namely, a numerous and athletic population. How deeply, in the sequel, this neglect will debase us in the scale of nations, how effec. tually it will incapacitate us from commanding the respect of foreign powers, it is a matter of painful facility to perceive.
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