Letters from Rome; The Eleventh International Medical Congress

1894 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
which holds the undigested food, and the fat, are the seats of phlegm. Amongst these all, the thorax is especially the seat of phlegm. Verily, wind, bile aud phlegm wander over every part of the body. Iu their normal or unexcited state they produce beneficial results, such as growth, strength, good complexion and clearness of senses. When not in their normal state, they produce many evil consequences called disease." There then follows a most extended nosology of the diseases due to those three
more » ... due to those three causes, from which it is readily perceived that wind, bile and phlegm are used as technical terms implying certain states of the physical constitution and not at all in the ordinary sense of atmosphere, hepatic secretion or mucous exudations. Having carefully enumerated each with its appropriate treatment, the eighty diseases of wind, the forty of bile, and the twenty most common of the innumerable diseases due to phlegm, the writer closes with the following injunction to the reader : " The diseases should first be carefully ascertained. After this, the medicine to be applied should be carefully selected. Subsequent to this the physician should, with full knowledge of consequences, commence the treatment. That physician who, without carefully ascertaining the disease, commences the treatment, seldom meets with success even if he be well conversant with medicines and their application. That physician who is well conversant with the features of
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