THE LANCET

1853 The Lancet  
which exhibits the most valuable analysis of the facts relating to this dire disease that we possess, opens with the following passage:-"If a foreign army had landed on the coast of England, seized all the sea-ports, sent detachments over the surrounding districts, ravaged the population through summer, after harvest destroyed more than a thousand lives a day for several days in succession, and, in the year it held possession of the country, slain fifty-three thousand two hundred and
more » ... dred and ninety-three men, women, and children, the task of registering the dead would be inexpressibly painful; and the pain is not greatly diminished by the circumstance that in the calamity to be described the minister of destruction was a Pestilence that spread over the face of the island, and found in so many cities quick poisonous matters ready at hand to destroy the inhabitants." . Well, indeed, might the Registrar mourn over his task! But what should we say of the astounding folly, of the blank
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