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VOL. IV.

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AS it was impossible to give, in one volume octavo, even a short account, of the numerous publications in the English language on Health, and Longevity, I determined to print the works of such celebrated authors, as Friar Bacon, Lord Bacon, Sir William Temple, and Boyle, (four of the greatest ornaments of British literature), as were not likely, though written expressly on those subjects, to be much known to persons who studied medicine, and yet were well entitled to their attention. Lord Bacon's Medical Observations, in particular, now for the first time collected into one mass, are a mine, which, I trust, will lay the foundation of many useful discoveries in physic ; and the treatises of the other authors above-mentioned, have great, though certainly not equal merit. I have no doubt, also, that the reader will approve my having printed in this volume, the Letter from a Physician in the Highlands to his Friend in London, as it is a curious and

. . interesting

interesting paper, and at this time very rarely to be met with.

Among the works of British Authors, I have thought it right to include the tracts of two cele. brated American Physicians, Dr. Rush, and Dr. Waterhouse, as being more immediately connect. ed with domestic, than with foreign publications. Though now living under separate governments, I have eyer considered the British and the Americans as one and the same people; originating from the same stock, speaking the same language, actuated by the same sentiments, breathing the same spirit, and, forgetting former animosities, resolved, I trust, to esteem and to respect each other, and firmly de. termined to support the rights, religion, government, happiness, and independence of both coun. tries,

JOHN SINCLAIR.

Charlotte Square, Edinburgh,

1st December, 1805.

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12. Of Things which restore the Na-

tural Heat......... ...............1

13. Of Things which repair the Fa-

culties and the Senses.................69

14. Of Things which excite the

Animal Faculty........................... 75

15. Of Things which cause Clear-

ness of the Skin..........

OL mne SKIN............................77

16. Of the Usefulness of this Epistle,

Of the Regimen of Old Men,

&c..........

No. II. LORD BACON................. .....................95

The History of Life and Death ..................97

The particular topic Places, &c .................100

Nature durable and not durable...................104

Desiccation and Inteneration.......................109

Length and Shortness of Life in Living

- Creatures...................................................118

Alimentation or Nourishment.....................123

Length and Shortness, of Life in Man........131

Medicines for Long Life...............................153

The Intentions......

..............156

The Operation upon the Spirits, that they

may remain youthful....... ..............160

The Operation upon the Exclusion of the

Air.............

...............179

The Operation upon the Blood and the

Sanguifying Heat........ .................186

The Operation upon the Bowels, for their

Extrusion of Aliment...........................193

The Operation upon the Outward Parts, for

their Attraction of Aliment......................203

The Operation upon the Aliment itself, for

the Insinuation thereof............................205

The Operation upon the last Act of Assi-

milation.......................................................209

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