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AN

ENQUIRY

INTO

THE NATURE, CAUSES, AND CURE

OF

HYDROTHORAX;

ILLUSTRATED BY

INTERESTING CASES,

AND

MANY LIVING EXAMPLES OF THE SUCCESS OF THE
MODE OF TREATMENT RECOMMENDED,

BY L. MACLEAN, M. D.

SUDBURY:

PRINTED AND SOLD BY J. BURKITT.

SOLD ALSO BY LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
PATERNOSTER-ROW; AND NUNN, GREAT
QUEEN-STREET, LONDON.

TO

HIS WORTHY FRIEND,

M. MACQUEEN, Esq. M. D. &c.

OF RIDGEMONT, IN BEDFORDSHIRE,

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"At non solum copia major experimentorum

quærenda est et procuranda, atque etiam alterius generis, quam adhuc factum est; sed etiam methodus plane alia, et ordo, et processus, continuandæ et provehendæ experientia, introducenda. Vaga enim experientia et se tantum sequens mera palpatio est, et homines potius stupefacit quam informat. At cum experientia lege certa procedet, seriatim et continenter, de scientiis aliquid melius sperari poterit."*

Bacon, Nov. Org. lib. i. § 100.

PREFACE.

IN the course of Medical experience certain diseases arrest the attention more than others; insomuch that every practitioner has, what he terms, his favourite disease, which he fancies he understands better, and cures more readily than his brethren of the profession: whether this predilection and avowed superiority be well founded or not, the science of medicine has undoubtedly been advanced more by those who have thus directed their labours to the investigation of particular diseases, than by professors and teachers of medicine, or systematic writers, who have taken a more extensive range: of the truth of this the numerous distinct treatises on the

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