The Influence of Tropical Climates on European Constitutions: Being a Treatise on the Principal Diseases Incidental to Europeans in the East and West Indies, Mediterranean, and Coast of Africa (Classic Reprint)by James Johnson
The First Edition of the following Work was published in 1813, chiefly at the Author's own risk and expense, for he could find no Bookseller to undertake it.
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The First Edition of the following Work was published in 1813, chiefly at the Author's own risk and expense, for he could find no Bookseller to undertake it. The Second, consisting, as the First, of 1000 copies, was published in 1818, and has been more than six months out of print. In the present Edition the Author has endeavoured to render the work more extensively useful than ever, by placing before the reader a series of Analytical Reviews of the best modern Works, embracing the Diseases of Tropical and other sultry Climates. Whoever has seen the diversified maladies produced by climate, season, constitution, and co-existing circumstances, will easily appreciate the utility of thus concentrating the experience, observations, and sentiments of many individuals, as multiplied resources in exigencies for ever varying.
The Author has the satisfaction of knowing that the former Editions of this Work have proved serviceable, not only to his junior Professional Brethren, serving in sultry climates; but also to a very considerable proportion of Naval, Military, and Civil Officers sojourning between the Tropics. In the Eastern Hemisphere a Work of this description was imperiously called for. where many of the Company's Officers, as Dr. Balfour has justly remarked - "being constantly employed during the first years of their service, in the most unhealthy corners of country, remote from medical assistance, their success, reputation, health, and lives, and the lives of all around them, depend often on the medical skill which they may have acquired."
To the last and present editions of this Work, a new feature has been added - the consideration of Climates bordering on the Tropics, the diseases of which, at particular periods, resemble those of equatorial regions. The Author is convinced that this is an essential requisite in every Work on diseases of the Torrid Zone. These diseases acknowledge no cancer or capricorn boundaries. The same class sallies occasionally from La Plata to the Scheldt - sweeping the Banks of the Ganges, the Euphrates, the Nile, the Tiber, the Guadalquiver, the Chesapeake, the Mississippi, the Oronoco, and every sinuosity of the great Western Archipelago.
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