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Plain Home Talk about the Human System, the Habits of Men and Women, the Causes and Prevention of Disease, Our Sexual Relations and Social Natures
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Excerpt from Plain Home Talk About the Human System, the Habits of Men and Women, the Causes and Prevention of Disease, Our Sexual Relations and Social Natures: Embracing Medical Common Sense Applied to Causes, Prevention, and Cure of Chronic Diseases, the Natural Relations of Men and Women to Each Other, Society, Love, Marriage, Parentage, Etc For the third time I make my bow to a generous public. For the third time I serve to my patrons a dish of what I term medical common sense. The book entitled Medical Common Sense had its birth in 1858. It was a volume of about 300 pages and less than one hundred illustrations. When it first made its appearance some of my prudent friends Shook their grave heads, and predicted for the author pecuniary failure and professional disgrace. Like those of many other prophets, their predictions proved to be Only croakings, and the expected martyr soon found himself surrounded by hosts of new friends and swarms of new patients. While awaiting the popular verdict, after the first issue, one of the oldest and most noted clergymen of New York called at my office for the express purpose of assuring me how much he was pleased with the publication, and his appreciation possessed greater value to me because he had studied medicine in his youthful days, with the View of fitting himself for practice. He pronounced Medical Common Sense a refreshing contribution to medical literature, and expressed a hope that it would obtain a large circulation. I breathed easier, for the splendid physique, generous countenance, cultivated manner and commanding presence of the first juror gave to his encouraging words the color and impressiveness of authority, and I almost felt as if the pop ular verdict had already been rendered. It is many years Since this noted man passed to the great beyond, at the ripe age of eighty-six. The N. Y. Evangelist, in its obituary notice, said So ends a long and distinguished public career. So passes away one of the great men of a former generation. His name has been a household word for half a century. In the Presbyterian Church he stood in the very front rank. By his great power he made his influence felt in every sphere in which he moved. His commanding presence, ready tact 'and powerful utterance com bined to make him in deliberative and popular assemblies a leader of men. These brief quotations are made to Show what manner of man this clergyman was who endorsed a popular medical work which broke away from orthodoxy in medicine and Opened up new paths for those who were groping in the wilder ness of doubt and uncertainty, vainly looking for hope and relief from chronic physical ills. The youthful author was barely twenty-nine years of age; the clergyman in the glory of his ripe manhood. It can be well imagined that any as to how the volume would be received gave way to confident expectation, nor was this feeling delusive, for, as the book continued to circu late, letters came in daily, like the droppings of the ballots on election day, from intelligent men and women in all parts of the country, thanking me for the ih formation I had presented in language which could be comprehended by the masses of the people. The appreciation of the latter was attested by the fact that between 1858 and 1869 over two hundred and fifty thousand Copies were sold, a circulation which I venture to affirm had been attained by no other medical work of like Size in the same time in this or any other country. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
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