Observations on the causes and cure of remitting or bilious fevers. To which is annexed, an abstract of the opinions and practice of different authors; and an appendix, exhibiting facts and reflections relative to the synochus icteroides, or yellow fever.
Currie, William, 1754-1828.
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THE following Production, (the result of much reading, reflection, and considerable experi|ence.) contains Observations on the situations, cli|mates and seasons in which Remitting or Bilious Fevers are most prevalent; the causes from whence they originate, the circumstances which render them epidemic; remarks on Sydenham's doctrine of the influence of constitutions or conditions of the at|mosphere. An examination of the question, whether Intermittents or Remittents are contagious or not; and a comparison of their distinguishing symptoms, with those of the Contagious Fever, commonly called the Yellow Fever, which has occasioned so much mortality and distress, in different sea-port towns of the United States of America, since the year 1793. With a description of the Remitting Fever as it appears in Philadelphia; and the method of treatment which the Author has experienced to be most successful.

An Abstract is also annexed of the opinions and observations of almost all the physicians, that have practised in different ages, and in different climates, which have come to the Author's know|ledge, that he thinks worthy of notice; the object of which, is to furnish those at a distance from pub|lic libraries, with a compendious and connected view of every thing interesting, that has been pub|lished, and that lies scattered in a multitude of vo|lumes on the subject; free from the perversions of falacious and misleading theory, or the misrepresen|tations Page  iv of uncharitable, and distorting party spirit. He therefore expects that this part of the subject at least, will afford the discerning and judicious reader, both pleasure and profit.

The experienced Lind,* was of opinion, that a judicious synopsis, or abstract of the writings on fevers, in a chronological series, would be a valua|ble work, as it would contain treasures of useful knowledge in a small compass, provided facts and naked truths disengaged from conjecture, or hypo|thesis were only retined.

In such a work we might contemplate under one view, the principal advances which have been made towards a more complete knowledge of fevers, and a more successful method of treating them, from the first records of the healing art, to the present period. Such a work would also assist us, in judging how far hypotheses and pre-conceived opinions, (which teach by rule to stray) have retarded its progress, and advancement. It would also enable us to dis|tinguish the deductions, and conclusions drawn from experience and observation, those pillars of certainty and truth, from those derived from con|jecture, or mistaken facts.

An appendix is also added, exhibiting facts and reflections relative to the synochus icteroides or yellow fever.

How the Author has executed his design, must be determined by those who are competent judges of the subject, but he flatters himself, that the im|partiality and fidelity with which he has endea|voured to execute it, will have the effect of soften|ing the censure, which its defects may merit.

PHILADE•••••, January 1th 17.