Excerpt from Retrospect of Medicine, Vol. 13 The practical use of medical kwledge consists, generally, in the facility and rapidity with which it can on any occasion be brought to bear on a given case. A man may be able to write an elaborate treatise on any medical subject, and yet, in a case of emergency or complexity, he may be totally unable to bring the stores of his mind into practical application at the moment when he is most in need of his kwledge. For this reason, we have adopted a new plan in the present volume: at the end of which we have compiled a Sypsis, which will enable the practitioner to avail himself of the most practical indications of treatment which different authors have recommended within the last six months; and we purpose, at some early period, to bring out a more complete Sypsis of this description, embracing all our preceding twelve volumes. If we may judge from our own experience at the bed-side, we think such a Pocket Dictionary of Practical medicine would be very useful; and, w that so great a variety of methods are resorted to in the treatment of diseases, such an easy book of reference becomes even absolutely necessary, to assist the memory of those who are actively engaged in practice. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.