The Annual address delivered before the New-York State Medical Society and members of the legislature, at the capitol, February, 1853

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C. Van Benthuysen, 1853 - 29
 

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Strona 10 - There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us. Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
Strona 15 - The term of human life has been lengthened in the whole kingdom, and especially in the towns. In the year 1685, not accounted a sickly year, more than one in twenty of the inhabitants of the capital died: at present only one in forty dies annually. The difference between London of the 19th century, and the London of the 17th century, is greater than the difference between London in ordinary years, and London in the cholera.
Strona 22 - Its first 90 years were aompleted, then, in 1842. During this period it received 39,290 patients, and lost of that number 4,120. I have not been able to obtain annual reports, but the deaths for the whole term of 90 years were one in 9£ of all admitted, while in the last of these years it was only one in 11.87. This gives us the last year better than the whole by more than 19 per cent.; an improvement we could only have been prepared for, after learning the striking facts substantiated by the fullest...
Strona 16 - Then the community had no skillful physician, no surgeon — an infirmary, a dispensary, a lunatic asylum, and from 20 to 30 educated medical men, an evidence that more skill is now devoted to the preservation of life." Thus it appears that although this Northampton is even now one of the least healthful of all the smaller towns of England, yet that the decrement of deaths there is equal to 23 per cent. These, statements, I believe, exhaust the reliable statistics of England, bearing on the subject...
Strona 17 - ... the water with its wooden wings, as does a bird the air; what, though the iron ways encircle the earth, and daily exhibit, as I believe they do, the highest reach of human power, a perpetual wonder ; what, though the electric fluid has become our news-carrier; what, though the arts have improved so as to cheapen many of the necessaries of life to half their original cost! Neither of these, nay, all combined, can hardly single out the life that they have saved ! Again, France exhibits to us very...
Strona 19 - Clark assures us, (iu his book on Consumption) that this is not the case. He has carefully studied the London bills of mortality, making annual averages for periods of ten years, to avoid the influence of epidemics and accidental agencies; and he finds that from 1700 to about 1830 there...
Strona 17 - Dupin, whose name is a sufficient guarantee for the accuracy of his statements, lately read before the Institute a paper on the vital statistics of that country, showing that from 1776 to 1843 (67 years), the duration of life had been increasing at the average rate of 52 days annually, so that the total gain in f of a century amounted to 9^ years ; and that in no year of that period, whether during the republic, the consulate, or the empire, did the annual increase fall below 19 days. What a fact...
Strona 16 - In earlier times their life must have been shorter. Then the community had no skilful physician, no surgeon — an infirmary, a dispensary, a lunatic asylum, and from 20 to 30 educated medical men, an evidence that more care and skill are now devoted to the preservation of life.
Strona 20 - ... ending with 1820) it had fallen as low as one in 107. Here is a condition in which knowledge and skill are left to work their way unhindered and unhelped. Hygiene has little to do with it; the improvements of society even less. It is nature and the doctor, and how has the doctor triumphed ? — fifty-nine per cent of such as must have died in the latter years of 1600, saved in the progress of above a century and a half! This is doing something to lift from the sex the heavy weight of the primal...
Strona 17 - What, though we boast that steam has been made the day laborer for the nations: what, though the steams-hip equals in magnificence the fairy palace of fiction, and skims the water with its wooden wings, as does a bird the air; what, though the iron ways encircle the earth, and daily exhibit, as I believe they do, the highest reach of human power, a...

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