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that no disorder could ever be derived from the nerves ; this

would be running into one extreme in order to avoid another. There is no doubt but that many diseases are nervous in their origin, and that many others become so from disorders which have began in other parts, and those merely fluid. The illnesses which arise from mental uneasiness shew us the power of the nerves on living bodies. But all this does not prove, that all the diseases attributed to the nerves are nervous; and that the ordinary signs of this disorder are not equivocal. And it is certain that the poisons we have examined have no immediate ačtion on the nerves, as has been commonly believed hitherto.” Some experiments follow, which were made by the Author with laurel water; which was neither found to act on the blood, or the nerves: and yet proved mortal, and that too in an instant, when introduced into the stomach by the mouth. M I sce L L A N E O U S A R T 1 c L E s. Article 4. An Account of an Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which happened in August 1779 : By Sir William Hamilton, K. B. F. R. S. In this Article, this intelligent and well-informed historian of Mount Vesuvius, relates some of the most striking phenomena

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ter having paid fifty-eight formal visits to its crater, and having

* Malattie dei fiuidi, malattie del sangue.—The sense is here greatly altered from its true meaning by the Translator,

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as the great eruption happened at nine o'clock. 7 One

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