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Brown, Dr John.

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Of ... To Which is Prefixed a Biographical Account of the Author by William Cullen Brown. J. Johnson ... 1804.
1st Ed. 3 vols. Folding letterpress. Some light browning, faint institutional ink stamp to t.ps., rebound gilt lettered cloth, upper joints tender to upper joints of vols. 2 ans 3, minor chipping to spines. John Brown (bap. 1735, d. 1788), physician. ODNB ... Brown used contemporary ideas of irritability and sensibility as the basis for a dualist theory of disease and a radically simplified therapeutics. He taught that excitability, a property of the nervous system, was the fundamental feature of living bodies. It was activated by environmental stimuli to produce excitement, the life force. Brown's system, known as Brunonianism, was thus important in its claim that living bodies could not be understood simply through knowledge of mathematical or physical laws, a view that prevailed during the first half of the eighteenth century ...
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