Lectures on Physiology, Zoology, and the Natural History of Man: Delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons (Classic Reprint)

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It is alleged that there is a party of modern sceptics, co-ope rating in the diffusion of these noxious opinions with a no less terrible band of French physiologists, for the purpose of demoral ising mankind! Such is the general tenor of the accusation, independently of the modifications, by which it is worked up into separate counts, and of the rhetorical ornaments, by which it was embellished.' Had the statement been general, I should not have appropriated it by entering on a defence - but have left that service to any volunteer of the sceptical party, which I know no more of than I do of the man in the moon, and in whose exist ence I believe just as much. The quotation of my own words, however, rendered it impossible for me to shield myself under the pretext of uncertainty; indeed, it particularized and fixed the accusation, for which no other tangible object could be discov ered.

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