diseases put together, we find that about eighty are destroyed by the small-pox; a twelfth part and half of the whole number of deaths. Sometimes the proportion is higher, as in the last year 1767: it then amounted to a tenth part, and about one third. In the year 1752, which is the highest comparative number I find, it amounted to a fifth, and somewhat more than a half. Whatever art can do, therefore, to avert this destruction, to prevent a cruel death to many, and deformity to more, is of high importance. This, I flatter myself, inoculation, when practised more generally than even in England at present, particularly in the country, under proper political, as well as medical regulations, will in a great measure do; and of this the most essential parts seem to be, the insertion of ichorous variolous matter by small puncture; a well regulated vegetable diet before, and during the whole process of inoculation; and the avoiding of heated rooms and
The general deaths were
22612By the small-pox 2188
Died in 1752,
20485By the small-pox 3538
- This rule may now and then admit of an exception in weakly and delicate habits, in which, after the febrile process is over and the eruption well formed, if the patient is very languid, some light broth, and even a mouth full or two of chicken, may be indulged with advantage; but this must be directed with caution.