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On the TREATMENT.

CHAP. III.

On the Treatment.

THE object of inoculation is to give the small-pox with as little prejudice to health as possible, or, in other words, to bring on as slight a disorder as we can.

What has been said on preparation and insertion, tends directly to that end; but the subject before us is still more closely connected with it, and consequently must be the most important part of our enquiries.

Indeed, if the patient is healthy; if he has lastly, not been hurt any preparation the insertion has been well performed; the ensuing disorder will almost infallibly be favourable, whatever pains may be taken by art to render it dangerous, either by neglecting the means of mitigating, or by substituting such as must increase, it.

But though not dangerous, the disorder may be more severe to some people; and it would be both unreasonable and inhuman not to afford them all the helps which may abate it, and remove the very suspicion of danger; and the more so, as, of all acute disorders, of which the small-pox is one, none perhaps will admit

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