Lectures on the Practice of Physic Part 1

Scope and Content

Each new lecture is clearly numbered but they are not individually dated, there is no pagination, and the writing is on the recto of each page only apart from very occasional notes on the verso.

Early on Fordyce indicates that his course of lectures are to be structured thus: (1) enumerate and describe the natural state of the human body as far as is useful to be known for understanding disease, (2) the general doctrine of disease, (3) to point out particular diseases, how it begins, how it proceeds, all the appearances that take place in the body, and the changing of these appearances as the disease proceeds.

The contents of each of the lectures are as follows: (1) introduction; history of the practice of physic, (2) diseases in general, (3) errors which arise from methods of considering disease, (4) acute diseases, inflammation, (5) the internal state of the inflamed part, (6) causes of inflammation, (7) acrimony of the fluids, (8) phlegmons and erysipelas, (9) fever, (10) natural course of inflammation, (11) metastasis [neoplasm], (12) time in which suppuration takes place & gangrene, (13) scirrhous tumour/cancer, (14) treatment of inflammation, (15) evacuation of noxious matters, (16) distension of the internal vessels, (17) to take off the stimulus of the distension of the capillary vessels, (18) to take off the increased action of the arteries by evacuations, (19) topical evacuations, (20) diminishing the action of the arteries by the application of sedatives, (21) action of sedatives upon the inflamed part, (22) exciting another inflammation near the part originally affected, (23) termination of inflammation in suppuration, gangrene, & scirrhous and the management of these terminations, (24) ulcers, (25) dead matter, (26) fever as distinct from inflammation, (27) history of a simple fever, (28) causes producing the fever, (29) stages of fever, (30) recurrence of fever, (31) 2 great causes of the recurring of paroxysms or fevers, (32) action of types in reproducing fever, (33) outcomes of fever, (34) appearance of danger from the violence of the fever itself, (35) general inflammation in fevers, (36) danger arising from irregularity in fever, (37) manner of treatment in fevers, (38) food to be employed in fevers, (39) primae vice in fevers, (40) procuring sleep in fevers, (41) avoiding danger arising from inflammation taking place at the beginning of fevers, (42) weakness, (43) remedies employed to take off irritability and irregularity of fever, (44) absolute cure of fevers, (45) external application of warm water and warm water vapours, (46) preventing the return of the paroxysm or fever, (47) manner of preventing return of fever, (48) division of continued fevers, (49) plague & violent fevers, (50) malignant, pestilent, or putrid fever, (51) manner of treatment of violent fevers.