This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 Excerpt: ... I, in a rage; "I take an emetic?" "My worthy friend, do not be unreasonable." "Shall I then have looked upon these Egyptian flesh-pots in vain? Hardly a morsel in my mouth, wilt thou,--oh thou sea of medical wisdom,--tear it thence? Of what use to me are my millions, if I cannot comfort my lips with a refreshing draught? Wherefore, most excellent Sir, I presume to say with due deference, that you had better go to the devil,--for I am in health, in perfect health, so true as my name is Van der Witt." "In health! in health are you? Now permit me to prove to you a priori, on the contrary, that you cannot be at this moment any thing else than ill. When you, yesterday evening, were pleased to fall into the canal, then was your microcosmus,--I mean your sensorium,--your magnetic principle,--affected in the most powerful manner, and only by a saltus have your trains of thought become accustomed to your new physical condition;--I mean, that in the canal in which you found yourself, as these were becoming transfixed,--that is, when you were dead,--you were by means of a magnetic reaction again suddenly rescued from that physical condition, whilst through my humble endeavours your own lungs again began to respire, your nature then partaking of a sort of dualism, so that you were dead and living at the same time. The consequence of this dualism was "that I fell fast asleep in my chair, and long might the profound demonstration of the learned Plattfoet have continued, had not the bustle of the servants awoke me. Music was playing. Some palanquins were standing before the portal of the house, and my friend Wilmsen informed me that every thing in Palembang awaited my arrival. I immediately entered one of the palanquins. The proces...
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