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. 1884 Excerpt: ...improved methods of treatment, it maybe confidently asserted that the disease has been robbed of half of its individual terror, and in its insurance, direct or remote prognosis, of three-quarters of its significance. Scrofula.--The scrofulous individual is more liable to developing any accidental diseases, which attack him, into dangerous forms and to be prostrated by them, than a person in whom no such predisposition exists The former is less, able to bear the shocks and trials of life to which humanity is unavoidably exposed than the latter; therefore, he is less eligible for admission. Small-pox.--Vaccination has not only reduced the mortality from small-pox, but also the frequency of small-pox epidemics; nevertheless, life insurance offices still suffer loss through this disease, which might by compulsory vaccination, efficiently carried out, be as completely subdued as scurvy has been. Unless the applicant has had small-pox or been vaccinated, he is not eligible, and unless small-pox has left lung or other organic complications, it need not be a cause for rejection. Spitting Of Blood.--Unexplained Haemoptysis is one of the most pitilessly exclusive of historical symptoms. Primarily, because it is one of the earliest precursors of phthisis, and, again, because it tokens its actual existence. Solarge is the proportion of those exhibiting this symptom, whose lives, sooner or later, terminate by consumption, that it is unnecessary to argue from recorded: experience, or to appeal to the abundant statistics which have accumulated. Absence of the tubercular taint in the family history, or of concurrent signs in the individual, will not explain it away. Absence of physical signs is scarcely more to be regarded, under such, circumstances, than those of the rati...
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