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Zoonomia, or, the Laws of Organic Life  (1796) 
by Erasmus Darwin

ZOONOMIA;

OR,

THE LAWS

OF

ORGANIC LIFE.

By ERASMUS DARWIN, M.D. F.R.S.

AUTHOR OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN.

 


Principiò cœlum, ac terras, camposque liquentes,
Lucentemque globum lunæ, titaniaque astra,
Spiritus intùs alit, totamque infusa per artus
Mens agitat molem, et magno se corpore miscet.—Virg. Æn. vi.

Earth, on whose lap a thousand nations tread,
And Ocean, brooding his prolific bed,
Night's changeful orb, blue pole, and silvery zones,
Where other worlds encircle other suns,
One Mind inhabits, one diffusive Soul
Wields the large limbs, and mingles with the whole.

 


THE SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED.

 


LONDON:
PRINTED FOR. J. JOHNSON, IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.
1796.

Entered at Stationers' Hall.


DEDICATION.

To the candid and ingenious Members of the College of Physicians, of the Royal Philosophical Society, of the Two Universities, and to all those, who study the Operations of the Mind as a Science, or who practice Medicine as a Profession, the subsequent Work is, with great respect, inscribed by the Author,

DERBY, May 1, 1794.

CONTENTS.

Volume I.

Part I

Volume II.

Part II - Classes of Diseases.

Part III - Articles of the Materia Medica.

  • Preface
  • 1. Nutrientia, or those things which preserve in their natural state the due exertions of all the irritative motions.
  • 2. Incitantia, or those things which increase the exertions of all the irritative motions.
  • 3. Secernentia, or those things which increase the irritative motions, which constitute secretion.
  • 4. Sorbentia, or those things which increase the irritative motions, which constitute absorption.
  • 5. Invertentia, or those things which invert the natural order of the successive irritative motions.
  • 6. Revertentia, or those things which restore the natural order of the inverted irritative motions.
  • 7. Torpentia, those things which diminish the exertions of all the irritative motions.
  • Further Additions to Part II.
  • Index