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A Lecture on the Preservation of Health

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Author: Thomas Garnett
Published: 1800
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,683 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 26.3
LoC Category: RA
Downloads: 851
Added to site: 2006.05.12
mnybks.net#: 13553
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Health
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he captain and most of the officers, with some of the men, on board the ship's boat, with a very short allowance of provisions, and particularly of liquors, for they had only six quarts of rum, and six bottles of wine, for nineteen people, who were driven by storms about the south-sea, exposed to wet and cold all the time, for nearly a month; each man was allowed only a tea-spoon full of rum a-day, but this tea-spoon full refreshed the poor men, benumbed as they were with cold, and faint with hunger, more than twenty times the quantity would have done those who were warm, and well fed; and had it not been for the spirit having such power to act upon men, in their condition, they never could have outlived the hardships they experienced. All these facts, and many others which might be brought, establish beyond a doubt the truth of the law I have mentioned, namely, that when the powerful action of the exciting powers ceases for some time, the excitability accumulates, or becomes more capable of receiving their a

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