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If the) public mind, says Dr. Combe, were only sufiiciently enlightened to act on the perception, that no effect can take place without some cause, known orun known, preceding it, to which its existence is really due, many evils to which we are now subject might easily be avoided. If, for example, womenin childbed could be convinced, from previous knowledge, that, as a general rule, the danger attending that state is proportioned to the previous sound or unsound condition of the system, and to its good or bad management at the time, and is not the’ mere effect of chance, they Would be much more anxious to find’ out, and successful in obser’ving, the laws of health, both for their own sakes and for the sake of the future infant, than they now are, while ignorant of the inﬂuence. Of their own conduct. Accordingly, I entirely agree with Dr. Eberle, when he says that the pregnant female, who Observes a suitable regimen, will, caeterz’s paribus, always enjoy more tranquillity both of mind, and body, and incur much less risk of injury to herself and child, than she who, giving a free reign to her appetite, indulges to excess, or in the use of improper articles of food.
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