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April 21, 1894

Charaka-Samhita, Translated into English.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(16):600-601. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420950036020

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In our issue of September 23, we commented editorially on the character of this work, its great antiquity and its interest to all physicians.

This fasciculus concludes the nineteenth lesson, and gives a translation of the twentieth, twenty-first and a part of the twenty-second. In the twenty-first lesson the physical faults are said to be: 1, excessive tallness of stature; 2, excessive shortness of stature; 3, excessive hairiness; 4, excessive baldness; 5, excessive darkness of complexion; 6, excessive whiteness of complexion; 7, excessive obesity; and 8, excessive leanness. The last two are especially damaging. The illustrious son of Atri had a very practical knowledge of his subject, for he says:

"Of the two, viz.: excessive corpulency and excessive emaciation, the latter is rather tolerable; for though the corpulent and the emaciated are equally situated, yet if disease assails both of them, it is sure to afflict the corpulent man more

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