Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Brownian System

Comprehensive medical system proposed in 1780 by Scottish physician John Brown (1735-88) that the functions and life of an organism are the aggregate of the constant responses of an organism to its environment. One of the systems of medicine that balanced opposing forces, health for Brownians was a balance between stimulating impressions and the body’s responses to them; inadequate stimuli created the conditions for disease, and balance could be restored by prescriptions of brandy, spicy food, opium, soup, musk and camphor.

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