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more influence & safety in that region thats ap=
pearing in the character of Hakeensor Doctor.
It might enable him to do something at
least toward his own support. It would be desir=
=able to have so much skill in practice that
if you should happen to be called for by a
Pasha or man of rank you would be able to
answer his expectations. There are a few disorders in these countries with the nature & treatment of which some particular knowledge would be
desirable. The first is the Plague [underscored]. It may be
well to learn what you can respecting it & other
disorders that resemble it, as yellow fever &c.
The small pox [underscored] often prevails in Turkey. The knowledge of this disorder & the mode of treating
it [would is deleted] as well as the methods of preventions would
be desirable. Disorders of the liver & bowels [all underscored] are
very common & often fatal, especially to For=
=eigners. In Egypt, where you may possibly
have occasion sometimes to go, the Oph=
=thalmia [underscored] is very frequent. In this country
more probably than in any other on earth
would a Physician be employed in business
that concerns directly or indirectly the
propagation of the human race. Should
you spend some time here or at Smyrna
as probably you will before going into Syria
you will have opportunity to improve your
knowledge of medicine & to learn something of the diseases of these countries

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