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NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE
AND ALONG THE
SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN,
INCLUDING A VISIT TO
ALGIERS, EGYPT, PALESTINE, TYRE, RHODES,
TELMESSUS, CYPRUS, AND GREECE.
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Honorary and Corresponding Member of the Learned Societies
Irish Census for 1841, &c. &c.
SECOND EDITION, ENLARGED AND REVISED.
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS, LONDON.
FRASER AND CO. EDINBURGH.
THE HON. AND VERY REV. HENRY PAKENHAM,
Dean of St. Patrick's,
WILLIAM ROBERT WILLS, ESQ.
Of Castlerea House,
A SMALL BUT SINCERE TOKEN
GRATITUDE AND RESPECT
OF THEIR ATTACHED FRIEND
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In September, 1837, my friends Sir Henry Marsh and Dr. Graves appointed me medical attendant to a gentleman about to make a voyage for the benefit of his health. At their suggestion, I undertook to collect information relative to the climate of the places we should visit, and also to keep a register of their temperature. At the solicitation of other friends, I made a daily note of those objects which struck me as interesting in the countries we visited. From these notes the present work has been arranged; but, instead of dragging my readers through the perusal of our daily adventures and misadventures, I have in general endeavoured rather to condense the substance of what I saw and observed in foreign lands into a connected narrative.
Voyaging, as my friend Mr. R. Meiklam did, in his own yacht of 130 tons, with all the comfort such a mode of transit could command, and bending our course wherever climate or curiosity attracted us, we probably suffered fewer privations and mischances than fall to the lot of the generality of travellers; and at the same time we were perfectly at leisure to examine, without interruption or hindrance, any objects of interest we met on our route. Whatever of the marvellous
have lost by these means, I trust it has gained corresponding advantages of a more solid description. How far I have been enabled to avail myself of the advantages I have mentioned, or of those which all medical men enjoy in eastern countries, it is for the reader to determine.
On the characteristics of climate in reference to disease, little