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  • noun That which alleviates

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  • noun remedy that alleviates pain without curing


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  • Before entering upon the subject proper of this paper, I will briefly outline the history of massage, which, as an alleviant of human suffering, is intimately connected with the history of medicine in its earliest days; almost equally venerable is the history of this art as applied to midwifery, and this leads directly to the subject in hand, external manipulations in the obstetric practice of primitive people.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples


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