Brunonian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brunonian Pertaining to, or invented by, Brown; -- a term applied to a system of medicine promulgated in the 18th century by John Brown, of Scotland, the fundamental doctrine of which was, that life is a state of excitation produced by the normal action of external agents upon the body, and that disease consists in excess or deficiency of excitation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brunonian Pertaining or relating to any person bearing the name of Brown; Brownian.
    • n brunonian A student or graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brunonian brōō-no′ni-an relating to the system of medicine founded by Dr John Brown of Edinburgh (1736-88)—all diseases sthenic, those depending on an excess of excitement, or asthenic, those resulting from a deficiency of it.
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Usage

In literature:

BRUNONIAN SYSTEM, a system which regards and treats diseases as due to defective or excessive excitation, as sthenic or asthenic.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Brown, Robert, 191; the Brunonian movement, 167, 172, 191.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
His features were perfectly Brunonian.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School
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