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It affords 113 matter of real concern, that the publication before us has accidentally escaped our notice for a long period. The question, respecting the utility of factitious airs in medicine may now be con. sidered as set at rest, since the original advocates of the practice have withdrawn their support ; and the general persuasion that the gases possess little salutary power, in any mode of exhibition hitherto contrived, ie no longer a prejudice, is it is termed by Mr. Hill, but has proved to be the result of considerable experience. The present author, therefore, appears to some disadvantage, in strongly recommending a class of remedies in which most practitioners have ceased to place confidence.
If any prejudice originally existed respecting the employment of the gases, it appeared to be in their favour ; and the mode of ex. hibiting them was rendered so easy, by the ingenuity of Mr. Walt, that proofs of their utility iniqht readily have been attained, had the remedies possessed any real efficacy. There was moreover no deficiency in the zeal of their first patrons ; to whom we may apply, with a slight variation, a couplei of Voltaire :
“ Sans rien omcitre, ils racontoient fort bien
Ce qu'ils savoient ---mais ils ne savoient rien." In short, the disappoiniment has been so complete, that the single testimony of Mr. Hill can scarcely suffice to re-instate the proposed remedies in the public opinion. Justice to this gentleman, howerer, requires us to observe, that his cases are stated with every ap. pearance of fairness and attention, though we cannot assent to all his conclusions.
per. Art. 50. A Letter to Dr. Percival, on the Prevention of Infectious
Fevers. And an Address to the College of Physicians at Phila-
The principal facts relating to the prevention of fever, by the institution of fever-wards, are detailed in this publication at considerable length. Indeed, from the importance of this subject to the general welfare of mankind, it cannot be too strongly impressed on the public attention ; and there seems now to be a sufficient body of evidence, to establish the possibility of arresting the progress of the most alarming epidemics, by the early separation of the persons first infected from the rest of the community. The result, therefore, of operations so beneficent in their tendency, and so exalting to the character of the profession, must deeply interest every friend to humanity. We have already had occasio:i to notice the leading facts on which Dr. Haygarth has commented, in reviewing the publications of Dr. Currie and Dr. Ferriar. The observations of former writera on the utility of fever-wards have been confirmed by the late establishments in Liverpool and Manchester, on an extensive scale; and those principles, which had been dispersed in medical books as matter of probable speculation, are now brought to a practical bearing on some of the most extensive and frequent evils of existence. On occasions like the present, we forbear quotations, because we wish that the work itself may be perused by all our medical readers.
In his address to the College of Philadelphia, Dr. Haygarth ot. poses the notions of Dr. Rush and the Academy respecting the origin of the yellow fever. He is of opinion, that'the discase was original. ly imported from the West-Indies ; and he discredits the supposed action of putrid coffee, and other trash, to which the opponents of the College refer. To avert farther attacks of the epidemic, he recom. mends the institution of fever-wards in the sea-port towns, sufficiently large to accommodate the families first seized with the pestilence.- On boch these subjects we have already given a concurring sentiment; and it is only necessary at present, therefore, to express our earnest desire that the faculty in America will drop their dissensions, and listen to the voice of reason and experience, which has been so happily heard on this side of the Atlantic,
Another article on this important topic occurs in p. 404. of this number of our Review. Art. 51. Observations on the Bile and its Diseases, and on the Oeco
nomy of the Liver ; read at the Royal College of Physicians, as the Gulstonian Lecture of the Year 1799. By Richard Powell, M. D. 8vo. 48. sewed. Rivingtons.
On this much-agitated subject, Dr. Powell has added several ingenious observations and conjectures, to an accurate view of the principal facts previously ascertained. It is the former class of passage: only, that we can be expected to notice.
For a manual examination of the state of the liver, the Doctor prefers a standing position for the patient, with a little flexion of the Tibody forwards : but the most favourable position has always ap
peared to us to be that of sitting, with a slight inclination of the trunk anteriorly.--Dr. P. supposes that the secretion of bile in the liver is performed by the artery, as in other glands, not by the branches of the vena porta. Though his rcasoning is ingenious, it cannot be reckoned conclusive, on a point so little understood as the peculiar process of secretion.—That portion of the bile, which has been generally considered as resinous, is regarded by Dr. P. as a peculiar modification of animal matter; and he thinks that it may be denomi. nated, the animal bitter principle.
In the history of biliary concretions, which is full and interest. ing, the author observes that they occur more frequently in persons who lead a sedentary life. The diseases of the liver, and the different morbid states of the bile, are also considered at some length, and occupy a great share of the pamphlet. We quote the following observation as a specimen of the author's style, and as conveying useful information :
. I have mentioned a peculiar state of liver which I have thought especially connected with dram-drinking, where the secretion itself seemed to be vitiated, and especially so with respect to its density. In this our means of relief are more certain, and the operation of medicines more ascertained. I think that mercurials are here inju. rious, and ought never to be given ; but in the earlier stages of the complaint, the diseased action in which it consists may be stopped by the steady and regular use of bitter and warm purgatives : a mix. ture of the infusion of gentian with that of senna, answers this pur. pose better than any other which I have seen. In the more advanced stages I think, 100, the nitric acid will be found as useful as mercury is injurious ; at present I have in my own mind experience enough to justify me in recommending it to notice, though not suffi. cient to enable me to speak with precision as to its powers. In conjunction with these means, a perfect restriction from the use of alko. hol, with great regularity as to modes of life in every respect, are to be strictly enjoined ; perhaps the first of these points is rather to be wished than expected. I have seen very many of the evils arising from this source ; I have witnessed the bodily suffering, and mental horrors, which flow from it ; but I never yet saw the man who had once established himself as a drunkard, possess sufficient resolution to forbear the practice.'
Dr. Powell adds that he has found the nitric acid very useful in this disease.
This work deserves to be attentively perused by medical readers ; and possesses, among other merits, that of brevity, which is a strong recommendation to the favour of those who set a proper value on time.
For. Art. 52. Practical Observations on the Cure of the Gonnorrhea Viru
lenta in Men. By Thomas Whately, Member of the College of Surgeons, London. 8vo. 2s. 6d. Johnson. 1801..
After some general remarks on the nature of this disease, Mr. Whately divides it into three species : the gonorrhea attended with ulcerations in the urethra ; that which is accompanied by violent chordee, ardor urina, and other marks of strong inflammation in the passage ; and that in which the inflammatory affection is considerably slighter throughout.
In the species first-mentioned, the internal use of mercury is ad. yised ; and in the second, the author thinks that a mercurial course has a considerable effect in mitigating the most troublesome sympa toms, though he confesses that it will not effect a complete cure. He promises largely, indeed, when he assures us that mercury will remove both chordee and ardor urine. We shall be extremely glad if the fact can be supported by farther experience : but surely, when the use of mercury in gonorrhæa was universally laid aside by the practitioners of the last age, that general consent must have resulted from ample proof of the inefficacy of this method of treatment.--The third species of gonorrhæa (which appears, however, to be only a lower degree of the second,) 'is cured by Mr. Whately by means of mercurial injections. He recommends in preference, for this purpose, the muriated mercury.
Young practitioners will meet with many useful remarks in this pamphlet, though we cannot agree with Mr. Whately in expecting much benefit from the revival of the use of mercury during the inflammatory stage of gonorrhea. It would require many well authenticated instances of the efficacy of this method, to refute the observations of Hunter and his contemporaries.
of Billiards, with Ease and l’ropriety: to which is prefixed, an
This compilation will be an useful manual to young players at the clegant and entertaining game of billiards, and may occasionally as. sist the memories of the more experienced. The History of the Game is very brief and insignificant ; and we think that the writer is wrong in stating that the clumsy mace is the prevailing instrument' in this country : the cue, we believe, is now much more generally used, par. ticularly by adroit players. When the person making a stroke, at the Red or Carambole Game, hits both his adversary s and the red ball, the stroke is commonly termed a cannon : but it is here properly styled a Caram, or Carambole. This misnomer should be abolished ;-as also the vulgar phrase of holding a ball, instead of boleing it.
Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord High Chan-
In our 34th volume, N. S. we noticed a new and elegant editionz of these admirable Essays, and mentioned in terms of merited com. mendation the preface, by which they were justly characterized and introduced to the notice of the reader. The subject of the present article is also elegantly printed, and is recommended by a short Life of the illustrious Author, with an engraving of him from an original picture by Hopwood.
S.R. Art. 55. An Indian Glossary; consisting of some thousand Words
and Terms commonly used in the East Indies : with full Expla.
As every attempt towards the accomplishment of a work of this kind undoubtedly merits encouragement, the present compilement, from a competent hand, will probably meet with a favourable reception; and it cannot but prove very useful, in proportion to its present extent. The explanations here given are necessarily brief, but to us they appear to be as satisfactory as they could reasonably be expected to be, in a publication intended merely for common use.
In his preface, Mr. Roberts occasionally takes notice of a similar work by Mr. Hadley; and he observes that, in the performance now
before us, the terms collected are infinitely more numerous than ir • Mr. H.'s production. The word infinitely is, surely, too great for
For a similar work, intitled The Indian Vocabulary, see M. R. vol.
cated by the Jacobins themselves !!! 400. 2$. Spragg. 1801.
An old proverb says, “ A word to the wise is enough,” We should always be glad to obtain the credit of wisdom by taking any seasonable intimation that might be offered to us : but really the present author's Hint is thrown away on our dull capacities. Mo-y. Art. 57. An Account of the Emancipation of the Slaves of Unity Valley
Pen, in Jamaica. By David Barclay. 8vo. 6d. W. Phillips. 1801.
Of all the sects into which the Christian Church, or body of nomi. nal Christians, is divided, the people commonly called Quakers pro. fess to be most deeply impressed by those amiable sentiments which distinguished the preaching of the Saviour of the world. Quaker have never perseculed: nor will they be induced, by motives of interest, to be possessors of slaves. David Barclay employs the following lines of the late Mr. Čowper, the poct, to express his sentiments:
“ I would not have a slave to till my ground,
To carry me, to fan me while I sleep,
That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd."
The manumission bestowed in this instance was the effect of a principle, not of a fit of generosity. These Blacks, be it remembered, were not turned adrift, without the solicitude of their former master : but great pains were taken to fit them for emancipation, and, in restoring them to their natural rights, to reuder them useful members of society.
Mr. Barclay is decidedly of opinion that emancipation must be gradual ; and it appears, from the evidence here adduced, that, if conducted with prudence and humanity, this measure would ultimately be as beneficial to the Community, as it must be comfortable to the Ilidividual.
Mo-y. SINGLE SERMONS. Art. 58. Bull Baiting! A Sermon on Barbarity to God's dumb
Creation, preached in the Parish Church of Wokingham, Berks, the 20th of Dec. 1861 (being the Day previous to the annual Bull Bait in that Town). By the Rev. Edward Barry, M. D. 40. 18. Od. Spragg.