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his thoughts with less labour: but ease in writing comes from prac. tice; and the writer is a young man.
E. Art. 46 On visitatorial Turisdiction in Colleges of the Universities.
A Letter to the Right Honourable the Earl of Mansfield. 4to. 1s. Rivington.
The purport of this pamphlet is, to ascertain the extent of the power which is lodged in the visitors of Colleges, and to prove that they are bound, by virtue of their office, to receive, judge, and determine the appeals of all who are interested and concerned in the socieries over which they preside, either by themselves or their allefiors; that they are required impartially to judge and determine according to the plain and obvious meaning of the statutes of founders, where there tatutes are express; and that they are empowered to interpret in doubtful cases. The Author is matter of his subject, and writes clearly and forcibly. Nov EL S.
E. Art. 47. The Letters of Charlotte during her Connection with
Werter. 12mo. 2 Vols. gs. sewed. Cadell.' 1786. This No:el is in general both interesting and pathetic; but the judgment of the Author is not equal to his feelings. The texture is too flimsy, and the imagery is frequently extravagant. Ara Art. 48. Edwin and inna ; a Northumbrian Tale founded on Facts. Written by Edwin himself. 12mo. 3 Vols. 75. 60. fewed. Scaccherd and Whitaker, 1785.
This is not Dr. Beattie's Edwin ; nor doth he appear to be of the family, though he bears the name.
This Edwin is borh a “ vulgar" and a conceived " youth ;” and while he seems to flatter hin felt with an idea of his wit and his know. ledge, we assure him that he will gain no credit for either among readers of taste and judgment. His descriptions are inelegant; his humour is coarse and insipid ; his style is Spiritless; and his observa.' tions are trite and superficial. Art. 49. Melwin Dale In a Series of Letters. By a Lady,
12mo. '2 Vols. 55. sewed. Lane. 1786. Triling and dull. Arr. 50. Warbeck; a pathetic Tale. 12mo. 2 Vols. gs. sewed.
Lane. 1786. Fidion is here made to ein bellith some historical facts; and the Author hath executed bis design with considerable address. It is indeed a pathetic tale ; and the Reader of fenlibility will be instructed and entertained by it. Art. 51. Moreton Abbey; or the fatal Mystery. By the late Mifs Harriet Chilcot, of Bath, afterwards Mrs. Meziere, Authoress of Elmar and Ethlinda, a legendary Tale, &c. 12mo. 2 Vols. 38. fewed. Bew,
Moreton Abbey is but little superior to Melwin Dale. If it be more initructing, it is also more extravagant: and if it is contended that the language is more elegant, many will think it more affected.
Yorkshire ; containing some Directions for their Use in Diseases.
and the Method of analysing them. By Joshua Walker, M. D. Physician to the Leeds Infirmary. 8vo. 35. sewed. Johnson. 1784.
This performance contains many judicious and useful remarks. After enumerating the various substances which have been found to enter into the composition of mineral waters, the Author points out the most proper methods of making experiments, in order to ascertain the cantents of such waters. These methods are exemplified by an analysis of the waters mentioned in the title-page, and from the contents of them Dr. Walker infers their medical qualities; confirming his reasonings with the detail of such diseases as have either been wholly cured by them, or in a great measure removed. This Essay is peculiarly adapted to the patients who wish to be relieved by these waters, as the Author gives ample practical rules how they ought to be used in every particular disease, with the regimen proper to be observed. Rom. Art. 53. Observations on an extraordinary Case of ruptured Uterus.
By Andrew Douglas, M. D. Member of the College of Physicians,
This is an extraordinary case indeed! But as we cannot give our
Blood-letting, and the common prepolterous Administration of
We have on a former occasion + observed, that we feldom 'meet with a writer who puts together so much rambling, extraneous mat. ter, self-conceit, petulance, and absurdity, as this Author. His prefeni performance, however, outdoes all his former publications ; for here he goes on, cutting and slashing at all around him, without ex. ception. Physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, &c. are chiefly the objects of his abuse.
go Art. 55. Reports of the Humane Society, instituted in the Year
1774, for the Recovery of Persons apparently drowned. For the Years 1783 and 1784. Svo. 25. Dodley, &c. 1785.
It is with sincere satisfaction that we observe the growing success and extended plan of this TRULY Humane Society; the proceedings of which are here fully detailed, with a great number of cases of recovery, not only from apparent death by drowning, but from other causes-the frozen, the hanged, and those who were in a state of faffocation from noxious vapours.' See also our account of the Reports for the years 1781 and 1782, Review, Vol. LXIX. p. 173. Art. 56. Remarks on the Disease lately defcribed by Dr. Hendy, under
the Appellation of the Glandular Disease of Barbadoes. By John
, * This publication has been accidentally milaid.
+ Vid. Monthly Review, Vol. LXIII. p. 279.
Rollo, late Surgeon in the Royal Artillery *. 8vo. 25. Dilly. 1785.
Dr. Hendy favoured the Public with an ingenious account t of this peculiar disease, which seems to be endemial in the island of Barbadoes. Being settled there, and practising physic in the island, he was at considerable pains to perfect the history of this irregular disorder, by compiling the histories of a great many cases of which he had been himself a witness. Mr. Rollo, who visited Barbadoes, prefumes, on the ground of two cases which he saw, and which in this pamphlet he Jays before the reader, to enter the lists against this respectable physician, and to arraign the justness of his opinions on this subject, Dr. H. gives a definition of the disease, founded upon extensive experience, to the following purpose: That it is a local inflammation, reated in the lymphatic system, that often produces a symptomatic fever. Mr. Rollo describes it to be a fever accompanied with a partial affection of the lymphatic glands, and an inflammation and swelling of the extremity, whose lymphatic vessels lead to those affected glands, appearing towards the termination of the fever. We leave it to fu. tore experience to decide which is the most just account of this disor. der; but we cannot conclude this article without expressing the disa gust we felt at the rude, and frequently ill grounded, contradictions of Dr. Hendy by Mr. Rollo. We would recommend to this gentleman to be somewhat less bold in his assertions on a subject of which his knowledge and experience muft necessarily be more limited than those of a physician who constantly resides on the spot, and who probably has daily occafion of noticing the disease in question. Men Art. 57. Obfervations on the acute Dysentery, with the Design of il.
luftrating its Causes and Treatment. By John Rollo, M. D.' late Surgeon in the Royal Artillery. 8vo. is. 6d. Dilly. 1786.
Dr. Rollo gives an accurate and a juft account of the dysentery. It seems to be drawn from nature and observation, and not collected from books. From the facts stated, he draws the following conclu. fions, which they appear to warrant, viz. That the intermittent and remittent fever, and the dysentery, occur in the same season, assume appearances essentially the same, and are produced by the same causes; only that there are necessarily allitted in the production of the dyfentery by cold and moisture. This is perfectly agreeable to the opinion of Sydenham, who described the dysentery as a febris introversa, a fever turned inwards upon the bowels. After the dysentery has been thus produced, Dr. R. thinks it may be further communicated, in certain circumstances, by contagion. In one particular, he seems, with good reason, to differ from Dr. Cullen, who doubts whether the application of cold does ever produce the disease, unless where the specific contagion has been previously received into the body.
There being nothing very peculiar in Dr. R.'s method of curing this disease, we shall not enter into any further account of his present pablication ; but shall content ourselves with giving it the praise of being, upon the whole, a judicious performance. MV
• Now of Woolwich.
Art. 58. A Differtation on the Theory and Cure of the Catarall;
in which the Practice of E traction is supported, and the Operation in its present improved State is parcicularly described. By Jonathan Wathen, Sorgeon. Svo. 35. lewed. Cadell, 1785.
Mr. Wathen describes in a scientific manner the nature, causes, and Symptoms of the cataract; and, after making some general reniarks on the cure of the disease, he very judiciously points out the particular cases and the symptoms in which the operation is likely to Succeed. This part of his performance we think highly interesting, both to the operator and patient; since an unsuccessful event brings the operation into disrepute, and gives the patient unnecessary pain, with, perhaps, confequences of the most dangerous nature. The operations of couching and extraction are minutely defcribed, efpe. cially the latter; the fuperiority of which over the former is clearly pointed out. Our Author gives a full account of the various methods practifed hy most of the eminent surgeons, with the improvements that have been made by each of them, and concludes with some use. ful remarks relative to fpurious cataracts, and the method of cure, which we do not recollect to have met with in former writers.
We cannot but recommend the perulal of this differtation to the learned practitioner, as we are convinced he will meet with many things worthy his attention.
- aArt. 59. Chiropodologia; or a scientific Enquiry in'o the Causes
of Corns, Warts, Onions, and other painful or offensive cutaneous Excrefcences, &c. the whole confirmed by the Practice and Expe. rience of D. Low, Chiropodist. 8vo. 35. London. Sold by the Author, No 42, Davies Street; and Hookham, in Bond Screet.
The intention of this performance is evidently no more than to announce that the Chiropodif continues, as usual, to dispense a number of valuable articles at nis own house, and that his days of consultation at bome are Mondays and Fiidays. Art. 60.' A Trall upon Indigestion and the hy ochondriac Disease;
with the Method of Cure, and a new Remedy or Medicine recomnended. By James Rymer, Surgeon. 12mo. Is. Evans. 1785.
Although this, like the preceding article, terminates with an ad. vertisement, respectfully informing the Public where the Author's tinctures, &c. are fold; yet the causes of indigestion are fully explained, and some useful dietetic directions are laid down, by means of which many inconveniencies arising from indigestion may be prevented, or greariy mitigated.
- R - m Art. 61. A comise Relation of the Efekts of an extraordinary Styptic
Jately discovered: in a Series of Letters from several Gentlemen of the Faculty to Barin. Rulpini, Surgeon-dentitt. 8vo. Is. 6d. Johnson. 175.
As it is impoffible to deny facts, we are under the neceflity of ad. mirung the efficacy of the aty ptic here recommended: but as we have not been informed of its component parts, nor seen any account of experiments made to pro e its fuperior power belide these of M. Ralpini's friends, we cannot pretend to reason on it; and our read. ers can only expect to be told, that Mr. Ruspini has ( accidentally) d scovered a styptic water, which in a few minutes, without'a compress, ftops the bleeding of the femoral artery of a calf, and
. that of an hog, in three minutes; with several other instances, fome on the human body. Art. 62. Onservations on the Typhus, or low contagious Fever,
and the Means of preventing the Production and Communicacion of this Disease. By D. Campbell, M. D. 8vo. 25, Lancaster, printed ; London, Told by Johnson. 1785..
This treatise contains some admirable directions concerning various methods or preventing the spreading of the contagion of putrid direases. As to the Author's me. hod of cure, we think him too liberal in the administration of opium, of which medicine (the molt excellent when given in proper doics and at proper times) he acknowledges he has experienced the bad efccl. in many cales. Art. 63. An Elly on the Retroverfion of the Uterus ; illustrated with Cares and Observations. By William Cockell, of Pontefract, M.D. 4to. 13. 6d. Law175.
In the disease here deicribed (happily a very rare one), we can by no mcans approve of our Author's method of cure. The operation he describes as the only thing to be done in this cale, we think so very violent, that it may in several instances (especially in weak patients, aud those who are far adıanced in pregnancy) produce consequences worse than the disease itself. Art. 64. Rules for preserving Health ; particularly with regard
to ftudious Persons. In three Treatises. Translated from the Spanish of the Rev. Father Feyjoo, Malter-general of the Order of St. Benedict. 8vo. 29. Faulder.
As the vivacity of this writer always pleases, so do his learn. ing and philosophy afford much real entertainment. A medical treatise froin Spain, written by a friar, is a literary phenomenon that doch not often make its appearance; but the rarity of such appeare ances will not make them the leís acceptable. As to the present publication, it is but justice to declare, that the doctrines it contains are the effects of much experience, and founded on rational principles. In the first treatise, we have some excellent Itrictures upon the modern (we suppose Spanish) practice of physic, which may be true; and we fincerely with, tiat, for the honour of the art, there were less room for them. Our Author, in the , observations he makes on physicians in different ages, gives a concise and accurate hiltory of the Art, from its earliest age; pointing out, with great judgment, the perfections and imperfections of the many theories that have been adopted and rejected, one after another.
The second lays down leveral utefui dietetic rales for preserving health: a fubject which the writer thinks physicians have not properly and duly considered ; because it is not so much their business to preserve the good health of their patients, as to care their diseases, if the imperfections of the art will suffer them.
The third treatise is a confutation of the commonly-received opi. nion, that application to Rudy is prejudicial to health. The chief argument which the good Father uses is, That study, when it suits with our genius, and is not pursued with extreme rigour, rather pleares than fatigues us: it cannot therefore be contrary to nature or prejudicial to our health; becaule chose occupations only are hustful which exceed our ftrength or contradi&t our inclinations. We sha!