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his thoughts with less labour: but ease in writing comes from prac. tice; and the writer is a young man. Art. 46 On visitatorial Yurisdiction in Colleges of the Universities.
A Letter to the Right Honourable che 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 societies over which they prejde, either by themselves or their assessors; that they are required impartially to judge and determine according to the plain and obvious meaning of the ftatutes of founders, where these ftatutes are express ; and that they are empowered to interpret in doubtful cases. The Author is master of his subject, and writes clearly and forcibly. NO V E L s.
E. The Letters of Charlotte during her Connection with Werter.
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. B-k Art. 48. Edwin and inna; a Northumbrian Tale founded on Facts. Written by Edwin himself.
12mo. 3 Vols. 75. 6d. fewed. Scatcherd 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 both a vulgar" and a conceited "
youth ;” and while he seems to flatter hin felt with an idea of his wit and his knowledge, 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 in lipid ; his style is spiritless; and his observations are trite and superficial. Art. 49. Melwin Dale
In a Series of Letters. By a Lady,
2 Vols. 55. sewed. Lane. Triling and dull. Arr. 50. Warbeck; a pathetic Tale. 12mo. 2 Vols. 58. fewed.
Lane. 1786. Fiction is here made to ernbellith some historical facts; and the Author hath executed bis design with considerable address. It is indeed a parhetic tale; and the Reader of fenfibility will be instructed and entertained by it. Art. 51. Moreton Abbey; or the fatal Mystery. By the late
Mits Harriet Chilcot, of Bath, afterwards Mrs. Meziere, Authoress of Elmar and Ethlinda, a legendary Tale, &c.
2 Vols. 38. sewed. Bew.
Moreton Abbey is but little superior to Melwin Dale. If it be more inftructing, it is also more extravagant: and if it is contended that the language is more elegant, many will think it more affected.
M E D ICA L.
Yorkshire ; containing some Directions for their Use in Diseases.
and the Method of analysing them. By Joshua Walker, M.D.
This performance contains many judicious and useful remarks.
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
meet with a writer who puts cogether so much rambling, extraneous matter, felf-conceit, petulance, and absurdity, as this Author. His prefent 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 ob. jects of his abufe.
go Art. 55. Reports of the Humane Society, instituted in the Year
1774, for the Recovery of Persons apparently drowned. For the
It is with fincere fatisfaction that we oblerve the growing fuccess
the Appellation of the Glandular Disease of Barbadoes. By John
* This publication has been accidentally millaid.
Rollo, late Surgeon in the Royal Artillery *. 8vo. 2s. Dilly, 1785.
Dr. Hendy favoured the Public with an ingenious account 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 vihted Barbadoes, prefumes, on the ground of two cases which he saw, and which in this pamphlet he lays before the reader, to enter the lists against this respectable phyfician, 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, seated 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 vefsels lead to those affected glands, appearing towards the termination of the fever. We leave it to fu. ture experience to decide which is the most just account of this disore der; but we cannot conclude this article without expresling the difguft we felt at the rade, 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 must 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. Observations 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 just 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 dyfentery, occur in the same season, assume appearances effentially the same, and are produced by the same causes; only that these are necessarily allitted in the production of the dysentery by cold and moifture. 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 fall 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.
• Now of Woolwich.
Art. 58. A Differtation on the Theory and Cure of the Catarait;
in which the Practice of Extraction is supported, and the Operation in its present improved State is particularly described. By Jonathan Wathen, Sorgeon. 8vo. 35. fewed. Cadell. 1785.
Mr. Wathen describes in a scientific manner the nature, causes, and symptoms of the cataract; and, after making some general remarks on the cure of the disease, he very judiciously points out the particular cases and the fymptoms 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 described, espe. cially the latter; the fuperiority of which over the former is clearly pointed out. Our Author gives a full account of the various methods practised by most of the eminent surgeons, with the improvements that have been made by each of them; and concludes with some useful 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 perural of this dissertation to the Jearned practitioner, as we are convinced he will meet with many things worthy his attention. Art. 59. Chiropodologia; or a scientific Enquiry into the Causes
of Corns, Warts, Onions, and other painful or offensive cutaneous Excrefcences, &c. the whole confirmed by the Practice and Experience of D. Low, Chiropoditt. 8vo. 35. London. Sold by the Autor, No 42, Davies Street; and Hookham, in Bond Street.
The intention of this performance is evidently no more than to announce that the Chiropodiff continues, as usual, to dispenie a number of valuable articles at his own house, and that his days of consultation at bome are Mondays and Fridays. Art. 60: A Trall upon Indigestion and the hyrochondriac 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. verilement, seípectfully informing the Public where the Author's tinctures, &c, are fold; yet the causes of indigestion are fully ex. pained, and some uteful dietetic directions are laid down, by means of which many inconveniencies arising from indigestion may be prevented, or greatly mitigated.
Rom Art. 6:. A com:ife Relation of the Efeits of an extraordinary Styptic
Jately discovered: in a Series of Letters from several Gentlemen of the Faculty to Barti. Rulpini, Surgeon-dentist. 8vo. is. 6d. johnion. 175
As it is impolible to deny facts, we are under the necessity of ad. niiuring the efficacy of the styptic here recommended: but as we have not been informed of its component parts, nor seen any account of experiments made to prose its fuperior power belide these of M. Rüfpini's friends, we cannot pretend to reason on it; and our readers can only expect to be told, that Mr. Rofpini has ( accidentally) d scovered a styptic water, which in a few minutes, without a comprefs, flops 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.
de Art. 62. Osservations on the Typhus, or low contagious Fever,
and the Means of preventing the Produclion and Communication of this Disease. Dy D. Campbell, M. D. 8vo. 25. Lancaster, printed ; London, fold by Johnson. 1785.
This treatise contains fonie admirable directions concerning various methods o: preventing the spreading of the contagion of putrid dilcases. As to the Author's method of cure, we think him too liberal in the administration of opium, of which medicine (the most excellent uhen given in proper doies and at ploper times) he acknowledges he has experienced the basi effcct in many cales. Art. 63. An Ehry on the Retroverfion of the Uterus ; illustrated
with Cases and Obfervations. By William Cockell, of Pontefract, M.D. 4to.
17 5. In the disease here deicribed (happily a very rare one), we can by do 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 inftances (especially in weak patienti, and those who are far adı anced in pregnancy) produce consequences worse than the disease iveli. Art. 64. Rules for preserving Hra'th; 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. 25. Faulder.
As the vivacity of this writer always pleases, so do his learn. ing and philosophy afford much real entertainment. A medical treatise from Spain, written by a friar, is a literary phenomenon chas doch not often make its appearance; but the rarity of such appear. ances will not make them the less 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 ftri&tures upoo the modern (we suppose Spanish) practice of phyfic, which may be true; and we sincerely with, that, 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 adopred and rejected, one after another,
The second lays down several useful dietetic rules 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 study 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 pleases than fatigues us : it cannot therefore be contrary to nature or
prejudicial to our health; because those occupations only are hurtful which exceed our ftrength or contradict our inclinations. We shall