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P R E FACE.
T is hoped that the novelty of the delign will be the best excuse for the imperfect execution, in examining the several wounds and deaths in the Iliad, Æneid, and Pharfalia of Lucan, and trying them by the test of anatomy and physiology. This plan (as far perhaps as any can) may be considered as a new one, even in this investigating age. For tho' many gentlemen of the faculty, (in whom a knowledge of their profession and a
taste for poetry, are happily united) have in general admired the great and beautiful variety of wounds and deaths in the Iliad; yet no one has condescended to examine any particular individual wound or death, by the rules of his art. Indeed since the publication of the second volume, but long since the medical correspondence was concluded; it was found that Mr. Cruickshank, (that very ingenious Reader in anatomy,) has in some parts of his lectures, delivered some remarks on the anatomical knowledge of Homer ; but as the author of the letters now published, had never the pleasure of attending any one of Mr. CruickThank's anatomical le&tures. If these letters contain
fimilar sentiment with so great a man, such coincidence of thought must be highly flattering
The Reader will likewise observe, that as the history of the wounds and deaths in the Iliad or Æneid, have no connexion with the historical narration of the two poems, the instances are adduced from all parts, without order or regularity, as they suited the purpose of the author.
N. B. The Authors ill health, and other embarrassments, are the best excuses for the long delay of this publication.
EXETER, April 24th, 1798.