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ing and essential qualities ascribed to æther pamphlet-shops are more reputable stages by them, and the most eminent modern phi- for such doctors as himself, than the posts losophers, are to be found in electrical fire, and bye corners occupied by his redoubtand that too in the utmost degree of per-ed rivals, Messrs. West, and Franks, and fection. By R. Lovett, of the Catholic Church Rock, and all the rest of them.”—Ibid. vol. of Worcester. A. D. 1756.”—Monthly Review, 16, p. 466. vol. 15, p. 561.
In Birch's History of the Royal Society, it PARACELSUS and Von Helmont : “ These is said that the Finlanders recover persons desperadoes freed medicine from the yoke who have been drowned two or three days; of Galenism and the Arabians; and yet they but the persons thus recovered almost aldid not point out the true path. All the vital ways lose their vivacity, and their memory and animal motions were explained by the is much impaired.—Ibid. vol. 17, p. 209. furnace or alembic ; and all diseases were supposed to arise either from acids or alka- A.D. 1758. DR. MACKENZIE's History of lies.”—Ibid. vol. 16, p. 99.
Health.-Monthly Review, vol. 19, p. 476. Bacon exprest himself strongly in favour “This author supposes that the Paradisiof the Hippocratic method of case writing ; acal food was entirely vegetable. Indeed, but medicine was so divided by the school- the drudgery of providing culinary utensils, physician and the chemist, that it made small and of cookery, he thinks inconsistent with advances.—Ibid.
the state in Paradise. But, he observes, The next step was, that “acids alkal. fer- fruits are cold and little nutritive; seeds ments, precipitations,” all fled before glo- without preparation, hard of digestion, and bules of such and such figure and magni- flatulent; and undressed herbs, still more tude. The circulation of the blood was made harsh and crude. He therefore ingeniously, subservient to the laws of hydraulics; man and not unphysically (says the Reviewer) became a mere mechanical structure, and imagines that the tree of life (which was not diseases were proved to own the power of interdicted to Adam and Eve, which it seems diagrams.—Ibid.
therefore rather absurd to think they never Sydenham, indeed, and some few others, used, and which was pregnant with immorkept to the old Hippocratic method of ob- tality itself,) must have been intended to servation. At last Boerhaave, “ that orna- prevent, or remove, the inconvenience rement of his profession and of his species," sulting from the insalubrity of their comavailing himself wisely of the ancient obser- mon diet. vations, of the chemical, anatomical, and “For Dr. Clarke (vol. 8, sermon 4,) says, mechanical discoveries ; following none im- Adam was not (as some have, without any plicitly, and using cach in its place; he set ground from Scripture, imagined) created physiology and the observation of diseases actually immortal ; but by the use of the on their proper basis.--Ibid.
tree of life (whatever is implied under that
expression), he was to have been preserved WOODWARD made not only the passions, from dying. This tree, Dr. Mackenzie but cogitation itself, depend upon bile in chuses to understand in a material physical the stomach.-Ibid. vol. 16, p. 101. sense, to the possibility of which, we con
The reviewer notes this for admiration! ceive a capacious (?) physician may easily But it is true in certain cases of insanity, subscribe. me teste.
“And the original efficacy of this divine
and sole panacea our learned author thinks A. D. 1757. LEAKE's Lisbon diet-drink. alluded to by St. John in the Apocalypse, This man
“ well apprized that the chap. 22, v. 2.
"Were it allowable to indulge any imagi- | for a disease ; who suppose that any man, nation of our own here, may we not suppose from the creation of the world, ever died of that the eager and ineffectual pursuits after a fever; who believe that fevers are not alan universal panacea to repel diseases, and ways symptomatical. even old age (that approach to death), is a natural thirst of recovering a remedy, that Ibid. p. 100. FRANCISCUS DU Port de had once existed in sublunary nature, though signis Morborum, lib. 4, edited by Schonnow lost."
BERG, 4to. 2s.
A sort of Busbeian medical grammar in “ 'Tis said some people collect the juices hexameters. which are discharged after, and swim upon, the excrements of cattle in May or June, BAD physicians purged and vomited in and drink it to purge them, and that it does the next world.—BERTUCCI, Viaggio al Somit effectually." — HUTCHINSON, vol 10, p. mo Bene, p. 42. 155.
“I have seen about a quart of man's ex- Monthly Review, vol. 47, p. 29. RickETS crements, which had been some days dis- | in sheep, a disease then (A.D. 1772) about charged, thinned with as much ale, poured forty years' standing in England. The cause into a horse stark mad in that violent dis- ascertained by dissection, to be a maggot in temper they call the staggers, of which they the brain, about one-quarter of an inch long, commonly die in a few hours; and the dis- and of a brownish colour. temper abated, and the horse recovered." -Ibid. p. 206.
Ibid. vol. 48, p. 562. A man in Mexico He calls this in the margin, a common paralytic in both arms, perfectly restored experiment.
by being struck with lightning, which for a
while deprived him of his senses. Some quack administered to James the First an elixir to preserve him from all Ibid. vol. 49, p. 127. “MR. KIRKLAND'S sickness ever after; which he told Buck- tremendous scheme of extinguishing fevers, ingham “was extracted out of a turd.”— | by boldly drenching the patient both exterBoswell's Sh. vol. 17,
nally and internally with cold water." Monthly Review, vol. 24, March, 1761, p. Ibid.-ARMSTRONG, in his Medical Essays, 145.
says that corns are sprouts of the rheumaInstitutes of health. “Salt and sugar are tism, and not the offspring of mere pressure. to be totally rejected, with all compositions into which they enter. Milk to be avoided, Proof that inoculation leads to idolatry. with but few exceptions." These few, per- - Monthly Review, vol. 50, p. 71. haps, may include all sucking children. Cheese not to be allowed, unless very spar- In the memorandum of the Society for ingly. Butter as little as possible. Fat, oil restoring drowned persons at Amsterdam, and vinegar forbidden. All spices shunned vol. 2, part 1, A. D. 1774, the thirty-sixth as poison. All pastry and confectionary pro- case is of a man who, in the middle of Jahibited.
nuary, and in a state of drunkenness, fell
into the water, and remained in it an hour Ibid. vol. 34, p. 30, Physiological Re- and a quarter. He was stiff when taken out, searches.
but in two hours gave signs of life, and in The author vents his indignation against two more, walked bome. — Ibid. vol. 51, p. the ignorance of those who mistake a fever 556.
DANIELIS WILHELMI TRILLERI, Clino- Mrs. CARTER says to Mrs. M., A.D. 1773, technia Medica Antiquaria, A. D. 1776. An “I beg you will not neglect to take the milelaborate work concerning the method of lepedes ; it is a most excellent medicine for the ancient physicians, who constructed beds the obstruction you mention in your glands, of different kinds, for the different kinds of and besides may be of great use to your diseases under which their patients laboured. eyes.”—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 210. -Ibid. vol. 55, p. 310.
The Morlacchian remedy for obstrucA.D. 1776. MYERSBACH,the German water tions is to lay a large flat stone on the padoctor, had amassed a princely fortune at tient's belly. this time; 200 and 300 persons in a day They put sugar (when they can find any) had consulted him. The three years before, into the mouths of the dying, “to make he had not pretended to the slightest know- them pass into the other world with less ledge of medicine, being miserably poor, bitterness." — Fortis, M. Review, vol. 59, and ignorant; and during his practice, had p. 42. been hoaxed in the most ridiculous manner. -Ibid. vol. 55, p. 314.
Ibid. 273. Rozier's Journal de Physique,
July, 1772. tom. 7, p. 85, 12mo. edition, is “The ensign of peace, shewing how the referred to for an account of Madam Pedehealth both of body and mind may be pre- gache, who could perceive miners working served, and even recovered, by the mild and sixty fathoms under her feet, spied an infant attenuating power of a most valuable and in embrio in her father's cook-maid, as she cheap medicine. Its singular and most ex- was waiting at dinner, and for some time cellent property is to subdue the flesh to the directed the operation of the physical tribe will of the spirit. The continued use of it at Lisbon, by perceiving through all the ineradicates most diseases."—Ibid. vol. 55, p. teguments, what was passing, and what was 323.
amiss, in the inmost parts of the bodies of A crazyish book; water seems to have their patients. been the remedy.
Ibid. vol. 62, p. 514. M. LA Peyer used DR. BIRKENHOUT translated Dr. Pomme's the burning glass as a cautery, and M. Le Traité des affections vapeureuses des deux Comte, A. d. 1750, surgeon at Arcueil, cured seres, A.D. 1777. His theory was that all a cancer in the under lip" by the actual cauhysterical and hypochondriacal diseases are tery of the solar fire.” The reviewer formed caused by a certain cornuosity of the nerves, great hopes from that practice in preference which was to be cured by bathing, or rather to any other cautery. soaking, for ten or twelve hours a day; this he had ordered during ten months, and some- CHAFING is instantly relieved by the slime times kept his patients twenty-two hours of a slug. Mr. Campbell' learnt this from in the water.-Ibid. vol. 57, p. 168. The reviewer says, “ he seems to make
" This was a kind friend of Southey's — a
friend indeed in his latter days. It is curious little difference between cold and warm
that Southey should not have recollected the bathing, as indeed the temperature of the verses “ In Prayse of the Snayle,” in the Parawater would be much the same before the dise of Daynte Devises, operation was finished, whatever it began
“ I know Dame Physick doth thy friendly help with."
And craves the salve from thee ensues to cure But for the soaking, it is plain that the the crased sure.” water must have been kept at a pleasurable
See Brit. Bibliogr. vol. iii. p. 110. degree of warmth.
It is well known that the tench is called the let go
his man Willy. Put the slug on the sore “ Next to my bootikens, I ascribe much place, it heals you, and you need not hurt credit to a diet-drink of dock roots, of which it. The part oňce slimed, the slug may be Dr. Turton asked me for the receipt, as the
best he had ever seen. It came from an
old physician at Richmond, who did amazing CardinAL ZINZENDORFF (A. D. 1740) by service with it in inveterate scurvies, the a prescription of his mother, bathed his legs parents, or ancestors at least, I believe, of every morning in pigs' blood, as a remedy all gouts.”—Ibid. p. 288. for the gout.-HORACE WALPOLE's Letters, vol. 1, p. 63.
“I could never yet meet an anatomist
who could give me the reason why when I EFFICACY of vinegar in hydrophobia.- rub my forehead I should sneeze." - Dr. Monthly Review, 67, last page.
Hickes. Letters from the Bodleian, vol. 1,
A. D. 1765. ME. DE BOUZOLI, Marshal Berwick's daughter, assured H. WALPOLE, “ Every distemper of the body now (A.D. at Paris, there was nothing so good for the 1622) is complicated with the spleen, and gout, as to preserve the parings of his nails when we were young men we scarce ever in a bottle, close stopped. — Letters, vol. 3, heard of the spleen. In our declinations
now, every accident is accompanied with
heavy clouds of melancholy; and in our “Use a little bit of alum twice or thrice youth we never admitted any. It is the in a week, no bigger than half your nail, spleen of the mind, and we are affected with till it has all dissolved in your mouth, and
vapours from thence.
Yet truly, even this then spit out. This has fortified my teeth, sadness that overtakes us, and this yielding that they are as strong as the pen of Junius. to the sadness, is not so vehement a poison, I learned it of Mrs. Grosvenor, who had not (though it be no physic neither,) as those a speck in her teeth to her death."— Ibid. false ways in which we sought our comforts vol. 3, p. 276.
in our looser days." — Donne, to Sir H.
Wotton, p. 134. Gout. Paris. “I have been assured here that the best remedy is to cut one's “For coming thither (to Newmarket) in nails in hot water. It is, I fear, as certain the King's absence, I never heard of excuse, as any other remedy !"-Ibid. p. 377. except when Butler sends a desperate pa
tient in a consumption thither for good air." “Dr. HEBERDEN (as every physician to -DONNE, Letters, p. 289. make himself talked of will set up some new hypothesis,) pretends that a damp house, “ Among the Samoyeds, girls become moand even damp sheets, which have ever been thers at twelve, and even at eleven ; childreckoned fatal, are wholesome. To prove bearing ceases after thirty. The women his faith, he went into his own new house, there are highly nervous, many cannot entotally unaired, and survived it." — Ibid. dure to hear a person whistle, or to be vol. 4, p. 17.
touched unexpectedly, or even to hear any
moderate noise or sound without losing their fish's physician, on account of its slime. See senses, or being much disordered.”—Monthly Christian Consolations before referred to, “Fishes Review, vol. 68, p. 201. in the fresh water, being struck with a tool of iron, will rub themselves upon the glutinous skin of the tench to be cured.” JER. TAYLOR,
“MICHAEL SCHUPACH, a urine doctor in p. 129. Ed. Heber.-J. W. W.
the village of Langnau, Switzerland. In
A.D. 1776 he had two ambassadors and se- " THERE is at this present time at Brusven other persons of distinction among his sels, a horse fond of flesh, and particularly of patients there. They came in such numbers raw mutton. A short time ago it got out that he was obliged to erect buildings for of its stable, and devoured two breasts of their accommodation.”—Ibid. p. 207. mutton hanging up at a butcher's shop."
Times, Sept. 16th, 1836. From a French “Dr. ZIMMERMANN held that the more
paper. sensible a man's nose, the more sensible (sensitive) will be his temperament.”—Ibid. INSUFFLATION of the skin practised in
Guinea, and tried on the continent.-M.
493. “ Wuen physicians observed that lemons and oranges cured the scurvy, they con- DR. JARROLD's instinct and reason. What cluded from analogy that the same effect the physician is to perform. P. 187-8-9. must be produced by other acids, but after trying vinegar, and the strongest mineral Duchess OF NEWCASTLE in her Poems acids diluted, they found them ineffectual, (p. 73), notices the “ horrid cruelty of and that the fruit was endowed with some making oil of swallows." latent virtue which they could not discover nor counterfeit.” BLACK.-Ibid. p. 468. Snail water. Philips's cyder. - ANDER
son, vol. 6, p. 549. “MR. MORLEY quacked his Vervain amulet about A.D. 1783, hanging a piece of the River Tipis (in Yucatan ?).
Tiene root, tied with a yard of white satin ribband mucho oro; y por esto, ò por otra virtud round the neck; but he assisted its opera- oculta, su agua, bebida, sana la hydropesia, tion (it was for scrophulous diseases) with y causa muy buenas ganas de comer, assi à mercury, antimony, hemlock, jalap, &c. enfermos, como à sanos; y a poco rato de baths, cataplasms, ointments, poultices, plas- | bebida, aviendo antes comido, aunque sea ters, &c. This disinterested practitioner mucho, se siente luego hambre.”—Conq. de says 'many many guineas have been offered el Itza, p. 88. me, but I never take any money.
Sometimes, indeed, genteel people have sent me Ferine qualities imparted to human subsmall acknowledgments of tea, wine, veni- jects with the blood, or even milk of the
Generous ones small pieces of animal.-SENNERTUS, vol. 1, p. 425. plate, or other little presents. Even neighbouring farmers a goose or turkey, &c. by EGYPTIAN drugs.-Odyssey A, v. 229. way of thanks.'” Curtis. Flora Lond. Ibid. vol. 70, pp. 6-7.
MITURIDATE, SENNERTUS, vol. 2, p. 166,
some remarkable facts. “ Saffron posset drink is very good against the heaviness of the spirits ;” says Some one, I know not who, has said upon Mrs. Arbella in The Committee.--P. 56. an equally unknown authority, that Adam
died of hereditary gout.-Præadamitæ, p. Palsy. “ Take a fox, uncase him, the 9. bowels being taken out, seethe him in a sufficient quantity of water, and bathe the P. ANTONIO DAS Chagas says to a nun, sick person therein; but yet not before that “ V. M. obedeça aos medicos, como aos the body be purged; it is not otherwise Prelados; que S. Francisco Xavier assim permitted."—Wirtzung, p. 142.
o fazia.”—Cartas, vol. 1, p. 72.