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tion of the practitioner, in deciding on the conclusions to be drawn from internal symptoms.
Two Cases of Rabies Canina, in which opium was given, without success, in unusually large quantities. The one by William Babington, M. D. the other by William Wavell, M.D.
Nothing occurs either in the history or the dissections of these unfortunate victims to this terrible disorder, which can serve to direct practitioners in their future conduct respecting it.
A Case of the Casarean Operation performed, and the Life of the Woman preserved, by James Barlow, Surgeon, late of Chorley, Lancashire, but now of Blackburn in the same county.
A successful case of the Cæsarean operation is so rare an occurrence, that it naturally excites considerable attention. The operation has been so uniformly fatal to the mother, in this country at least, that we perused Mr. Barlow's narrative with considerable eagerness, to learn the minuter circumstances of so extraordinary an event. We must confess, however, that his own relation of the fact, added to the doubts started in a late publication on this subject, have led us to question whether this were really a case of the Cæsarean operation. In describing the steps of the performance, Mr. Barlow tells us that the uterus was very thin, scarcely exceeding that of [the thickness of] the peritoneum, and equally so through the whole extent of the incision.' It is surely impossible that the pregnant uterus could be so thin, at the full period of gestation. Did not Mr. Barlow mistake the membranes for the uterus? And had not the foetus escaped, at some period of pregnancy, into the cavity of the abdomen?
If the child had passed through a laceration of the uterus into the cavity, whether long or soon before the operation, the danger attending the extraction would evidently be much diminished; at least, as far as respects the process of the opeIt would become a mere case of gastrotomy.
A singular Case in Lithotomy. By R. B. Cheston, M. D. This case can scarcely be understood, without seeing the whole of the paper. A stone so firmly fixed in the neck of the bladder, projecting into the perineum, that it could not be extracted by any of the usual methods, was cut upon through the urethra, and the wound was kept open for five weeks; at
* Dr. Hull's Defence of the Cæsarcan Operation. See M. R. for May last.
REV. JUNE. 1799.
the end of which it was found necessary to break the stone, and extract it piecemeal.
Observations on the Cure of the Hydrocele by Injection. By J. R., Farre, Surgeon.
The result of several cases, detailed in this paper, does not appear very favourable to this method of cure. The uncertainty of success with it is surely a disagreeable circumstance.
An Inquiry concerning the true and spurious Cæsarean Operation, in which their Distinctions are insisted on, principally with a View to form a more accurate Estimate of Success: to which are annexed some Observations on the Cause of the great Danger. By John Haighton, M. D. &c.
This is a review of some authors who have written in support of the Cæsarean operation, and the accuracy of whose evidence appears very questionable.
Rousset, an old French writer, is a principal object of Dr. H.'s criticism; and from the view here given of his credulity, his authority seems to be very light indeed. He mentions one. woman who had undergone the Cæsarean operation seven times, and another who underwent it thrice. Another advocate for the section relates, that a physician at Bruges performed this operation seven times on his own wife. This kind of accumu lated evidence does indeed remind us of Butler's
"Sir Agrippa, for profound
And solid lying much renown'd."
Dr. Haighton seems to think it probable, (setting aside the ridiculous stories mentioned above,) that the extraction of an extrauterine fœtus has repeatedly passed for an instance of the Casarean section.-The danger of the operation is justly stated to arise from the large wound made in the uterus, and the discharge of blood into the abdomen. We think that the con tents of this essay should be well weighed, by those who are forward in proposing so hazardous an operation.
A Case of Imperforated Hymen, attended with uncommon Circumstances. By John Sherwen, M. D. Enfield.
A great quantity of menstrual blood, much thickened, was discharged by an incision in this patient, which had given her the appearance of a pregnant woman during several years. She had been married fourteen years.
ART. X. The Art of Floating Land, as it is practised in the County of Gloucester, shewn to be preferable to any other Method in use in this Country; with a particular Examination of what Mr. Boswell, Mr. Davis, Mr. Marshall, and others, have written on the Subject. Minute and plain Directions are afterwards given, for the Formation of a floated Meadow, with three descriptive Plates. By T. Wright. 8vo. PP. 95. 3s. 6d. sewed. Hatchard,
To point out how two blades of grass may be made to grow, where
only one grew before, has been allowed to be doing the country the most laudable service; and this is not only proposed to be effected in the art of floating land, or of watering meadows by passing a complete sheet of quick-flowing water over them at least an inch thick,' but has been actually accomplished. The method therefore of effecting it, or the detailed process with all the minutiae of practice, it is highly meritorious to lay before the public. Mr. Wright was entitled to our commendation when he first printed a small pamphlet on this subject, (see M. R. vol. lxxx. p. 335,) and we thank him, in the name of the public, for the more matured thoughts and observations. which are here exhibited. His pamphlet published in 1789 was entitled "an account of watering meadows :" but, in the present work, he objects to the term watering, as not contributing towards a clear conception of the business, but merely affording an idea of wetting the land by a small and inconsiderable portion of water; and he therefore substitutes the term floating as more expressive of the process intended; which is covering the whole surface of the meadow with a thin sheet, not of stagnant, but of flowing water; and, if possible, from a large stream.
Mr. W. tells us that he considers the water of every copious and rapid stream as loaded with manure of the most fertilizing quality; and he is not a little justified in this imagination, by the fact that land may be made rich by it, whatever be the nature of the soil and subsoil. He observes, in commenting on a position of Mr. Boswell, that though, for a few years, difference of soil may have considerable effect, after a continuance of floating, good water will form for itself a good new soil.'
The primary objects of this practice are stated to be, first, to procure a deposit of manure from the water used, and secondly to shelter land from the severity of winter. Whether Mr. W.'s theory be accurate respecting these particulars is of no importance. The evident utility of the practice, or the effect produced, will interest the public and give a value to his treatise.
In his former pamphlet, Mr. W. estimated too lowly the expence of making meadows for floating. He now sets the cost at between 3 and 61. per acre.
To practise this art in perfection, there must be a command of water. This the reader will perceive by the following extract from the first part of Mr. W.'s chapter on the method of forming a floated meadow :
Before I begin to point out the particular mode of forming a floated meadow; such questions as the following are necessary to be proposed: Will the stream of water to be employed in floating, admit of a temporary wear or dam across it? Can you dam up, and raise the water high enough to flow over the surface of your land, without flooding and injuring your neighbours' adjoining land? Or, is your water already high enough, without a wear; or, can you make it so, by taking it out of the stream higher up, and by the conductor, keeping it up nearly to its level, till it enters the meadow? And can you draw the water off your meadow as quick, as it is brought on? If you are free from all objections of this kind, you may proceed in the following manner :
In the first place, when the descent is not sufficiently great to be determined by the eye, take an accurate level of the ground intended for floating, and compare the highest part of it, with the height of the stream of water to be used. Ascertain how many inches fall, there are, from the surface of the water, to the highest part of the land: if the highest part of the land, be adjoining to the stream, the process is easy; but if, as it often happens, it be distant from, or the farthest part from the stream, the execution becomes more difficult; as it is necessary, that the sides of the ditch which introduces the water, should be raised all that distance, and kept high enough to carry the water to the aforesaid highest part. In this case, cut, in as direct a line as circumstances will allow, a wide ditch, or master-feeder, keeping up its banks, not upon a dead level, but with a gradual descent from beginning to end. Supposing the highest part of the meadow to be one hundred yards distant from the stream, and you have five inches fall in that distance, you are to give to the whole length, an equal degree of descent, that is, to each twenty yards, one inch fall, and then every drop of water will be kept in equable and constant motion.'
Those, however, who have estates capable of being im proved by this art, and are disposed to augment their value by the adoption of it, will no doubt attend to the whole of the directions given in the subsequent part of the pamphlet; and will probably avail themselves of Mr. Wright's offer of sending thema Gloucestershire floater,' on a letter being addressed to him (free of postage) at Mr. Scatcherd's, bookseller, AveMaria-lane, London.
ART. XI. The British Nepos; or Youth's Mirror: being select Lives of illustrious Britons, who have been distinguished by their Virtues, Talents, or remarkable Progress in Life, with incidental and practical Reflections. Written purposely for the Use of Schools, and carefully adapted to the Situations and Capacities of British Youth. By William Mavor, LL.D. 12mo. PP. 464. 4s. 6d. bound. Law, &c. 1798.
IN presenting this work to the public, Dr. Mavor has not only
made a valuable and much wanted addition to the school library, but has furnished a book which is well calculated for the parlour-window, and for the shelf in the room behind the shop of those tradesmen who devote to reading some of the hours, which they can steal from business; justly persuaded that money without knowlege is an acquisition of little value. As we cannot be ignorant of the dulness and apparent sterility of the initiatory paths to science, we are pleased with every thing that tends to enliven juvenile study, and to excite an early love of reading. It may be objected to what is called a classical education, that it leaves us ignorant of those characters and events which are most interesting to us; that it directs the ardor and curiosity of young readers from the theatre of their own country, and from the great and illustrious persons who have acted on it, to men who have figured in remote climes and periods: and with whose history, though certainly it be worth knowing, we are not so intimately connected. Respect is due to science and virtue in all ages; and let them be presented to the minds of youth so as to fire them with the noblest ambition: but let not our systems of instruction be such that young men of genius shall contemplate with admiration the heroes of antiquity, while obscurity is suffered to rest on that part of the temple of Fame which contains the worthies of their own country.
To British History, Chronology, and Biography, the attention of the British youth ought to be awakened; and while we wonder that more works have not been compiled with this intention, we would give to Dr. Mavor the praise and credit which are due to him for this agreeable biographical manual; and we would recommend it to the masters of all our respectable schools. Though it is not without faults and defects, it is pleasingly written; and the reflections interspersed are calcu lated to inspire a love of pure and generous principles, and an hatred of all such as tend to degrade civilized man.
At the head of each article, Dr. Mavor has very judiciously set down the time when the person who is the subject of it was born, and when he died; and if the death was a violent one, that circumstance is specified. We could have wished that to the date of the year, he had added the reign in which each ile