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come Dr. Mead's liverwort and pepper! ing, too much indeed like taking physic. -the Ormskirk medicine--the infallible It ought to be a standing maxim in every remedy found banging up in a church, family, to destroy all useless dogs and but which would better serve to grace cats, instead of barbarously turning them the walls of another kind of temple, as out of doors; to attend to the first moto it did two centuries ago the pages of an bid syinptoms in the dog, and instantly old family receipt book. However well to confine or destroy a dog that has been intended, there is great rashness and bitten. Those who require to have their cruelty in such practice, since it is ob- caution aroused and quickened, I refer vious how easily the minds of persons to a case related by Bartlet, the veteriunder the horrible apprehension of rabies, nary writer, too birrid for repetition. may be worked upon and induced to try 'There is a curious article on rabies caning, the first remedy offered, particularly if in a new French work intituled, the Arnot of difhcult application; lulling them chives of Discoveries and Intentions, on into a treacherous and faral dependence which I should be glad op information, upon mere grissips' tales, when they It is there stated, from a Germàu Mediought to be stimulated to exertions of cal Journal, on the authority of Dr. *the utmost activity and rigour, under Wendelstadt, that a certain Englisliman,
the hands of the most able and deter. having been bitten by a mad dog, had mined of the medical and surgical facul. cured himself with a lotion, composed ties. By looking orer the histories of of the oxygenated muriatic acid, and rabid cases, for a series of years, a duty that, with the intent fully to ascertain its which every man should impose upon efficacy, he caused himself to be again hinself, previously to the risk and re- twice bitten by a mad dog, and was cured sponsibility of offering advice, inost am- each time by the same remedy. This ple causc will be discovered for the con- experiment, if true, would surely be suviction that, the disease in question is perior, in hardihood, to the famous one of a nature too powerful and malignant of inoculation for the plague to submit to the teeble and gradual ope. The gout is a disease which nobody, ration of such harmless articles as rue, an allowable phrase in case of a small garlic, Venice treacle, ani penter minority, desires to have cured. It is scrapings, whether boiled over a slow deemed as necessary for some certain or a quick fire! Such remedies indeed, purposes, in the body natural, as a na. as well as sen-bathing, made cures, in iional de ht is for others, in the body pothe customary acceptation, until they liric; and is cherished by its enviable had established a name, and then be possessors, as conveniently providing a came forthwith and for ever notoriously periodical outlet for the peccant and inefficacious and useless. Their failure, importunate humours of a disease of the in all varieties of form and prescription, first necessity, that of luxury. The de stands recorded in hundreds of inelan. sideratuin is a medicine which, by opencholy cases. There is a weighty diffi. ing the emunctories and outlets of the culty in appreciating the real efficacy of body, in order to accelerate the opera. remedial articles, in this grand oppro- tions of the present gout v paroxysms, may brium of all medicine, the solution of enable the patient, as speedily as pos. which does not belong to common ob. sible, again to put himself into a situns servers. The patients supposed to bave tion to lay in a stock of food for succeed. been cured, may not have been infected; iny ones, and so on, to the end of the and, it really infected, the cure may have chapter, that is, of the powers of enduborne no relation whatever to the medi. rance in the constitution. This plan is cines administered, lam perfectly aware adopted for the most obvious reasons, of the objection that inay be made to both by the patient and physician, in reasoning like this; but, without being preference to that of a radical cure; unprepared, shall not stay to answer it. Otherwise gout might be radically cured, Whoever desires to have the most coin. with the same ease or the saine difficulty preliensive view of this subject, should required in the cure of other inflammahave recourse to Mr. Gillman's Disser- tory and chronic diseases. The present tation lately published, of which there writer can no longer entertain any doubt is a very extensive and satisfactory Ana. of that which he has repeatedly witnessed, lysis in the Medical Journal. Measures He possesses a sort of hereditary right to of prevention in this case, would be give an opinion in the case. His mater. tavught of the utmost importance, were nal grandfather died a martyr to the go 16 the nature of mankind to take warn. His inother, with a strong constitutional
tendency to the disease, successfully re- it to be compounded of the most potent sisted its approacbes, by the prophylac- and most noxious ingredients, and it bras tic virtues of temperance, co the age of had a decisive effect upon several pa. Bearly ninety years. Her niece latelytients, relieving them, sur le champ, from fel a sacritice to it, after seven years of all farther anxiety, as to the preservation sufferings so continued and severe, that, and due regulation of their favorite disa if particularly described, might prove a ease. As a specific for gout, it may be warning even to gooty patients. At the presumed, like large periodical exhibia age of about twenty-five, the gout gave tions of mercury in other cases, grauius mne several monitory twinges, in the great ally to sap and undermine the constitu. tne of my left foot. The bine was not tion, in concert with the disease which lost upon me, and I determined not to it periodically serves to expel : and now, have the gout, I saw yery clearly, or that the groundless fear of evacuants in rather had felt very sensibly, the obnox gout has in a great measure subsided. jous part of my habits of living, and in there can be little doubt that inedical stantly made the necessary change of re- judgment and experience will be enabled ginen. My success was complete. Nor to select from their regular stores, forms lave I, throughout all the years which of superior mildness and safety, yet of have since passed, experienced any gouty equal efficacy, with that of the Eau des symptoms, notwithstanding I have eaten dicinale d'Husson. and drank that which has come in my STRAMONIUM. “Every day's expe. way, as appetite has directed; have rience shews that the simple genuine hert suretimes lived freely, and never bure is almost an infallible cure Tor asthma, thened myself with any strict, ascetic, yet many are to be found, whom a surules of diet,
perstitious dread of its poisonous effects D'Husson's famous nostrum come would deter from making trial of its real. abroad decked out with all the glorious ing qualities." Powers of socdicine, an attributes of quackery. Does not af- infallible cure for Asthina! Our native tack the solids, but only superfluous li. stramonium does not possess those danquids.' •Cures epilepsy, mania, inorbus gerous narcotic qualities, generally at. pediculosus, rheumatisin; is specific in tributed to the Indian datura, or strumo. Epidemics, epizodrics, &c.'!! But it nium feros. Whether the use to which came froin France, and in a lucky ing. this plant has been lately applied, be a went, when the weather.cock of sssiem new discovery or not, I have yet no illa in the cure of gout was vacillating, and formation. The sly interest of quackery, preparing for a change, and when the and the unsuspecting enthusiasın of cui. Dekly revived anciens method of the use libility, being now, to a certain degree, of cold water had lost the little reputa. satisfied and cooled, the value of stratinn it had suddenly acquired. The Eau monium as a remedy will soon find its Medicinale was thence countenanced by proper lcvel of appreciation, lis eifects. certain of our fashionable physicians, and in promoting respiration, and giving presubsequentiy experimented by the faculty sent ease in tighiness and spasmodic af at large. I proved to be fearfully effi. fections of the breast, seein generally accacious as a deobstruent, with posterior knowledged. I have also found it henesedative and anodyne effects; and, as ficial in globus hystericus, thuse spasins good may arise from uncertain and suse of the storpach occasioned by intempe. picious sources, or even out of evil itself, rance in drinking, and in catarrhal chiils so out of compliment to the notable effi- and coldness in the bronchia. The ape ciency of this quack medicine, both our prehensions respecting the probable dans physicians and patients have consented gerous effects of our indigenous strasnu to part with their old apprehension of nium, arose doubless from the general debilitants in gout, and their dread of character of the Indian datura, a very throwing the disease upon the stomach. convenient ground for a quick compra Thus an old panic yot out of fashion, and sition; and, in all probability, the smoke the ear medicinale got in, where it will ing stramonium had no other concern in Terrain the usual season, and then retire the death of a certain yenilemani, than to the place appointed for worn-out nos. the smoking of any other cubacco would trumns, in the good company of all those have had, in his state of extreine nervous which have so retireul, since the days of debility. A question may hereafter arise, the universal use of crude mercury. whether or not stramoviuin really pot
A very satisfactory analysis of this sesses any specific quality, or whether: uw waning gout-medicine, has proved the smoking tobacco or any other coun
Tenient herb, may not have equally be. be nearly equivalent to none at all. I neficial effects. Of the affirinative side would ask, is it reasonable for one person of the question, is a patient whom I have to coinnit a crime, because ninety-nine this day consulted, and who professes to others do the same? It is well known experience wo difference in the effects of from history, that our ancestors, the prie stramonium, tobacco, and of another mitive Britons, were accustomed to go foreign herb, lately made the subject of naked, and that clothing was a refineexperiment. Without any surt of need ment of nine civilized times; surely thien as a remedy, I bave sinoked stramoniuin the modern system of exposure is a de. for a long time as a luxury, heing unable reliction of true refinement, and degrades to endure the fumes of tobacco, and I us by an imitation of barbarous ages. fancy the moderate use of the former Taken morally, it is of serious couseexhilarating and even beneficial to the quence; for, when modesty, the barrier of sight; but which I counsel the reader to virtue, is removed, there is great danger receire as a fancy. On the subject of that the whole fabric may ultimately give sight, I have seldoin been more surprised, way. I would not wish to be thought than at the following circumstance. A harsh and unnecessarily severe towards regular physician, a few years since, who the fair sex; but, in truth, such exposure described himself, in the Medical Jour. is a powerful stiinulus to licentinusness. nal, as threescore years of age, strongly It excites the passions, and encourages recommended a decoction of the herb the libertine to take those liberties, which Gye.bright, as a wonderful and sudden a more modest attire would utterly for. restorative of decayed sight. Approach- bid. A chaste matron, of fornier times, ing that age, and with considerable and would blush for her degenerate daughters increasing debility of the visual faculty, of the nineteenth century, and Addison I made trial of that ancient specific of shriuk froin the task of censure. Several the receips-books, merely on the strength ladies have actually been compelled to of the above recommendation. I took retire from public assemblies, on account enough of it to prove extremely debilie of the exceeding indecency of their dress, tating to the stomach; and it appeared which even in these times was not suf. to me equally probable, that perse- fered to be passed unnoticed. I do not verance would have produced a similar wish that my fair country.women should effect upon the sight.
run into the opposite extreme, but only To any gentleman at this time in preserve that decency of appearance, search of the new discovery of an old which would entitle them to the admiraa nostrum, I would heg leave to recom- tion of the reasonable part of the commend the herb derduin, with whiich my munity. The present fashionable mode countryman Morley, about fitiy years of dressing can only excite disgust in the since, absolutely threatened to eradicate mind of any person who gives the subject scruphula froin the constitutions of the a niounent's consideration. This fashion), good people of these realms, and, be I believe, although most disgraceful to yond all doubt, was in earnest, I put be said, originated in the higher circles. in this as my plea of audi alteram partem, Peeresses, who from their exalied rank MIr. Editor, which I know you are too ought to be the patterus to the British candid to refuse.
females in general, and pre-eminent in Sumers'- Town. Juan LAWRENCE. virtue, these, I say, are the first to set a
bad example, and introduce a relaxation To the Editor of the Monthly Maguzine. of morals. I am concerned that such SIR,
degeneracy should subsist in so enlightI BEG leave to call your attention to a tened a period, and I reflect with horror 1 subject, which, loweverlightly it may on the consequences that may uliinately be estecmed by the generality of mail. ensue. Let the ladies consider that kind, I cannot help considering as a very something is due to the next generation; important one, in a moral point of view. who, if the present fashion still gain I allude to the indelicacy which manifests ground, are in a fair way to be early ini. itself in the dress of the females of the tiated into immorality, by the exainples present day The system of diminishing of their mothers, Let them consider thai. the dress has increased to such a de- by imitating women of loose murals, they gree, that all appearances of feminine are lowering the female character, and mudesty seem to be totally laid aside, sapping the very foundations of virtue. I am well aware that fashion is pleaded There is another thing whiclı may pose as an excuse; but this is so futile, as to sibly have more weight ihan all the ar
guments I have hitherto adduced, name- seems to have destined solely for his ly, that a woman meets with more ad- happiness. The physician, who is the miration from men of sense, when she is friend of his fellow-creatures, ought decently attired, and assumes a modesttherefore to divide his meditations be. behaviour, than when she degrades her. tween the study of the physical, and that self by the contrary. In fact, modesty of the moral, man; or, what is still better, is the greatest addition a female can pose he ought to join these two studies to. sibly have to ber personal charms. The gether; because, if a great number of our well known lines,
maladies originated in any of our affec. “ In modest dames we see their face alone,
tions, a disastrous coinplication will be None shew the rest but women of the town—"
- the result, more especially in respect to
the inan who lives in society. may perhaps be thought too severe; but
The author of this work, after having they certainly forni an excellent precept
thus developed his theory, gives an aca to those who so sedulously hunt after
count of the ravages which the passions admiration and flattery.
of the mind produce on the human body. I should like to know, Mr. Editor, how
He first treats the subject in a general this disgusting fashion originated, and
manner, and shews how our passions with whom, as I cannot think that it
differ according to our age, sex, temcould be introduced by any woman in
perament, and the manner of our life. whom the principles of virtue were firmly Doctor Guitard then divides the affec. fixed.
tions of the mind into two sections; the I shall conclude this long letter with
first is consecrated to the passions, which an extract from the sixth Number of the
most usually commence by augmenting Spectator, which I think very appropriate
the action of our organs; and these he to the present times. " When modesty ceases to be the chief
calls, exciting passions: such, for in
stance, as joy, love, jealousy, and anger, ornament of one sex, and integrity of the
He classes ainong the second, those af. other, society is upon a wrong basis, and
fections of the mind, which, soon after we shall be ever after without rules to
their birth, enfeeble the various functions guide our judgment in what is really be
of the body; and he calls these, debilicoming and ornaniental.”
tants: such, for instance, as sadness, Philo-MODESTJA.
chagrin, fear, fright, and terror, hatred, London, August 5, 1812.
envy, shame, and the passion of study.
The phenomena which each of these pas To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. sions produces on the organization of SIR,
man, always precede the indications ex. I HAVE lately read a French work, hibited by the viscera, which appear in a I not yet known to English rearers, on more especial manner to receive the imthe connection of the Passions with Dis. pression of certain affections. eases. It is entitled, “ Memoir on the T he author closes every chapter by Influence of the Passions on the Pro- enumerating his own observations on diction of Maladies;" by M. Guitard, those maladies which the passions deM.D. of Paris and Bourdeaux; and a velope in our organs, either in respect to brief account of its contents may be in their violent action, or their long conteresting to many of your readers. tinuity. The perusal of this memoir will
of the great number of causes (re- doubtless prove interesting; for, in it, the marks the author) wbich influence the physician will find the union of the nature of man, and produce sensible ef. most important facts on the affections of fects on the coustitution, and couise- the mind, as connected with the human quently on the health; doubtless, none organization; the artist will bere hind, can prove more powerful than those af- what may be termed, the " physiognomy sections and passions which ayitate his of the passions;" the man of the worid mind. Continually divided between hope will here discover, that those very pas. and fear, pleasure and grief unceasingly sions which prove frequently a source of modify each other. Accordingly, (we happiness, are also the cause of a vaare told this Being, eminently uervous, riety of maladies, extremely difficult in is constantly exposed to the danger of their cure, when he abandons himself to beholding the harmony of his functions inordinate desires. deranged, while numberless maladies It is but fair and candid, at the same proceed from those agents, which Nature time, to remark, that the whole of the MONTILY MAG. No, 232.
tbeory theory is founded on the writings of the tions to convey instruction, in a muck celebrated Dr. John Brown, many of better manner than is always to be found whose technical terms are here adopted in more splendid publications." See Philo.VERITATIS. Edin. Rev. vol. xi. p. 282.
A collection of all the mathematical To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, questions, as well as other parts of the SIR,
Diary, from its beginning to the year THE annual publication called the 1772, was published about that period
1 Ladies' Diary, or Woman's Alma. by its present ingenious and learned edinack, has every year, for upwards of a tor, Dr. C. Hutton, late of the Royal century, contained a certain number of Academy, Woolwich. That work, hosMathematical Problems, to be answered ever, being now out of print, and the stock in the Diary of the following year. The of questions now considerably increased, publication of these has answered several I have issued proposals for publishing, valuable purposes, in particular it has by subscription, all the mathematical awakened the attention of many to the questions, and their answers, froin the study of the mathematical sciences, who commencement of the Diary to the prewould not otherwise bave thought of sent time. Besides the valuable notes them. The questions have served to ex. given in Dr. Hutton's edition, I intend ercise the ingenuity and call forth the to give others, and in particular I mean exertions of young mathematicians, some to give, as far as I can, brief notices ef of whom have in cime arrived at great any circunstances I may be able to learn eminence as cultivators of mathematical respecting such authors of the answers learning; and, lastly, the work has served to the questions as are dead, and even as a repository for the preservation of of such as are alive, when it can be many curious mathematical disquisitions, done with propriety. which, but for this more of publication, But, as many of the authors have now would never have been known to the been dead for a number of years, and World.
have not been known beyond the partie The beneficial influence which the La. cular circle of their friends, I am aware dies' Diary has exeried upon the state of that this part of the work can only be mathematical science in this country, rendered tolerably complete by the as. has been long felt and acknowledged, sistance of such friends to the undertak. and has been particularly noticed by the ing as may be capable of giving the iui. writer of the very valuable analysis of the formation here specified. MécaniqueCeleste, given in the Edinburgh I venture, therefore, through the me Review. Speaking of the comparative dium of the Monthly Magazine, to solick state of mathematical knowledge in Eng. communications respecting the authors land, and on the continent, he says, "A of the mathematical parts of the Diary: certain degree of mathematical science, to be addressed to me at the Royal and indeed no inconsiderable degree, is Military College, Great Marlow, Bucks. perhaps more widely diffused in Eng.
T. LEYBOURNE, jand than in any other country in the
Editor of the Mathematical world. The Ladies' Diary, with several
Repository. other periodical and popular publications of the same kind, are the best proofs of To the Edilor of the Monthly Magazine, this assertion. In these, many curious SIR, problems, not of the highest order in. I FEEL it incuinbent on me once more deed, but still having a considerable de 1 to solicit the attention of your negree of difficulty, and far beyond the merous readers for a few moments, upon mere eleinents of science, are often to be the subject of Mr. Loeschmann, and dnet with; and the great number of inge- what he calls his improved patent piano. ņious men, who take a share in proposing forte. and answering these questions, whom In your Magazine for the month of one has never heard of any where else, June last, you did me the favor to insert is not a little surprising. Nothing of the a letter of mine consisting of above four ganie kind, we helieve, is to be found in columns, in which I endeavored clearly any other country. The geometrical to denonstrate the fallacy and falsehood part has always been conducted in a su- of Mr. Loeschinanu's assertions, by the perior style; the problems proposed have inost undeniable proots, that without my iroded to awaken curiosity, and the solue instructious and assistance bis iostrument