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Mr. Bath's work certainly belongs to the second head; and we shall fo far befriend him, as to mention, in two lines, what he takes the compass of a sixpenny pamphlet to make known, viz. that at his DISPENSARY in Union.court, Holborn, persons are inoculated at a crown a head.
A. Art. 53. Elements of Midwifery; or the Arcana of Nature in the
Forination and Produciion of the Hunan Species elucidated, &c. ;
Former critics have given receipts to make epic poems, and we
Phyfic, &c. &c. By G. Motherby, M.D. Folio. I. 113.6.do
The purpose of this di&tionary appears to be, to furnish chose me. dical practitioners who have neither leisure nor opportunity to perase many books, with useful information in every branch of their profer. fion, comprised in as small a compass as the nature of the subjects will admit. It is therefore in bulk a medium between the voluminous dictionary of James, and the fmall ones of other compilers, which contain little more than an explanation of terms. Such a plan has, doubtless, its utility, and though it will not produce a work interefta ing to the learned and well informed Reader, it may prove beneficial to a much larger class..
The execution of the present attempt is, upon the whole, as good as might be expected in a design so various and extensive. The macter is, in general, extracted from avthors of the most respectable 20thority. Sometimes, indeed, there appears a want of method and consistency in particular articles, where the varying opinions of different writers are not sufficiently digested by the compiler ; and there is in many parts a deficiency of that clearness and accuracy of expresfion which is so effential a quality in every abridgment. We will renture, however, on the whole, to recommend the work as a valuable addition to the libraries of those for whom it is principally designed.
This is one of the very few publications which performs more than it promises in the title-page. Nothing is said there concerning plates, and yet some very tolerable anatomical and botanical engravings are given at the end of the volume.
Art. 55. Observations on Wounds of the Head, with a particular
Enquiry into the Parts principaliy affected in those who die in
Mr. Dease in his introduction observes, that although no part of surgery has been more the subject of discusion than the treatment of wounds the head, its principles are still dubious and unsettled, and its success very unsatisfactory. Of two late writers of eminence in our own country, one, Mr. Pott, attributes a great Mare of the danger arising from these injuries to shat communication exilting between the blood vessels on the outside and on the inside of the cranium, which propagates inflammation and suppuration from one to the other. He therefore warmly recommends the immediate application of the trepan, in order to free the diseased dura mater, and discharge the matter collected on its furface; and depends upon very profue bleedings, and other evacua'ions, to prevent those obstructions which he supposes to be the cause of its morbid condition. Mr. Bromfield, on the other hand, conceiving that the cause of inflammation is rather a spasmodic ftri&ture of the capillary arteries, than a plethoric fullness, proposes the use of opłates and sudorifics, by means of which, he says, the trepan is frequently rendered unneceflary. Mr. Diafe found neither of these methods so fuccessful as the recommendation of their patrons would lead us to expecl; he was therefore led to a more complete investigation of the cause of the fatal symptoms so generally attending these accidents. It is his opinion, confirmed by many dissections, that the suffering parts are much more commonly the pia mater and surface of the brain itself, than the dura mater ; that consequently the operation of the trepan can very seldom be fuccessful either in preventing or removing the alarming fymptoms; and that moderate evacuations, with cooling sedatives, are the most likely means of relief. A number of cales are related, almost all of which terminated fatally, notwithstanding the timely application of the trepan; and on examination of the parts, the dispersed over a large portion of the pia mater and brain.
We would recommend the perusal of this work to practitioners, although, perhaps, it will rather tend to confirm them in an opinion of the inefficacy of every method of creating these cases, than to give them confidence in any one.
Some inaccuracies occur in the style, and particularly a few dir.
Lady's Pocket Companion to the Flower and Kitchen Garden : On an
2 s. Dodsley, &c. 1778.
and arranging them, so as to have those of nearly equal heights by
The Author has also given a short sketch of the most desirable
so far as it relates to the Security of the Persons, Property, and
The Author of this Epitome has so fully explained his deligo in
the Indian Scas, c. The whole illuftrated with a Variety of
Beside the rules, &c. to be met with in treatises of pavigation in
These were published not long ago by the Author, on nine copper-plates, under the title of A New Atlas of Variations of the Magnetic Needle, for the Atlantic, Ethiopic, Southern, and Indian Oceans, &c.
erofied in East India voyages, have been drawn and published.'
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.
fensive Pleas for the Institutions and Ministers of the Church of
The Vicar of St. Alkmond's is not yet tired of the contest : but we
He writés with spirit, and appears to understand his subject; but
dwells longer on them than we think was at all requisite. We have
tional Churches of Norfolk and Suffolk. With some Strictures on the
Church-discipline and government has been a subject of great and
• Vid. Monthly Rev. Sept. 1776, p. 243-245. Rev. Dec. 1776, P. 487
manner of worship. It is as clear that whatever method of worship and Christian communion, is most decent, cacholic, edifving, free from worldly and oitentatious pomp, and authoritative claims and ufurpations, is. moft conformable to the fimplicity and purity of the New Teitament. The independent or congregational mode, of which we have
an account in this pamphlet, is in several respects orderly and agreeble, especially in its fundamental principle, viz. that liberiy of conscience
ts to be allowed to all who do not disturb the peace of civil society. There have been, perhaps, and ftill are some forms and rules too narrow and restricted for so broad a basis. The passage in Dr. Mosheim's history which has offended this writer, is that io which he speaks of the independents as a party become very timid and low, and that impelled by necrbaty they must have come into the opinions of the Prefbyterians in many things, and departed from the tenets of their predecessors.' This representation, our author would prove to be very unjult, and owing to the imperfect notions Dr. Mosheim had an opportunity of forming on the point. He very properly observes in regard to those Disfenters who are called Presbyterians, that the term seems to be retained merely by way of distinction and because they are in general the successors of those of the middle of the last century, that were for adopting the church government of Scotland. We mall only add that this is a sensible pamphlet, written by one who well understands the subject, and wishes to have an acquaintance with it more generally diffused.
H. Art. 61. A Series of Dialogues, addressed to the Jews, in the
35th Jubilee of their Dispersion and Captivity. In these Dialogues, Jesus Christ is proved to be that Man·child revealed to John, Rev. xii. In And that he is the same Son of Man (Bar Enofs) whom Daniel sees brought in the Clouds of Heaven to the Throne of the Ancient of Days. chap. vii. 13. That he is called Jesus of Nazareth under the Gospel, because he was separated and kept bid as it were, many ages before he came into Flesh, to redeem the Children of his Father and Mother, Adam, under the Fall. 8vo. I S. Wilkie, &c. 1777
Who is the Author of this pamphlet we know not. From the last sentence of the preface, which speaks of the members of the Philadelphian church and faith, we fould conclude that he is one of the people called Quakers. He appears to be a man of reading, especially in a particular branch. His turn is for myfticism, recondite and interior meanings, &c. Enquiries of such a nature may some. jimes be made to advantage; but there is so much room for chimæras, that little satisfaction is to be obtained from the generality of such writings. Dr. Henry More, as this Author observes, ex. presses his persuasion, that the discovery of the genuine ancient Cab. bala, would render the Christian religion more acceptable to the Jows; but while he says this, he at the fame time acknowledges the necetlity of its being purified from the valt heap of dross under which it now lies buried. How far the remark of the above learned writer may be just, we do not presume to determine. The Jews, no doubt, labour under very strong prejudices and misconceptions, It is an humane and benevolent ac to endeavour to undeceive them, and draw a side the veil twhich conceals the truth. They are ad. dressed with much com pallion by our Author. But if he is himself