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HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE PROGRESS or MEDICINE
FOR THE YEAR 1810, AND FROM JANUARY 10 JONE 1811.
[To be continued Half-yearly.] “ A thousand writers, perhaps for a thousand years, have been improving this Art and Profession; and he that industriously studies those author's will, in a short period of time, find ont as much as if he had lived a thousand years bimself, or employed those thousand years in the study of Physic."
FREIND. “ Floriferis ut Apes in saltibus omnia limant." LUCRETIUS. FOR
OR four years, an historical view has annually been given in this JOURNAL of such circumstances in the science of Medicine, that were of importance suficient to arrest the attention of the medical Faculty : to flatter into hope, or to depress with apprehension. In the concluct of this detail it was always the object of the writer to give dne honour to the science, rather than to encourage the art : to record sound and rational principles, whenever or wherever they were found : to select and arrange interesting facts and ingenious observations; to excite a steady attention to the laws and operations of Nature, and to advise, the student at least, nci. ther to disdain nor to neglect the collateral and auxiliary sciences.
The change which has taken place in the management and oeconomy of the Medical and Physical Journal, will in no wise alter the principles or objects of this Report, or affect its usual detail, except, that instead of being published annoally, it will, in future, be given every six months, and ne. cessarily become a species of prolegom mena to each volume.
It has been thought a propriety to begin a view of the Progress of Medical Science, with an account of the cfforts which occasionally are made for improving the respectability of that science, and the conseqnent good of mankind : to shew the progress of these efforts; to point out the obstacles (No. 149.)