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In extenuation of those inaccuracies which must necessarily creep into a work like the present, embracing, as it does, so many subjects, the author is conscious that an apology is due to the public. All, however, that he will venture to say on this topic, is what Dr. Goldsmith has said, in his advertisement to the "Vicar of Wakefield,”—“ There are an hundred faults in this thing, and an hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be dull without a single absurdity."
CONTENTS OF YOL. I.
Divine Origin of Medicine-Medicine in Egypt-Hippocrates-Galen-Religion
and Medicine-Learning and Usefulness of Medical Men-Dr. Parr's
Opinion of the Profession-Pope's last Illness and Death-Medical Men not
Irreligious-Antiquated Dress of the old Physicians-Ancient Barbarous
Surgery-Reasons for not liking the study of the Law......
Dr. Mounsey-Dr. J. Hill-Dr. Marryat-Sir R. Jebb-Sir John Eliot-
Dr. Radcliffe-Mr. J. Abernethy....
EARLY STRUGGLES OF EMINENT MEDICAL MEN.
Dr. Baillie-Dr. Monro-Dr. Parry-Medical Quackery-Sir Hans Sloane-
An Episode in Real Life-Dr. T. Denman-Mr. John Hunter-Dr. Armstrong
-Ruling Passion strong in Death-Dr. Brown............
Why Poets do not succeed as Physicians-Life and Anecdotes of Sir Samuel
Garth-Origin of the Kit-cat Club-Dr. Mason Good-Dr. Oliver Goldsmith
-Dr. Erasmus Darwin-Young Keats-Dr. Mark Akenside-Dr. Walcot-
Dr. J. Armstrong-Sir Richard Blackmore-Haller
An apt illustration-Madame de Sevigné's definition of Quackery-The love
of the mysterious-A decoction of flint stones-Attested cures Opinion of
Sterne-Mr. Pott-Faith in the Physician-The vulnary powder-Anecdotes
of the famous mountebank Dr. Bossy-Ignorance and impudence of Bone-
setters-Mrs. Mapp-Homœopathy-The Parisian Quack-Mantaccini-
Count Cagliostro-The College prosecution of Brodum-Suggestions for the
Must commence with a new theory-Radcliffe's advice to Mead-Never
appear Ignorant-Old Women's puzzling questions-Effect of Fees-Dr.
Ward's mode of getting into practice-Tricks of the trade-The magic of
a name-Importance of belonging to a religious sect-A talkative wife some-
times a blessing-Mystery and medicine-Attention to patients-Value of a
carriage-The Opera Physician-The necessity of being called out of
Church, and speaking at Medical Societies-Dr. Mead's advice to a brother
PHYSIC AND PHYSICIANS.
CONTENTS.-Divine origin of Medicine-Medicine in EgyptHippocrates-Galen-Religion and Medicine-Learning and Usefulness of Medical Men-Dr. Parr's Opinion of the Profession-Pope's last Illness and Death-Medical Men not Irreligious-Antiquated Dress of the old Physicians-Ancient Barbarous Surgery-Reasons for not liking the study of the Law.
It is not our intention, however interesting the subject may be, to travel over the ground which has been so ably explored by the master minds of Friend, Le Clerc, Lettsom, Schulze, Hamilton, Moir, and Bostock. Were it necessary to write a history of medicine, we should have but little difficulty in effecting our object, assisted as we should be by the elaborate works of the above-mentioned authors. They have penetrated into the most secret recesses of ancient history, and have recorded, with a praiseworthy accuracy, the progress of opinion among the medical sages of antiquity.