« ElőzőTovább »
contagion spread to a few individuals who had not been vaccinated in the Pettah of Jaffnapatnam, and, by means of a civil prisoner, was introduced into the jail at that place, but its progress there was immediately arrested, by the removal of the infected persons, and the indiscriminate vaccination of all the other prisoners.
By a late report from Mr. Stutzer, Superintendant of vaccination at Jaffnapatnam, it appears that there were only six individuals ill of the small-pox in that district, and it has found its way to no other part of the island, except Putlam, where a coolie from Jaffna was taken ill with small-pox in December last, but has since recovered without communicating the disorder to any person.
The vaccine disease has now been so extensively diffused throughout this island, that while the inoculations continue so numerous as at present, we can have no reason to apprehend that the contagion of small-pox will ever spread epidemically in any part of the British possessions in Ceylon; and its occasional appearance here has the good effect of proving the preservative efficacy of the vaccine, and of rousing the natives from their apachy on the subject, as exemplified at Jaffnapatnam, where 1830 people have been inoculated during the two last months, and amongst them several Bramins, men and women, who had hitherto declined submitting to the operation.
I shall only add, that with a view of proving the permanency of the preservative efficacy of cow.pox, and the continuance of the pu. rity of the virus in this island, Mr. Stutzer has at my request, in November and December last, inoculated with small.pox matter, several patients who had passed through the vaccine disease in 1804, and 1809, all of whom have resisted the contagian.--I have the ho. nour to be, &c.
Colombo, 24th January 1810.
THEATRE OE ANATOMY.-Lectures on Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Surgery, by MR. JOHN TAUNTON, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of London, Surgeon to the City and Finsbury Dispensaries, City Truss Society, &c.
In this course of Lectures it is proposed to take a comprehensive view of the structure and economy of the living body, and to con. sider the causes, symptoms, nature, and treatment of surgical disa eases, with the mode of performing the different surgical operations ; forming a complete course of anatomical and physiological instruc. tion for the medical or surgical student, the artist, the professional or private gentleman.
An ample field for professional edification will be afforded by the opportunity which pupils may have of attending the clinical and other practice of both the City and Finsbury Dispensaries.
The Summer course will commence on Saturday, May 25th, 1811, at eight o'clock in the evening precisely, and be continued every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at the same hour.
Particulars may be liad, on applying to Mr. Taunton, Greville Street, Hatton Garden.
3 N %
MEDICAL MEDICAL THEATRE, Gur's Hospital.-Dr. Thornton wil deliver his Introductory Lecture on Medical Botany, on Wednes day, May 1, at five o'clock in the evening.
Mr. Stevenson will commence his Course of Lectures on the Eye and Ear, on Monday the 20th May, at seven o'clock in the even. ing, at his house, Great Russel-street.
Dr. Adams's next Course of Lectures on the Institutes and Practice of Medicine, will commence at the latter end of May, or be. ginning of June.
The Editor of the Monthly Magazine has announced his design to publish early in May, all the Communications in a separate pamphlet which have been made to him by various persons relative to the uses of Stramonium in Asthma. The collection will contain other papers besides those published ; a description of the plant, and a coloured engraving..
Darwin's Zoonomia has recently been translated into French by J. F. Kluiskens, and published in five volumes, 8vo,
A French edition of the Medico-Chirurgical Transactions is nearly ready for publication at Paris, where the character of the , work ranks very high.
. The Rev. John Rudd, F.L. S. and President of the new Literary and Philosophical Society of Preston, has in considerable forwardness, a Botanist's Guide through Lancashire, in which all the 'Plants, indi. genous to the County, will be enumerated, and their habitats accurately given.
Mr. Benjamin Travers, demonstrator of Anatomy at Guy's Hospital, has in the Press, an Inquiry concerning injuries to the intestinal canal, illustrating the treatment of wounds penetrating into that canal, and of strangulated Hernia. · Dr. Nott, of Bristol, is printing a Posological Companion to the London Pharmacopeia.
Dr. Underwood has in the Press, a new Edition, making the 6th, with considerable additions, of his Treatise on the Diseases of dren.
Dr. Adams is preparing a Syllabus of his Lectures, for the assistance of those hearers to whom the doctrines of Mr. Hunter are less known, or who are unaccustomed to apply them to medicine. **
*Professor Boyer is preparing an extensive work on Surgery.
M. Pelletan, surgeon of the Hospice d'Humanité at Paris, has in the Press two volumes of Clinical Cases and Observations, illustrated by numerous Engravings.
MONTHLY CATALOGUE OF MEDICAL BOOKS.
· A Letter to the Physicians and Surgeons of St. George's Hospital, on Mr. Davy's simple Galvanic Circles, considered as a Topical As. sistant Branch of Medicine in the correction of disordered living action ; founded upon the Theories of Dr. Garnet and Mr. Davy, and confirmed by practical experience, by Matthew Yatman, esq. 8vo. Callow.
· Hortus Kewensis, or a Catalogue of the Plants cultivated in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. By the late William Aiton, vol. 2, 8vo. Longman and Co.,
: The Return to Nature, or difference of the Vegetable Regimen, - with some account of an Experiment made during the last three or four
years in the Author's family. By John Frank Newton, esq. " Part I. 8vo. Cadell.
No weather could possibly have been more acceptable at this sea• son of the year, than that which we have experienced during the
course of the present month. The crops are all looking well. Nor · have we yet had any of those furious gales which are usually ex.
pected about this time. There were strong gales from west-north. * west on the 3d, and from west-south-west on the 6th, 7th, and 8th,
and these were the only boisterous days we have had. The wind was · westerly or north-west from the 1st to the 5th, in the afternoon of which day it was south. On the 6th, 7th, and 8th, it was west. south-west ; on the 9th, north-east, and afterwards west. On the · 12th it was easterly, and so continued till the 18th, when it veered
round to west. On the 22d it was north; and from the following day to the end of the month easterly.
There was rain on the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 22d, but during all the remainder of the month the weather was dry.
March 5th. Rooks have begun to build their nests; and Daffodils are in flower.
The capsules of several species of moss now adorn the banks of hedges. and ditches, and the tops of old walls,
March 7th. The marsh marygold (caltha palustris) is in flower, and give to all the wet meadows a golden hue.
March 8th. Several kinds of insects crawl out of their hyberna. cúla in old buildings, particularly spiders, millepedes, and a species of the glowbeetle, or darkling, (tenebrio mortisagus of Linnæus, blaps mortisaga, of Marsham).
March 10th. The vernal whitlow-grass (draba verna) and purple dead nettle (lamium purpureum) are in flower. .
March 11th. Some of the smaller kinds of ants are busily em. ployed in opening their holes, and clearing their nests. On atten. tively observing them, they are seen to bring out grains of sand or other small objects which incommode them in their habitation, and to deposit them at a little distance on the exterior of their holes.
March 12th. A caterpillar was this day seen crawling upon the road. Several dark-coloured butterflies were flitting about the fields. ! March 14th. The farina of the male yew tree is blown off by the wind in great quantity.
The plumage of all the small birds is now in the very height of its beauty. Bird-catchers technically call the plumage, at this sea. *son, their “ wedding garments.”
The flowers of some of the willows begin to fade.
March 18th. The leaves of the lilae and weeping.willow appear. Primroses and violets are in flower.
March 20th. Water lizards are seen in abundance in two or three of the shallow and gravelly ponds of this neighbourhood. But I have not yet remarked that they have begun to spawn.
March 21. "The roads, which, only a few days ago, had pools af water standing in almost every hollow, are now quite dry and dusty. .
March 24. The leaf-buds of the mulberry, tree appear nearly - ready to burst, but it is probable that these trees will not be in leaf
for several days. The leaves of the bramble, woodbine and elder, have been out some time.
March 26th. A species of wood.bug, which I think is cimex bat. .carum, was this day brought to me.
The scentless violet (viola canina) and common stitchwort-(stel. laria holostea) are in flower. .
March 28th. This was a peculiarly hot day for the season. Insects of numerous kinds were in active employment. Bees were : flying about such plants as were in flower; sand wasps (ammophila
vulgaris) about sandy banks; and opatrum sabulosum, several spe. cies of curculio, and small carabi, crawling about among the stunted vegetation of the road sides.
March 30th. Lapwings fly screaming over the wet meadows.
March 31st. The easterly winds which have prevailed for the - last nine days of the month have been extremely seasonable. They have tended considerably to check vegetation, which, during the preceding warm weather, was making too rapid a progress for this early part of the year. I have not yet remarked that any of the standard fruit trees are in flower.
From March 28, to April 26.
22. Lightning in the evening, from the West. 23. Lightning in the evening, from the South. On these days the heat ppressive, and the atmosphere highly electric.
Quantity of Rain from March 28 to April 26, at an elevation of 36 feet bout the surface of Cavendish-Square, of an inch and do
From the 23d of March to the 6th of April, the atmosphere was remark. ply dry; from the 7th to the 17th of April, fluctuating between humidity od dryness ; and from that day to the 26th, the hygrometer points a high ate of humidity.
Princes Street, Cavendish-Square.