previous to such certificate having been signed and delivered by the medical practitioner attending such child or adult.

And be it further enacted, that from and after the passing of this act, it shall be lawful for any person who may be attacked with the natural disease of the small-pox, or whose child may be infected, but not by inoculation, to apply to the overseers of the poor of the parish or place in which such person resides, to be received, or that such child shall be received into the house in the parish or place appropriated to the reception and recovery of poor persons having infectious disorders, if there shall be any such house, or otherwise into such habitation, lodging, or dwelling, as may, from its situation or otherwise, be the least liable to the propagation of the said disease; and the overseers of the poor shall, upon such application, make an order accordingly; and the said overseers are hereby, required to give such order; and upon the declaration of the person making such application of his or her inability to defray the expences attending the cure of such disease, and of being" in such house, habitation, lodging, or dwelling, such expences shall be defrayed by the parish out of the rates for the relief of the poor. _'

And whereas in some parishes the children and other persons maintained or assisted, or receiving relief out of the poor rates, are and have been inoculated w ith the small-pox by order of the churchwardens, overseers, and others, (a practice which greatly contributes to perpetuate and spread this mortal contagion;) for the. prevention whereof, be it further enacted, that it shall not be lawful after the passing of this act for any vestry, churchwardens, overseers, committee, or guardians, or any other persons having any controul or management of the poor in any parish, by whatever name such persons may be called, to order any person maintained or assisted by the parish, or receiving relief from the parish, or any child whose parents or parent are so maintained or assisted, or receive such relief, to be inoculated with the small-pox; and no medical or other person shall on any account whatever inoculate any such poor person ibr the small-pox, in pursuance of any such order as aforesaid.


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The simplicity and convenience of this footstool will generally recommend it: by the medical profession it has, however, a particular claim to be regarded as a contrivance calculated to administer easa and to facilitate the cure of those complaints in the lower extremity, in which it is important to preserve the limb in nearly a horizontal position. The mechanic arts have but seldom presented an auxiliary to medical science of more direct application, or of more effectual result. In this view it may be strongly recommended to the notice of the faculty, without live hazard of disappointing expectation.

A very interesting operation has recently been performed by Mr. Lynn, on a man who had lost the whole of his underirp by a cancer. The operation was conducted on the principle of a known practice in India, of restoring a lost nose, by means of the adjacent skin being raised from the flesh, and after being folded over, is made; to form the part required, taking care to preserve the circulation. In this instance'the skin was brought up from the throat, and the lip is so_pjfffecljy formed that the pronunciation of even the labial sounds is-pe^ftly distinct. We have reason to believe that Mr. White, assistant surgeon to the Westminster Hospital, suggested this operation to M*. Lynn.- % . ,; .

Dr. Squffe'will," on Tuesday, August 17th, begin a Course of Lectures on tlie"jf)iepC)t and Practice of Midwifery, and the Diseases of Women and Children.—Particulars may be known at Dr. Squire'* bouse, Ely-place, Holborn. v t ■.*,»« •


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Quantity of rain from the 25th of June to the 25th of July, 2 inches ^55.

28th. Cold fog in the night; distant thunder and flashes of lightning in the evening, with some rain. Temperature sensibly more warm in the evening than in the morning, though the thermometer indicates three degrees lew of heat.—29th. Gale from the SW in the night, with rain; distant thunder in the evening.

2d. Stormy wind from N in the morning, with cold rain.—Jth. Heat oppressive.—15th. Rain the whole day. St. Swithin.—19th. Variable winds, light and soft, passing round the compass, with showers in the middle of the day.—23d. Thunder in the afternoon, with heavy showers.—24th. Thunder, with heavy showers, P.M. Much rain in the night. *

Inflammatory affections of the throat and chest have still occasionally appeared; and iu one instance of pneumonic inflammation, the cause was evidently traced to the application of highly heated air to the lungs. A few cases of cholera have occurred.

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We have received several' letters upon the subject of Medical Reform; from the genera! feeling expressed in them, it appears to be the wish of soma respectable correspondent!!, that the discussion should still be continued^ presuming that the till will again be brought before Parliament. We shall therefore take an early occasion for renewing the subject.

Mr. Pulley and Mr. Gibbon again call upon Dr. Yeats to publish tlii case of Ann Foulkes. From their statement, it would seem us if the doctor had been imposed upon.Mr. Pulley writes, " I still feel myself under the necessity of publicly calling on Dr. Yeats for his case of vomiting of urine. His pledge to publish ii cannot be considered in the light of a private intimation, nor was it loosely given; it was positive and distinct; and his determination to send jf to the world arose from the difference of opinion, entertained by other medical men."Mr. Gibbon considered the case to be a gross instance of imposture, and his opinion appears to be sanctioned by the most eminent practitioners in the neighbourhood of Bedford, where the peculiar circumstances (f the case have excited .an extraordinary degree of interest.

Medical and Physical Journal.


3 OF VOL. XXX.] SEPTEMBER, 1813.' [NO. 175, To the Editors of the Medical and Physical Journal.

GENTLEMEN, .. ■.„...,

I RELY on your wonted candor for the insertion of the following cursory remarks. The best view of the subject of Medical Reform, in my opinion, would be to advert to the utility that is derived from the profession in general, to every description of people, and to consider how it can be regulated to obtain the most possible good, not only to the profession, but to the people at large. Your correspondents, amongst many judicious and learned remarks, appear to me to ba%'e considered not so much the bonum publicum, as the interested opposition which exists between the colleges and. the surgeon-apothecary. For that purpose the cobwebs have been brushed from ancient law-books, and enactments of less improved times are brought forward, to cripple the exertions, and destroy the interests of the surgeon-apothecary. According to these laws, the only authorised prescribe'rs are the physicians, and " divers honest persons, as ■Well men as women, (not surgeons and apothecaries,) whom God has endued with a knowledge of the nature, kind, and operation, of herbs, roots, and waters, to customable diseases', and who are allowed by enactment tempore Henry the * Eighth, to use and minister the same, according to their cunning and knowledge." In modern language, these divers honest persons are water-casters, bone-setters, pretenders, and quacks, of the very lowest description, and generally believed by thevulgarto possess tlie occult art of sorcery and witchcraft; these have unrestrained and most extensive practice throughout the kingdom, except perhaps in surgery, within London, and seven miles round.

The surgeon-apothecary has been charged with overstepping the department of his profession^ I do not believe that it has ever been in the most distant contemplation of the surgeon-apothecary to rival the physician, nor to charge in equal degree, but to legalize some inferior mode of remuneration for his attendance; for Such is the nature of his department, that he commonly does and must attend priory with, and subsequent to the physician. The-surgeon-apo* thecary is never averse from the physician being called into consultation; it eases the burthen of responsibility, and adds in other respects largely to his interest. .It is the legalized

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