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Art. 20. An Appendix to the Observations upon Mr. Pott's General
Remarks on Fractures. By Thomas Kirkland, M. D. 8vo. I S. Becket. 1771.
This Appendix contains some very judicious obfervations on the best manner of reducing a dislocated thigh-bone, and an account of the extreme facility with which that operation was performed, by making a lever of the bone, and by the use of only a very small degree of extension, in the case of a pauper; where the head of the Os femoris was driven inward, towards the foramen ovale of the Os pubis. The case itself, and the anatomical and practical observations that accompany it, form a very proper supplement to the Au. thor's former remarks on dislocations; and are highly deserving the attention of practitioners.
We should not have thought it necessary to say any thing more concerning this pamphlet, did we not apprehend that we should perhaps again incur the censure of this Author, and give occasion to a fresh address to us *, were we to withhold from the public the information which he communicates in the preface to this pamphlet, relative to the approbation which has been given by several eminent surgeons, to his doctrine concerning the treatment, and his affertions relative to the almoit constant cure, of the worst compound fractures, without having recourse to amputation. Among other particulars, the Author here tells us that he has been informed by three gentle. men of great experience and undoubted veracity, who have seen much of this business in the course of many years practice, that they never loft a patient on account of a compound fracture, nor ever amputated on this occasion.'
It is not our intention to controvert the truth of a matter of fact asserted by a person of the Author's character. Those here mentioned, though related, as is too ufual with this Writer, in too vague and uncircumitantial a manner (considering the great importance of the question) undoubtedly very tirongly confirm his doctrine. At the same time however, we think, the extremely fingular good fortune of our Author's three friends might have been very properly held up to cur notice, with regard to this remarkable circumItance ; that it should so happen that three persons, in the course of an extensive experience, should never once meet with a case of a com. pound fracture, that absolutely and indisputably required amputation! For our paris, we are not acquainted with a single furgeon, who has even been only a few years eonversant in this kind oi buji nels, who has not too frequently been called in to fraciured limbs, seduced to fuch a state, as that the bare idea of prejerving the member would have been just as ridiculous, as that ot expecting a new creation, or a regeneration of the limb.
We cannot pass over our Author's..concluding sentence without a remark. . Do not chote,' he there says, 'who throw cold water upon well intended information-without making proper enquiry:
* See our account of the Author's former work in our 3d volume, August 1770, page 141 ; and our an.uer to his complaint in our number or November tollowids, Currujzondence, page 16.
seem defirous of having it believed, that they had rather see all his Majesty's subjects hopping about on one leg, that that their own opinion should, in any initance, be thought to be erroneous ?'
We are totally ignorant, nor is it of any consequence to know, . whether this query is levelled at us, on account of the certainly very modest doubts which we have formerly expressed on this subject ; or whether it is aimed at some greater culprits. Neither does it appear on what grounds the Author thinks himself justified in throwing out fo odious an imputation on those who are apparently guilty of no other crime than that of differing from him in opinion, on a point that has divided the most enlightened and humane of the faculty. The imputation however is, to the best of our knowledge, as un. juft, indecent, and uncharitable, as it is improperly exprefled. With regard to the last head,-granting that there really exist such unprincipled miscreants as is here suggested, can they posibly appear to any person to be pofseffed of fo fuperlative a degree of folly, and to be so utterly loit to all regard for character, as to wish to have it believed that they conduct themselves by such abominably self in and vile principles, as are here, by insinuation, laid to their charge ? This flip in the expression however is pardonable, when compared with the injurious tendency of the meaning intended to be conveyed by it. Art. 21. Observations on Diseases incidental to Seamen. By Louis
Rouppe, M.D. 8vo. 6 s. bound. Carnan. 1772. This work contains the result of the Author's observations in the course of several years practice in the Dutch navy. It was originally published in Latin, at Leyden, in the year 1764. The diseases which affect seamen, both in the harbour and at sea, and in different climates, are very largely described, their causes pointed out, and the proper method of treating them laid down. The Author appears to have been a careful, accurate, and judicious observer of the nature and progress of diseases; the symptoms of which are not only minutely described, but the appearances on diffection likewise frequently noticed. His pharmaceutic treatment, however, is not every where fufficiently simple and eficacious. The work nevertheless posteffes a considerable thare of merit, and will prove an useful addition to the sea furgeon's library. The translation rappears to be executed with care and fidelity.
POETICA L. Art. 22. Ariadne Forsaken; a Poem. 4to. Is. 6 d. Griffin,
This is a translation from the Latin of Catullus, a poem which, in the original, though little read, has many beauties. In fac vour of the translation, however, we cannot say much. The Tran, flator afects, and, in his advertisement, obliquely a Tumes a claim to fimplicity of composition ; but in his execution he seems an utter stranger to the maxim that fimplicity in composition is only art well concealed, and that there is an efiential difference between what is fimple and what is low. Nevertheless he has the assurance to cenfure one of the greatest poets the present age has produced, and to load another with an extravagance of encomium to which he is ovio means entitled. But with that other he has posibly very intimite
connections. He says he is not ambitious of the superfluous epithets; but if epithets which have no connection with the immediate sentiment, such as Virgil was always careful to avoid, may be deemed superfluous, he has rather shewn an ambition for them.
The following couplets may serve to thew what kind of fimplicity it is that this Writer affects :
If, loth to meet a rigid father's frown,
You might have led me to your native seat, There are, indeed, in these lines, no meretricious ornaments, as the Translator (not in his own language) calls them, but there is a meretricious lowness. Art. 23. The Execution of Sir Charles Bawdin. Dedicated to her
Grace the Dutchess of Northumberland. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Gold. smith.
This ancient poem is said to have been the production of Thomas Rowlie, a priest in the fifteenth century, and is supposed to have been written some time after the event which is the subject of it, and which happened in Bristol, in the year 14.61, when Edward IV. and the Duke of Gloucester (afterwards Richard III.) were in that city, We cannot think, on account of the finoothness of the numbers, that the poem is of so early a date as is suggested. There is, however, a natural pathos, and a beautiful fimplicity in it, which cannot but recommend it to the lovers of antique poetry. Art. 24. An Epi/lle to Gorges Edmond Howard, Esq; with Notes
explanatory, critical, and historical, by George Faulkner, Esq; and Alderman. 8vo. Dublin printed : London reprinted, and sold by Goldsmith, &c. Sixth Edition,
An excellent piece of humour, by which the Reader who is acquainted with the character of Mr. Faulkner, the printer, will be highly entertained, at the expence of that gentleman. Art. 25. Miscellaneous Poems; confifting of Originals and Tran
Nacions. By Vincent Bourne, M, A. formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. and Uher of Westminster School. 410. Il s. Boards. Dodíley.
These ingenious Latin poems are well known by every school-boy that can read the Carmina Quadragesimalia. There is a peculiar beauty and harmony in the structure of Mr. Bourne's versification, and we may say of it, what he says of the river Tweed, in his cran. sation of the famous old song:
Non, quæ fubrepens blando interlabitur Agros
Flumine, tani fuavi Tueda decore nitet, Art. 26. Poetical Fays. By the Author of Juvenal's Satires Imitated.
3 s. sewed. Ridley. 1772, That men who cannot write their own language grammatically Tould pretend to write books, can only be imputed to extreme va, nity and ignorance. The Author of these Eisayz is of that class; for tells
of extafies that thrill the bofom, and talks of infusing celettial tire over bis soul. He has discovered that the geese which faved the capitol were a dying fwan, and many other curious disco
veries does he make, where it is possible to find them amidit the motly jargon of his language. In Tort, he appears to be one of that trashy tribe of fcriblers whose little vanity was to imitate Churchill in flinging dirt at some of the most respectable writers in the nation. Art. 27. A Review of the Poem, intitled, The Senators; or, A
Re-Examination into the Merits of the principal Performers of St.
Surely none but the Author of The Senators could have deemed that forry poem an object of so much attention, reviewing, and re examination as is here beltowed upon it ; with an intimation that the undertaking is to be continued.
Authors have often been known to answer themselves, when nobody else would take notice of their performances ;-and the style and' versification both of The Senators and this poetical fungus that hath grown out of it, are similar enough to countenance our suspicion, that we have now before us an instance of this species of author. craft:- but it is only suspicion ; and should the fact prove otherwise, we fall, on due conviction, very readily acknowledge it. Art. 28. The Christian Minister ; in three Poetic Epistles to Phi.
lander. To which are added, Poetical Versions of several Parts of Scripture; Translations of Poems from Greek and Latin Wri, ters; and original Pieces, chiefly in Verse, on various Occasions. By Thomas Gibbons, D.D. 8vo. 45. bound. Buckland, &c. 1772.
We haye fo often given our sentiments of Dr. Gibbons, as a poet, that we can say nothing more on the subject, without being guilty of manifest tautology.--As a good and pious man, too much cannot be said in his commendation : but he loves rhiming, and every man has his hobby-horse.
N O V E L s.
Miss Villars ; containing some Characters of the most celebrated
This Writer aims at vivacity, and is only petulant. He affects à most intimate acquaintance with the world, and is almoft a stranger to it. • The anecdotes he has inserted are in general without foundation, and abound with spleen and ill-nature. In fine, his work is a compound of malignity and dullness. Art. 30. The History of Miss Dorinda Catsby and Miss Emilia Faulkner. In a Series of Letters.
2 Vols. Blidon.
Some romance-writing female (as we guess, from the style) with her head full of love icenes, --shady groves, and purling streams, honourable passion and wicked purposes, --has here put together a Aimsy series of such adventures and descriptions as we usually meet with in the amorous train of the times.
See the 24th Article in our Catalogue for May,
POLITICA L. Art. 31. An Esay on the Cultivation of the Lands, and Improve
ments of the Revenues of Bengal. By Henry Patullo, Esq. 4to. I s. 68. Becket. 1772.
Maný pertinent reflections are here offered on topics, in the very highest degree interesting to this kingdom. The Author possessed excellent opportunities of information; and the public ought not to neglect a communication which he seems to have made with the best intentions. Art. 32. Considerations on the Negro Cause, commonly so called;
addressed to the Right Hon. Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, &c. By a West Indian. 8vo. Dodsley.
This pamphlet is written with judgment; but is reprehensible as it points against the principles of liberty. It has been said, that the air of this country is too free for a llave to breathe in; but this Writer contends, that the property of a negro remains with his master, though he has set foot in this land of liberty ; and he endeavours to prove, that this is the express law of England. Art. 33. Candid Reflections upon the Judgment, lately awarded by the Court of King's Bench, in Weftminster-Hall
, on what is commonly called the Negro Cause. By a Planter. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Lowndes, 1772.
These Reflections are written with the same view as those in the preceding publication; and, it must be allowed, that they are laboured and acute.
DRA MAT I C. Art. 34. A Wife in the Right; a Comedy. By Mrs. Griffith: 8vo. 5s. Printed for the Author, and sold by Dilly, &c. 1772.
This piece hath afforded us so much entertainment in the perusal, that we cannot help thinking it merited a betier fate than it met with on the first and only night of its appearance, on the theatre in
Covent-Garden. A subscription for the present edition was the con. fequence of its ill success on the stage : a mode of redress which may be considered as an appeal from the severity of the public, to its, humanity. Art. 35. Cupid's Revenge, an Arcadian Pastoral. As it is per
formed at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-market. The Music by Mr. Hook. Evo.
If there be any merit in this piece, it must lie in the music; which we have not heard.
Art. 36. An Ejay on the Learning of contingent Remainders and
executory Devises. By Charles Fearne of the Inner Temple, Conveyancer, Author of the Lexigraphical Chart of Landed Property in England," Svo. 1 s. öd, Uriel. 1772.
This treatise discovers signal penetration, and must be considered as a valuable accession to legal invefigations. The doctrine of con. tingent eltates is undoubtedly abstruse, and involved in perplexities; but the Author's talents appear equal to his subject; and bis fuccessful attempt will, we hope, induce other practitioners of the law