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to produce this mental distraction, in a man, perhaps* in some mdasure, constitutionally irritable, and not rendered less so by several months of cruel and unnecessary suspense. But in an unhappy moment, the effect yfte undoubtedly produced; and lucky for the College that it was: for, without the libellous matter, what would they have had to stand upon? Where, but for their opponent'smomeniary indiscretion, would have been the triumph of their power and their privileges? After all, the situation in which they stand is not extremely enviable; and we doubt much whether they Would choose, at the same price, frequently to perform the same part. The public, and the profession, are, however, greatly obliged to the College and to Dr. Campbell for the discussions to which their mutual indiscretions have given rise. They will teach the public more Correctly to appreciate the disgraceful effects of a medical monopoly, and the College, if they have wit, Spontaneously to endeavour a reform.
Such of the friends of the College, weobserved, as had occasion to speak of Dr. Campbell during the proceed- N ings, generally made a point of calling him Mr. Campbell: and Dr. Pitcairn, the censor, in his evidence, insisted much on Ms having the title of Doctor still upon his door. Entering upon this matter entirely as it regards public principles, we cannot but consider it as highly presumptuous in any members of the College of Physicians, or their adherents, to stile a man, who has a doctor's degree from any university, Mr. as if the?/ could doctor or un-doctor a man at pleasure. This we remarked was done with great affectation in the case of Dr. Campbell; and very probably some of those who did so were persuaded that they were doing right, riot considering, or not knowing, perhaps, that the College of Physicians cannot confer a degree, although (if they choose to alter or break their bye-laws) they may admit as fellows men who are not doctors of any university; far less can they deprive a graduate of any university of the academic titles he may have obtained. It should be recollected, that the privileges of the College of Physicians of London are merely local, while thossr of the universities embrace at least the whole extent of the British dominions. The words of medical diplomas
are, " Medicinam exercendi hie et ubique terrartim poteslatcm conferimns." Considering all these things, the affectation was here worse than ridiculous: it was pitiful. But such affectation, if unchecked, would be mjurious, in so far as it might tend to mislead the public respecting the real rights and privileges of the corporation. As well might they send an order to all the Doctors of Laws in Doctors' Commons to take the title of Doc-tor from their doors, as to Dr. Campbell: the one title is equaly independent of them with the other.
It will be observed, that in the course of these remarks, we have not said a word of the libel, which has been decided upon by the jury, excepting to account for the irritation which occasioned it. But the conduct of the College, in other respects, and the principles by which they seem to be actuated, have rendered it both a matter of duty and of inclination to expatiate freely on the use and abuse of their power, and to endeavour to point out to other medical men, who may come after Dr. Campbell, how they may avoid collision with them, or blunt its effects. What was his case to-day, may be any other person's to-morrow. On the College we have not the vain hope of producing much effect in the way of remorse. It is a proverbial saying, that corporations have no souls. However, as they have in general no small consideration for the well-being of their bodies, it is probable that the occasional animadversions of the press, if any thing can, will produce some moments of salutary retrospection.
In the recital of this trial, the public will not be enabled to draw a conclusion upon the merits of the plaintiffs' statement or defendant's conduct, without a further explanation. We shall give the explanation, which will exemplify the adage, that "Truth is contained in a nut-shell," and that all beyond is jargon, tending to puzzle right, and varnish wrong.
The Explanation; a fact.
Dr. Campbell was desired to attend a lady with a womb complaint. The apothecary had been giving bark and brandy: Dr. Campbell, in the mildest manner, represented the case to be an inflammation of the womb. The apothecary became outrageous. The family made their election—he was discharged, and Dr. C. retained. The lady was bled several times, and recovered. From peculiar circumstances, Dr. C. has had fifty occasions to correct this man's practice, and he swore that the College should be the channel of his revenge. He applied to a physician of the Borough faction, and the information was lodged. Dr. C. in two parishes only of Southwark, attended more than two hundred families last year. His expulsion from this quarter is the point that was sought for by the enraged apothecary, and the moucharde of the Borough faction, by their application to the College.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. Amicus.—We are much obliged to this gentleman for his kind advice, and hope he will excuse us for not being able to avail ourselves of it, Out plan being to unmask regular as well as irregular quackery, and to shew, what probably Amicus does not perceive, or would be unwilling to admit, their affinity and strong dependence upon each other. If, in the performance of our task, we have done any one an injustice, we are open to conviction, and ready to make atonement. But it must be something more than mere assertion that can produce this effect: and Amicus would render himself a more useful Correspondent, by contributing his aid to the execution of the plan which we have chosen to adopt, than by pointing out that which he thinks we ought to pursue. There will be no lack of volunteer advisers; what we want is volunteer assistants.
Mr. Clayton—It is with much pleasure we insert the animated communications of this gentleman. His feelings do him honour; and we shall be happy to avail ourselvesof his proffered assistance in the herculean task which we have undertaken, of unmasking quackery. The public, we are well persuaded, will, with us, make due allowance for the vehemence of expression occasionally excited by the indignant feelings which the unhappy circumstances he alludes to must have naturally called forth. We shall not, by any attempt to polish his language, run the risk of diminishing the force of his sentiments; but give his communications to our readers in their simple and genuine garb.
Aretaeus Cappadox, on the army medical board, from the pressure of temporary matter, is unavoidably postponed to a future number.
The Extract of a Private Letter from Aberdeen, respecting the degrees procured from that university, for Sir Walter Farquhar, Dr. Babington,and the quack Brodum, came too late to hand for insertion in this number.
Several Letter* on the Cbw.Pbx have been rcceircii: we riiall select such of them as are most deserving of notice for the next number.
Chiro.Vedicus't Letter, addressed to the Commissioners of Stamps, oa the mode of obtaining quack medicines without stamp* by informers, shall appear in onr next number. The Editots perfectly agree .with him, that Lozenges sold bjr freight without directions, are not liable to duty; A Lozenge is a regular form of medicine, and any apothecary may send medicines in that form to his patients, or retail them without stamp. If the Lozenge of Tolu be subject tft duty, the Tincture of Tolu is no less so. If the vendor pretends to have a secret method of making a lozenge, or any other form of medicine, it is then subject to duty, it was not intended by the legislature that the act of parliament for regulating the duties on quack medicines should interfere with the regular profession. The late Solicitor of the Stamp Office gave his opinion to this effect. The discount of twelve and a half per cent on stamps is so very liberal, that ft is much to the interest of venders to sell their articles stamped, and instead ot evading the doty, we are well assured that many sell articles with stamps that are not liable to duty; and others, instead of the proper stamps, put on one of double value, merely for the profit arising from the stamp. The Cases sent to us for publication by Cbiro-Medicus, do great credit to the ingenuity of the commissioned informers, and also to the Commissioners, in giving them appointments. Whether such conduct is honourable, we shall leave to our readers to determine. At some individuals have materially suffered, we hope it will undergo further investigation.
Mr. Bell's proposition shall he taken into consideration: the Editors may probably avail themselves of it.
Trial for Murder.—The remarks of a Naval Surgeon, on the recent acquittal of the captain of a ship, accused of occasioning by ill treatment, the death of his apprentice, together with the extraordinary evidence of two physicians (Urs. Powell and Randell) on that incision, did not come to band till too late for insertion in this number.
N. B. The Editors have received complaints from various quarters, that persons in the country, who have seen this work advertised, have been unable to procure some of the numbers. It will appear the less surprising, that obstacles should be thrown iutheway of this publication in the country, when it is considered that so many dealers in books are also veadors of quack medicines. Those who may in future be disappointed, are requested to apply directly to the Office, or the Clerks of the Post-Office, and they will be regularlysupplied. Of the numbers that become out of print, new rmpres-. sions will be taken, so that no failure can happen but by applying to improper persons.
THE FIRST VOLUME.
ADVERTISED Medicines, dreadful consequences of, 28, n.
Ague, a solution of arsenic puffed off as an infallible remedy for, 87—it*
fatal effects by improper use, ib.
likely to make a prominent figure in the history of empirical prac-.
titioners, 8—investor of the highly invaluable antibilious Elixir and
Pills for the cure of dyspepsia, &c. 10.
Analysis of Dr. Stone's Treatise on Disorders of the Stomach, &c. 388.
Aniseeds, Oil of, an ingredient in the composition of the Pectoral Balsam
of Liquorice, 3—the different properties of it, 'and of liquorice, ib.
—its enormous price, 84—specification of, 113—patent, 114, IS' icq.
-^—observations on, ib. 237.
a guinea, its value about 9d. ib.—better adapted to the cure of the
•pavin on a horse than for the human body, ib.
oblige the College of Physicians to admit him, 361.