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in his conduct. His professional knowledge and his general character made him a most useful officer of the hospital : and, now that our game has been played, it is with great satisfaction that I look back to the long and disinterested friendship that existed between us.
For a year or two before I was elected assistant-surgeon at the hospital, Mr. Wilson had been anxious that I should join with him in delivering lectures on surgery, in the theatre in Great Windmill Street, in addition to those delivered by him on anatomy. I had, however, declined to do so, not feeling that either from my knowledge or my position I was equal to the task. On my becoming connected with the hospital, however, the case was altered. I could now refer to my own experience and my own practice, and I had a place in my profession which I had not previously. The consequence was that in the October of 1808, Mr. Wilson and myself began a course of surgical lectures. Mr. Wilson delivered in each course about a dozen lectures, the recainder, and of course the much greater number, being delivered by myself. After the second year Mr. Wilson retired from the surgical lectures altogether, and from that time the whole of these lectures were given by myself, until I resigned them to Mr. Babington and Mr. Hawkins nearly twenty years afterwards. My lectures were very well attended, not only by the students of our own Anatomical School, but also by those of Mr. Brookes's Anatomical School in Blenheim Street. My stock of knowledge at first must necessarily have been very limited, and for many years my delivery was constrained and awkward. Nevertheless my lectures were very popular. The explanation of this I apprehend to be that whatever information I gave was drawn from or confirmed by my own observation, and not taken from books, and that I was really in earnest in my endeavours to instruct my pupils. I took great pains in the composition of my lectures, referring to and analysing my manuscript notes of cases, and comparing the results at which I had arrived with those recorded by the last surgical writers. At first I wrote about half-a-dozen lectures at full length. But I soon found that it was needless, and almost impossible, to pursue this plan as to the entire course, and I therefore contented myself with making pretty full notes, and then abridging them to take with me into the theatre.
Soon after I had begun to deliver surgical lectures, Mr. Wilson, who had now obtained a considerable share of private practice, proposed that I should give a part of each anatomical course also. This necessarily imposed on me a considerable addition to my labours. At nine or ten o'clock in the evening, after my day's work was concluded, I had to arrange my lectures for the following day, and this frequently occupied me until three or four o'clock on the following morning. On the days on which I had no evening lecture, having a pretty large acquaintance, I was very much engaged in dinner society, which, however, I never allowed to interfere with my more serious occupation, being of temperate habits, and always returning home at an early hour.
Besides my business at the hospital, the composition and delivery of my lectures, and the superintendence of the dissecting-room, I assisted Mr. Home in his operations in private practice, visited some of his patients when unforeseen circumstances occurred, and he was out of the way, and made some dissections with him and Mr. Clift in comparative anatomy. Thus, although I had nothing that deserved the name of private practice, my life was one of great occupation. I had, however, although not of a robust constitution, considerable powers of enduring fatigue. My health was sufficiently good, and my prospects of advancement in my profession were as good as possible; and I have no doubt that the cheerful spirits which these gave me enabled me to accomplish easily what it would have been difficult for me to accomplish otherwise.
It was somewhere about this time that Dr. Bateman proposed to me to join Dr. Henderson and himself in the publication of a periodical medical work, under the title of the Medical Annual Register,' which was to consist partly of reviews of medical books, partly of miscellaneous intelligence connected with the medical
sciences. I declined taking any active part in the management of it, but promised to contribute some articles, at the same time suggesting that they should apply to Lawrence for his assistance also. The work was not very popular, and, after the appearance of a second volume, died a natural death. My own contributions were only to the first volume, and if my recollection be accurate, were only three in number; namely, a review of Dr. Hooper's · Anatomist's Vade Mecum,'of Cooper's 'Surgical Dictionary,' and another of 'A Treatise on Lithotomy,' by an Edinburgh surgeon of the name of Allan. The truth is that, with the exception of Dr. Bateman, who was older and more experienced than the rest of us, there was no one among us who had sufficient practical knowledge to be qualified to do justice to such an undertaking, and I have looked back at it ever since as a very foolish concern, in which it would have been much wiser for me never to have interfered. I need scarcely add that I have never repeated the mistake, or written another medical review, unless an article on homeopathy and other