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Surgery and Physic.
Dio è quello che guarisce, e il medico ne porta via i danari.
God is the restorer of health, and the doctor puts the fee in his pocket.
To dwell on particulars here I shall cease,
lack, Since, alas ! metre proves oft but prose's dull hack,
For precept and practice in surgery never
(r) The very laconic manner in which the great Sir Noodle slurs over the above topics of literature prompts me to form a shrewd surmise, that he is no better acquainted with surgery and physic than myself; although, from consulting the Reviews, I am fully enabled to catalogue some names that are universally regarded with the highest consideration by every practitioner in their respective professions. After having thus candidly confessed my inability to appreciate these works from actual perusal, I shall beg leave to enrol the name of Bell, who has written upon Anatomy, together with Foote, Abernethy, Monro, and Aikin; Baillie on morbid Anatomy; Farre on Diseases of the Liver; Bree on the Chest, and Pemberton on the Bowels. While, as physicians, Letsom, Jenner, Kerrison, Lathan, and Powel, have no less exerted their abilities to disseminate that useful knowledge for the benefit of the human race, which long practice and experience have enabled them to perform.
(s) In medicine, we have treatises, written in the 18th century, to prove that a salt meat diet is good for the gout; and that colds do not proceed from damps or moist clothing.
Since health, it is found, more on nature depends
wrestles, I'm dish'd, d-n their souls! by these knights of
the pestles! (1)
A physician at Lyons published a dissertation on beards and mustachios, affirming that they promote strength; and that the present age might not be without men as strong as Sampson were they permitted to grow.
(t) According to the Greek historians, we are informed that Alexander upon his death-bed uttered the following exclama- , tion:
Pero turba medicorum.
I die by the help of too many physicians.
I believe the number of my departed countrymen who could have joined in this chorus would be nearly as countless as the stars in the heavens, or the grains of sand in the sea.
Burton, in his Anatomy of Melancholy, says, “ Where there be
many lawyers, and many physicians, it is a manifest sign of a distempered melancholy state, as Plato long since com; plained.”
The man that hath no music in himself,
Let no such man be trusted,
As physical doctors so late grac'd my strain,
Oft wafts me from earth to the regions of pleasure :