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416 the friend, to disown a part in such a dastard affair? Is a Brodie, once " sans tache, sans reproche," so mixed up with the intrigue, as not to dare to clear his reputation from so deep and foul a stain, by a distinct disavowal of any act or part in the transaction? If I were to charge some of the surgical blunders of the council upon an individual of the same, would he not be quick enough in disavowing it ? If I were to charge A with the blunder of B, or C with the want of science of D, would not A quickly explain that he did not tie one of the brachial nerves for the subclavian artery; and C, that he never cut away a piece of healthy intes- tine in the operation for hernia, but that it was B and D who committed those enormous blunders ? Then why, in a case where the honour of each one is so materially concerned, are such charges allowed to remain unanswered? They may think it un- important ; but I tell them that the profession do not think so. Such is a false and superficial view, even for their own interests, 11 hæret lateri lethaJis arundo," and with their lives they will hardly expiate the transaction. I see that one of the parties implicated-Mr. Stanley-has been lately appointed an examiner. I would ask him-I would ask the council-what value can be attached to a diploma signed by a man labouring under so grievous an imputation ? Will the pro- fession, will the public, value such an attestor of merit ? Let me then hope, that although neither justice to Mr. Gossett nor to the profession could induce these honourable gentlemen of the council-are they not all, all honourable men ?-to explain their conduct, that self-interest will lead them to purge themselves from what must otherwise be their " enduring fame." I am, Sir, yours obediently, DETUR DIGNIORI. November, 1844. DETUR DIGNIORI. NEWS OF THE WEEK OBITUARY.—Dr. James Home, late professor of the practice of medicine in the University of Edinburgh, from which he had retired a few years back.—Provincial Journal. TESTIMONIAL To MR. GUTTERIDGE.—We have learned with much satisfaction, that a number of Mr. Gutteridge’s friends, impressed with a sense of his devotedness to the public interest on various occasions, as well as in reference to the long pro- tracted contest at the General Hospital, have commenced a most liberal subscription, for the purpose of partially indemnifying him for the vast outlay to which he has been subjected, particu- larly in advocating the cause of humanity and justice. We have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Gutteridge in connexion with the General-Hospital question, and therefore, with the utmost confidence, commend his cause to the public-a cause which in- terests humanity on the broadest scale, as applying at once to the benefit of the afflicted poor, and, through the influence of medical science, to the mitigation of bodily suffering, alike to all classes. Birmingham Pilot, Dec. 14th. ST. MARYLEBONE INFIRMARY.—As was recently intimated, the board of guardians of the parish of St. Marylebone, after frequent deliberations, have decided on not appointing any per- son to the vacant office of consulting surgeon to this infirmary. Among the reasons ’assigned was, °° the impropriety of subjecting the sick poor to the treatment of inexperienced surgeons," and making the infirmary a place of education for surgeons, rather than a curative establishment, and last refuge for sick and destitute parishioners. An active canvass has been going on for some time for the gratuitous office, on the part of several candidates, but this has been stopped by the decision of the guardians. Those who have opposed the filling up of the vacancy, consider that what- ever extra medical or surgical skill is required on behalf of the sick paupers, the parish of St. Marylebone is rich enough, and tn duty bound, to pay for distinctly, at consultations. ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS. The following gentlemen were admitted licentiates of the Royal College of Physicians, London, on Monday, December the 23rd ;-James Henry Bennet, M.D., London; Robert C. Edwards, London; James Milman Coley, Bridgenorth; Herbert Davies, M.B., Fellow of Queens’ College, Cam- bridge. ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND. Gentlemen admitted members on Friday, December 20th, 1844 :- G. J. Wycherley, J. Jolliffe, H. J. Aldham, G. E. Givins, G. Rigden, J. T. Newberry, J. W. Littler, J. Mason, C. Townsend.-Monday, Dec. 23rd.- W. Ross, W. H. Cameron, F. B. Phillipson, R. Bark, G. Jefteys, J. Godden, J. Bromfield, W. W. James, T. B. Bumstead, S. Burgess, N. Brangwin, J. Peehy, G. F. Fletcher. , CORRESPONDENTS. PUBLISHING IN PARTS.—To the Editor.-I think you will agree with me, that publishing in parts has become a perfect nuisance. Messrs. Bowman and Todd state, in the advertisement to the first part of their 11 Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man," that ’° the work will be completed m two more parts, which are already in an advanced state, and which will appear in the course of the ensuing twelve months." Date February, 1843. One year and nine months have elapsed since this was declared, and no other part has, as yet, made its appearance. I myself, with many others, obtained this first part, thinking it would be a good text-book, but my pupilage is drawing to a close, and, to such as myself, I think it a great injustice that the other parts have not been sooner published.-R. BIBBY. St. Thomas’s Hospital, 19 Dec. 1844. Our thanks are due to A Young General Practitioner (Clifton), for his account of the late proceedings in his neighbourhood. We trust that the measures which are now being adopted, for carrying into practical effect the sound views and opinions on the subject which have been collected and embodied in the letter of our correspondent, will render it unnecessary to expose any farther the conduct of the parties referred to on the occasion described. The communication of Gllyensis was received at a late hour this week. Oceanus. The owners of the vessels. Our correspondent should apply the Secretary of the Company. If Vindicator challenges the legal qualifications of the practitioner whom he has named, it ought not to be done anonymously. 3,rr. Cockei- (Ashbourne;.-Our correspondent may proceed, with the assurance that the numbers are correct. If he will read Professor Liebig’s paper, to which the note is appended, carefully, and compare it with the note, he will see that it contains in itself evidence that the numbers repre- senting the temperature are correct. But we also know that Professor Liebig read that note when in England, with a view to its exact accuracy. A few wot ds on the proceedings of the Birmingham General Hospital in the next LANCET. The Stockport resolutions are worthless. Associate for an independent incorporation. The general practitioners must work of themselves, and by themselves, or they will be betrayed. The questions of D. shall be answered next week. Dr. W. E. Hitmble.-We are requested to state that Dr. Humble, a copy of whose " handbill" appeared at page 378 of last week’s LANCET, and who therein advertised himself as having been " formerly assistant-accoucheur to University College Hospital," never held any such office in the hospital, no such appointment having ever existed at that institution. Mr. Chisholin.-We are assured, on the authority of a gentleman who is connected with the Weekly Dispatch newspaper, that the notices which have appeared in that journal, speaking in highly laudatory terms of Mr. Chisholm, surgeon, of Devonshire-street, were, in every respect, editorial productions. If the editor of the Dispatch knew how objectionable such notices appear in the eyes of the profession generally, we cannot believe that they would be repeated. An Enquire·, (Newcastle -on -Tyne.) -The legal advocate of Mr. Craig was wrong. Mr. C. exposed himself to the danger even of a " commit- ment for contempt," for not attending at the court, in compliance with the summons of the magistrates. If, when in attendance, lie had been asked for a professional opinion on the case, and then had declined to give evidence without receiving a previous guarantee for his reasonable expenses, the magistrates, for such a refusal, would not have dared to inflict a fine, or subject him to any inconvenience or punistmert. But Mr. Craig fell into a serious error when he refused to attend at the court, in compliance with the summons he had received from the magistrates. Anthropos.-It would be a pity to disturb them in their glory ; little dis- tinctions are valued by little minds. Let not a great cause suffer from such folly. The result of the interview between the medical gentlemen of Newark and Mr. GLADSTONE did not appear to us to be sufficiently definite to be useful. The right hon. gentleman evidently feels himself to be at perfect liberty to take any course he may think proper with respect to the Bill. As it is a cabinet measure, we know full well that he would not vote against a single clause of it. It would be infinitely preferable that no meeting should be held at Hat- field, Herts, than that the resolutions which have been forwarded to us should be adopted. Every possible effort should be made to prevent the re-introduction of the ruinous Bill into the House of Commons. The meeting had better simply determine on forming an association of GENE- RAL PRACTITIONERS of the county, and form an immediate union with the other societies, which are endeavouring to obtain for them a distinct incor- poration. , In consequence of the publication of the Index, and the extreme length of the exceedingly interesting and valuable lecture of Dr. Houston, numerous communications must remain unnoticed till a future occasion. , Communications have been received from Mr. M. Skirrow-Mr. G. B. Douglas-Dr. Brandreth-Mr. Nossam-Mr. Jerome-Mr. W. F. Barlow (Oxford)-Dr. J. H. Robertson-An Obstetrician-Mr.-Thurlow Robinson- Mr. C. Smith (Liverpool)-Dr. Wansbrough-Vindicator-Mr. Gutteridge- Mr. Thos. Segar-Mr. Davis (Hampstead)-Dr. W. Jones (Lutterworth)- Caustic-A Looker-on-Mr. W. H. Bellott (Stockport}-Report-University College-W. R.-A Pupil-The Greenock Adyertiser.

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the friend, to disown a part in such a dastard affair? Is a Brodie,once " sans tache, sans reproche," so mixed up with the intrigue,as not to dare to clear his reputation from so deep and foul a stain,by a distinct disavowal of any act or part in the transaction?

If I were to charge some of the surgical blunders of the councilupon an individual of the same, would he not be quick enough indisavowing it ? If I were to charge A with the blunder of B, orC with the want of science of D, would not A quickly explainthat he did not tie one of the brachial nerves for the subclavianartery; and C, that he never cut away a piece of healthy intes-tine in the operation for hernia, but that it was B and D whocommitted those enormous blunders ? Then why, in a case wherethe honour of each one is so materially concerned, are suchcharges allowed to remain unanswered? They may think it un-important ; but I tell them that the profession do not think so.Such is a false and superficial view, even for their own interests,

11 hæret lateri lethaJis arundo,"

and with their lives they will hardly expiate the transaction.I see that one of the parties implicated-Mr. Stanley-has been

lately appointed an examiner. I would ask him-I would askthe council-what value can be attached to a diploma signed by aman labouring under so grievous an imputation ? Will the pro-fession, will the public, value such an attestor of merit ? Let methen hope, that although neither justice to Mr. Gossett nor tothe profession could induce these honourable gentlemen of thecouncil-are they not all, all honourable men ?-to explain theirconduct, that self-interest will lead them to purge themselves fromwhat must otherwise be their " enduring fame."

I am, Sir, yours obediently,DETUR DIGNIORI.

November, 1844.DETUR DIGNIORI.

NEWS OF THE WEEK

OBITUARY.—Dr. James Home, late professor of the practice ofmedicine in the University of Edinburgh, from which he hadretired a few years back.—Provincial Journal.

TESTIMONIAL To MR. GUTTERIDGE.—We have learned withmuch satisfaction, that a number of Mr. Gutteridge’s friends,impressed with a sense of his devotedness to the public intereston various occasions, as well as in reference to the long pro-tracted contest at the General Hospital, have commenced a mostliberal subscription, for the purpose of partially indemnifyinghim for the vast outlay to which he has been subjected, particu-larly in advocating the cause of humanity and justice. We havehad the pleasure of knowing Mr. Gutteridge in connexion withthe General-Hospital question, and therefore, with the utmostconfidence, commend his cause to the public-a cause which in-terests humanity on the broadest scale, as applying at once to thebenefit of the afflicted poor, and, through the influence of medicalscience, to the mitigation of bodily suffering, alike to all classes.Birmingham Pilot, Dec. 14th.

ST. MARYLEBONE INFIRMARY.—As was recently intimated,the board of guardians of the parish of St. Marylebone, after

frequent deliberations, have decided on not appointing any per-son to the vacant office of consulting surgeon to this infirmary.Among the reasons ’assigned was, °° the impropriety of subjectingthe sick poor to the treatment of inexperienced surgeons," andmaking the infirmary a place of education for surgeons, ratherthan a curative establishment, and last refuge for sick and destituteparishioners. An active canvass has been going on for some timefor the gratuitous office, on the part of several candidates, but thishas been stopped by the decision of the guardians. Those whohave opposed the filling up of the vacancy, consider that what-ever extra medical or surgical skill is required on behalf of thesick paupers, the parish of St. Marylebone is rich enough, andtn duty bound, to pay for distinctly, at consultations.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS.The following gentlemen were admitted licentiates of the Royal College

of Physicians, London, on Monday, December the 23rd ;-James HenryBennet, M.D., London; Robert C. Edwards, London; James Milman Coley,Bridgenorth; Herbert Davies, M.B., Fellow of Queens’ College, Cam-bridge.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND.Gentlemen admitted members on Friday, December 20th, 1844 :-

G. J. Wycherley, J. Jolliffe, H. J. Aldham, G. E. Givins, G. Rigden, J. T.Newberry, J. W. Littler, J. Mason, C. Townsend.-Monday, Dec. 23rd.-W. Ross, W. H. Cameron, F. B. Phillipson, R. Bark, G. Jefteys, J. Godden,J. Bromfield, W. W. James, T. B. Bumstead, S. Burgess, N. Brangwin, J.Peehy, G. F. Fletcher. ,

CORRESPONDENTS.PUBLISHING IN PARTS.—To the Editor.-I think you will agree with me,

that publishing in parts has become a perfect nuisance. Messrs. Bowman

and Todd state, in the advertisement to the first part of their 11 PhysiologicalAnatomy and Physiology of Man," that ’° the work will be completed m twomore parts, which are already in an advanced state, and which will appearin the course of the ensuing twelve months." Date February, 1843. One

year and nine months have elapsed since this was declared, and no otherpart has, as yet, made its appearance. I myself, with many others, obtainedthis first part, thinking it would be a good text-book, but my pupilage isdrawing to a close, and, to such as myself, I think it a great injustice thatthe other parts have not been sooner published.-R. BIBBY.

St. Thomas’s Hospital, 19 Dec. 1844.Our thanks are due to A Young General Practitioner (Clifton), for his

account of the late proceedings in his neighbourhood. We trust that themeasures which are now being adopted, for carrying into practical effect thesound views and opinions on the subject which have been collected andembodied in the letter of our correspondent, will render it unnecessary toexpose any farther the conduct of the parties referred to on the occasiondescribed.

The communication of Gllyensis was received at a late hour this week.Oceanus. The owners of the vessels. Our correspondent should apply

the Secretary of the Company.If Vindicator challenges the legal qualifications of the practitioner whom

he has named, it ought not to be done anonymously.3,rr. Cockei- (Ashbourne;.-Our correspondent may proceed, with the

assurance that the numbers are correct. If he will read Professor Liebig’spaper, to which the note is appended, carefully, and compare it with thenote, he will see that it contains in itself evidence that the numbers repre-senting the temperature are correct. But we also know that Professor

Liebig read that note when in England, with a view to its exact accuracy.A few wot ds on the proceedings of the Birmingham General Hospital in

the next LANCET.

The Stockport resolutions are worthless. Associate for an independentincorporation. The general practitioners must work of themselves, and bythemselves, or they will be betrayed.The questions of D. shall be answered next week.Dr. W. E. Hitmble.-We are requested to state that Dr. Humble, a copy

of whose " handbill" appeared at page 378 of last week’s LANCET, and whotherein advertised himself as having been " formerly assistant-accoucheurto University College Hospital," never held any such office in the hospital,no such appointment having ever existed at that institution.Mr. Chisholin.-We are assured, on the authority of a gentleman who is

connected with the Weekly Dispatch newspaper, that the notices whichhave appeared in that journal, speaking in highly laudatory terms of Mr.Chisholm, surgeon, of Devonshire-street, were, in every respect, editorialproductions. If the editor of the Dispatch knew how objectionable suchnotices appear in the eyes of the profession generally, we cannot believethat they would be repeated.An Enquire·, (Newcastle -on -Tyne.) -The legal advocate of Mr. Craig

was wrong. Mr. C. exposed himself to the danger even of a " commit-ment for contempt," for not attending at the court, in compliance with thesummons of the magistrates. If, when in attendance, lie had been asked fora professional opinion on the case, and then had declined to give evidencewithout receiving a previous guarantee for his reasonable expenses, themagistrates, for such a refusal, would not have dared to inflict a fine, orsubject him to any inconvenience or punistmert. But Mr. Craig fell into aserious error when he refused to attend at the court, in compliance withthe summons he had received from the magistrates.Anthropos.-It would be a pity to disturb them in their glory ; little dis-

tinctions are valued by little minds. Let not a great cause suffer from suchfolly.The result of the interview between the medical gentlemen of Newark

and Mr. GLADSTONE did not appear to us to be sufficiently definite to beuseful. The right hon. gentleman evidently feels himself to be at perfectliberty to take any course he may think proper with respect to the Bill. As

it is a cabinet measure, we know full well that he would not vote against asingle clause of it.

It would be infinitely preferable that no meeting should be held at Hat-field, Herts, than that the resolutions which have been forwarded to usshould be adopted. Every possible effort should be made to prevent there-introduction of the ruinous Bill into the House of Commons. The

meeting had better simply determine on forming an association of GENE-RAL PRACTITIONERS of the county, and form an immediate union with theother societies, which are endeavouring to obtain for them a distinct incor-poration. ,

In consequence of the publication of the Index, and the extreme length ofthe exceedingly interesting and valuable lecture of Dr. Houston, numerouscommunications must remain unnoticed till a future occasion. ,Communications have been received from Mr. M. Skirrow-Mr. G. B.

Douglas-Dr. Brandreth-Mr. Nossam-Mr. Jerome-Mr. W. F. Barlow(Oxford)-Dr. J. H. Robertson-An Obstetrician-Mr.-Thurlow Robinson-Mr. C. Smith (Liverpool)-Dr. Wansbrough-Vindicator-Mr. Gutteridge-Mr. Thos. Segar-Mr. Davis (Hampstead)-Dr. W. Jones (Lutterworth)-Caustic-A Looker-on-Mr. W. H. Bellott (Stockport}-Report-UniversityCollege-W. R.-A Pupil-The Greenock Adyertiser.