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It is useless to occupy more author presumes its use to be that time in describing the symptoms of attracting fish, whose well known or treatment, as all the ill effects partiality for aromatics and odore. of the Belladonna had in three ous oils, renders it probable that days completely subsided. they are thus drawn into a position

A doubt might have existed in by which the alligator and crocothis case, whether the symptoms dile can easily seize them. were really caused by the Belladonna, had not the patient himself Died in Surry, Me., on the 24th settled this point beyond all ques- ult., suddenly, Samuel Hills, Esq. tion by again applying the plaster; aged 61. The circumstances atbeing very anxious to get rid of tending his death are painful in the his disease, and thinking that the extreme. In a word, he died a symptoms might have arisen victim to the Thompsonian system merely from a disordered sto- of practice! He was unwell, but mach. It had not been applied able at 10, A. M. to walk into the many hours before the giddiness, field, and give some directions. dimness of sight, and languor, in Soon after, the process so often desome degree returned; but which tailed, commenced, of steaming, quickly disappeared on the re- with the repeated use of lobelia, moval of the plaster.- London or Indian tobacco, Cayenne, &c. Med. and Phys. Journal.

&c., and before 2, P. M., he was January 16th, 1827.

a corpse. Nitrate of Quicksilver.---This Joseph York, a colored man, was substance is coming into notice in on Thursday last removed from the France, and especially in the St. west part of this city to Rainsford Louis Hospital, as a caustic in Island, in consequence of having the scrofulous, syphilitic, and even can- smallpox. He came directly from cerous ulcerations of the face - Troy, N.Y.-Vaccination is promptand in various cutaneous eruptions, y going on in the street and neigh

. which, says the reporter, “have yielded, as if by enchantment, to the action of this new remedy.”

The smallpox is making great Some cases are detailed of the ni- ravages in Bavaria and Sweden. trate, but we need not insert them here.

The nitrate of mercury is a We make some extracts from the powerful escharotic, and the nitri- first number of the American Journal co oxyde of mercury has long been employed in this country as a reme

of Foreign Medicine, wbich has just dial agent of great efficacy, in the appeared. The matter is well seunguentum hydrarg. nitricooxydi. lected, and the mechanical part of - Journal of Foreign Medicine. the publication is neatly executed. Thomas Bell, M. D. has disco

The Massachusetts Medical Society vered that crocodiles and alligators held their annual meeting on Wedneshave a gland situated near the low- day last. We shall notice their proer jaw, which secretes a substance ceedings next week. of a strong musky odor, and is without parallel in other animals. The Dictionary omitted till next week,

The proper

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April 24.

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VOL. 5.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1827.

NO. 6.

From the London Literary Gazelle. which it exerts on the physical

MEDICAL ESSAYS.-NO. V. constitution of girls, at the same " Then, the whining schoolboy, with his period of life. I am fully aware, satchel

that as my subject advances, the And shining morning face, creeping like snail

obstacles raised by the overUnwillingly to school.” Shakspeare. whelming tyranny of fashion,

It has been truly said, by a against any innovation in her regreat writer,* that our bodies gulations, will necessarily ingrow up under the care of nature,

crease ; but, as he who is desiand depend so little on our own rous of instructing the public must management, that something more

not easily be daunted by opposithan negligence is necessary to tion, I will not shrink from the discompose their structure, or

task which I have undertaken ; impede their vigor." What this

and shall feel satisfied if these something is, so far as regards in- Essays produce materials for confancy, I have already attempted versation only ; for a discussion of to explain ; and in pursuance of the object of these Essays, I am

measures which may open a path now further to demonstrate it by to improvement and reformation. its effects-as connected with 1. Dress in Boyhood, as connectclothing, diet, exercise, and educa- ed with Health. The circulation tion,-in the stage of life betwixt of the blood between the interior infancy and manhood.

and the surface of the body, in In treating of infancy, the rea- the equilibrium which is requisite soning which I have employed is for the preservation of health, is applicable to both of the sexes readily maintained in boyhood by alike; but as these are no longer the restless activity which springs confounded, either in dress or in from the ardor of mind, buoyancy education, so soon as they pass of spirits, and determination of the limits of the infantile period enterprise, peculiar to this period the remarks now to be brought of life. The extrication of animal forward must be modified in their heat also being in proportion to application to the one or the other the vigor of the circulation, and sex. In the present Essay, there. the frequency of this, as indicated fore, I shall first treat of the in. by the pulse in the natural state, fluence of dress on health, in boy. being in the boy and the adult hood; and, afterwards, consider nearly as 9 is to 8 in the erect the still more important power posture, and 8 is to 74 in the ho

rizontal--the clothing of a healthy * Johnson.

boy is less requisite for preserving

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the due warmth of the body, than into action that something which, at any other period of life; and, more than negligence, discomposes if the climate of Great Britain the structure and imper'es the vigor were less variable in its tempera- of the youthful frame, it would be ture, little care would be requir- of little moment whether good ed in boyhood to preserve health taste, caprice, or fashion, directby dress. The everchanging sky, ed the choice; but health is too however, connected with our in- often sacrificed to taste and fashsular situation—besides the natu- ion ; and it is therefore necessary ral delicacy of constitution which to point out those circumstances many men receive at birth, and connected with dress which ought the artificial state of society in to be considered in the clothing which we live, render an atten- of boys. tion to dress essential, even in Whatever has a tendency to that stage of our existence in check the growth of the body, or which the greatest portion of bo- to impede the free exercise of dily vigor may naturally be ex- the limbs, is injurious in boyhood. pected.

Independent, therefore, of the The most important object of bad moral influence of too studied dress, in both sexes, in a rude an attention to dress on the youthstate of society, is to defend the ful mind, nothing can be more inbody against the inclemency of jurious to health than the tight the weather. As men advance jackets buttoned up to the throat, in civilization, that which was at the wellfitted boots, and the stiff first a mere covering of the per- stocks, which characterize many son, becomes also a medium for of the little, beardless fops of the the display of taste ; and the form present day. The poor boys and fashion of our clothes in boy- walk as if they were trussed for hood are determined by our pa- the spit, unable to look down, or rents, often more with a view to to turn their heads, and capable the gratification of their ideas of of using their arms only to dangle elegance and grace, than for uti- a little cane, or to draw a handlity In early life, the exube- kerchief from a sidepocket. The rance of our animal spirits, and consequence of this preposterous the carelessness of our nature, mode of dressing boys, is diminuwould naturally make us perfectly tive manhood, deformity of perindifferent either to the quality or son, and a constitution either althe condition of our attire--but, ready imbued with disease, or as we rapidly catch the infection highly susceptible of its impresof folly, it is not uncommon to see sion. Let us see the effect of an boys of ten and twelve years of opposite plan. If the clothes of age consummatecoxcombs in a boy be sufficiently loose to address, resembling, in miniature, mit the unrestrained action of the the most fashionable of those muscles and the joints, the growth whose lives are spent in exhibit- of the body is not impeded ; the ing themselves as paripatetic chest, therefore, expands, the blocks to display the productions limbs are filled up, the shoulders of tailors, hatters, and bootmak- increase in breadth, the stature

Could this gratification be rises, and the entire frame, acalways effected without calling quiring symmetry and strength in


all its parts, is rendered capable, sily torn or destroyed; but, as my not only of every manly function, remarks are intended to refer but of the most powerful exertion, only to the connexion of dress both scorning labor and remaining with health, I have merely to unsubdued by fatigue. It requires mention this general principle as little judgment to determine, necessary in guiding the selection which of these modes of dressing of the material for the dress of a boy is best adapted to secure boys, that it should be of a light that true beauty of person and and spongy nature. The object gracefulness of gesture, in adult of this is to preserve, as much as age, which constitute, as far as possible, the equable temperature relates to form, the perfection of of the surface; and, on the same the male species. No part of principle, loose clothing, which I the modern dress of boys is more have already stated to be necesabsurd, than' the stiff stock or sary for facility of movement, is neckcloth; it is not only injurious, preferable to tight clothing, owing by pressing on the jugular veins, to the air which is involved in it, and impeding the free egress of and interposed betwixt it and the the blood from the head ; but at skin, being a bad conductor of this period of life, by constantly heat, and, consequently, carrying pressing on the numerous and off less of the animal heat from complex muscles of the neck, it the surface than is conveyed prevents their growth, even pro- away when the clothes are apduces a waste of them, and, con- plied close to the body. The sequently unfits them for those greater vascularity and irritability varied actions which nature un- of the skin in boyhood than in doubtedly intended them to per- adult age render perspiration eaform. Indeed it would be a great sily excited and very copious in improvement were this part of boys ; and much care, therefore, dress altogether discarded; for, is requisite to make the clothing even in manhood, nothing is less of such materials as will readily tasteful than the envelopement of absorb the fluid exudations of the the neck--a very handsome fea- skin, and prevent the perspiration ture in the human bust-in seve- from being suddenly checked. ral folds of muslin, or in the ar- Some may think that these fears mature of three or four inches of of the dangerous effects of checka black stock, stiffened with hogs' ed perspiration are visionary as bristles, leather, or buckram. As relating to boyhood ; and, besides cramping the body, also, and many instances of boys, who, pressing on the pectoral muscles, while perspiring freely, have the great levers of the arms, I thrown off their clothes, and takmust condemn the use of braces en other means of checking troufor boys; the whole dress should blesome perspiration, with impuhang from the shoulders; but it nity, those who advocate the should not press on any part of hardening system may cite the the body. With regard to the old story of the Roman youths, material for dressing boys, if we who, whilst covered with sweat regarded utility only, it should be and dust, and hot from the violent such as should admit of friction exercises of the Campus Martius, and stretching, without being ea- plunged into the Tiber. Expe

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