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Readers, however mistaken he may happen to be, lays claim at least to our thanks for his good intention : but surely one who hath so much judgment as to hold his works cheap, is inexcusable for adding to the number of indifferent books already printed. Hapa py, indeed, is it that books, as well as men, are mortal, or in process of time the whole world might incur the danger of becoming one great library, and Authors be literally obliged to starve on their own works!
Our great objection to the poem before us, is, that many parts of it are very deficient in the harmony of numbers, fo essential to poetry; but if, as we suppose, it is the work of a juvenile Writer, he may in time acquire a more perfect ear than he possesses at present. We do not tax him, however, with a want of sense or sensibility; and, perhaps, he would do well to consider, whether, in any future production, he may not be likely to succeed better in prose.
Art. 30. An Epiftle to the King. 4to, 6d. Waller. - Very moral, but very dull.
MEDIC AL. Art. 31. A necessary Supplement to the former Esays on the medi- .
cinal Virtues of Hemlock.' By Dr. Anthony Störck, Aulic • Counsellor, and a chief Physician to her most sacred Ma
jesty the Empress-Queen, and Physician to the Pazmarian Hospital of the City of Vienna. 'With several Corollaries and Admonitions, and a Figure of the Plant used at Vienna, drawn from the Life. Translated from the original Latin, printed at Vienna, 1761. By a Physician. 8vo. Is. Becket.
We find this foreign physical Author, so often reviewed on this subject, is not discouraged from a farther prosecution of it, by the opinion of those unnamed “ medical people of great rank," who, he says, “ have given a premature and harsh sentence against Hemlock : nor yet by the enmity and ingratitude of other nameless perfons,” whom he professes “to have treated with the greatest respect, and all manner of good offices.” With regard to the former, if they have condemned it, without any experience of their own, or a wellfounded information of its noxious quality or inefficacy, they are justly censurable : though if their condemnation of it is oppoấtely circumstanced, they muit be as justifiable in rejecting, as Dr. Storck is in patronizing, it. But if any others, obliged to him, have ale lowed themselves in any personal scurrilities or invectives against him, even after having experienced the injurious effects or insignificance of his favourite plant, it is both ungenerous and absurd ; and perhaps. such conduct may partly arise from on the great honours and advantages which Hemlock has procured him. There is enough, however, in these repeated complaints, and, indeed, in our Auihor's oc
- casional concesions, to evince, that his medicine has sometimes been
found as ineffé&tual, and even as inconvenient, in Germany as in England. But since Dr. Storck has not acquainted us with the names, - nor the number of those who have decried it, we can form no eltimate • of their weight and proportion in respect to the many approvers of
fpecified in his former pamphlets. · · The cases in this pamphlet, being just as many cures, are twenty
two ; though some few Patients continued the medicine while he wrote. They took no other, and were afflicted with different diseases. Eight of them were schirrous, others ulcerous, and one had an open' cancer, which was almott healed, the Patient daily continuing to take a
drachm and a half of the extract, ;' He confesses however, there are . Jome cases, in which there is no success'; of the number of which ; we could wish to have been ascertained. It is very plain at the same s time, that Dr. Storck considers all' such as incurables, by any remedy
yet discovered. But we have the less occasion to despair entirely even about such, as he here expressly says, page 40. "If that was not fufficient, I have another ready-Thus I shall ascend by degrees,” &c. whence we may infer, the Doctor has been experiencing the effects of some other plant, and most probably of some poisonous one.
The Corollaries that follow these cases, are pretty fimilar to many in his former pamphlets, and predicate the Hemlock very • highly,.indeed. .Dr. Lebmacker has given him two histories of its
fuccess in ulcers after the small-pox; whence our Author recommends
the trying it in the severelt degrees and stages of that distemper. -5. In his Aimonitions, after confessing, “ he ha's had Patients of a!
kinds, to whom Hemlock was of no service (no such concession, we 2: think, having been made in his first pamphlet] tho' indicated from a ps fimilitude of the disease';" he immediately refers those who doubt of prithe certainty of the curés he has published, to the illustrious Van • Swieten, who, he says, has an account of the names and residence of the Patients.
Upon the whole of these Admonitions, they contain very little new. · "The burthen of the song is, Hemlock, Hemlock ! notwithstanding he *6.1 concludes at last, a little inconsistently," he does not affirn it has any .^ 'specific virtue.” He congratulates himself, nevertheless, on hearing - there are several Physicians who follow his example, about divers ") vegetables." Are there such as, like Hemlock, are to have no spe. .:ciho virtues ? For as to plants, or parts of plants, which will purge,
vomit, sweat, or provoke urine, we are not unprovided of duplicates, *""and quadruplicates abundantly. The researches of these Gentlemen 979 are, probably, exercised, like his own, among the deleterious vege
tables, which inay be indigenous, or native, in Germany, the Solae
num, the Cicuta aquaticn, and the Aconitum primum jardolisni hes of . Gesner, or Thora Valdensis of Ray, which Dr. Lewis supposes to be
the poisonous root discovered some years past, among the Gentian - imported from Germany. These venemous investigations seem to ve
rify cur predictions, vol. XXV. page 349, 350: nor is it very certain this fancy may not hereafter eitablish fome travelling Academicians,
for for making experiments with the poisonous vegetables in Nubia, and
'throughout the Torrid Zone. ... But if Dr. Storck has fome occasions to congratulate himself in *Vienna and elsewhere,' we find his admirers there have not been un
provided with certain opportunities to condole also with him, on the opposition of other Physicians.' Of such he thus feelingly complains, “They who might and ought to have 'alified me, defired to be excused. Yea, they have even, by sharp censures, and repeated harangues to the fons of art, condemned and proscribed my works, and would have them destroyed by fire and sword. Ah me! miserable fate of man!" Miserable enough, indeed ; though he must
have been the better enabled to support it, by the previous comfort ** he acknowleges, in compliment to Baron Van Swieten," Hap
py me! who have an opportunity to practice phyfic under the aufpices of to great a man.” There is nothing, however, very extraordinary in tliis vicisfitude of happiness and misery. As Foresighe fays, our lives are chequered : and we are truly concerned, on more accounts than one, that it is not honeilly at present in our power to add confi
derably to the number of our Author's Comforters, by many initances *** of thic' success of Hemlock among ourselves. · Perhaps the whole • trach' has not as yet been entirely drawn out of the well; but the
portion that has hitherto appeared here, has done, upon the whole, but moderate honour to the Extract. We have not a single instance, in the last volume of Medical Enquiries and Observations, of either its success or failure : but the 'declaration of theie Gentlemen in their preface, “ That they do not chuse to determine finally against the Hemlock, until it lias been tried to the utmost advantage,” bears an unpromising aspect. Mr. Pott, who must have had various opportunities of seeing, and hearing of its effects in ulcers, and in venereal cafes, in which Dr. Storck so * supremely celebrates it, has declared in his late treatise on the Hydrocele, “ it has been always in
fignificant throughout his acquaintance with it,” or fully to that "effcét,
The case we formerly mentioned in Ireland, as alleviated + by it, and for whose success we heartily wilhed, has terminated, we hear, in an entire cure. It had been named an occult cancer, and never ulcerated. The extract was given several months, and incicaled to fixty grains daily." On the other hand, a late interesting care in Cheshire, which feemed to mend confiderably for some time, under 'a course of Hemlock and the Bark, terininaied in a sudden and fatal hæmorrhage from the throat, to which the lait was not likely to contribute. We have been assured in some of the Doctor's former Corol. laries, that Hemlock does not act by a colliquation f of the blood; and in the present, " that it cures the molt malign ulcers, filtulas, • and finulles.” . It is certain, however, in this affecting.cale, it did not
* It carries off the reliezs (relics) of a venereal diffemjer, that yield 10 no other remedy. Page 27.
† Review, vol. XXV. poge 256.
impart such a consistence to the blood, as might have indisposed it to a hæmorrhage; neither did it prevent or cure such an ulceration, as might have eroded the blood vessels from which it issued. Briefly, if the experience of Dr. Storck, and of its other admirers, are to determine us, Hemlock is the word ; if our own, that assures us, cho' it be Jometimes a remedy, it is very often as fallible is many others. Perhaps it might not chagrin our Author, if several of our schirrous Patients, and others, were conveyed to Vienna, to receive it of true German growth, and according to his own preparation, with the concurrent operation of Austrian air and regimen: but this seems un. Likely to happen soon.
For our own part, we acknowlege, the very different consequences of this Extract in Germany and here (for in France it appears to have done very little) are so extremely difficult to account for ; that we are sometimes tempted to imagine the most extraordinary cafes it has cured abroad, (as the perfect removal of two schirrous tumours as big as the man's head, and on each side of it, &c. &c.) muit have resulted from such a poisonous state of the whole constitution, as could be removed by nothing less than another poison of an opposite quality. This, probably weak suggestion we have been driven to, from a resolution to credit Dr. Storck's evidence ftrily with regard to facts; and not to conclude, that, like other true Lovers, he had been agreeably amused with several imposing reveries *, and, under such an influence, had composed the Legend, instead of the History, of Hemlock. But having sufficient confidence both in his honesty and experience, we reject any such conclusion, notwithstanding many crudities, and some puerilities, which might be instanced in him as a Writer, but which by no means affect his credibility.
We have not seen the Latin original of this tract, the translation is always plain and intelligible; and we should not omit, that a good copper-plate of the righe Hemlock is prefixed to it; which, with the very deep glossy green leaves of the plant, its spotted hollow stalk, and its peculiar rank imell, may prevent any attentive perion from mittak. ing it. We may be deceived, perhaps, in supposing this pamphlet to be the last on the subject, that will require an English Review; but we shall certainly rejoice to find the Hemlock's future success here, equal to all its Patron's encomiums; and shall experience more pleasure in publishing our happy conviction of it, than we have felt from our pecefiary and well-intended ftrictures on all the performances concerning it. .
* An qui verè amant ipfi fibi fomnia fingunt? In fort, the many miraculous cures here afsribed to this Simple, may imply its medicinal viitues 10 exceed those of the fumous Moly and Nepenthe of the Peetso
*** The SERMONS in our next.
Conclusion of the Account of the Doctrine of Grace. By the
civert verii, Bishop of Gloucester. IN our last number we gave an account of what this learns
1 ed Author has advanced in the first part of his Discourse, which proposed to consider the office and operations of the holy Spirit as the Guide of Truth, who clears and enlightens the understanding. After having endeavoured to vindicate the inspiration of scripture, to distinguish the mode of that inspiration, to explain the character of an inspired language, &c. he proceeds to the second branch of his Discourse, which is, to consider the Holy Spirit under the idea of the Comforter, who purifies and supports the will. : And here, we are told, his divine power manifested itself: in the same miraculous operations. Sacred antiquity is very, large and full in its account of the sudden and entire change made by the Holy Spirit, in the dispositions and manners of those whom it had enlightened; instantaneoully effacing all their evil habits, and familiarizing their practice to the pera formance of every virtuous and pious action. '. . 'I - To this illustrious and triumphant conviction of the truth of Christianity, the very enemies and persecutors of our holy Faith have been forced to bear witness': «not only in the feris ous accounts which some of them (Pliny, the younger, Sue's tonius, Tacitus, &c.) have given of the innocence and virtue of PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY; but even in the močke: sy and ridicule of others, (Celsus, Julian, &c.).on the suba ject of the boasted virtue of water-baptifm; which was then * Vol. XXVII. : -.:. CG,"vi...'.com