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Bagatelle, or trifle, we fhall leave to the smarts; as it would be a pity to rob them of the chief object of their Study.
Pet-en-l'air may fuit very well with French effronterie; for if the ladies of that country make no fcruple of watering their ruelles before the gentlemen who attend their levees, I fee no reafon why they should be afhamed of a f-t; but as no fuch offenfive wind is ever fup pofed to blow from fair English b-ms, we could wish they had found a name of a little more delicacy for this garment. We therefore humbly pray, that French words, as well as French drefs and French manners, may be laid afide, at leaft during the continuance of the prefent war; for we are apprehenfive, hould their language and cuftoms defcend to us, we should be taught, by their example, on the day of battle, to f-te le camp.
For these reasons we pray as above: and fhall, as in duty bound, hold them in everlasting abhorrence.
To the author of the SCOTS MAGAZINE.
children, called by our honest housewives Throbbing, you will very much oblige fome of your conftant readers.
In this disease they have fome intervals of eafe; but when the throbbing attacks them, they are much diftreffed in their breathing, and make a noife through their throat, as if they were ftrangling. The cure is, a pure, greenish, and plea fant liquid, obtained in this manner. Take about a Scots pint of fhell-fnails, fuch as are found about garden-walls, (thofe in May are the beft); wash them, to take away any dirt that may be on the outfide of the fhells; and immediately put about as much powder-fugar as can be taken up betwixt the finger and thumb, upon the fnail, into the mouth of the fhell; this prevents their crawling out; then prick them to death, by putting a large needle or point of a fork twice or thrice through the thell
and fnail both; then put them all to
Such is the known good effects of this liquid, that fome people in Bathgate, where no fuch fnails are found, have been at the pains to gather them here in Linlithgow, and put them in about the foot of their dikes there, in order to propagate them; but to no purpok ; for they always die.
The distance betwixt Linlithgow and Bathgate is only about three miles; yet it is a certain fact, that fuch fails as are found here, can neither live nor propagate there. As this feems a little exfome of your philofophical correfpond traordinary, it is earnestly wifhed, that ents would account for it.-1 am, Et. J. B. M.
LONDON CHRONICLE, Sept. 9.
The terror of France;
His religion without fuperftition.
Say all that's great and good,and he is that.
A letter from Dr John Pring to Dr Ro-
From l'hil. Tranf. vol. 50. pert 1. for 1757. was feized with a lingering feverish diforder, very much affecting his fpirits, but entirely unconnected with the tone. Dr Shaw, who attended his Lordfhip for me, that there had never been any topabout a fortnight before his death, told page of water, or pafling of bloody u
hearing of Lord or any about his bladder or
kidneys, during his laft illness; but that he now and then felt fome irritation in making water; a fymptom too inconfiderable to require any other medicine than the continuation of his lime-water; which, in a fmaller quantity, he drank till within two or three days of his end.
Mr Ranby and Mr Hawkins, furgeons, with Mr Graham, were present at the opening of the body; and from the two laft I received the account of the diffection.
Walpole's death, you would be defirous to know the fate of his Lordship's health from the time he published his own cafe; whether he continued the ufe of his medicines to the laft; what diftemper he died of; and, if his body was opened, what was the condition of his bladder and kidneys. I informed. myfelf, as well as I could, of all thefe particulars; and I hope I shall be able to give you fome fatisfactory account of most of them.
Last year, in the month of March, about ten months before his Lordship's death, I happened to meet him at a friend's houfe, where he dined; and never faw any man of his age with a more healthful appearance. He was then in his 78th year. He eat with an appetite, and of a variety of difhes; drank fome Madeira, and was very chearful the whole time. His Lordship then told me, that he had enjoyed perfect health fince he fen: his cafe to the Royal Society; that he thought it probable there was ftill a flone in his bladder, but fo diminished, or fmoothed, as to give him no uneafinefs; that he did not think it fafe to go about the ftreets of London in a coach, but that he went every where in a chair; and that, in the country, he could travel forty miles a day in his poft-chaife, without fatigue, or feeling any of his old Fains upon the motion: that he conti nued to drink, for a conftancy, three pints of oyster-fhell lime-water daily; and to take, as often, from half an ounce to a whole ounce of foap, by way of lenitive. All these circumstances I am fure of, because I noted them down when I came home.
From this time to the beginning of winter, Lord Walpole (as Mr Graham, his apothecary, informed me) continued in the fame ftate of health; but fome time after coming to town, his Lordfhip VOL.XX.
The coats of the bladder appeared to be a little thicker than natural, but were otherwife found. The glandula proftata was of a large fize, but not diftempered. They found three calculi; two lying loofe in the bladder; and the other, a very fmall one, fticking in the paffage, at that part which is furrounded by the prostate gland. Mr Graham favoured me with a fight of them all. The two firft were very much alike, being of the fhape and fize of the kernel of a Spanish nut; only the fides were irregulary flattened, but without forming any fharp angle. The furface of each was every where fmooth, except where there had been a feparation of fome fmall scales, not fo thick as one's nail; and the largeft exfoliation from one of thefe ftones appeared to have been nearly about the breadth of the nail of my little finger. The polish otherwife, as well as the colour of both, might be compared to a boy's marble. One of these calculi weighed 21 grains, the other 22 grains: they were heavy for their bulk, and feemingly of a hard fubftance. The fmalleft ftone having been put up with fome thers of the fame fize, taken out of the gall-bladder, Mr Graham could not be pofitive which of them it was; and therefore I can only fay, that what he thought most likely to be fo, was about the fize and fhape of the feed of an apple, 3 Y with
with the point broken off and the edge you; and fince you have been fo long ragged. This, as I obferved, was in the train of thinking, with more than found in the paffage, feemed to be co- ufual attention, on this fubject, I preming away, and probably had occafion- fume it would be very agreeable to the ed that irritation the patient had now gentlemen of the Royal Society to have and then felt during his laft illness. It a paper from you on this occafion; and weighed only about a grain. the rather as his Lordship began his courfe of foap and lime water, upon hearing of your fuccefs by that method of cure. I am, &c.
No parts could have a founder appearance than both the ureters and kidneys. The firft were not dilated; nor did the laft contain any flone, mucus, or gravel: the pelvis in each was of a natural fize.
The rest of the abdominal vifcera were in the fame healthful itate, except the gall-bladder, which was full of ftones. was about the fize of a
chefnut, but rounder. The furface was fmooth, particularly at one part, where it feemed to have rubbed upon a leffer calculus, of the fhape of one of the vertebra of a fmall animal, without the proceffes. This laft had a hollow on each fide correfponding to the convexity of the large ftone; and thefe cavities being finely polished, it feemed as if fome. times one fide, fometimes the other, of the small stone had been turned to the great one, and had been fhaped in that manner by the attrition. The larget calculus weighed one drachm two fcruples and two grains; the fmall one but nine grains: they both funk in water; and felt fpecifically heavier than any ftones I have ever feen taken out of the gall-bladder. Befides these two, there were feveral very fmall calculi of irregular shapes, and of rough surfaces, which all together did not weigh above five grains. Mr Graham, who had attended his Lordship for about forty years, affured me, that he never had any fymp. tom that indicated a stoppage of the bile, or the paffage of a ftone from the gall. bladder into the intestines.
Neither the head nor breaft were opened.
Thefe are all the materials I can furnish you with, relating to this cafe. If you defire to be more particularly informed of any of thefe circumftances, let me know, and I will endeavour to procure you all the lights I can. In the mean while, I fhould be glad to have your remarks upon what I have now fent
Dr Whyte's anfwer.
SIR, Edinburgh, March 16.1757.
ed more widely in any thing, than in their opinions of the medicines lately propofed for the cure of the ftone. While fome imagined, that Mrs Stephens's me dicines [i. 268.], or soap and limewater, were in moft cafes to accomplish a diffolution of the ftone; others have been pofitive, that nothing of this kind was to be expected from them: nay, they have condemned thefe medicines, when used in large quantities, and long perfifted in, as hurtful to the ftomach, guts, and urinary paffages; and have afcribed the remarkable eafe which they almoft always give to calculous pa tients, to their depofiting a calcarious powder upon the furface of the ftone, by which it is rendered lefs hurtful to the bladder. And this opinion feems to have been not a little ftrengthened, by the great quantity of white fediment obferved in the urine of thofe patients who have used foap and lime-water in confiderable quantities. Now, as I am of opinion, that most of these objections and doubts, concerning the effects of foap and lime-water in the cure of the ftone, may be cleared by a candid confideration of Lord Walpole's cafe, I fhall trouble you with a few remarks, which have occurred to me, in compa ring it with the appearances found in his Lordship's body after death, of which you were fo obliging as to fend me a par ticular account.
1. Whatever doubts may have been entertained concerning the cause of Lord Walpole's complaints, yet it now ap pears evidently beyond difpute, that they
in the bladder, generally weigh feveral ounces. Some years fince I faw a ftone, weighing near fix ounces, taken from a boy of no more than fourteen years of age.
3. Lord Walpole's cafe not only fhews the power of foap and lime-water to relieve the painful fymptoms, and prevent the increafe, of the ftone in the bladder, but also makes it probable, that these medicines do communicate to the urine a power of diffolving the ftone.
they must have been owing, not to a fcorbutic corrofive humour in his bladder, as was imagined by fome *, but to ftones lodged in it. These ftones may poffibly have lain there fince 1734; for from that time to fpring 1747, his Lordship was free of any gravelith complaints, only paffing fome red fand at times. But at what time foever they may have first arrived in the bladder, in 1747 and 1748 they feem to have acquired fuch a bulk, or were become fo rough or pointed in their furface, as to occafion great pain, frequent provocations to urine, and fometimes bloody urine; especially after any confiderable motion. Thefe complaints, however, were foon relieved, by fwallowing daily an ounce of Alicant foap, and three English pints of lime-water made with calcined oyfter-fhells: and from 1748 to 1757 his Lordship was kept almost entirely free from any return of them, except for fome months of 1750 and 1751, during which he took only one third part of the quantity of foap and lime-water above mentioned t.
2. It is highly probable, nay, I think, altogether certain, that the foap and lime-water not only relieved Lord Walpole of the painful fymptoms occafioned by the ftones in his bladder, but alfo prevented their increase.
If these ftones came into the bladder in 1734, they must, in fo many years as his Lordship lived after this, have acquired a very great bulk: nay, if we fuppofe them not to have been lodged in the bladder above a year before they began to occafion frequent inclination to make urine, with pain, and fometimes fudden floppages of urine; yet, from 1746 to 1757, they ought to have grown to a much larger fize than that of the kernel of a Spanish nut. It is true, the ftone may increase fafter in fome patients, and flower in others; but ftones, after remaining a dozen or more years
Phil. Tranf. vol. 47. p. 48. and Eff on lime-water, edit. 2. p. 197.
+ Phil. Tranf, vol. 47. p. 48. and 473. and Ess. on lime-water, p. 157. & 200.
The two tones found in Lord Walpole's bladder were of this fize, and weighed, one of them 22, and the other 21 grains.
In the beginning of 1749 his Lordfhip voided with his urine a calculous fubftance of a flat fhape, about the bignefs of a filver penny, and covered with a foft white mucus ; and upon the furfaces of the ftones found in his bladder there were fome inequalities, which feemed to have been made by the feparation of thin lamella or fcales. Further, the fmall ftone found in the beginning of the urethra must have been in a diffolving ftate, and confiderably leffened in the bulk: for, if it had lain long in the bladder, and never been larger, it ought to have been voided through the urethra with the urine; and it could not have arrived lately in the bladder, fince Lord Walpole had not had, for feveral years before his death, any nephritic pains, or fymptoms of ftones paffing from the kidneys; and fince it is not likely, that a ftone of the fize and shape of the feed of an apple would país through the ureters without being felt. Now, if this fmall ftone, found in the urethra, was partly diffolved by the virtue of the soap and lime-water; it will appear at least probable, that the two larger ftones in the bladder were fo likewife. But although Lord Walpole's calculous concretions had remained undiminished, and without any symptoms of diffolution; it would not therefore follow, that foap and lime water cannot diffolve the stone in other patients, where the concretion may be of a lefs firm texture.
The Rev. Dr Richard Newcome, now Lord Bishop of Llandaff, while drinking two English quarts of lime-water
Phil. Trans. vol. 47. p. 47
The ftone found in the beginning of the paffage from the bladder was of this lize, and weighed about a grain.
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daily, for the cure of the ftone in his bladder, poured his urine every morning and evening upon a piece of human calculus weighing 31 grains; by which, in the space of four months, it was reduced to three pieces, weighing in all only fix grains. Upon one of thefe pieces, weighing 2.31 grains, he caufed to be daily poured, for two months, the fresh urine of a perfon who drank no limewater; at the end of which time the piece of calculus was found to weigh 2.56 grains, having increafed in weight a quarter of a grain. This fame piece being afterwards fteeped in the Bishop's urine (who continued to drink lime water as above) from June 24. to July 9. was in these few days quite crumbled into powder. Since this experiment thews, beyond difpute, that lime-water, unaffifted by foap, can communicate to the urine a power of diffolving the ftone out of the body, it can scarcely be doubt ed, that it must have the like effect on it when lodged in the bladder. And that the diffolution of the stone in the bladder has been completed by foap a lone, appeared evidently in the cafe of the Rev. Mr Matthew Simfon, minifter of Pancaitland near Edinburgh; an account of which will foon be made public by Dr Auftin, who opened his body after death. Mr Simfon had, from 1730, been afflicted in a lefs or greater degree with the tymptoms of a stone in the bladder; and in November 1735 was found ed by Dr Drummond of Perth, and Mr Balderfton, furgeon in this city, by whom a ftone was not only plainly felt, but also by the patient himself. In February 1737 he began to take foap; and after 1743 never had any gravelifh fymp. toms. He died in May 1756; and when his bladder was looked into, there was neither ftone nor gravel found in it.
4. It appears from Lord Walpole's cafe, that foap and lime water, even when taken in large quantities, proceed very flowly in diffolving the ftone.
From July 1748, to the beginning of 1757, his Lordship drank three Englith pints of lime-water, and fwallowed for
* It is printed in this volume of the Phil. Trans, under the 28th of April, p. 221. & feqq.
the most part an ounce of foap, da except from April 1750 to June 17 during which time he took only pint of lime water, and one third of an ounce of foap, daily. How fpeedily foap and lime water may folve the greatest part of urinary out of the body, yet being mixed the aliment and humours of the ftot and guts, and afterwards with the mafs of blood, it is impoffible but force must be greatly impaired b they arrive with the urine at the bla When, therefore, urinary stones a an uncommon hard texture, we an haps fcarcely to expect any fenfibl folution of them by the ufe of foar lime-water: but when they are oft er kind, there is no reafon to that thefe medicines will in time & them; and this will happen foot later, in proportion to the hardn the ftone, to the quantity of the cines fwallowed by the patient, a exact regimen he obferves, as toi
But however flowly foap and lin ter may proceed in diffolving the yet they generally give fpeedy re the patient. Lord Walpole di take thefe medicines in the full q till the end of July 1748; and, in months after, he was not only relieved of all his complaints, but cember was able to ride an b miles in his coach, without findin uneafinefs, although the two las of the journey the horses went at trot . In winter 1750, and 1751, when his Lordfhip fwallow ly one third part of the foap and water which he had been in use t his pains and frequent inclinat make urine returned in a good deg but, after taking the medicines full quantity, he foon became as é before *.