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another dose of house medicine,in consequence of his bowelsnot being moved by the dosegiven him yesterday. To-dayle has had several copiousstools. Pulse about 100, andtolerably full. Tongue and skin.natural-stump comfortable-and spirits good. The opiatewas-repeated at night.
There have been no accidentsof the least importance admittedsince our last report; nor hasany other operation been per-formed.—In the case of HOLLI-WELL, there is no alterationworth noticing. ,
ERRATAIn the Report of this Hospital, given
last week.Page 161, line 27, for’ least’ read ’ best.’..............34, for ’ language’ read
’ large one.’..............45, for ’ Drelincinat’ read
Drelincourt.’.....45, for ’ Louis IV.’ read
, Louis XIV.’
ST. GEORGE’S HOSPITAL.
Jan. 30. A man was broughtinto the Theatre this day at oneo’clock to undergo the operationof Lithotomy. Upon introdue-ing.the sound-it would not passbeyond the membranous part ofthe urethra ; an incision wasthen -made into the urethraupon the end of the instrument,and a small oblong- stone ex-tracted : the obstruction to the
passing of the sound was causedby this body. --The staff was-then carried forward without anydifficulty into the -bladder ; thebistoire caché, was then passedinto the bladder, guided in itscourse by the groove of the staff,
and upon being withdrawxi cuta sufficient opening for the ex-traction of another stone of a
globular form. A considerablequantity of blood was lost dur-ing- the . operation. , Symp-toms of peritoneal inflammation -manifested themselves on the31st, when the patient wasbled to the extent of xvj.his bowels opened by a dose ofhouse physic, and since thatperiod he has been doing re-markably well. The aboveoperation was performed by Mr.KEAT’ E, and after it was com-pleted Mr. BRODIE removed ascirrhous tumour from the breastof a woman,, and amputated theleg of JAMES HARRISON -abovethe knee ; this patient statesthat his knee-joint had beenin a diseased condition for . thelast three years; it commencedby a gradual enlargement, at
length becoming exceedinglypainful, he was advised to poul-tice it—suppuration soon occur-red—an abscess farmed in the
joint, from which, upon beingopened some time since, wasdischarged a considerable quan-tity of fetid matter -- and subsequently, a fluid similar in appear-ance to common oil. As thejoint was continually gettin-worse under every plan of treat-ment that had been adopted, itwas deemed prudent to amputatethe limb to prevent the consti--tution from becoming furtherdebilitated, from the effects ofthe -irritation under which he-so long had been suffering’.Upon an examination of thejoint, after amputation had been
- performed, it was found that thecartilages -had been completelyabsorbed, and that the condyles
-of the femur were in a state ofextreme ulceration and enlarge-ment.
Since the operation his gene-ral health has very - much im-
proved, and he is now doingre-markablywell.
. We have received some com-munications about the case ofone of the individuals, whowas lately sentenced to be trans-ported for seven years, for steal-ing a body from a churchyardnear Chelmsford. The man’sname is CLARKE ; the crime ofwhich he was found guilty iscalled felony. No individual whotakes the least interest in thepromotion of medical sciencecan read this fact, and remainunconcerned at the consequenceswith which this and similar in-stances of the infliction of pu-nishment on resurrection men,are likely to be attended. Whilstthe human mind is graduallyfreeing itself of prejudice, owingto the rapid diffusion of know-ledge, it is most extraordinarythat-the one against the procur-ing- of bodies should remainundiminished and unabated,even with those from ’ whosestation in society we shouldhave least expected it. By thismeans the prejudice becomesmore deeply rooted in the mindsof the ignorant and uninformed,who are not able to think forthemselves. The effect of thishas been to throw almost in-surmountable obstacles in the
pursuit of that science, which,ofall others, has a greater tendencyto increase -the happiness -and
lessen the misery of mankind.To state that it is by dissec-tion alone that anatomy can beacquired, would be a mere re-petition of what must be a wellknown fact to the’tyro in medi-cine. But to those personswho ape indifferent to the ad-vancement of knowledge, andwho feel no desire to assistothers in its pursuit, unless theybe convinced that it is for theirown advantage, it may not beamiss to acquaint them, that theyare in reality endangering theirown happiness by the impedi-ments they throw in the way of,anatomical pursuits. Without
anatomy medicine and surgerycannot be .acquired; and bythese sciences some of the great-est evils which afflict human lifecan alone be relieved.
On a former occasion* we en-tered at length into the argu-ments connected with the sub-ject, we stated the object ofanatomical knowledge, the onlymeans by which it can be ac-
quired, and the difficulties ex-
perienced in obtaining subjectsfor dissection, we wish now toraise the members of the profes-sion from the apparent apathyinto which they have fallen,and to induce them to come for-ward and devise some means bywhich the present impedimentsmay be removed from the pur-suit of that science to whichthey devote themselves. The
legislature should be entreat-ed to interfere, some of themembers who rank high inthe profession, should waiton the Secretary of State forthe Home Department, and de-vise with him some plan that
, ___ Vide Lancet, p. 94, vol. I.