« PrécédentContinuer »
in the world. He is, in his own opinion, another Heberden or Hippocrates, and is indeed an object of real wonder to the country people.” The sketch closes with rather a droll remark, " that those who could bear witness against his skill are all secured and silenced in the churchyard.” The German, whose letter I have quoted, said nothing half so severe as the concluding sentence : man who undertakes this profession, and recommends himself by address and artifice, without qualifying himself with preparatory knowledge, and who abuses the confidence of those who fly to him as to a guardian angel in the deepest distress, has very little title to the claim of an honest man, and deserves to be stigmatized and punished as the worst of villains.” Now this I think is carrying the joke rather too far: if he had only gone the length of prescribing the stocks or pillory, few, I believe, would object to the severity of the chastisement.
To me, reviewing these things calmly, and with all the seriousness which the importance of the subject demands, the conclusion from the whole matter seems this;—that education is the only security upon which any reliance can be placed, that this most useful of all arts is not abused to the vilest purposes, and converted into a curse instead of a blessing; and that education, to be available, ought to be laid broad and deep in early life.
- There is, as Knox observes, a certain enlargement of mind, which is lost in the narrow habits and confined views of those who take an active part in a lucrative profession.” Now these narrow habits are precisely what it clearly ought to be the very first of all objects of education to provide against. There is nothing else, I know, that has any chance to put down those wretched tricks of “
giving forked counsel and taking provoking gold.” Not that I think there is any infallible specific for making men honest ;-on the contrary, we may assure ourselves with Byron, that “ as long as there are men so ignorant as to be credulous, there will always be impostors to profit by their credulity.” But still I think
much might be done that is not done, because the thing is never thought about, the consideration of which I must reserve to another place. If the College of Physicians had never been of any use beyond that of keeping up a reputable rank in the profession, it is worthy of all its power and patronage.
In these piping times of peace, this gigantic evil of plausible charlatanry may be presumed to be considerable, when we reflect that with such a demand there is no outlet; and that the surplus medical force which is not wanted for the fisheries, is spread every where over the defenceless country; so that there is hardly an obscure corner that cannot boast its soidisant doctor or general practitioner.
1.-3Lescitation for the EncourageDEACTII gry, founded by Napoleon
cat is to encourage and invite ie 1300 CE zezany by the offer of prizes ir se IRS Seces discoveries, more immer inse to the arts and to huscany rere are two general meetings in je Vreize year, one in this month, (of Bhawach the accounts are audited, tinuiranog otaizinistration elected. Prvcier meetings Jay, for the distribution
wars: caci dranch of industry being superauch er isowa special committee. The erare che institution is not allowed to
Ni wazy models beyond those of the
1st March. — For the second time over the
Hôtel-Dieu. It is an extensive building, in the form of a quadrangle, containing on an average 1200 sick at a time, which is twice the number of St. Geneviève, the next hospital in Paris in extent and accommodation. The wards of the Hôtel-Dieu are remarkable for their cleanliness and freedom from every thing that can offend the senses. The tiled floors glisten with polish; and the beds, which run in three tiers parallel to the sides of the saloon, are hung with wholesome-looking cheerful white dimity curtains. The neat appearance, appropriate dress, and orderly behaviour of the attendants, is not less worthy of admiration. They are assisted by sixty of the sæurs de charité, who live in the hospital, and are in constant attendance, and indefatigable night and day, in administering aid to the miserable inmates. These women occupy apartments in the upper story of the building, and are ever ready to be called up all hours of the night or day, at a moment's notice. No praise can sufficiently do justice to the disinterested humanity of these excellent