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facts. They will, as in the present in- different disorders to each other, whestance, be taken from the practice of the ther chronic or acute, as they prevail New-York Public Dispensary, in which throughout the city. there are annually treated the cases of The different kind of fevers, enumemore than three thousand patients. The rated in the above catalogue of diseases, Reporter being one of the attending in general, presented nothing untoward physicians to that extensive charity, and in their symptoms, and for the most useful school of practical medicine, feels part, yielded very readily to the remeit a duty which he owes to the profes- dies usually prescribed for their relief. sion, to communicate a part of the fruits Under the head of Continued Fevers, of his experience: and his observations, are enumerated the Synochus and Tyhe trusts, will be the more valuable pbus, in their different degrees and vafrom being made among a class of the rieties, whether arising from contagion, community most exposed to the in- or produced by the operation of cold, fluence of the weather, the vicissitudes and other debilitating causes. of the seasons, and other morbific causes. It will be seen by a perusal of the The wide range of observation afforded foregoing list, that the most prevalent by a large and well regulated public diseases of New York, are affections of Dispensary, will warrant the assertion, the lungs and bronchia. No less than that the practice of such an Institution, one hundred and eighty-six cases of presents opportunities of improvement Pneumonia alone, are recorded in the and instruction, far superior to those table. The far greater part of these possessed by practitioners in general, appeared in that form of pulmonic inand even to those enjoyed by the phy- flammation denominated Peripneumosicians of a public Hospital, in which a nia. In several of these the patient disease is rarely seen until it be consi- complained of a difficulty of breathing, derably advanced, and then only in an with a sense of load, tightness, and op“ artificial situation," divested of its pression of the chest, rather than of acoriginal localities, or those surrounding tual pain ; wbich symptoms were somecircumstances by which it was modified times attended with a state of debility or influenced. The great facility of ac- or general depression of strength, that cess to a Dispensary, on the contrary, seemed to render the use of the lancet gives to the medical attendant oppor- inadmissible. Blisters to the chest, tunities of observing, and carefully aperient medicines, diaphoretics, and watching a disease through all its pro- preparations of squill, or sometimes of gressively varying stages, from the mo- antimony, were the remedies which ment of its invasion, to its termination; seemed to give the most certain relief. and that, too, in the very spot' where itThe only unusual epidemic disease, originated, and surrounded by the cir- that will be found upon the list, is that cumstances which affect it.
of small pox, which was most prevalent With these general observations, the during the autumn and winter of 1815Reporter proceeds to offer a few brief 16, and destroyed during its visitation remarks on some of the diseases of (as appears from an inspection of the 1816, a year remarkable for the unex- bills of mortality for the city more than ampled coolness and dryness of the 250 persons ! a circumstance the more greater part of the spring and summer to be lamented, inasmuch as the pubteasons.
· lic are in the possession of a safe and The present periodical account of effectual preventive. The principal diseases, may, with some exceptions, cause, perhaps, which led to the exterbe regarded as a tolerably exact epitome mination of this loathsome disease, was or general view of the state of Epi- the general diffusion of vaccination demics, and the relative proportion of among the poor ; of whom more than four thousand were vaccinated from the On the subject of chronic complaints, Dispensary alone, during the preva- some remarks will be offered in future lence of the epidemic. Of this number numbers. The most prevalent, and at • not a single instance of the occurrence the same time most important ones, of the small-pos after the vaccine during the period under consideration, disease, bas come before the Dispensa. were asthenia, or cases of general debiry.-In connexion with the present sub- lity, comprehending a large proportion ject, it may be proper to mention an of diseases usually denominated nerextraordinary instance of the communi. vous ; chronic rheumatisms; catarrhal cation of small-pox, to the faetus in and pulmonary affections ; disorders of utero, which came under the observa. the stomach, intestinal canal, and utetion of the writer in the month of March, rine system; and lastly, a large number 1816.-A Mrs. W- , of this city, of chronic eruptions of the skin, of vawho had formerly gone through the rious kinds, but chiefly the scabies ; small pox, was a few days before lying. the papulous eruptions, particularly the in, casually exposed to the variolous prurigo, or severe itching of the skin, contagion. She went ber full time, and both general and local; the porrigo, or was delivered of a living child, which scald-head; some tubercular affections ; sickened on the second day after birth, the humid, or running, and the dry, or and on the fourth and fifth days, was scaly tetter; the pityriasis or dandruff; covered with eruptions of a confluent and a case of lepra. In tracing the small pox. The child died on the nine. origin and causes of these affections of teenth day. It is almost superfluous to the skin, they were often found to be mention that the mother did not take the connected with a general vitiated habit disorder, or show any visible marks of of body, sometimes with disorders of its operation. As to the disease with the stomach, with obstructions of some which the infant was affected, being a of the viscera, or a state of asthenia, or genuine and well marked case of small general debility. But the most frepox, there could not be the smallest quent of all causes, was the babitual doubt; and in this opinion the Reporter neglect of cleanliness. was further confirmed by the concur
In some cases of chronic rheumatism rence of Dr. Hosack, whom he request,
· which came under the treatment of the ed to see the case. A similar instance
Reporter, after proper evacuations, the of the communication of small pox is recorded by Dr. Mead; and cases
most decided benefits were experienced by Dr. Jenner, in the first volume of
from the use of the Peruvian bark, and
the Pulvis Doveri, given at night. As the Medico Chirurgical Transactions of London. One practical inference to
an embrocation to the affected joints, be drawn from them is, that it is dan
o the patients were sometimes ordered gerous both to the mother and the child, equi
ma equal parts of the volatile and soap linifor a pregnant woman to expose herself
is ments, with a small quantity of Tincto the contagion of small pox, even"
en tura Opii. though she may have had that disease. The case of Tetanus arose from a
The cases of varicella, or chicken wound in the bottom of the foot, by a pox, were chiefly of the confluent kind, nail. As the patient was removed to and by an inattentive observer, might the Hospital, the result is not known. easily have been mistaken for small An unequivocal case of Neuralgia, or pox.
Tic Douloureux, was cured by the liThe other principal acute disorders beral use of bark, after the failure of that remain to be noticed, consisted many remedies usually prescribed in mostly of a few cases of rheumatism ; that disorder. ipflanimation of the eyes and throat; dy. The intemperate use of spirituous lisenteria; and cholera, chiefly of infants. quors, and the abuse of tobacco, evi.
dently laid the foundation for most of body. Its cure was effected by the use the cases of dyspepsia and gastrodynia. of antimonials, Dover's powder, and a
One of the cases of Pseudo-Syphilis decoction of the woods, with a course was of the tubercular kind of eruption, of tonics. and arose from a primary burrowing JACOB DYCKMAN. M.D. ulcer of the ankle and foot, occurring in a person of a debilitated habit of New-York, January, 1817.
ART. 17. MISCELLANY.
From James's Travels in Sweden, Prussia, &c. fell back in astonishment at what he
saw; again, however, taking courage, THE following narrative of an extra. he made his companions promise to
1 ordinary vision of Charles XI. is follow him, and advanced. The ball taken from an account written with the was ligbled up and arrayed with the king's own hand, attested by several of same mournful bangings as the antihis ininisters of state, and preserved in chainber: in the centre was a round the Royal Library at Stockholm. table, where sat sixteen venerable men,
· Charles XI. it seems, sitting in bis each with large volumes lying open bechamber between the hours of eleven fore them : above was the king, a young and twelve at night, was surprised at man of 16 or 18 years of age, with the the appearance of a light in the window crown on his head and sceptre in his of the ball of the diet: he demanded hand. On his right hand sat a personof the grand chancellor, Bjelke, who age of about 10 years old, whose face was present, what it was that he saw, bore the strongest marks of integrity; and was answered that it was only the on his left an old man of 70, wbo seemreflection of the moon; with this how- ed very urgent with the young king that ever he was dissatisfied ; and the sena- he should inake a certain sign with his tor, Bjelke, soon after entering the head, wbich as often as he did, the veroom, he addressed the same question nerable men struck their bands on their to him, but received the same answer. books with violence. Looking afterwards again through the Turning iny eyes, says he, a little window, he thought he observed a further, I beheld a scaffold and execucrowd of persons in the ball : upon this, tioners, and men with their clothes said he, Sirs, all is not as it should be ; tucked up, cuiling off heads one after the
in the confidence that he who fears other so fast, that the blood formed a God need dread nothing, I will go and deluge on the floor : those who suffered see what this may be. Ordering the were all young men. Again I looked two noblemen before-mentioned, as also up and perceived the throne behind Oxenstiern and Brabe, to accompany the great table almost overturned ; near him, he sent for Grunsten the door- to it stood a man of forty, that seemed keeper, and descended the stair-case the proiector of the kingdom. I tremleading to the hall.
bled at the sight of these things, and • Here the party seem to have been cried aloud-" It is the voice of God! sensible of a certain degree of trepida- – What ought I to understand ?-When tion, and no one else daring to open the shall all this come to pass ?"— A dead door, the king took the key, unlocksilence prevailed; but on my crying ed it, and entered first into the anti- out a second time, the young king anchamber: to their infinite surprise, it swered me, saying, This shall not hapwas fitted up with black cloth: alarmed pen in your time, but in the days of at this extraordinary circumstance, a the sixth sovereign after you. He shall second pause occurred; at length the be of the same age as I appear now to king set his foot within the hall, but have, and this personage sitting beside
me gives you the air of him that shall and bequeath the whole, like the hierobe the regent and protector of the realm. glyphic in Moore's Almanack, “ to the During the last year of the regency, better ingenuity of my readers.” -pp. the country shall be sold by certain 160—163. young men, but he shall then take up 5. the cause, and, acting in conjunc- Fletcher of Salton. The following tion with the young king, shall establish anecdote is contained in a letter from the throne on a sure footing; and this Lord Hailes to the Earl of Buchan, in in such a way, that never was before, relation to Fletcher of Salton, of whom or ever afterwards shall be seen in the Earl proposed to publish a life. Sweden so great a king. All the Swedes A footman of his desired to be disshall be happy under hiin; the public missed, "Why do you leave me?" debts shall be paid; he shall leave said he ; " Because, to say the truth, I many millions in the treasury, and shall cannot bear your temper.”_" To be not die but at a very advanced age : sure, I am passionate, but my passion is yet before he is firmly seated on his no sooner on, than it is off.” - Yes," throne shall an effusion of blood take replied the footman, “and it is no place unparalleled in history. You, sooner off, than it is on.” added he, who are king of this nation, see that he is advertised of these mat For the American Magazine. ters: you have seen all : act according NEW-YORK CONSERVATORIO. to your wisdom.
The taste for music is rapidly adHaving thus said, the whole vanish- vancing in this country, and especially ed, and (adds he) we saw nothing but in our city. ourselves and our flambeaus, while the Models of excellence in this art are anti-chamber through which we passed daily exhibited to our citizens, and an on returning was no longer clothed in increasing attention is given to it, both black.-" Nous entrames dans mes ap- as a branch of polite education, and as partemens, et je me mis aussitôt à écrire a source of innocent and rational amusece que j'avois vu : ainsi que les avertisse- ment. ments, aussi bien que je le puis. Que It follows that the bad music, and de tout est vrai, je le jure sur ma vie et wretched perforinance in our churches, mon honneur, autant que le Dieu m'aide is more and more perceived and regretle corps et l'ame.
ted. “Charles X1. aujourd'hui Roi de Suède.” To improve our church music effec“ L'an 1691, 17 Dec.
tually, something more than singing« Comme témoins et présents sur les schools is necessary. A support should lieux nous avons vu tout ce que S. M. be offered to such professors as are coma rapporté, et nous, l'afferinons par petent to teach in every department of notre serment, autant que Dieu nous aide the science and practice of music, and pour le corps et l'ame. H. L. Bjelke, who are inclined, from principle, to de. Gr. Chancelier du Royaume,-Bjelke, vote their labours to the church. Sénateur,-Brahe, Sénateur, --Ax. Ox- No one ought to be received as a enstierna, Sénateur,--Petre Grunsten, leader in the devotions of the sanctuary Huissier."
who is not an adept in music, both as • The whole story is curious, and a science and an art. The study and well worth attention ; but unless the practice requisite to qualify a person for young king's ghostly representative that duty, will necessarily preclude him made an error in his chronological cal- from other employments than those culation, it will be difficult to reconcile which pertain to his profession; and the time specified with that which is yet his office in the church should prevent to come. I can offer no explanation, his receiving emolument at the theatre,
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or entering into other engagements in- make, and the pleasure which they decompatible with his station.
rive from it, are the best comments on If it be of importance to have pro- its excellence. A class of from one to fessors to lead in our churches who have two hundred, by attending three times a cultivated taste, and a knowledge of in each week for one hour during three the principles of music, it is of prima- months, may be instructed to sing any ry importance to establish an institution common music at sight, and at the same in which these principles shall be time to know inore of the principles taught, and where this taste shall be than can be learnt by any other method. cultivated.
Music was the first thing heard after This seems emphatically an age when the creation, when the morning stars different denominations of Christians sang together, and the sons of God are combining their efforts to spread shouted for joy. As a science, it is the benign influence of the gospel of deep, complex, and interesting.--As an Christ. This unity of effort in a great art, it is capable of calling into action measure allays the asperity of conflicto all the finest feelings of our nature. It jny opinions, and extends and strength- can even excite and elevate devotion. ens the bonds of Christian charity. Let it, then, be hallowed to this exalted
There are grounds on which all sec- purpose. tarians may meet and barmonize. The appropriateness of vocal praises in the There is a degree of sprightliness sanctuary is one of those points on in the following letter, which we copy which all agree. The American Conservatorio seems
me from the Gentleman's Magazine, of Noto be formed on a plan well calculated vember last, that induces us easily to to promote the desirable object of im- overlook the national vanity that it beproving sacred music.
trays. It bears to have been written If suitable encouragement be given to it,-if the churches will unite in its
by a tourist, in 1815. support, it inay be matured into a se- “My last letter left me at Ath, in the minary, where musical gerius may re- province of Hainault. On our arrival ceive an elevating impulse that will at the Inn, we were told that the comconsecrate its efforts.
pany were just sitting down to dinner Much has already been done by the at the Table d'hote, and I proposed to Conservatorio with but very little pe- ny fellow travellers (the English party cuniary aid. Compositions have been whom I had joined at Lisle) that we produced and exhibited in it, which will should take pot-luck with our host. not suffer by a comparison with any in The moment we entered the room, the world. A solo singer has been al- where we found a numerous party, male ready formed, who has no competitor, and female, it was evident, before and who will devote bimself exclusive- we opened our lips, that we were reJy to the service of the church, is a cognised to be of British growth. I competent support be afforded for the could hear some of the company wbisinstitution.
per, Ce sont des Anglois; and the eyes The system of instruction in singing, of the female part of the company were in composition, and for instruments, very significantly directed towards the which has been adopted, is that which young lady who was of our party. Behas been used in the first conservatorios ing aware that this page will meet that in Europe, and would probably not have lady's eye, I forbear indulging my pen been introduced here, but for this insti- in a strain of panegyric which other. tution.
wise would be grateful to my feelings, The rapid progress which pupils although I hope I may be pardoned for