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Printed for R. PHILLIPS, by W. Thorne, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London.
REMARKS ON THE DEATH OF ACADEMICUS's Child.
To the Editors of the Medical and Physical Journal.
Gentlemen, THE second letter of Academicus, respecting the case of his child, inserted p. 516, vol. xiii. of your useful work, excited a considerable degree of interest in my mind, and led me to peruse his former letter, with Mr. Cuming's and. Mr. Millett's, with closer attention than I formerly had done.
Upon a review of the whole case, I can see nothing to censure in the conduct and practice of B. D.; and if I did, I should not be satisfied, that I was invested with authority to condemn him.
Mr. Cuming appears to be nearly, though not altogether of my opinion, when he says, " Though delicacy almost forbids me to animadvert on the means adopted for · the recovery of the child, yet a sense of duty imperiously stifles inferior considerations." One cannot but admire the firmness of Mr. C. when we see him, amidst the conflict of contending passions in his mind, giving the palm of Victory to Duty, instead of feebly resigning it into the hands of modest Delicacy. How happy would it be for individuals and the nation, if every public man would saçrifice his feelings to a proper " sense of duty." Mr. C. has not, however, favoured the public with a copy of the commission, which imposed upon him such an imperious duty; and therefore I am still at a loss to conjecture, what power delegated to him such authority.
Taking the statement of Academicus as perfectly correct; Mr. C. goes on to determine, ex cathedra, the cause of the disease, and then, notwithstanding the agreement of the physician and apothecary who attended the child; (No. 77.)