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tes, Shakspeare and Fielding ; in whose Government respecting a pension, high and severe schools we are sure must have convinced those not preMr. Whitehead has studied, not for viously acquainted with her works, of matter, but for mode. It is not meant her high and uncompromising characto assert that there are not other ter. The little work now alluded to qualities also required in a writer of fully developes these qualities of her fiction, in which Mr. Whitehead may mind and heart; and, coming from a be excelled. As a record of human warm friend to the people, the mode character, skilfully and powerfully de- in which it points out their errors lineated, however, Mr. Whitehead may must be doubly valuable. The simrest assured that he has done some- plicity of the style, and the soundness thing more than add another story and completeness of the arguments, to the Circulating Libraries : he has should recommend it to every one turned over an additional page of the interested in promoting right notions history delineating human nature. amongst the multitude. The scholarship displayed in the fidelity of the history of the hero and his

Fine Arts. numerous associates, is so inferior an Mainzer's Musical Times, and Singing attainment compared to those we have Circular. A Fortnightly Journal, been dissertating upon, that it almost published on the 1st and 15th of every escaped us to say it is equal to his

Month. Imperial 8vo. London, 340, other powers. We, for our own part,

Strand. could have wished he had named his We cannot speak too well of the above chief personage Richard Dundas, or periodical, whether as regards its obRichard Jackson, or any thing else; ject or its contents. Its great aim is as the loading the memory of a well- to advocate popular musical education known person with fictitious events, -a work in which its originator is confounds the just limits of biogra- spending all his energies, and they apphy and fiction, and has the evil effect pear to be of no mean character. The of suggesting to the mind those paper consists of original articles by points of character as facts, which, Mr. Mainzer and other musical writers after all, can only be taken as the au of eminence; critical notices of musical thor's view of human nature, in this books; biographies, and miscellaneous instance, very safely : but in studying intelligence, &c. mankind we should be careful to dis We think it is eertainly destined to tinguish between the actual reveal- take the lead of all the musical Jourments of the phenomena of human nals. We should have been gratified nature, and even the highest author's in giving some extracts from the very exposition of them.

interesting matter of the last two or Mr. Leech's designs are well wor three numbers, did our space permit. thy to accompany the text; and this But we must be content to recomis saying everything for them. mend our readers to peruse it for

themselves. To the Profession, as well The Rioters : a Tale. By Harriet Marti

as to Amateurs, the “ Musical Times" neau. Second Edition. 18mo. pp. 104.

will be found to be of great interest London : Houlston and Stoneman.

and utility. The work contains sixThis is a very timely re-publication; teen pages of closely printed matter. and those friends of order and good We sincerely hope the spirited Proconduct, who have still a sympathy jeetor will receive that extended public with the unhappy and misguided suf- support which his undertaking so well ferers who think destruction can bet- deserves. ter their lot, would do a real service by largely distributing it. Miss Mar

Medical, &c. tineau's powers of telling a story, and The Anatomy of Sleep ; or the Art of her acquirements as a political econo- procuring Sound and Refreshing Slummist, are too well known to require ber at Will. By Edward Binns, M.D., our eulogy. Her stern sense of prin &c. Royal 12mo, pp. 394. London: ciple, as recently manifested in her John Churchill. noble correspondence with the late The above, the author avers, is the

first attempt to elucidate the laws is alive now in America ! On this fact for procuring sleep at will, by direct- weshall offer no opinion, but state that ing the activity of the cerebral organs. Dr. Binns informs his readers that

Many of our contemporaries have he learned from an American gentlenoticed this work in very eugolistic man, that it was generally believed in language; but it seems to us that the States that he was alive. We have they have all omitted that which dis- no space to devote to a critical analytinguishes it from all others, namely, sis of the mode of procuring sleep at the fact of a physician purchasing a will, but may add, that it is based on remedy, or supposed remedy, for the single sensation of Cullen; and sleeplessness, and presenting the re- consequently, for this, and much cipe to the public. This is what Dr. amusing reading, we must refer to Binns has done; and whether his plan the work itself. be efficacious or not, for this act he de

Retrospect of the Progress of Medicine serves the thanks of the public. The

and Surgery for the Year 1841-2. Doctor defines sleep to be “the art of

By Mr. Ē. O. Spooner and Mr. W. escaping reflection;" and thinks he

Smart. Read June 30th, 1842, becan prove that sleep is an active, and fore the Annual Meeting of the not a passive, condition of the body. Southern Branch of the Provincial He places this faculty in the gang Medical Association, and published lionic system; and, in his preface, at its request. 8vo. sewed, pp. 87. quotes Leibeg, Stevens, and Muller, Blandford : Shipp. in support of his doctrine.

Though originating no new views, Whether correct or not we will not

this offspring of the provincial mediattempt to assert or deny; but it has

cal press may not be undeserving of one recommendation which will go the attention of the profession at far with many readers, namely, it is

large, as a refresher to the memory, novel. In the sixteen chapters into

and a summary of the salient points which the work is divided, we have,

in the medical and surgical history among many questions treated of, all

of the last year. On the whole, the in a popular form, a very remarkable

authors evince good sense and disone on dreams.

cernment in the selection of their The author adopts Dr. Abercrom

topics and their mode of handling bie's division of dreaming ; but it is

them; but, for our own part, we plain that there are many dreams

should like their paper better withwhich cannot be included in these

out the pieces of monstrously fine four classes, and that there is still

writing, tagged on here and there to a book to be written on the subject

its general work-day texture. Some which shall give a more general ex little extra flourishing, we suppose, planation of the phenomena. Indeed,

must be allowed for in consideration Dr. Binns appears to be of this opi

of the pomp and circumstance of the nion, for he does not seem satisfied

occasion. I'here is a Pickwickianism with what he has written on the sub

in these proud gatherings that soars ject, as he hints that it is his intention above the level language of ordinary to pursue the subject in a separate vo

life. Still it is rather too strong for lume. We should say there was a wide

our taste to find our worthy reporters field yet unexplored, which would

“lamenting, with the poet, the conrepay the labour of exploration. But

cealment of many a gem in ocean's the subject is one which requires very depths serene.'» delicate handling.

The chapter on asphyxia, and death Lectures on Electricity, delivered at the from strangulation, contains some

Royal Victoria Gallery, Manchester, very extraordinary cases of resuscita

During the Session of 1841-2. 8vo. By tion after execution by hanging, es

William Sturgeon. pecially of a butcher by the name of Frictional electricity constitutes the Gordon, who was hanged at the Old subject of the present volume, which Bailey, of Dr. Dodd, and Fauntleroy, is to be followed by another on Galwho, it appears by an affidavit made vanism, &c. It appears to be a verbefore the Court of Chancery last year, batim transcript of a full popular course of lectures by the author, who them against the insidious approaches has been long and advantageously of that Protean disorder, indigestion ; known as an electrician. It may be that yearly slayer of thousands. Dr. a question whether he would not have Wilson Philip's inquiry into the nadone better, in preparing his lectures ture of the vital functions was underfor the press, to modify their form in taken for the express purpose of resome respects. The arrangement suit medying what early struck his acute able to the lecture-room may not be mind as existing defects in the practhe best adapted for private reading. tical department of British Medicine. More serious students will prefer the That inquiry was not, in the author's order observed in Professor Daniell's opinion, completed till the year 1836; Introduction to Chemical Philosophy. its results, therefore, have not yet been On the other hand, Mr. Sturgeon's fully adopted by his professional conplan has something in it of a dramatic temporaries; indeed, it was not till interest, that will, probably, recom- within the last few years that their mend it to a large class of readers, who practical importance became clearly would shrink from the severity of known to himself. There seems, thought required by such works as therefore, no escaping the alternative Daniell’s. The book before us abounds put by the Doctor: those persons to with interesting facts, and may be re whose cases his principles are applicommended to those who approach cable, must either read his book, that the subject without much previous so they may be able to compel the atscientific discipline.

tention of their medical advisers to A Treatise on Protracted Indigestion its principles, or they must wait till a and its Consequences ; being the Ap new race of practitioners has come plication to the Practical Department forth from the schools where these of Medicine of the Results of an In. principles are now taught. Death, quiry into the Laws of the Vital however, may in the meanwhile put Functions ; addressed by the Author, his veto upon the latter resolution. on his Retirement from the Medical Profession, both to the Members of

Descriptive Anatomy, By J. Cruveilthat Profession, and the well edu

hier, Professor of Anatomy to the cated Public, particularly Parents.

Faculty of Medicine of Paris, &c. By A. P. W. Philip, M.D., F.R.S.,

2 vols 8vo. pp. 1217.-Library of &c. 8vo. pp. 367. Longman and Co.

Medicine. Whittaker and Co. This is the eighth edition of the work. Cruveilhier's “Descriptive Anatomy" Were it purely technical, there would needs no encomium of ours to enhance be no need that we should do more its European reputation. The prethan announce the fact of its publica sent translation has been executed, tion; but as it has been coniderably with the express sanction of the aumodified, with a view to rendering it thor, by Dr. W. H. Madden, and reaccessible to general readers, it may vised throughout by Professor Sharnot be superfluous to drop a word or pey. It is accompanied by occasional two by way of introducing Dr. Wilson notes, which are just what notes to Philip and his work to the latter. Be such a book ought to be ;-perfectly it known, then, that the Doctor has subservient to the text, brief, and been nearly forty years an ornament embodying such subsidiary facts as to the profession from which he re- ought to be known to the English tires, and that during the greatest student. The work is abundantly ilpart of that time he has been, if not lustrated with small, but finely exesingly the foremost, at least conspi- cuted, woodcuts, the great utility of cuous among the few foremost, ori- which will be readily appreciated. ginal investigators of physiology in The form of the book (no trifling this country. The present work is consideration with respect to one that intended for an exposition of the most is to be carried to and from the disimportant practical applications of secting room) is the most convenient the principles elaborated by the pa compatible with the voluminous natient labour of a long life. To the ture of its contents. Each volume public its more immediate utility will will fit snugly enough in one of the consist in its warning and arming pockets of those hyperborean gar

ments in which our students rejoice

art of wood-engraving can be carried

to a higher pitch of perfection than during the winter session. Clinical Midwifery; with the Histories of

is attained in many of the wood cuts Four Hundred Cases of Difficult La

with which this book is profusely bour. By Robert Lee, M.D., F.R.S.,

adorned. &c. Fcp. 8vo. pp. 224. Churchill. The Botanical Text Book for Colleges, A succinct account of the cases of Schools and Private Students. With difficult parturition which came under numerous engravings on wood. By the author's notice during a period of

Asa Gray, M.D. Fisher Professor of fifteen years, arranged under a few

Natural History in Harvard Univer.

sity, &c. Post 8vo. pp. 413. Wiley general 'heads, and accompanied with

and Putnam : New York. pertinent remarks. We think the work well calculated to effect the

A work both intrinsically and exter

nally creditable to the American press. author's purpose of remedying in some degree that want of experience

It contains an able digest of the prinand clinical instruction, which is too

ciples of vegetable physiology to the often painfully experienced by the

full extent of their development up young practitioner in midwifery in this

to the present day. It adopts, for country. English medical literature

instance, with due acknowledgment, is by no means rich in works of this

some of the principles recently so ably kind; and we would most strenuous

advocated by our countryman, Proly dissuade the student from having

fessor Johnston, of Durham. The recourse to foreign helps in this de

systematic part is entirely after our partment. Much as we esteem the

own heart; for why? it devotes but six labours of our Continental brethren

pages to the bugbear system of Linin other departments of medicine, we

næus, and upwards of two hundred deprecate the admission of their ob

to the natural system, spaces which stetrical books into the hands of

pretty fairly represent the ratio of the Englishmen, who are not well ground

pleasures and advantages they reed in the principles and practice of

spectively offer to the botanical stuBritish Midwifery.


Poetry, &c.
Natural History, &r.

The Sepulchre of Lazarus ; RecollecA History of British Forest Trees, in. tions of Scotland, and other Poems.

digenous and introduced. By Prideaux By Sarah H. Moulton. Post 8vo. John Selby, F.L.S., M.W.S. &c. Il. pp. 136. London : Saunders and Otlustrated by nearly 200 engravings. 8vo. pp. 540. Van Voorst.

The most ambitious poem in this colA beautiful book, worthy of its beau- lection is the “Sepulchre of Lazarus," tiful subject. It notices thirty-one which is divided into two parts. The genera, some of which comprise se other pieces are of a miscellaneous veral species and varieties. The au character, and some of them are in thor, who has been forty years a prose. To produce smooth and evenscientific planter, writes out of the flowing versification is no rare talent fulness of his knowledge and his love in the present day, and is the chief of his noble nurslings. The best resource of those, who, as in the preidea that in our limited space we can sent instance, have met with such regive of his general method, will be verses of fortune as to induce a meafforded by transcribing the headings lancholy temperament. In such proof one of his chapters : take for in- ductions pleasing thoughts are often stance the SYCAMORE or GREAT found, and a gentle expression that MAPLE - Synonymes and Specific is tranquillizing. Poetry, however, characters--Picturesque character- requires more than this, and it seems Geographical distribution-Uses of marvellous what is the intention of the wood and sap— Soil - Insects issuing such productions. When it which live upon it-Mode of propa- is considered that there is every progation - Varieties- Statistics. It is bability that Shakespeare never sancardly conceivable that the exquisite tioned the publication of him ;

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Mrs. Ward's Bur al of Oliver CromFriendship's Offering and Winter's

well, may be part calarized amongst Wreath; a Christmas and New Year's many of merit. Present for 1843 ; or, a Literary Al. Whistle Binkie. A Collection of Songs bum and Annual Remembrancer. for the Social Circle, 32mo. in 4 parts, Fcap. 8vo. bound, pp. 384. London : pp. 496. Supplement, forming part 5, Smith, Elder and Co.

pp. 124. Glasgow: Robertson. The days for Annuals are nearly over. This is a collection of Songs written and the fashion has lasted a long time and sung by a convivial society at for a fashion. A few, however, still Glasgow. It was first edited by Mr. linger; and, curious enough, the ori. Carrich, a man of considerable literary ginal ones seem to have more vitality acquirements, and self-taught. And than the younger. Considering the lastly by Mr. Rodger, a gentleman price, the Friendship's Offering is as exceedingly popular in his own lopretty a present as can be made. The cality. Being chiefly in the Scottish embellishments are nine in number, dialect, it may not be right for a and the subjects are all popular, more Southern to sit in judgment; but especially the frontispiece, which con seeing that every one can feel and sists of a group of the Royal Family ; understand Burns, there can be little and as it is stated by the editor to be force in that argument. They are the only engraving that gives them fluent, and have the air and tone of thus, it will be particularly interesting the really fine lyrics with which Scotto the purchasers of this kind of vo- land abounds : but they are not the lume. The other engravings are of production of poets and men of gevarious merit; and though perhaps nius, although there is occasionally if judged of as works of art may not some smartness and cleverness. Gebe of the highest kind, yet, as em- nerally, however, they are extremely bellishments of a pleasing miscellany, common-place, and seem like a ma. are very creditable and pretty.

nufactured article made to particular The letter-press aims at nothing patterns, and all bearing the same very lofty, but comprises some in mechanical cut. They are not to be teresting tales and poetry, in which found fault with exactly; and some may be found stanzas worthy of the persons may ask wherein they differ appellation.

from the genuine : to such we can

only say, one wine of the same speForget me Not; a Christmas, New Year's

cies is totally different to another, and Birth-day Present for 1843. Fcp.

and yet it “would puzzle a conjuror" 8vo. pp. 354. London: Ackermann to put down in words wherein conand Co.

sisted the difference. It is possible, This, the origin of all the Annuals, is however, that to Scotch people they still one, if not the best, of this de may have charms of allusion that caying race. This year the embel those “who are not to the manner lishments average an equal value with born,” cannot understand :-in these foregoing ones, and the letter-press cases the reader “should minister to is no way inferior. The frontispiece, which has no painter's name, is a very beautiful female head. Jane Politics and Statistics, &c. Vavasor's Visit, by Franklin, and the Fourier and his System. By Madame Birthright, by Wright, are also very Gatti de Gamond. Translated from pleasing designs. The latter looks the Fourth French Edition. By T. very much as if originally intended C. Wood, Jun. Esq. with a short Bioto illustrate Measure for Measure; graphical Sketch, extracted from "The and represents, very well, Isabella's

London Phalanx." 8ro. sewed, pp. interview with Angelo. This, how

104. London : for the Author, ever, may not be the case. The let To criticize the present work would ter-press of the volume is varied, and be to enter upon a discussion that comprises some contributions of con- would involve all the great question

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