592 itself was natural. The left auricle was dilated and its walls hypertrophied : the auriculo-v&ntricular orifice would not admit the point of the little-finger; its aperture was irregular and puckered, and converted into a calcareo ossific structure. The ventricle was somewhat dilated, particularly on its anterior surface. The aorta and its valves were healthy.—The Abdomen. The liver was in the first stage of "portal congestion," described by the pathologist KIERNAN; the other abdominal
... ther abdominal viscera were healthy. Doctor LA-THAM observed in his clinical lectnre, which followed the post-mortem inspection, that the lungs were obnoxious to that congestion and effusion of blood into its structure, known to pathologists under the title of yalrreonarg apoplexy, when disease of the heart existed, particularly in the one above detailed: he remarked, likewise, that when the cavities of the heart became dilated from mechanical causes, this phenomenon invariably developed itself in the order of the circulation, inasmuch as in the present instance, the cavity of the right auricle suffered the first aup;mentation, and the other parts of the heart increased consecutively. The lecturer then alluded to some other cases, of similar symptoms and appearances, which had obtained at this hospital, in confirmation of his views. THE vacancy which now exists in the medical department of Christ's Hospital, will enable the Governors of that noble institution to elect a gentleman to the office of RESIDENT SURGEON, whose abili. ties in the treatment of diseases of the skin are acknowledged throughout the kingdom. We shall advert to this subject in the next LANCET. CORRESPONDENTS. The letter signed A Looker on, is libeltons as it is now written. If the writer will consent m the removal oi the strong personal allusions, it shall be inserted. P. P. and others. Of course reference was made to the regulations of the Amty Medical Board. Lectures on the Instil utes of Medicine are common enough. Mr. Davidson. The first and third books of Celsus. Inquirer. It is quite obvious, from the general tone of the report in the Alorning Chronicle, that contagious diseases were spoken of, and not cutaneous.