Bibliographical Notices Five Essays . By John Kearsley Mitchell, M.D., late Professor of Practice of Medicine in Jefferson Medical College, &c. Edited by S. Weir Mitchell, M.D. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1859. 12mo. pp. 371
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
There is, following the Report, an excellent wood-cut, with an accompanying explanation, and which "is a representation (of the natural size) of the ftindus of the right eye alter excision ; " which operation was done in consequence of disease which was found to have invaded the choroid, sclerotic and retina. (See same Journal, No. 3, pp. 119, 121.) From what we have presented of the contents of one number of this elegantly printed and carefully prepared journal, we are confident that our
... dent that our readers will perceive that it is one which no special ophthalmic surgeon can afford to be without. The names of its contributors alone, would sufficiently guarantee its character, and its editor is untiring both in his official capacity and as a writer for its pages. We find it ever welcome, entertaining and instructive, and wish it abundant success. _ Five Essays. essays have all appeared before the public, in various periodicals, with the exception of that on animal magnetism, which we commend especially to the attention of the reader, as the best paper on the subject with which wo are acquainted. Dr. Mitchell devoted many years to the investigation of the phenomena of what is called mesmerism, animal magnetism, vital induction, &c, and from a man of his extremo accuracy, both in observing and weighing natural phenomena, \\ c could but expect to have the truth of the matter, lie says, speaking of the continued existence of a power which has been repeatedly pronounced to be defunct, " There must be some peculiar reason for this extraordinary vitality in an apparently absurd subject. We no longer hear of witchcraft or astrology among the educated and the wise. Belief in ghosts ceases with ignorance. But mesmerism has never lost its hold upon a portion of the élite, of our enlightened age ; und at this moment, the almost entire population of educated New England disregards the monitions of Franklin, ami the ridicule of Dubois, and has its hundreds of inagnetizers and its thousands of somnambulists." In all his experiments, Dr. Mitchell was governed solely by the love of truth, and the desire of discovering it. He applied the most rigid tests, he took every precaution to exclude error, he was indefatigable in his investigations. We should be glad to give the details of his method of experimenting, but for this tve can only refer the reader to the book itself. A recapitulation at the end of the essay includes thirty paragraphs, We regret that we cannot transcribe these, but our space will only allow us to present a brief abstract of them.