Observations on Professor Hamilton's deviations from the ordinary mode of stating practical results

Robert Collins
1838 Dublin Journal of Medical Science  
AaT. XVIlI.---Observations on PaOF~SSOR HAMILTON'S Deviations from the ordinary .Mode of stating Practical Results. By ROBERT COLLtNS, M.D., Late Master of the Dublin Lying-in Hosgital. Is the preceding number of this Journal, a letter, addressed to ttle Editor by Professor Hamilton of Edinburgh, is published, in the form of a reply to objections which I felt it my duty strenuously to urge (immediately after the appearance of the second volume of the Professor's Practical Observations) against
more » ... ervations) against the hasty, and if generally acted upon, mischievous measures urged by him, for the artificial dilatation of the mouth of the womb within twelve or fourteen hours, and the actual delivery of the patient within twenty-four hours from the commence: merit of labour. My observations were published in this Journal in March i837, and I would now earnestly request the impartial reader to peruse that article, and I am convinced he will agree with me, that, in all the lengthy letters of Doctor Hamilton, amounting to about 160 pages of the original work, there is not the shadow of fact or sound reasoning to induce me to refrain from stigmatizing doctrines fraught with so much danger. It is ~vith extreme regret I feel myself thus pressed by Doctor Hamilton to revert to the subject, as respect both for himself and his years would cause me to overlook much ; consequently I had resolved to take no notice whatever of three letters containing 100 pages, published in the London Medical Gazette, although these letters were sent to me by Professor Hamilton in the form of a pamphlet, with a most flourishing and equally modest title page, headed "Refutation" of the Objections urged by Dr. Collins, &c. &e. I was satisfied that file plaiu t:acts I had stated, and the happy results I had demon-. strafed fi'om our hospital practice, would have more weight with my professional brethren than tile mere dogmatic asser-
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