Bibliographical Notices The Diseases of Infants and Children . By Fleetwood Churchill, M.D. Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea. 1856. pp. 736
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
It is not necessary to recommend any of Dr. Churchill's books to the American medical reader. He has for years been known to every physician in the country for the accuracy of his statements, and the completeness of his histories. His works upon Female Diseases and Midwifery earned him so wide a reputation, that the Philadelphia publishers solicited the book, which is now before us in its second edition. An American book-, written by an Irishman, really seems to be an unnatural production, but
... al production, but the readers of the Journal may be assured that it is no joke. They will find its pages not devoid of interest. Like the rest of Dr. Churchill's writings, it contains in the foot noies a bibliography of the subjects treated. This is one of the great merits of the writer. He does not appropriate the ideas of others, and claim them as his own ; but giving full credit for what he borrows, he points out the sources from which his statements are derived. Dr. Keating, the American editor, informs us that more than one bundred enlarged pages have been added to this edition. C. E. B. THE BOSTON MEDICAL AND SURGICAL JOURNAL. BOSTON, OCTOBER 23, 1856. M. lîROWN-SEQUARll'S DISCOVERIES. In a former number of the Journal (Jan. 31, 1856) we presented a short account of the conclusions which M. Brown-Scqiiard had arrived at, concerning the functions of the spinal marrow, after an extended series of experimental researches. These conclusions were announced in Paris, though a large number of M. Séquard's investigations had been carried on in this country. Being at variance with the generally-received doctrines on the subject, they were received wilh surprise by the majority of physiologists in Europe, but on being subjected to the scrutiny of a committee composed of some of the most eminent physiologists of France, before whom M. Séquard's experiments were repeated, the truth of his views was fully substantiated. So Air as we know, we were the first to announce these discoveries in this country, and were not a little surprised to find ourselves at once the object of a storm of indignation, originating with the editor of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, and echoed by a number of other medical periodicals in this country. Our offence consisted in having attributed to a foreigner discoveries which, it was alleged, the world owed to Dr. Bennet Dowler, by whom they had long since been announced in a series of monographs and articles in medical journals. We confess that, at the time we wrote our article, we had a very imperfect knowledge of Dr. Dowler's views on the subject of the functions of the spinal cord. These views, however, do not appear to have found favor oven with American physiologists. We copy the following from the (Philadelphia) Medical Examiner, which alone comes to our defence.