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MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL JOURNAL.
THE general plan of this work will be that of “ The MEDICAL and PhysicAL JOURNAL," “ The MEDICAL ANNALS," « The Annals of BOTANY," and other similar works, that are published in Europe, and in the United-States. It is impossible, at present, to lay down a plan which will be uniformly pursued : or rather, it is not doubted, that considerable changes will occasionally be made in the aspect of the work. The following is the idea of the plan, which is now conceived by the Editor, and upon which he has already proceeded to some length :
I. The work will contain 1. ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS relative to all the branches of Medicine, Natural History, and Physical Geography. 2. BIOGRAPHICAI. SKETCHES of the lives of eminent physicians and naturalists, especially those of the last half of the eighteenth century, and of the present time. 3. REVIEWS of, and EXTRACTS from, new publications in Medicine, Natural History, and Geography, especially those which have been published in the United States, or which have a particular reference to this tract of country, &c. 4. MISCELLANEOUS Facts, of various kinds, all, however, relating to the expressed objects of the work.
II. As the Editor believes that there will be no deficiency of Original Matter, so he trusts that such will constitute the bulk of every number, as it will, assuredly, the mass of the labours and collections of the entire year.
III. The Biographical Sketches, though it is believed that they will be chiefly original, are here mentioned distinct from the original communications.
IV. It is by no means the intention of the Editor to give a Review of every work relative to Medicine, or Natural History, that may be published in the United-States, or that may be published elsewhere, however respectable the works, or however nearly related they may be to this country. In some instances, copious reviews, or rather analyses, will be given : in some instances, he will content himself with announcing the titles of the works, and making short extracts from them; in other instances, he will merely notice the titles of the works. Some works, it is presumed, will not be worthy of any notice whatever.
V. A large part of the Miscellaneous Facts and Observations will be original. In many instances, these facts, &c. will necessarily be thrown together without much regard to order; but it is hoped, that it will often be in the power of the Editor, 'to so methodise and arrange them, as to present them to his readers in a tolerably well systematised manner.
VI. The PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL and PHYSICAL JOURNAL will be published regularly every six months. Each number will contain at least two hundred pages, printed on a good type and paper. The first number is now prepared for the press, and will be published early in the month of November next.
The annual subscription to The PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL and PhysicAL JOURNAL will be two dollars, or one dollar each number, bound in blue boards.
In the conduct of this work, the Editor will have a constant eye to the pursuits of the Physician, the Naturalist, the Philosophical Geographer, and the Agriculturalist. It will be his uniform endeavour to bring together a mass of information, which may be useful not only to his countrymen, but to others, and honourable to himself. He makes no professions of candour and impartiality; because these professions are too generally made, only to be forgotten, disregarded, or contemned.
BP Communications for this work (post paid, or by private conveyances) may be directed to the Editor, or to Messrs. John Conrad & Co., in Philadelphia; to Messrs. M. & J. Conrad & Co., in Baltimore; Rapin, Conrad, & Co., Washington City; Somervell & Conrad, Petersburg; or Bonsal, Conrad, & Co., Norfolk.
Philadelphia, July 8th, 1804.
THE First Part of The Philadelphia Medical and Physical Journal is, at length, presented to the public. The Editor submits it to its fate, with a hope, that it will not be received with more indifference than some of his other publications, of which the reception has been too favourable and flattering.
Accustomed, as he long has been, to an inspection of works, the plans of which are not essentially different from that of the Journal, the Editor is but too well persuaded of the many imperfections and deficiences of the present publication. Of his own papers and “ fragmentary rubbish,” he thinks himself qualified to form a pretty correct judgment. They are not, perhaps, of much consequence: they are thrown together without much regard to order, and nothing like neatness or elegance of style has been consulted, in a single instance : but they may be useful. They contain facts (many of which are new) which, in the hands of others, may serve as the bases of regular essays, if not of durable systems: they sometimes 6 start a game,” which, by better huntsmen than himself, may be pursued with advantage.
Of the papers, facts, &c., communicated to him by others, it becomes the Editor to speak with more hesitation. To say that he deems them valuable or important were to speak in highly favourable terms of the Journal : for the communications of others form a considerable part of the present volume. He ventures to flatter himself, however, that among the number of the original papers in the First Section, there are some which would not be deemed unworthy of a place in any similar production. The