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the immediate seat of sensation ; and the middle, which connects the two former together, and carries the impulse of the air from the one to the other.-Of the first three chapters, which consist merely of anatomical description, we shall not attempt any analysis. The account of the several parts appears to be correct, and as perspicuous as so intricate a subject can be made ; while the accompanying figures are numerous, and well executed. As we do not meet with any thing which can be said to be new, either as to the anatomy or the physiology of the ear, the merit of this part consists in its correctness; on which point it is intitled to much commendation.

Chapter IV. on the diseases of the ear, occupies nearly twothirds of the whole volume, and will by many persons be deemed the most interesting part. Our great ignorance on the subject is generally admitted and lamented; and the obstacles to the acquisition of information respecting it are, as the author remarks, almost insuperable. Nature has placed the greater part of the Ear in a situation absolutely beyond the reach of examination in the living body, and as its diseases are rarely if ever mortal, morbid Ears are seldom dissected in the dead. Such observations as are related have mostly been made on subjects that have casually fallen into the hands of the dissector, and the history of the cases is unknown. These im. pediments seem to have prevented us from attempting to acquire that little knowlege which is within our reach : the diseases of the ear have been almost entirely overlooked' by the regular practitioners; and its morbid anatomy has seldom been an object of attention with the anatomist. In this state of uncertainty, we feel the more grateful to Mr. Saunders; who has not only directed our attention to this object, but has been able to make some important advances in it.

Mr. S. commences with the diseases of the meatus externus; and he particularly describes an herpetic eruption of these parts, by which the integuments are thickened, and a foetid ichorous discharge is produced. The disease is cured by alterative mere curial medicines taken internally, together with the external application of mercurial lotions and ointments. After having noticed some less frequent and less important complaints of the meatus externus, the author proceeds to the diseases of the tympanum. The most serious complaint of this part is acute inflammation, to which may be referred that painful sensation called the earache. When this advances to the state of suppuration, it resembles in some respects the herpetic affection just mentioned: but, as the cure must proceed on very different principles, it is of cousiderable importance to establish the diagnosis between them. This may frequently be done by observing whether the


patient has the power of expelling air through the membrano tympani ; if this membrane be imperfect, it is nearly a certain proof that the disease is seated in the neighbouring parts : but this is not absolutely an unerring criterion: the disease may exist in the tympanum, and yet the membrane may not be ruptured ; while, on the other hand, the membrane may be ruptured, but, owing to the inflammation having extended to the Eustachian tube and closed it up, the patient will not be able to force out the air. When the nature of the disease is ascertained, the cure of it, in the early stages, is to be attempted by the employment of the most powerful antiphlogistic plan, while all stimulants are to be carefully avoided. Unfortunately, however, the opposite system is too frequently practised, and the most acrid substances are employed. After some time, they indeed appear to produce relief :- not by causing a resolution of the inflammation, but by bringing on the suppurative process; a highly dangerous state, which frequently ends in the loss of some part that is essential to the functions of the organ. When this puriform discharge from the tympanum has taken place, it has been a question among practitioners, whether it be more advisable to leave the disease to the operations of nature, or to endeavour to check it by the interference of art. Mr. Saunders argues strenuously in favour of the latter opinion, and, we think, with much propriety. The evils that are supposed to arise from stopping the effusion are merely hypothetical; whereas the most serious injury to the structure of the parts is occasionally induced by permitting the discharge to continue without interruption.

The diseases of the internal part of the ear are much more obscure in their cause than those of the exterior, and lie só far beyond the reach of assistance that, even were their nature accurately ascertained, it is probable that they would in general be irremediable. As the author remarks, they may consistin a want of sensibility in the nerve, some alteration in the structure of the membranes on which the nerve is expanded, or change in the properties of that fluid which is contained in the membranes, and is the immediate agent in impressing the sentient extremities of the nerve. The diseases of this part of the ear have been classed together under the title of nervous ; a term which has been used in a vague sense, to denote all those cases in which no visible defect could be perceived. It may be applied in a more appropriate manner to signify those diseases, the seat of which is in the nerve, or the parts containing the nerve. The symptoms of this species of deafness are very variable: but in general they consist in the perception of different kinds of noises in the lead. This state of hearing


has been referred to a defect in the power of the nerve itself: but the author was led to conclude that it was rather the parts surrounding the nerve, than the nerve itself, which were discased, by observing that a similar species of deafness was occasionally present in syphilitic affections of the throat; and that the operation of mercury, in removing the primary discase, also relieved the deafness. Guided by this analogy, Mr. Saunders resolved to try how far what is usually called nervous deafness might be relieved by a similar plan of treatment; and in some cases, which were not of long standing, he found his hypothesis justified by very considerable success. He enjoined a rigid diet, gave active cathartics, and alterative doses of calomel, for some weeks; and from the result of his experience, he feels himself authorised to conclude that recent cases of nervous deafness may be relieved by a strict antiphlogistic regimen, conjoined with those medicines which are the most adapted for promoting absorption. This suggestion we con. sider as being highly important, and we hope that it will bę confirmed by the experience of other practitioners.


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