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XI. Observations on Crural Hernia. By Alex. Munro, ju-
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34. OElober 1803.
Art. I. LcHurcs on the Elements of Chemistry, delivered in the University of Edinburgh, by the late Joseph Black, M. D. &V. Zsfc. fc>V. Noiv published from his MSS. by Jihn Robifon, LL.D. Profejfor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, t vol. 4toj pp. 1384. Longman & Rees, London. Creech, Edinburgh. 1803.
Tn performing the duties of Editor to the discourses of his de■*■ parted friend, Professor Robifon had peculiar difficulties to overcome. With a few exceptions, Dr Black's lectures were left in a very disordered and imperfect state; generally written indistinctly upon scraps of paper; often in the form of notes or memorandums, from which he had spoken extempore; frequently consisting of references to the experiments that went on during the lesson.
To counterbalance these disadvantages, the Editor possessed some verv important qualifications and happy facilities. He had known Dr Black most intimately for a long course of years; during which he had been, first, his favourite pupil, then nis successor, and, lastly, his colleague. He enjoyed the friend-' (hip of the distinguistied circle of philosophers among whom this great man, after achieving the most brilliant discoveries of modem times, happily and elegantly pasted the quiet remainder eft' his days. From these friends, Mr Robifon obtained all the in-. formation and assistance; that the nature of his office required. He had free access to every document which could enable him to fnmisti the public with an accurate transcript of these celebrated lectures, or to aid. his own recollections in presenting a iketch of thefr author, arriifih completing a history of the steps by which his1 discoveries were inade. By a coincidence, equally rare and,' scutuna^e, journals of Dr Black's scientific pursuits were preserved from.the time of his first application to speculative' matters; and Mr Robifon has been enabled .to supply -feme of the dates
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