Excerpts from the 1779 Medical Register

(Thanks to John Hawkins, via Alex Glendinning's webpage Was Your Ancestor a Doctor?)

Royal College of Physicians, p. 15
1767, William SAUNDERS, MD (Edinburgh), Physician to Guy's and the Magdalen Hospitals. Jeffries-square, St. Mary Axe. "Dissertatio Inauguralis de Antimonio." 8vo. Edin. 1765. "A New Method of Exhibiting Mercury in the Venereal Disease, translated from the Latin of Mr.Plenck, Surgeon at Vienna." 8vo. London. 1768. "Observations and Experiments on the Power of Mephitic Acid in dissolving Stones in the Bladder. In a Letter to Dr. Percival." 8vo. ibid. 1777.

Hospital Staff, p. 40
Guy's Hospital, Physicians, William SAUNDERS, M.D.

Education, p. 60
Theory and Practice of Physic, Chemistry, and the Materia Medica. Dr. William SAUNDERS, at the Theatre of Guy's Hospital. N.B. Dr.Saunders has lately engaged as a partner in his Chemical Lectures, Dr. William Keir, (Edinburgh). "Diss. Inaug. De Attractione Chemica." 8vo. Edin. 1778.

Scotland, p. 164
Banff, Robert SAUNDERS, M.D., "Observations on the sore Throat and Fever that raged in the North of Scotland in 1777." 8vo. London, 1778.

Books, p. 214
"Observations and Experiments on the Power of the Mephitic Acid, in dissolving Stones in the Bladder. In a letter to Dr. Percival." By William SAUNDERS, M.D. Member of the Royal College of Physicians, and Physician to Guy's Hospital, &c. 8vo. 1s. Murray.
These observations, which were first published in the Third Volume of Dr. Percival's Experimental Essays, tend to confirm the efficacy of the new solvent. The author is convinced, from a variety of trials, that water impregnated with this acid, is carried in circulation unchanged to the human bladder. In this pamphlet, the mischief which arises from persevering in the use of the lixivium, and the bad effects on the body, from the animal and putrescent regimen, necessary for the preservation of its powers, are fully pointed out; as well as the absurdity in the belief of one universal solvent of human calculi, which in their component and elementary parts so essentially differ. The author observes, that a chemical investigation of the urine of a calculous patient will best determine the nature of the stone, and direct to the use of the most proper solvent.

Books, p. 215
"Observations on the sore Throat and Fever that raged in the North of Scotland in the year 1777. In a letter to Dr. William Grant." By Robert SAUNDERS, M.D. Physician at Banff. 8vo. 1s. Murray.
We have here an account of a putrid angina, accompanied with a considerable degree of inflammatory diathesis, which required a free use of the lancet. This and the use of emetic tartar in an infusion of sena, exhibited in such a dose, as to operate both as an emetic and a purgative, were employed with great success. When a contrary method was adopted, the disease generally proved fatal.

Deaths, p. 241
November 28, 1778, At Banff in Scotland, Dr. James SAUNDERS, a Physician of considerable eminence, and father of Dr. SAUNDERS of London. The reader will find an ingenious paper by this Physician in the third volume of Medical Commentaries of Edinburgh, entitled, "An Account of the Effects of Electricity in different Diseases."

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