Edinburgh Review,  1 (1802–03), 94–98.

Art. XII. [Review of Reflections at the Conclusion of the War, by John Bowles]

[Sydney Smith] *



Publications reviewed:

Bowles 1801


Politics, Disease, Medical Treatment, Quackery, Radicalism

    'There is a political, as well as a bodily hypochondriasis; and there are empirics always on the watch to make their prey, either of the one, or of the other. Dr. Solomon, Dr. Brodum, and Mr. Bowles, have all commanded their share of the public attention; but the two former gentlemen continue to flourish with undiminished splendour; while the patients of the latter are fast dwindling away, and his drugs falling into disuse and contempt' (94–5). Ridiculing Bowles's fears of sedition, the author observes: 'All complaint is futile, which is not followed up by appropriate remedies. If Parliament, or Catarrh, do not save us, Dignum and Sedgwick will quaver away the King, shake down the House of Lords, and warble us into all the horrors of republican government' (97).

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