Mirror of Literature,  6 (1825), 424–26.

The Journal of a Templar

Will Careless alias C I S


Introduction; Diary, Spoof; Afterword


Medical Practitioners

    The diary includes various humorous dealings with 'Doctor Jalap' (who 'recommended care, shook his spindles, and prescribed an antidote') and 'Surgeon Positive' (who recommended bleeding 'with antifebrile administrations'). A friend reports that, having, in a duel, 'received a bullet (in the fascia superficialis, against which, as a first-rate but eccentric Leech observed, a bullet having struck might by its strong tendinous sheath, be warded off, and by the action of the muscles pass round the body and come out at the point it entered. N. B. within the bounds of possibility, but not of probability—mercy on us!) he has resolved to disavow his former course of living' (426).

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