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DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA.
BE it remembered, that on the seventeenth day of November, in the twenty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, John Conrad, of the said district, näth deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit, “ The Phi• lad Iphia Medical and Physical Journal. Part I. Vol. I. Collected and “ arranged by Benjamin Smith Barton, M. D. Professor of Materia Medica, “ Natural History, and Botany, in the University of Pennsylvania,” in conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the “ encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and “ Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein “ mentioned," and also to the act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act “ entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of
Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies,
during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the - arts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical and other prints."
D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the District Court of Pennsylvania.
TO SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART.
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL; PRISI
DENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON; AND MEMBER
OF MANY OTHER LEARNED SOCIETIES.
THE following pages, although a considerable portion of them relates to a science which you do not cultivate (that of Medicine), are, with peculiar propriety, inscribed to you.
To you, Sir, the cultivators of Natural Science, in every part of Europe, have been proud to own their acknowledgements, as the most universal patron of whatever relates to natural history, and has a tendency to benefit mankind. I am anxious to show you, that in the United-States there are also cultivators of this noble science, and that they cannot but acknowledge how great have been your services and merits.
But my personal acquaintance with you, the advantages which I have derived from your correspondence, lead me, impel me, to beg your acceptance of the First Part of a work, which, I flatter myself, will ultimately tend to the extension of Medicine and Natural History, both in my own and in other countries.
To you, Sir, I am, certainly, indebted for a portion of what little reputation I may have in life ; for a portion of that happiness
which I have ever enjoyed from the cultivation of Science : a happiness which can only be conceived by those, who, like yourself, have attached themselves to the amiable pursuits of Natural Science.
With the greatest respect,
I remain, Dear Sir,
Your very obedient and obliged Servant,
BENJAMIN SMITH BARTON.
Philadelphia, November 13th, 1804.
MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL JOURNAL.
THE general plan of this work will be that of “ The MEDICAL and Physical JOURNAL,” “ The MEDICAL ANNALS," “ The Annals of BOTANY," and other similar works, that are published in Europe, and in the United-States. It is impossible, at present, to lay down a plan which will be uniformly pursued : or rather, it is not doubted, that considerable changes will occasionally be made in the aspect of the work. The following is the idea of the plan, which is now conceived by the Editor, and upon which he has already proceeded to some length :
I. The work will contain 1. ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS relative to all the branches of Medicine, Natural History, and Physical Geography. 2. BIOGRAPHICAI, SKETCHES of the lives of eminent physicians and naturalists, especially those of the last half of the eighteenth century, and of the present tire. 3. REVIEWS of, and Extracts from, new publications in Medicine, Natural History, and Geography, especially those which have been published in the United-States, or which have a particular reference to this tract of country, &c. 4. MISCELLANEOUS Facts, of various kinds, all, however, relating to the expressed objects of the work.
II. As the Editor believes that there will be no deficiency of Original Matter, so he trusts that such will constitute the bulk of every number, as it will, assuredly, the mass of the labours and collections of the entire year.
III. The Biographical Sketches, though it is believed that they will be chiefly original, are here mentioned distinct from the original communications.
IV. It is by no means the intention of the Editor to give a Review of every work relative to Medicine, or Natural History, that may be published in the United-States, or that may be published elsewhere, however respectable the works, or however nearly related they may be to this country. In some instances, copious reviews, or rather analyses, will be given : in some instances, he will content himself with announcing the titles of the works, and making short extracts from them; in other instances, he will merely notice the titles of the works. Some works, it is presumed, will not be worthy of any notice whatever.
V. A large part of the Miscellaneous Facts and Observations will be original. In many instances, these facts, &c. will necessarily be thrown together without much regard to order; but it is hoped, that it will often be in the power of the Editor, to so methodise and arrange them, as to present them to his readers in a tolerably well systematised manner.
VI. The PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL and PHYSICAL JOURNAL will be published regularly every six months. Each number will contain at least two hundred pages, printed on a good type and paper. The first number is now prepared for the press, and will be published early in the month of November next.
The annual subscription to The PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL and PHYSICAL JOURNAL will be two dollars, or one dollar each number, bound in blue boards.