London Medical Gazette

This journal appears to have been published from 1827 to 1851.  Various issues are available online via Google Books or Internet Archive.


London Medical Gazette, volume 44, 29 September 1849, page 555

Discovery Of Peculiar Bodies In The Perspiration Of Cholera.

Sir,—In this week’s number of the Medical Gazette there is an announcement of the discovery by Mr. Brittan, of Bristol, “of certain peculiar bodies, hitherto undescribed, as a characteristic constituent of cholera evacuations.”

If confirmation of the discovery made by Mr. Brittan,—a discovery on which I cordially congratulate him, while it gratifies me exceedingly, as it appears to promise a demonstration of the views published by me in my “Disquisition on the Fungous Origin of Cholera,”—I may be permitted to say that, in concert with my friend Mr. CURME, of this town, some microscopic investigations have been made into the nature and appearances of the exudations of cholera patients; and that, although our opportunities have hitherto been very limited, they have yielded positive results sufficient to encourage a more extended series of examinations.

To avoid the appearance of plagiarism, I think it well, before seeing the publication of Mr. Brittan’s observations, to state that, in the clammy sweat accompanying the last stage of collapse in cholera, we have observed minute organized bodies closely resembling other bodies admitted by naturalists and microscopists to have a protophytic organization.

I should not have published this immature account of our incomplete investigation, but with the twofold object of corroborating (it may be) Mr. Brittan’s statements, and of vindicating myself from the possible imputation of piracy in anything I may hereafter publish on the subject; and I am, Mr. Editor,

Yours very obediently, Charles COWDELL, Physician to the Dorset County Hospital.

Dorchester, Sept. 22.