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Baltimore, Nov. 18th 1822,


When the Medical Companion was first published, I considered it greatly superior to every work of that character I had read. I have now read the Sixth Edition, and am much gratified in having it in my power to say, that in this Edition you have so enhanced the value of the work, as to claim my unqualified approbation.

Doctor Rush, during my residence in his house, often spoke of his intention to publish a medical work for the use of families, adapted to the climate of the United States.

As he reserved it for the last act of his labours, for the benefit of mankind, unhappily he did not live to accomplish his design. In the work now presented to the public, you have fulfilled the patriotic intentions of the great and good Rush, to the utmost extent, and I sincerely hope your reward may be as it deserves, ample,

Dr. James Ewell.

I am, dear sir, very truly, yours,


Philadelphia, August 13, 1816.


I have looked over, with some care, the copy of the Third Edition of the "Medical Companion," which you did me the favour to present to me.

By the additions and revisions given to this new impression of the work, it is not only enlarged, but exceedingly improved.

After stating so much, I need hardly repeat an opinion, which I publicly expressed on a former occasion, that I consider it, as indisputably, the most useful popular treatise on medicine with which I am acquainted.

Compared with the European Books of the same nature, it has, especially in relation to the treatment of the diseases of our own country, a very decided superiority.

I trust that the success of this literary enterprize may be equal to your very generous and benevolent disposition.

With great respect, I am, dear sir, yours, &c.
Professor of the Institutes and Practice of Medicine and
Clinical Practice, in the University of Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia, Aug. 13th, 1816.


I have derived much satisfaction from a perusal of the Third Edition of your "Medical Companion."

The additions and improvements which it contains, as compared with the two first editions of the work, are extensive and important.

To families in the country, remote, not only from medical aid, but from places where common medicinal articles are to be procured, your Materia Medica alone, disclosing to them the healing resources of their own farms and forests, will be of high value. Nor, provided they be true to their best interests, and avail themselves of the advantages placed at their disposal, will your rules and directions for the preservation of health, be less useful to them.

In addition to these two important branches, now introduced into the Medical Companion for the first time, it contains a large amount of new miscellaneous matter, which cannot fail to be interesting to the reader.

On the whole, if I be not greatly mistaken in my estimation of the character of your work, it is well calculated to prove extensively useful, and to place you in the midst of the permanent benefactors of your country.

That you may receive, in reputation and wealth, your full reward, is the sincere wish of

Dear sir, your very humble
And obedient servant,

CH. CALDWELL, M. D: Now Professor of Materia Medica and Physiology in the Transylvania University.

Dr. James Ewell.

Philadelphia, December 31, 1807.


I have read your book entitled "The Medical Companion,” with pleasure, and think it worthy the attention of the citizens of the United States.

Dr. James Ewell.

Professor of Anatomy.

Philadelphia, December 31, 1807.


I have carefully perused your work, "The Medical Companion," and take much pleasure in expressing my entire approbation of the plan, and of the utility with which you have conducted your inquiries. Your book cannot fail to be a very acceptable present to the public in general, and especially to our own countrymen. I really am of opinion, that you are entitled to much praise for the pains

which you have taken in furnishing us with a work, the want of which has long been experienced among us.

Your friend, &c.

B. S. BARTON, M. D. Professor of Materia Medica, Natural History and Botany. Dr. James Ewell.

December 28, 1807.

I have read "The medical Companion," by Dr. James Ewell, with satisfaction. It is a book containing a variety of matter in a small compass. The practice which he recommends in diseases, is modern and judicious, and the work cannot fail of being useful in all families in the United States.

JAMES WOODHOUSE, M. D. Professor of Chemistry in the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. James Ewell,


I have looked over your "Medical Companion," with pleasure. The arrangement of the various parts is judicious, the language plain and perspicuous, and the sentiments happily condensed; the modes of treatment grow out of the most improved state of our science, and may serve as a safe and useful guide to every family cut off from the services of able physicians.

Accept the homage of my regard.

JOHN B. DAVIDGE, M. D. Professor of Anatomy, Surgery, &c. in the College of Medicine of Maryland.

Baltimore, Feb. 19, 1809. Dr. James Ewell.


We have perused your "Medical Companion" with much satisfaction, and strongly recommend it to the attention of those famities who cannot with convenience procure medical aid. We think it the best publication we have ever read on the domestic treatment of diseases, more especially as it regards those of our climate. We are very respectfully, sir, your most obedient servants, BROWN & MACKENZIE

Baltimore, March 4, 1808.

Dr. James Ewell


I have read your book on Domestic Medicine with pleasure. The practice recommended in it is judicious, and being from the pen of a native physician, has great advantage over the publications of European authors.

JOHN SHAW, M. D. Professor of Chemistry in the College of Medicine of Maryland. Dr. James Ewell.

Dr. James Ewell.

Charleston, May 7, 1808.


Your "Medical Companion" contains much useful knowledge in a small compass, and is particularly adapted to these states. Families remote from medical aid, will find their account in possessing a book which describes diseases so plainly, and prescribes for them so judiciously, as bid fair to save valuable lives, which otherwise might be lost.

Dr. James Ewell.

Your most obedient servant,

Dr. James Ewell.

Charleston, S. C. May 12, 1808.


The perusal of your "Medical Companion" has given me the grea test satisfaction. Such a publication has been much wanted, and I think the plan and execution of your work must answer the most valuable


Yours very truly,



Charleston, May 14, 1808.


I have, with great pleasure, perused your "Family Physician." I find it to be a well digested compend of the most modern and approved modes of treating diseases, especially those to which our country is most exposed.-You have subjoined a dispensatory, judiciously calculated to obviate those errors which too frequently ensue from the exhibition of medicine, where the aid of the practitioner cannot be obtained.

Yours, &c.


Washington, March 1, 1808.


I return you my thanks for the copy of "The Medical Companion" you have been so kind as to send me, and must particularly express my sense of the favourable sentiments expressed towards me in the beginning of the work; especially too, where it recalls to my recollection the memory of your respectable father, who was the friend and companion of my youth, and for whom I retained through life an affectionate attachment. The plan of your work is certainly excellent, and its execution, as far as I am a judge, worthy of the plan. It brings within a moderate compass whatever is useful, levels it to ordinary comprehension, and as a manual, will be a valua ble possession to every family.

I pray you accept my salutations and assurances of esteem and respect.


Dr. Ewell.

Washington, July 3, 1819.


I had the honour to thank you viva voce after my having received your book, I owe you new thanks after perusing it.

Such a work would be useful, very useful, in every country, but it may be said it is necessary in the United States, and you have acquired true titles to the gratitude of your fellow-citizens, and specially that of the families who happen to be distant from medical aid, by pointing them out the surest and, at the same time, the simplest rules to be followed in case of sickness.

I, above all, offer up my prayers, that your wise hints to ladies may not be laid aside, and that mothers of families impress them into their minds.

Consumption, that inexorable enemy of youth and beauty, is indeed, in most instances, but the mournful result of an imprudent fashion, and it cannot be too often repeated to young ladies who do not fear to show themselves at assemblies in winter, in light dresses, that which a great physician answered to one of his friends who told him, I am well, I have only got a cold: "Colds, said he, take away more people than the plague."

Agree, Sir, with my sincere acknowledgments, the assurance of my truly distinguished consideration.


Dr. James Ewell.

The following Review is from that celebrated work, the New York Medical Repository.

Manuals of health, or popular publications on medicine, have become so frequent as to have excited the censure of some grave and oracular members of the profession. They consider their publish

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