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SIR MORELL MACKENZIE'S BOOK.

(Pec Zaalandla at Auokland ) fir Moroll Maoker z'e'a book concerning the last illnees and death of Frederick 111, was given to the pnbllo on Ootober 16 h. The German booksellers ordered 17,000 copies, bat the American newspapers, who oontrac.tod for exclasive publication of the work m their localities, deolared their agreement void In view of the faot that the extracts published (a advance impaired the oommerolal value of the muter and abrogated the Btipalation of i exolaslveneaa, the foundation of the con i trac/,. This and olher causes, have thrown i Dr. Mackenzie, acoordldg to the»London i , l 'Suuday Ttmas," into a condition of ' great mental excitement. The "New York San" published the fall text of the book, oa whfoh the Doctor cabled to the ! paptr that tho abstracts from his book distributed to tho Naw York ''Herald," and such othor jjtunalß aa woro wllllDg to ! take i hem, by tho London Central News Oompanyjhad been stolen by " uueornpnloa3 ruffiitoß" and ware qalie unintelligible wl hout the numerous illustrations which they had no opportunity to filch. Dr; ' Mackenzie will hub the News Company and the papbrn aubßQribing to it. Summarised, the book plainly charges the German physlolans with both Incapacity and brutality. Professor Gorhardt is charged with causing the cancerous complication, and I3orgm.arin U held res* ponalble for the Emperor's doath by his olumslfieas when, m the operation on tho invalid's throat, ha foroed a false passage through tho trachea, from which fatal symptoms soon developed But for this blunder Sir Morell Mackenzie assert* that the Emperor have lived at least ten months longer, Tho docor also aoouseel Bißmarck of efforts to entrap him Interesting details are given of the fortitude with whloh the Crown Prince bora his Buffering. After tho Brst consultation Dr, MackeDae learned that tho Prlnos always attributed tho origin of hli illness to a cold contracted m 1886, while driving one evening with the King and Queen of Italy. The ooaohman Jost his way, the Crown Prlnoa had no ooat with him, and felt ohllly ; m faot, felt as If he had tak,en oo'd. He told Dr. Maqkensle that he never was quite well after that evening. The « London Daily Telegraph" of Oot. 14th prints «n interview wi<h Dr Bergmann, m whioh he Biya that he wi:l take no notice of the charges Dr Mackenzie makes against himself and the other German surgeons who attended the Emporor, The official report published condemns Mackenzie's work, and a oopy of this, translated Into English, will be pub lishod throughout England. Bergmann considers Mackenzie's defence arrant nonoense, and the German phyeioian did not hesitate to 8/ly his treatment of the Emperoramounted to malpractice*, iaaamuch «« both his diagnosis and treatment displayed ignorance of medicine m general. He declarer that MackenKie's whole knowledge of anatomy and pathology beginß and ends m the larynx. Virohow's post mortem clearly established the faot that Qerhardt, another German surgeon, and himself were all correot m their diagnoses, and that Mackenzie allowed the opportunity of arresting disease to slip away. Had us operation been made on the Prince m the way he (Bergmann) wished, th.c Emperor might be, alive, The misplaced confidence of the Emperor brought him to his grave. In regard to Dr Mackenzie's statement that Bergmann opened the patient's traohea throe millimetres to the right of tho line the German dootor said emphatically "it ia a lie," adding that the cut was made exactly m the middle and that Mackenzie himself pronounced tho operation a good one. Bergmann concludes with the remark that, "Dr Mackenzie's lies have short lege." Forty thousand ooples of the book were seized In Lelpalo by the police. The book Is not allowed to be sold m Berlin. Tho polioe seised all the ponies exposed for ealo. Three semiofficial German papers abuse Mackenzie's book m unmeasured terms, but no attempt is made to refute its statements. The book was placed on sale In London on|October 15tb, and many thousands were sold m a few hours. The publishers assert that the ex-Empress Vlotorla read all the proof sheets of the book befora it wa& printed. Vrfrchow and Waldeyer have signed a document deolnrlng that the protocol after th« 'post mortem on the remains of Fredorlok did not mention an Kbscess In the cavity of tho trachea, and th»t none existed. The tiaaues m wh.toh Mackenzie •asertß Bargmann made' a false paeMge were normal. »nd not oloatriied. Professor Bergmann doea not objoot to fighting • dael with, Maolteenlo.

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SIR MORELL MACKENZIE'S BOOK., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 12 November 1888

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SIR MORELL MACKENZIE'S BOOK. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 12 November 1888

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