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passing notice there given it. It offers as novelties things that have been known for nearly a century, and on the plea of usefulness recommends drugs, doses, preparations, and indications for their administration, which have attained a clinical reputation through their application in accordance with the rule of similars. Even the arrangement of the text will appear familiar to one accustomed to “sectarian" text-books on practice. For instance, the book presents in alphabetical arrangement under each remedy, a "resumé" of the clinical applications (sic!) of twenty-four remedies, which, in tablet-triturates or compressed tablets or granules, can be purchased of a well-known firm, neatly put up in a pocket-case of convenient size. Among the twenty-four remedies are to be found aconite, atropine sulph. [bella.?], calcium sulphide, bryonia, rhus tox., ipecac, trinitrin (glonoine), and others equally well known; and among the symptoms, or at least in the "resumé of clinical applications,” may be found many symptoms which may also be found in the pathogenetic records of these drugs. Even small doses are not wanting ; in fact, the brochure is in the nature of a plea for small doses," and the author might have added, for the law of similars, and not been far from the fact.

It is encouraging to read in the "explanatory note" that “physicians who adopt this plan for the first time, will be surprised at the prompt effects secured from medicine, but they will be more astonished at the number of ailments which can be met by this small number of drugs, all because of the more thorough acquaintance with their therapeutic properties.” Of course the work is wholly original, for no acknowledgments of any kind are made. The "preface," "introduction,' and "explanatory note," are each of them worth the price of admission," and they should be read by every physician. Every progressive physician should be acquainted by personal study with the contents of so noteworthy a book. It will be found, especially by intelligent and fair-minded students of the relations between old school and new, to prove much more than it claims to do. DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. By J. A. Ormerod, M.D., F.R.C.P. Phila

delphia : P. Blakiston, Son & Co. 343 pp. This admirable little book is intended chiefly for those who, beginning their studies of nervous diseases, are dismayed by the formidable proportions of the work before them. As an introduction to that work it will prove of great value, for it furnishes a solid foundation that will need no rebuilding. It contains only eight chapters, but they cover the ground in outline at least. The first chapter is a concise anatomical and physiological introduction, and no apology need be made for it; for in no branch of medicine is a knowledge of anatomy and physiology of greater service than in this. The second chapter is on the morbid anatomy of the nervous system; the third, on certain general symptoms and methods of investigation. Then are considered "Symptoms referable to the Organs of Special Sense,” “Symptoms referable to Special Districts, ""Neuritis : Organic Spinal Diseases," "Organic Cerebral Diseases," and, finally, “Diseases of which the Organic Basis is not known."

As this classification of subjects might indicate, the book is written from the pathological and diagnostic standpoint chiefly. “Treatment" is only hinted at occasionally; but within its scope the book is a practical and useful epitome. DISEASES OF THE URINARY APPARATUS. PHLEGMASIC AFFECTIONS. By John

W. S. Gouley, M.D. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 342 pp.

This book contains twelve lectures which have been published in the New York Medical Journal, but which, after revision, are here republished, with an addendum on "Retention of Urine from Prostatic Obstruction in Elderly Men." The first three chapters are devoted to generalities: --anatomical, physiological and pathological considerations,—the third chapter giving evidence of wide experience, humor and conservatism, and containing a trenchant warning against overdoing in treatment, is exceptionally interesting reading. One reads here, for instance, ** It is almost needless to say that diseases are not cured by medicines or by surgical operations.

Nature effects the cure.” The fourth chapter is devoted to "Interstitial Nephritis, Pyelonephritis, and Perinephritis ;” and the remaining chapters to the different forms, complications, consequences, treatment, etc., of cystitis, urethritis, and prostatitis, all of which subjects are treated in a masterly manner. As a whole, the book will well repay careful study, and it may be looked upon as a valuable addition to the literature on these serious disorders.

The author's erudition, however, and his penchant for coining words, not infrequently lead him into what seems like pedantry. For instance: such terms as phallic, auxetic, echmatic, nephrauxe, sychnuresis, ascheturesis, algeinuresis, prostatauxe, aconuresis, etc., though precise and even elegant, are not intelligible to the majority of readers, who would look in vain for many of them even in the largest and best medical dictionaries. In contrast with these tendencies to over. niceness of phrase, one may be pardoned a feeling of surprise to note that more than once the participle “practised” is misspelled. DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. By Jerome K. Bauduy, M.D., LL.D.

Second edition. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. 352 pp.

This, although a "second edition," is practically a new work, since the first ediition was published in 1876, and the text has been consistently brought into line with contemporary knowledge in neurology. The subject-matter is presented in the form of lectures, nineteen in number. The first four discuss hyperæmia and anæmia of the brain and the cerebral circulation; seven lectures are devoted to considering the different forms of meningitis ; and insanity in its various manifestations forms the subject for the remaining lectures. A second volume, devoted to diseases of the spinal cord and functional and peripheral affections of the nervous system, is promised. That the author is a wide and close reader is evidenced by his very numerous quotations, which are usually exceedingly apropos, from more than a score of writers, among whom are Seguin, Spitzka, Hammond, Ranney, Folsom, Allen Starr, Gowers, Clouston, Maudsley, Tuke, Schroeder van der Kolk, Krafft-Ebing, and Charcot, besides many others. While thus to a great extent sinking his own personality, he offers to his readers a valuable critical anal. ysis of the matters dealt with, under the guidance of his extended and observant experience. INTERNATIONAL CLINICs. Vol. IV. First Series. Vol. I. Second Series. Phil.

adelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co. 1892.

The subscriber to "International Clinics," so that he be a thoughtful and intelligent reader, finds himself invited, without expensive and time-wasting journeys, to the Mecca of the ambitious and progressive student of medicine; namely, the clinics held at great cities on both sides of the sea, by the great masters of their craft. Thus the possessor of these two latest volumes of the unique and most valuable series has the privilege of hearing Sir Dyce Duckworth, lecturer on clinical medicine at the great St. Bartholomew's Hospital, discourse on acute pneumonia, giving hints on diet and local treatment, which even the practitioner who looks most askance at his sturdy advocacy of occasional bleeding may follow with profit. He may hear Dr. Solis-Cohen relate an unusual and instructive case of tracheotomy for multiple neoplasms of the larynx, the pathological condition being so clearly described and the operative procedure so minutely detailed as to bring the whole case before the reader in an amazingly graphic fashion. Dr. M. Allen Starr, Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, presents a case of the successful treatment of sub-conscious pain by hypnotism, which is rich in subtle psychological suggestions both of pathology and of therapeutics. Dr. Gilman Thompson talks of reduction of temperature in ty. phoid fever by the Brand method of cold baths, and expresses and explains his growing confidence in this method. And thus the list of famous talkers and interesting talks extends itself; while carefully executed illustrations greatly aid the reader's ability to fully grasp the points brought forward.“ International Clinics” must heartily be classed among the happiest thoughts, medically speaking, of the generation. A TEXT-BOOK OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. By R. C. M. Page, M.D. New

York: William Wood & Co. 568 pp.

This new candidate for professional approbation deals, as its title indicates, with non-surgical diseases, and is intended to meet the wants of the busy practitioner and student. It covers the field of general practice, and, without going into detail, it gives such practical descriptions of the diseases considered that the diagnosis can in any case be established. Only the essential points in etiology, pathology, prog. nosis, diagnosis, etc., are given, but the subject of treatment receives rather more

ample consideration than is customary in books of similar scope. Not only are drugs mentioned, but in the majority of instances the prescription is written out and the dose clearly indicated. This may be looked upon as a chief characteristic of the book. Some of the prescriptions are traditional, some are credited to authors or colleagues of the author, and others are presumably original. It may be noticed that on pages not widely separated different formulas are given for "Blaud's pills.” The conciseness and practical nature of the work will speedily win for it many friends. A TEXT-BOOK OF NURSING. By Clara S. Weeks-Shaw. Second edition. New

York: D. Appleton & Co. 391 pp.

The six years which have passed since the first appearance of this book have brought much that is new as regards the possibilities of medical and surgical nursing, and have relegated to the obsolete much that was then in vogue. Mrs. Weeks-Shaw has brought her excellent manual closely within touch of the latest ideas and experiences in its chosen field; has enlarged and revised it, and added many illustrative cuts, which render its teachings much more graphic and easily comprehensible. The chapter on “Observation of Symptoms” is especially valuable, and physicians as well as nurses could glean useful hints from it. The work is practical, comprehensive, and full of sound sense and useful information ; and its second edition will doubtless rival the popularity of the first. A GUIDE TO THE CLINICAL EXAMINATION OF THE URINE. By F. H. Whipple

A.B. Boston : Damrell & Upham. 206 pp.

This is one of the fascinating little hand-books that are the delight of students, for in its small compass it contains the essentials of the chemical and microscopical examination of urine, systematically arranged and tersely expressed. As a matter of fact, it is an admirably condensed presentation of the subject. A somewhat novel but extremely practical feature is the presence in the appendix of a score or more records of analyses of urine, followed by the inferences to be drawn from them. Though the entire field is far from being covered by these possible cases, a sufficient variety is offered to illustrate methods of reasoning, and also some of the difficulties experienced, in making absolutely definite and correct diagnoses.

A vigorous statement of the scientific principles upon which the treatment of criminals should be based, opens the POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY for August. It is by Prof. Edward S. Morse, who takes as his title “Natural Selection and Crime, "An Ethical Study of Veracity,” by Herbert Spencer, is among the contents of the issue. New York : D. Appleton & Co.

LIPPINCOTTS' MAGAZINE for August has, as its "complete novel," the somewhat lurid tale of “Martlet Seal,” by Jeanette Walworth. John A. Cockerill prophesies concerning “ The Newspaper of the Future." Poems are contributed by Louise Chandler Moulton and others. Phila. : J. B. Lippincott Co.

Among the noteworthy articles in the August Century are: “The Ascent of Fuji the Peerless," by Mable Loomis Todd and David P. Todd; “Sea-Longings," by Thomas Bailey Aldrich ; "In Gloucester Harbor," by Reginald Cleveland Coxe; “The Philosophy of Kelative Existences,” by Frank’R. Stockton; and “ Architecture at the World's Columbian Exposition,” by Henry Van Brunt. New York: The Century Co.

Every day in the year 17 persons are killed, and 72 others are injured, on the railways of the United States. This is the dreadful story told, by taking the daily average of the railway casualties shown in the annual statement by the statistician of the Interstate Commerce Commission. These figures include employés and passengers, and also the many thousands of other persons (numbering in one year 3,584 killed and 4,200 injured) who met their fate at street and road-crossings, or otherwise on railway tracks or trains, being neither passengers nor employés. But, deducting all these and the actual passengers, we still find that, on the average, every day sees almost 7 railway employés killed, and over 61 injured.-Railway Age.



LAWYER: I'm not feeling very well, doctor; does it make any difference on which side I sleep? Doctor (with a wink) : Well, a good lawyer will never lie on the left side. - Binghampton Republican.

PHYSICIAN – What is the gastric juice? Medical Student - It is a very powerful narcotic, and extremely dangerous when taken in large doses. - Pharmaceutical Era.

A German anatomist has just announced the fact that after a careful examination of woman's knee he finds that it is unfitted for maintaining a standing position, and it is proposed to post this up in the street cars. – Med. Era.

“What do we get from iodine ?"

Inquired the tutor, placid.
"I think,” replied a brilliant youth,

"'Tis idiotic acid."
The tutor frowned, and said, "A-hum!
Young friend, have you been taking some?”

- Pharmaceutical Era. SOME ANSWERS OF STUDENTS. — The Chemist and Druggist quotes from the Bedford College Magazine some curious specimens of students answers about nitrous oxide. One of these is the following: “Nitrous oxide is often called laughing-gas. With this gas they pull out teeth; this is the reason they call it laughing-gas.” Another is : “Nitrous oxide has a sweet taste; has a soothing infuence; is an esthete." Others there were that were quite as wide of the mark, but these will show how superficial an impression can be made on the mind of a chemistry student. — Jour. Am. Med. Association.

TEA A CAUSE OF COLD Feet. – Mr. Hutchinson says in the Archives of Surgery, that he once advised a lady to drink more tea. " I cannot touch it," was her reply, “ It makes my feet icy cold, and wet with cold perspiration." On furthey inquiry, she assured Mr. Hutchinson that she was quite certain of her facts, and had often tested them. Mr. Hutchinson says he had long been familiar with the fact that tea made the feet cold, but did not know that cold perspiration attended it. It does not do so in all persons. The coldness is caused, he believes, by contraction of the arteries, for the feet

at the same time shrink. Alcohol has usually a precisely opposite effect. — Med. Times

EXAMINER (to aspirant for pharmaceutical honors) : Well, now, Mr. Murphy tell me how you would prepare extract of logwood?

Candidate (hesitatingly): I'd - I'd get me logwood, sur.
Examiner (approvingly): Just so, Mr. Murphy.

Candidate (confidently): I'd get me logwood, sur, and -- and - (after a long pause, desperately) - put it in a tincture press; squaze the juice out av it; filter through paper; boil

, to soften the albumin; thin evaporate to a syruppy consistency; decant the ethereal solution, and preserve in a stoppered bottle.

Entire collape of examiner. - Ex. Too Previous. — Alexander Dumas, fils, dined one day with Dr. Gistal, one of of the most popular and eminent physicians in Marseilles. After dinner the company adjourned to the dining-room, where coffee was served. Here Gistal said to his honored guest :

“My dear Dumas, I know you are a capital hand at improvising. Pray oblige me with four lines of your own composing here in this album." "With pleasure," the author replied. He took his pencil and wrote:

Dr. Gistal has been anxious - very.

Result: The hospital is now pulled down, “You flatterer!” the doctor interrupted, as he was looking over the writer's shoulder. But Dumas went on: And in its place we have a cemetery.

- Weekly Med. Rezicu.

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DR. PEMBERTON DUDLEY, General Secretary of the American Institute, has removed to 1405 N. 16th Street, Philadelphia.

A. L. KENNEDY, M. D., has removed to Hotel Hamilton, corner Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Hours : 8 to 10, 3 to 5; Sundays, 5 to 6.

"CHILDHOOD,” the new magazine to be edited by Dr. Geo. Wm. Winterburn, is owned by its editor, who proposes to make it a telling force toward the education, physical and mental, of the young.

THE Essex COUNTY HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY held its annual “ Field Day" at the “Winne-Egan," Baker's Island, Salem Harbor, Wednesday, July 27th. The occasion was a very merry and successful one.

DR. EDWIN A. CLARKE has opened an office at 72 Pleasant Street, Worcester, where he will give his exclusive attention to the treatment of diseases of the eye and ear. Office hours: 2 to 4 P. M. He will hold a clinic at the Worcester Free Homeopathic Dispensary, ii Trumbull Street, on Tuesday and Friday, from 4 to 5 P. M.

The homeopathic physicians appointed to the staff of the new general hospital, at Malden, Mass., are: Surgeons, Drs. W. B. Perkins and La Forrest Potter. Physicians, Drs. Julia A. B. Russell and C. Maria Nordstrom.

The following have also been elected on the consulting staff: Drs. G. B. Sawtelle, W. B. Perkins and La Forrest Potter.

The hospital will be opened for the reception of patients August ist, although there are now two emergency cases in the institution which are being treated.

WORLD'S CONGRESS NOTES. The International Hahnemann Association has been invited to take part in the Congress.

The Congress will convene Monday, May 29th, 1893, and continue its sessions through the week, the last session being held June 3rd.

The decision of the American Institute to hold its next session in connection with the World's Congress of Homeopathy, at Chicago, in 1893, will insure the largest and most representative meeting of our school ever held.

The Great Northern Hotel, new and elegantly furnished, absolutely fire-proof, has been engaged for the headquarters of the Congress. It is about three blocks from the Art Building, where the sessions of the Congress will be held. Rooms will be furnished at regular rates. Application should be made at once to Dr. J. H. Buffam, Venetian Building, Chicago.

The magnificent Art Building, to cost $1,000,000, in which the meetings of the Congress are to be held, is now being rapidly built, and will be completed May ist, 1893. It will contain two audience rooms, seating 3,500 each, and a dozen or more halls, seating from 300 to 700 each. Ample facilities will be afforded for introductory exercises, general sessions and committee meetings, under the same roof.

One of the most interesting studies for physicians at the Exposition, will be its sewerage system. Six thousand sanitary closets will be built in marble compartments. From these the sewerage will be conveyed to large tanks at the south-east corner of the grounds, there purified by chemicals, its solids pressed into cakes and burned in furnaces. Arrangements are made for a permanent city of 300,000 inhabitants. This method will, therefore, receive a thorough test.



BRIGADIER-GENERAL EDWARD AUGUSTUS WILD, M.D., was the son of Dr. Charles and Joanna (Rhodes) Wild, and was born in Brookline, Mass, November 25, 1825. His father was one of the first physicians in Massachusetts to adopt the practice of homeopathy, and for his marked ability, combined with rare professional insight and eccentric manners, was a noted physician. The son inherited some of bis father's peculiarities. He graduated from Harvard College with the

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