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Year.......

1883 1884. 1885. 1886. 1887. 1888. 1889 1890. Utica

34.12 | 23.18 / 28.37 | 17.17 | 26.22 | 24.08 | 29.48 | 32.92 Buffalo

30.95 31.12 28.41 | 24.92 29.72 31.29 | 34.88 42.25 Hudson River.,

24.46 31.60 21.72 28.57 27.46 32.11 36.29 | 45.29 Middletown...

46 00 | 48.22 50.38 / 50.951 51.33 | 46.94 1 51.79 53.57 Ave. per cent, recoveries, old school 30.92 27.75 26.78 22.44 | 27.81 28.29 | 33.02 38.90 New school..

46.00 48.22 50.38 / 50.95 | 51.33 | 46.94 / 51.79 | 53-57

26.94 31.69 30.93 49.89 29.48 49.89

TABLE No. 2.

Percentage

for whole

Percentage of recoveries on average number of daily residents.

period.

Year......

1879. 1880.1881 1882. 1883. 1884. 1885. 1886. 1887. 1888 1889. 1890.

Utica
22.74 25.41 20.45 17-55 21.82 14 52 20.89 13.60' 16.30 16.45.20.06.19.53

19.11 Buffalo ..... 17.02 22.00 22.00 26.01 21.80 22.20 28 30 20.70 23.40 29.90

23.33 Hudson River.. 9.00 11.00 9.00 18.00 18.00 21.00 13.00 17.00 20.00,18.00 21.00 18.00

16.00 Middletown.

28.9132.79 28.64'29.11 26.03 23.52 20 06 19.51 20.55'19.76 18.84 18.16 23.82 Average percentage of three old schools..

....19.48 Average percentage of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital for the same period

..23.82

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5.92 6.09 6.40

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Utica.

5.651 4.00 5.20
6.43

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Buffalo....
8.34 7.11 4.67 4.02

6.14
7.14 5.74

5.59 Hudson River

5 84 8.27 7.70

6.26 6.68

5.42 5.94 Middletown... 4 39 4.96 5 55 2.99 3.42 5.35

3.74 Average percentage of the three old school hospitals.... Average percentage of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital for the same period.

2.11

4.06

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Utica..

7.73 6 89 815 9.17 9.64 9.13 6.84 9.00 10.25 9.98 10.69 13-46 Buffalo

... 20.00 6.04 15.00 12 90 8.50 7.63'11.60 11.10 9.90 10.21 Hudson River

10.00 15.00 13.00 15.00 11.00 14.00 12.00 10.00 12.00 9.00 10.00 8.00 11.58 Middletown..

9.09 6.991 7.42 8.43: 6.791 7.25 8.20 4.141 4.701 7.11 2.79 5.19 6.51 Average percentage of the three old school hospitals..

....10.70 Average percentage of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, same period...

6.51

TABLE No. 5.

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Showing the proportion of Patients discharged as Recovered, Improved, Unimproved, and Dead.

Compiled from the reports of the State Commission in Lunacy, and the several hospitals named.

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1887. Per cent.. 1885 Per cent 1889 Per cent.. 1890. Per cent..... Average per c.

14.88

283 204 342
11.831 8.70' 14.45
260
176

350
9.IO 7.42 14.76

317 159 281
12.66

11.18
361 198 158
12.85
7.05

23 3:58

31 4.61

28 3.95

38

-152 | 1887..
6.42. Per cent..

144 1888..
6.07! Per cent..

153' 1859..
6.09 Per cent..

181 1890....
6.44 Per cent....
6.26 Average per c.

3-43

36 5-35

15

2512

709

6.33

101 14.25

802

49 6.91

30

5.62 11.611

11.50

2809

23 2.87 5.98

105 13.09 13.13

7.38

4.22

3.66

TABLE B.

MASSACHUSETTS.

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36:154 31:635

42:190

25:636

32:121

21:616

44:180 31:632

4.8

23.3

4.8

22.1

3.9

26.4

3.4

24.4

4.9

74:379 61:1073 || 81:313 67:1083 || 103:353 63:1162 | 19:462 80:1247 | 87:467

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1887.

NAME OF ITOSPITAL

Percent. of Recov.

to Discharges.

27:170

Northampton Lunatic Hospital.

15.8

Worcester Lunatic Hospital.

19.5

59:300

Taunton Lunatic Hospital..

19.6

Danvers Lunatic Hospital..

14. I

55:123

Westborough Insane Hospital.

44.7

4.3

34.3

6.8

27-7

6.9

34.0

6.5

34.4

6.2

TABLE C – MICHIGAN. --- The percentage of deaths to the whole number, treated in 1886 was : Kalamazoo, 4.7 ; Pontiac, 4.8 ; Traverse City, 4.0; and Ionia, in 1888, 4.4. The results in Kalamazoo and Pontiac are from biennial reports, and should be divided by two in order to obtain approximate results for one year.

TABLE D – MINNESOTA. — The percentage of recoveries to discharges in 1891 was: St. Peter, 32.71; Fergus Falls, 70.; and the percentage of deaths to the whole number treated was: St. Peter, 4.88; Fergus Falls, 2.81.

A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

BY C. WESSELHOEFT, M.D., BOSTON. Dear Doctor: While listening to your lectures on materia medica, some years ago, you reported a case which was cured by a "high potency” of a drug where low potencies of the same and other drugs had utterly failed.

The case was that of a young woman who was afflicted with eczema of the scalp. The case was exceedingly aggravated, the head being covered with a thick crust, which so injured her personal appearance that she shunned society almost entirely. She had been treated by other good. physicians, without relief, before she applied to you. Enquiry showed that she had taken about every indicated remedy, and the thought occurred to you that a change of potency might be better than a change of remedy. So you selected calcarea carb. in a "high" potency — somewhere between the 30th and 100,0ooth - and sent her away. In a reasonable time her symptoms improved, and the case was cured.

To-day, in looking over your article in the GAZETTE for August, you state that it is simply self-deception " to think that there is any power in the 30th potency. What, then, was the cause of the recovery in the case mentioned ? Was it a case of spontaneous recovery, and the time a simple matter of coincidence? Or did her faith play any part in the case ?

I am not an enthusiast as regards “high potencies," and rarely prescribe them. Still I have no prejudice against them. Is it not possible that there are forces in drugs which the microscope is powerless to discover ?

Respectfully yours, August 11, 1892.

My Dear Doctor: I well remember the case you mention. It occurred when I had been in practice about six years (twentynine years ago), and impressed me more than it would to-day.

It was an aggravated case of pityriasis, and it got well. It was a case of spontaneous recovery; the medicine (calc. carb., 200 Lehrmann) could by no means have had anything to do with the cure. I was laboring under a deception — call it self-deception if you like - though the fault lay with men under whose influence I then stood, and who denounced every one as a “mongrel” who did not use “high potencies.”

You ask, “Was it a coincidence ?" The case got well. I know now that many graver cases get well without medicines, under even very careless dietetic management, and I know how difficult a matter it is to distinguish such cases from remedial cures, especially when our dietetic management and nursing are good

You ask, “Is it not possible that there are forces in drugs which the microscope is powerless to discover?” The microscope has nothing whatever to do with disclosing medicinal forces, as I have been obliged to declare and explain many times, and in many places. And I repeat here, that the microscope applies only to hard, practically insoluble substances, the limit of whose divisibility it easily demonstrates. The limit of divisibility of solubles is also demonstrable by much more complex physical methods, and is known to be a long way below the thirtieth.

This is acknowledged by Dr. Fincke, and other high dilutionists, who now say that they care not for matter and its divisibility, as they henceforth deal with the "liberated spirit” of the drug.

In that realm they are perfectly safe from the encroachments of the microscope, or those of physical science generally, Nobody will trouble them there in their occultism and spiritism, engrafted on homeopathy by Jenichen, Korsakoff, Lutze, Jaeger, and their numerous followers, for whose patronage Schuessler made a shrewd bid. All of these stand as representatives of homeopathy, with the result that it has been obscured to such an extent that many who claim to practise it do not know what it is, so that its general acceptance has been indefinitely postponed.

If I have written a few words beyond a simple answer to your questions, excuse me, but believe me always sincerely yours, Boston, Aug. 15, 1892.

C. WESSELHOEFT.

THE DANGER OF CELLULOID BUTTONS. Professor C. Vernon Boys, of Eng. land, reports the case of a lady, standing near a bright fire, who suddenly found herself enveloped in smoke. A gentleman who came to her rescue succeeded in crushing the ignited portion of her dress, not, however, without severely burning his hand. On investigation the fire was found to have originated from a spot where a large fancy button had been, but had disappeared. Similar buttons were subsequently examined, and were found to be highly inflammable, being made of celluloid. - Med. Record.

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