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teristics are those most appreciated by the average American who wants to get the gist of a subject without wading through pages of theorizing, or being bored by learned disquisitions on vague possibilities; concise suímaries of theories and studies relating to the pathology and etiology of eclampsia, for instance, being more to his mind. The work covers the whole range of subjects usually considered in such treatises, from the anatomy and physiology of the female organs of generation and the development of the embryo and foetus to the management and the diseases of the puerperal state. Rational use of aseptic and antiseptic methods is advocated; modern operative measures are described, and cautiously urged under appropriate circumstances; the many-sided condition, called “puerperal fever," is admirably discussed; and the work as a whole is so thoroughly in line with advanced thought as to be considered almost a necessity to the physician's library. Its popularity is destined to augmentation by its present edition. A New PRONOUNCING DICTIONARY OF MEDICINE. By John M. Keating, M.D.,
LL.D., and Henry Hamilton. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders. Price, $5.00 net, cloth ; $6.00 net, sheep. 818 pp. Shall we say jinekoloje, peritoneetis, vageena, teesis (phthisis), ooterus, rekipe, etc.? Shall a dictionary be made according to the dictation of custom, or shall the dictionary make the custom? What rules shall be followed in this matter of pronunciation ? Such questions had to be answered before the writers of the book under consideration could proceed with their work. By way of assistance, they consulted many eminent professors and scholars connected with some of the universities of this country, whose replies are incorporated in the " Introduction.” As a result, the authors say: "We have, therefore, abundance of authority for the statement that when we introduce into our language scientific words of foreign origin we may adopt them as our own, and naturalize them under the customary rules of pronunciation; but that, with the closer union of the medical profession throughout the world and the preponderating influence of the Roman pronunciation, we believe that custom will soon make its adoption universal.
In our own case we have, after careful thought, followed the custom of the majority of the English-speaking physicians, and, though sanctioning both methods as coming from high authority, adopted, in large part, the anglicized pronunciation without hard and fast rules."
The work is intended to be “a voluminous and exhaustive hand-book of medical, surgical, and scientific terminology, containing concise explanations of the various terms used in medicine and the allied sciences, with phonetic pronunciation, accentuation, etymology, etc.” In addition, it contains an excellent table of medical abbreviations, a useful table of suffixes and prefixes, and an appendix containing important and reliable tables of bacilli, micrococci, leucomaïnes, ptomaïnes, drugs and materials used in antiseptic surgery, poisons and their antidotes, weights and measures, etc.
The names of Doctors J. Chalmers DaCosta and Frederick A. Packard are given as collaborators. The press-work, paper, etc., are of superior quality, and go far toward making the use of the book easy and satisfactory. PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS: A GUIDE TO METHODS OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
By G. A. Gibson, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P.Ed., and William Russell M.D., F.R. C.P.Ed. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 376 pp.
This little book embraces a somewhat wider field than is usually covered by books of its size, dealing nominally with the same subject. According to the opinion of the authors, "physical examination embraces and is confined to facts which are apparant to the senses of sight, touch, and hearing, and to these may be added smell," and is an essential in making a diagnosis. Physical diagnosis is said to include not only investigations by means of the senses; but also inquiries into the physical causes or conditions which produce the various phenomena discovered. Upon this basis the book is made. It includes, besides the usual chapters on temperature, the circlulatory, respiratory, and alimentary systems, excellent chapters on the integumentary and urinary systems, the nervous system, and on the examination of the eye, ear, larynx and maso-pharynx ; the chapter on the urinary system being not only one of the longest in the book but one of exceptional value.' The work is written by experienced instructors in clinical medicine, who, through acquaintance with the needs of students, are enabled to emphasize points of greatest
practical value. Its many commendable features will be appreciated by students and by those who care to be acquainted with the most approved methods of making a physical diagnosis. ESSENTIALS OF DIAGNOSIS. By Solomon Solis-Cohen, M.D., and Augustus A.
Eshner, M.D. · Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders. 382 pp.
This is one of “Saunders' Question Compends," and, like others of the series, is arranged in the form of questions and answers tending to elucidate and empha.size the characteristic features in the etiology, semeiology, and differentiation of recognized diseases. For instance, to the questions, “What are the varieties of hydrocephalus ?” “What are the causes of hydrocephalus” and “To what symptoms does hydrocephalus give rise ?" short answers of a few lines are given which will enable a student to form an outline picture of the disease. The immense field of all classified diseases is covered in this small volume, which naturally means a strict but, in this instance, a tolerably skilful condensation. . TRANSACTIONS OF THE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW
YORK FOR THE YEAR 1891. Edited by the Secretary, John L. Moffat, M.D. This volume, of nearly 450 pages, contains a record of the business done, the addresses delivered, the reports made, and the papers read at the fortieth annual and semi-annual meetings of the Empire State's Homeopathic Medical Society. As frontispiece is a portrait of Dr. F. Park Lewis, president of the society for the year 1891-92. Sixty papers were contributed, on as many different subjects, a large proportion being devoted to clinical medicine and materia medica, and the great majority being original, interesting, and valuable. The quality as well as the quantity of literary work done by the society is superlatively praiseworthy. In power, general influence and ability, the New York society stands unexcelled among our State organizations, and volume XXVI of its Transactions is creditable alike to the society and the cause it represents. ProceedingS OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE HOMEOPATHIC
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF Ohio. Edited by R. B. House, M.D., Secretary. 215 pp. Some forty papers, brief, independent, wide-awake and practical, represent the work done at the last meeting of the Homeopathic State Society of Ohio. Perhaps the most noteworthy report made by a single bureau is that of the bureau on sanitation, whose papers — "A Visit to Karlsbad,” by Dr. H. E. Beebe; “Sanitation on the Farms," by Dr. M. B. Hinsdale; "The Care and Disposal of the Dead," by Dr. T. T. Church; and "What is Sanitary Science Doing for the Individual of the Masses?" by Dr. D. E. Cranz, are all conspicuously original and interesting productions. The prompt appearance of the volume, and its most creditable make-up, testify eloquently to the efficiency of the society's secretary. OCCASIONAL PAPERS. By S. Morrisson, MD. London: E. Gould & Son.
No. 1. "Croupous Pneumonia”; “Some Notes on Drosera.” Price, sixpence. No. 2. —"Malarial Influenza: Its History, symptoms, and Treatment." Price, one shilling.
These entertaining little brochures on subjects of general interest are written in a somewhat popular style for the instruction of the laity, and more especially for the purpose of indicating to the laity the homeopathic treatment of the conditions under consideration. The articles on pneumonia and on drosera are reprinted from the Monthly Homeopathic Review ; the one on influenza was delivered as a popular lecture. Such publications do good missionary work, and writers should be en. couraged to do more in this line. STRICTURE OF THE RECTUM. By Charles B. Kelsey, M.D.
This is a brochure of 46 pages, presenting a study of the etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment by dilatation, incision, electrolysis, excision, and colotomy, of stricture of the rectum, based on the author's experience in ninety-six cases. Colotomy and excision are the operative measures chiefly considered.' Tables of operations conclude the study.
PERSONAL AND NEWS ITEMS.
Dr. Herbert C. CLAPP is occupying his vacation with a northwestern tour, which will extend to Alaska.
DR. HORACE PACKARD will return to Boston, and be ready to resume professional work, on the first of October.
DR. GEORGE WILLIAM WINTERBURN, editor of the Homæopathic Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pedology, has removed to his new house, No. 230 West 132d street, New York.
OF CLASS '92, B.U.S.M., the following have located:
DRS. HERBERT D. Boyd, Mary F. Cushman, and ÁRCHELAUS D. Hines are internes at the Mass. Hom. Hospital.
DR. V. H. Hill is in Europe.
DR. Foster LEROY MARSHALL is resident at the Roxbury Dispensary, Pynchon street; and
DR. WILLIAM O. Mann at the Westborough Insane Hospital. Several other members of the class are substituting for the summer. The meeting of the American Association of Orificial Surgeons takes place in Chicago on the afternoons and evenings of Sept. 14th and 15th. For particulars address,
C. M. BEEBE, M.D., Sec’y, 742 W. Adams street, Chicago. The sixth annual class for private instruction in Orificial Surgery will be held in the amphitheatre of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, corner Wood and York streets, during the week beginning Sept. 12th. For particulars address,
E. H. PRATT, M.D., Room 56 Central Music Hall, Chicago DR. IDA J. BROOKS, '91, B.U.S.M., recently delivered an able address on “Women in Medicine" before the Ladies' Columbian Club of Little Rock, Ark., in the course of which she advocated the introduction of co-education into the medical school of the Arkansas State University, and also the appointment of a woman physician as resident in the State Insane Asylum.
A DESIRABLE PRACTICE FOR SALE — In a beautiful country town in Massachusetts. Good roads. No other homeopathic physician in the town. Average yearly collections, for the past twenty years, $3,000; in 1890, collections $3,600. Owner desires to sell his real estate only, and practice free to party who will purchase same. Terms easy. Address, XXX,
Care Otis CLAPP & SON, 10 Park Square, Boston. CITY REGISTRAR WHITMORE is sending a little circular “whip” to Boston physicians, calling their attention to their delinquency in reporting the births in this city, and calling attention to the public statutes in this regard, which require every physician in Boston, on or before the fifth day of each month, to report a list of all children born in this city in the month preceding at whose birth he was present, "stating the date and place of each birth, the name of the child (if it has any), the sex and color of the child, the name and place of birth of each parent, and the occupation of the father.” For which a fee of twenty-five cents for each birth will be paid. The penalty for neglecting to report such list within ten days after it is due is a fine not exceeding twenty dollars for each offence. At present the reports are made up from an annual visitation of houses and other imperfect means. - Ex.
THE 41st semi-annual meeting of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York will be held in Jaeger's Hall, northeast corner of 59th street and Madison avenue, New York, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4th and 5th, 1892, to which the friends of the society are cordially invited. An especially interesting and well-attended meeting is assured. The New York County Society's committee on entertainment has issued a circular, announcing that after the morning session on Tuesday a luncheon will be served at the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, 63d street and the Eastern Boulevard, immediately succeeding the opening exercises of the term, and on Wednesday evening a complimentary banquet will be tendered the visiting members and their wives at Sherry's.
JOHN L. MOFFAT, Secretary. 17 Schermerhorn street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
At the annual field day of the Essex County Homeopathic Medical Society, held at Baker's Island July 27, 1892, members and guests were present to the number of about fifty. A short business session was held directly after dinner, when Dr. T. R. Grow, of Lynn, and Dr. H. W. Johnson, of Lynn, were elected to membership. Then followed orchestral selections, and recitations by Prof. Meade, who happened to be stopping at the hotel. Remarks were made by Dr. C. R: Brown, of Lynn, on "The Condition of the Society, Past and Present"; by Dr. J. H. Sherman, of Boston, who represented the Boston Surgical and Gynecological Society; by Dr N. R. Morse, of Salem, on "The First Field Day of the Society"; by Dr. A. B. Ferguson, of Salem, in regard to the work being done by the Essex County Homeopathic Hospital Association; and by Rev. Mr. Frisbee, of Des Moines, Iowa, who spoke in a very pleasing manner on “The Relation of the Clergyman to the Physician.”
HOSPITAL JOTTINGS. — The thirteenth report of the State Board of Lunacy and Charity, being for 1891, is just at hand. These reports are very complete. This year is unusually so, containing no less than twenty-two tables relating to the insane department, some with more than five hundred items each. No other State, it seems certain, approaches this in supplying such full information. The advantage of it, as plainly appears, is largely the promotion of comparisons with the hope of improvement. The present report shows a remarkably good record for Westborough. There are in Massachusetts four other hospitals that receive acute cases, similar to this one. They are more than five and one-half times as large, Westborough being, with one exception, smaller than any of them. But those four hospitals together received last year less than three times as many patients as did Westborough. They would have taken in 873 more if they had reached the rate of our hospital. Of patients discharged they would have sent out 959 more if they had equalled Westborough. Of those discharged as recovered, if the reported cases of relapses are deducted, the four other hospitals sent out 193. Westborough discharged 123 of the same class, after subtracting the relapses. By estimation upon the whole number treated, the recoveries here were nearly three times (287) as large as those of the others. If, on the above basis, the others had equalled Westborough, 361 more would have gone out as recovered than really did so. Some may say that the estimate should be based upon the cases admitted during the year. By that method 212 more than did so would have recovered. This hospital discharged last year in all ways, after taking out those who went to chronic asylums from here and the relapses so far as they are known, 330. If the others had done as well in proportion to the whole number treated, they would have discharged 472 more than they did.. An interesting table in the report shows how many recovered and how many died, last year, of those remaining who entered in any previous year. In the opening year, 1887, many were transferred from other hospitals to this. Of those patients 135 remained; none of them recovered last year, and four died, being but one in 34 nearly. Of the 1888 admissions, 8o remained, 2 went out as recovered, and 3 died. Of 1889, 94 were left, 6 recovered, and 7 died. Of 1890, 199 remained, 32 recovered, and 10 died. Last year, 397 came in, and of them 102 recovered and 33 died, these last being at the rate of I in 12. It is seen that after two years of hospital life few recover and but a small proportion die.
NEW-ENGLAND MEDICAL GAZETTE.
Contributions of original articles, correspondence, personal items, etc., should be sent to the publishers,
A TIMELY WARNING. The paper on the study of materia medica, written for the American Institute by Dr. Richard Hughes, and published in our present issue, sounds a note of warning of which the homeopathic profession stands very much in need. The warning is against empiricism as distinguished from pure homeopathic principles, in the practice of our physicians. No one is better fitted than Dr. Hughes to speak authoritatively on this vitally important theme. No living worker in the homeopathic ranks has labored more ardently or more fruitfully than he, for the success of our common cause. His scholarly and temperate writings on the theory of homeopathy command the respectful consideration of all thinking men, whatever their shades of opinion : his practical counsels on clinical matters, founded as they are on extended and successful experience, have long been of golden worth to homeopathic practitioners in their every-day work. His untiring labors in connection with the Cyclopædia of Drug Pathogenesy have, within the last few years, added immeasurably to the heavy debt of gratitude owed to Dr. Hughes by our profession. His keen interest in anything pertaining to our cause permits no detail of significance to it to escape his observation; and when he offers to us a rare word of counsel and warning, couched, as always, in phrases of gracious courtesy, it well becomes us to listen with earnest consideration.
In the present instance his warning is well-timed. The emVOL. XXVII. - No. 10.