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seems to fulfill the very want for which we have “CARRY ON”— A NEW MAGAZINE searched in our quest for a perfect antiseptic.
We are in receipt of a magazine from WashCaustics, of course, are antiseptic, but are ob
ington, under the above title, emanating from jectionable in that they burn in their path an
the office of the surgeon general of the United impenetrable wall under which infection may be
States Army, which is filled with interesting sealed up only to spread by metastasis; and, with
material concerning the reconstruction of disdichloramine-T there seems to be no possibility
abled soldiers and sailors. On the title page of any such danger.
appears an excellent illustration of Surgeon GenThis case persisted nine months. It was un
eral Gorgas, Col. Frank Billings, Brig. Gen.' der treatment in my office four months. Two
Robert Noble and Col. C. L. Furbush. Copies months of old routine treatment only made it
of this little magazine may be obtained by any worse. The same time spent with dichloramine
of our readers who will address the editor of T effected a cure. How long it might have per
Carry On, care Surgeon General United States sisted under the old treatment is interesting to
Army, Washington, D. C. conjecture. I shall continue the use of dichlora
The following announcement explains the mine-T in these cases as routine treatment.
purpose of the magazine. The medical depart
ment of the army will carry on in the medical Correspondence
and training treatment of the disabled soldier un
til he is cured or as nearly cured as his disability THE TRES PALACIOS CLUB-VALE!
will permit. We shall try to do our part in To the Editor:
his restoration to health efficiently with the In the spring of 1917, I left the Texas coast belief that the wounded and sick soldier shall to come north, engrossed in my plans for the co- have the opportunity to return to civil life operative physicians' club. I looked forward capable of pursuing a career of usefulness. to long years to be spent surrounded by my This will enable him to enjoy the freedom and friends and relatives, all enjoying peace and happiness afforded by world wide democracy plenty, in the locality I had selected, with all for which he has given his all.-Signed W. C. the United States from which to choose. For Gorgas, Surgeon General U. S. Army. some time I had had prostatic trouble, which, however, is not unusual at my age-68. There Every spendthrift adds to the war's length. was one disquieting symptom also, an increasing weakness without apparent cause. This induced
President Wilson says: "The practice of me to consult Doctor Lydston, who promptly individual thrift is a patriotic duty and a necespronounced my malady abdominal cancer! I was sity.” simply paralyzed. Of course, we have some
Thrift Honors for Kansas City—Kansas City patients affected with cancer; but, Doctor, did
was the first city in the United States to report you ever dream you would have it yourself?
one thousand members of a “Baby Bond” club It took me six months to assimilate the idea.
who subscribed $1,000 each. Then I came to Chicago, and taking the advice of Lydston and Ochsner, placed myself in charge Billion Arsenical Products–Our readers will of Doctor Blackmarr for treatment with radium be interested in knowing that a full. fresh stock and the x-ray. The man is a wonder. I would of “Arsenobenzol" and "Nov-arsenobenzol" is not have believed it possible for such results now being carried by the Physicians Importing to be won as he has secured in my case. Scarcely Co., St. Louis. Send for literature and prices. a visit to his office occurs without my meeting there patients recovering or altogether cured Loyalty demands that Uncle Sam be the of cancer by his method. It is not merely radium, great spender during the war; he knows what but the methods of application he has developed. is needed to win. And do not forget that every He ought to have an endowment of a million time you buy anything you reduce by that much dollars to enable him to fully carry out his work. the supply of labor and materials which he needs In my own case, all the tumors have been ar- for victory. rested in development and some have retrograded inside. I am, however, exceedingly weak,
Five thousand physicians a month for an inand am compelled most reluctantly to lay aside definite period is the requirement and those docall thought of developing the club, as well as of tors who are of the opinion that other physicians all other professional work. This will explain in their immediate neighborhood are better qualiwhy you have not heard more about the club fied or have less responsibility than themselves, during this summer. I still hope that somebody should, in view of the crisis now facing us, subelse will take up the plan and carry it through. jugate their individual opinion and apply to their
William A. Waugh. nearest Examining Board for a commission in Chicago, Ills., July 23, 1918.
the Medical Reserve Corps.
Organized at Council Bluffs, Iowa. September 27, 1888. Objects: "The objects of this society shall be to foster, advance and disseminate medical knowledge; to uphold and maintain the dignity of the profession; and to encourage social and harmonious relations within its ranks."'-Constitution.
56 Service Stars *
THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF
"Keep the Home Fires Burning"
"Follow the Flag''
Annual Meeting, Omaha, Neb., Sept. 21, 22, 1918
Maj. Gebhart is the director of field hos-
pital 110 Sanitary Train, 35th Div., U. S.
A., Somewhere in France.
CHAS. WOOD FASSETT.... Kansas City
JNO. E. SUMMERS.
Chairman Arr. Committee. 2d Vice-President.
"Carry On" the work of the Society
The Saedical Herald
should gather at this annual session, using their
best endeavors to “keep the home fires burning" Incorporating the kansas City Medical Inder-Lancet
for our brothers who are engaged in military
service. (All those on leave are expected to be Vol. XXXVII. AUGUST, 1918
No. 8 with us.) Problems which the Home Guard have CHAS. WOOD FASSETT, Managing Editor
to meet are greatly intensified by the demands of war.
It has been said and with peculiar em713 Lathrop Building, Kansas City, Mo.
phasis at this time, that "the health of the people ASSOCIATE EDITORS
is the strength of the nation." Those of us who P. I. LEONARD, St. Joseph.
are not qualified to go to the front have many J. M. BELL, St. Joseph.
sacrifices to make at home, and we hope that JNO. E. SUMMERS, Omaha.
each and every one will see it their duty to atCONTRIBUTING EDITORS
tend this meeting and contribute to its success.
Some of the topics to be discussed are:
How May the Home Guard Best Contribute to
an Early Victory?
The Declining Birth Rate and Conservation of
What Medical Science Owes to the Military Sur-
Ways and Means for Reconstruction of Disabled
Soldiers and Sailors.
In What Way Can the Women Best Serve the
Interests of Their Country?
War Wounds and Gas Infection.
Later Developments in the Cure of Tuberculosis.
Syphilis and Salvarsan Clinics.
New Developments in the Treatment of PneuAre You a Real Patriot?
monia. Attend the Omaha Meeting
Value of the Dakin and Dichloramin-T Solution
in Treatment of the Infected Fracture. One of the most important medical gatherings of the year will be the meeting of the Medi- Contributions on the above subjects invited. cal Society of the Missouri Valley in Omaha, Program limited to 20 papers, closing August Thursday and Friday, September 19-20, under 25th. the presidency of Dr. A. I. McKinnon of Lin- A patriotic dinner will be served on Thursday coln. The fact that many of our members are evening at Hotel Fontenelle at 6 o'clock, to which now in the cantonments, and over-seas, makes it all are invited. Addresses will be given by repreimperative that all members of the Home Guard sentatives of the Medical Department, Army and
Navy, and the Public Health Service of the "C. H. T's” pernospera is harder to cure United States. These will be followed by inter- than pneumonia—no matter what school is conesting moving pictures from the war zone. Ar- sulted. Even the poor animals that are "torrangements are in the hands of a committee ap- tured” according to "C. H. T." have one on this pointed by the Omaha-Douglas County Society, contributer to "Life"- animals don't have perunder whose auspices this meeting will be held, nospera. Dr. John E. Summers, chairman.
There has never been discovered a serum Be sure to make your room reservation at that will cure it. We doubt very much if there Hotel Fontenelle, which will be headquarters. ever will be. “Friendless soldiers" in the hosAll meetings will be held in the ball room on the pitals don't suffer from pernospera, which atmezzanine floor. A large number of interesting tacks the wielder of the pen, not of the sword. commercial exhibits will be placed on this floor Is it possible that "C. H. T's" effusion is a and will be well worth inspection.
part of the Hun propaganda ? Program will be issued early in September. Statistics show there is more pneumonia at Be sure to attend this meeting and bring a friend. home than in the hospitals. We need new members to recruit the ranks of “C. H. T.” has it in for the "Allopath" for our society which are somewhat depleted by the some reason or other-or what is probable judgdemands of our country.
ing from the arguments (?) advanced for no CHARLES WOOD FASSETT, Secretary.
reason at all.
Doctors are ever charitable—they have to The Poor
be in order to live up to the ideals of the medical Critter
profession. Allopathic, Homeopathic, Osteo
pathic-or any other 'pathic. It has been said that the Gods on high
"C. H. T." opines that the head-in-the-sandOlympus weep salt, briny and bitter tears when
hiding-ostrich has nothing on the medical proever they behold the spectacle of a jester. who
fession. But evidently the ostrich has one on attempts to take himself seriously.
"C. H. T.” Hence, when "Life" (which used to have
Because the ostrich has at least a head to the reputation of being a "funny paper") de- hide. But if you will look up the meaning of votes a part of its space to a fulmination of the
the word “Pernospera" in the dictionary you will pop-gun variety—signed by one "C. H. T.”
find it refers to "a blight that attacks the bean.” whoever he or she, may be, against the "Allo-.
Having "Pernospera” “C. H. T.” deserves pathic" medical profession the "pop" should
the pity, and the sympathy of the medical probe-and no doubt will be taken as a joke.
fession-including all "pathics." school of treatment--the Homeopathic." Per- joke, is properly placed on a page of “Life.”
Perhaps “C. H. T.” belongs to a "certain "C. H. T.” is evidently a joke, and being a chance another—"the Osteopathic”—is honored by his or her allegiance. We rather suspect
The Falling Birth Rate "C. H. T.” to be a Christian Scientist, in which
of Germany case we extend our smpathy to Mother Eddy, et al.
In spite of many protests to the contrary, We wonder if “C. H. T.” were to contract by German authorities, our government's infordiphtheria if the “squirt-gun” of antitoxin
mation bureau has had many evidences of Gerwould be despised?
many's desperate efforts to increase the birth We wonder also, if "C. H. T." would decline rate, whether legitimate or illegitimate. Here is the laboratory product, Salvarsan, provided it a copy of a letter found on a German prisoner were indicated—which we hope is not the fact?
captured by the Americans (translation): We don't wonder, however, what ails "C. H. Since, as a result of the war, the greatest part of
the manhood of the country capable of bearing arms
has been called to the colors, it is the duty of the The symptoms are all too plain, the diagno
masculine population, in the interests of the fathersis does not even have to be confirmed in the
land, to take to themselves in loving manner the laboratory. "C. H. T.” is afflicted with Pernos
young women who have been left behind with the pera. .
object of doubling or trebling the birth rate.
We believe that in you we have found the right And Pernospera, while not fatal, is incur
man, and that you, in this difficult time, will fulfill able either by Homeo, or Osteo., or C. S.
this honorable and responsible duty in a conscien“C. H. T's" tirade against the “Allopathic"
tious manner. medical profession will not accomplish any harm The duty with which you have been intrusted is of so far as that branch of the "medical priest- a public nature, and by refusal you will incur severe hood" is concerned.
penalties under the statutes of war.
You will be informed upon visiting this office Every religion has had its mockers. The
as to the district alloted to you and the addresses of biggest apple in the tree gets the most sticks the women to be visited by you. thrown at it.
You may use this communication as a voucher.
ALEXANDER LAMBERT, M. D. Courtesy Jour. A. M. A. President-elect American Medical Association
The American Red Cross needs physi- the Red Cross is prepared to pay their ex-
Chief Medical Adviser, Red Cross in
- Jour. A. M. A., June 22, 1918. F%$446844444444445449YYYYYYYSYY4146543444545454545454545454545454545454
Actual Benefit to Surgery Derived diagnosis of his case. This will become parFrom the Present War
ticularly valuable in the declining years of life, In discussing a paper upon this topic by Dr.
when things are apt to go wrong, that people R. R. Hollister (Neb. State Med. Jour.) Major will have, publicly or privately, examinations Jno. P. Lord, (Ft. Des Moines Base Hospital)
which will point out the difficulty, and perhaps said:
add years to their length of life. "The world has been benefited by having
"We have been too individualistic in practice. had this cataclysm thrust upon it, and brought
Each fellow had his favorite way of treating a world problems, making us keen students
fracture. Now we are standardizing. This will world history; making it necessary for us to
lead to uniform methods of practice, not only in make readjustments in our mental attitude, and
this particular line but in everything. our duties to one another, and to our patients;
"A great many semilunar cartilages have and while it has brought these enormous benefits
been found to be loose and a disturbing factor in actual practice in special lines of surgery, I
in the army.
A man in civil practice develops think that the great big advantage arising from
a little trouble in his knee. Put him into the inrecruiting is going to come later in the preven
fantry and he can't stay there. By way of comtion of the many conditions found only by sys
menting on improved methods, on the other side tematic examinations of millions of men.
they find that the semilunars can be removed, “It has brought to our attention the fact that
the wound sewed up and the men put on their we have in the supposed yeomanry of our coun
feet the next day. A practice too common try—the young soldiers mustered into the ser
hitherto has been that knee joints have entered vice-a large percentage of potential cripples.
the holy of holies! We must not allow motion Ignorance of their condition led to the belief
to interfere with subsequent function! We put that it was necessary to suffer these things. We
it into a plaster case. The man is disabled from now find it unnecesary, if attention can be
one to several months before he gets full funcbrought to the condition before the aggravated
tion. The other way it is only two or three weeks condition has developed. In the examination of
We are learning many things by the object lesfive thousand troops ordered examined for the
sons of this war.
“When this war first broke out we purpose of a new shoe tariff, I was called into the presence of the commanding general of the unready. We sent our troops into these camps. Eighty-ninth division who said that he would They brought their infections from every part like to have me observe also the misfits—the
of the country. Some had mumps, some measfoot deformities and to acquire other information
les, some scarlet fever-this, that and the other as would be of value. I cannot refer to all of
I cannot refer to all of thing. If they didn't have them they brought this for lack of time. Suffice it to say that 35
the germs with them. They went into close per cent of five thousand soldiers supposedly quarters and close contact and developed various
infectious maladies, and the whole barracks was fit for the army had foot symptoms, and were complaining. Many of these men had claw feet,
infected. How now? A detention camp. They flat feet, bunions, over-riding toes, hammer toes, go there for two or three weeks. If they have callouses, and especially frequent was anterior
any of these things to develop, they develop arch trouble produced by one thing only-wear
them, and while there get all their inoculations, ing shoes too small and too narrow habitually.
also. Thus infections are absolutely controlled." Ask these men how they got on with their farm
Medical Reveries work, and they would say, 'we have riding ma
and Grafters chinery. They ride their horses to and from the field, and after supper ride the automobile Organized medicine has assumed various to town. They could wear the same shoes we functions and responsibilities. The solitary plodwear and we spend half our time sitting in a ding physician is of comparatively little conseswivel chair. Thus shod they could not be ef- quence, even though he should exert his influficient soldiers.
ence toward the protection of the public against "It was found that a large percentage of these imposition by fakers in the profession of fakers troops had bad teeth or tonsils. Many had, outside of it. In fact, the physician outside of therefore, neuralgia and rheumatism and other organized medicine does nothing—-except for complaints as the result. Heretofore they were himself. Doctors have many good qualities, as ignorant of these conditions. This information men or as physicians which we do not ignore. that these men have acquired will be carried We speak of our shortcomings. broadcast throughout our country. It will not be We are told frequently that our government many years, therefore, before we will have legis- is just as good as we are, and no better. The lation that will authorize universal school in- morals of a profession rise no higher than the spection, and public health laboratories, where composite acts of the men representing such a it will be possible for any citizen to have a profession.