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This and other publications prepared under the direction and patronage of the Surgeon-General, Joseph K. Barnes, reflect great merit upon him and entitle him to the warmest thanks of the profession.
A Treatise on Human Physiology, designed for the use of Students and Practi
tioners of Medicine. By John Dalton, M. D., Professor of Physiology and Microscopic Anatomy in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, etc., etc. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged, with 274 illustrations. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1867.
The remarkable favor with which this treatise has been received by the profession, both at home and abroad, and which it so justly deserves, renders an extensive notice quite superfluous. The present edition has been subjected to a most thorough revision and all recent discoveries in physiological science incorporated. Especially have the sections on the Physiology of the Nervous System received, as the author says, an entire reconstruction, owing to the advances made in the study of the functions of the gray substance of the Spinal Cord by J. Lockhart Clarke, Esq., and those of the Medůlla Oblongata and Trapezium by Dr. John Dean, thus placing our knowledge of the base of the brain and of the spinal cord in a new light. We have no doubt that this work will continue to grow in favor, and will be received by students as the text-book par excellence on physiology.
Hufland's Art Prolonging Life. Edited by Erasmus Wilson, F. R. S., author
of "A System on Human Anatomy,” “Diseases of the Skin,” etc. From the last London edition. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1867,
This is an elegant translation from the German, re-arranged, with the addition of numerous notes. It is not especially designed for the physician, but for the public in general, with a particular regard for young people. Physical happiness and well-being is not unfrequently completely sacrificed, through an unpardona. ble and at times criminal negligence of these general principles, tending to secure health and prolong life. The recognition of these facts and a desire to fill this vacancy in popular literature, induced Dr. Hufland to publish his researches and observations made in this direction. The wholesome and healthy reflections to which the perusal of this work lead, cannot fail to exert the most beneficial influence, and we could wish to see it distributed broadcast over the country.
This work does not conflict with the medical profession, and macrobiosis must not be confounded with medicine, their objects, means and boundaries being entirely different. While the medical art aims, by corroborative and other remedies, to elevate mankind to the highest degree of strength and perfection, the macrobiotic seeks the means by which to prolong life. The author does not view his subject alone from a medical stand-point, but also introduces the moral ele. ment, justly maintaining “that the physical man cannot be separated from his higher moral object; and that man will in vain seek for the one without the other, and that the physical and moral health are as nearly related, as the body and the soul. They flow from the same sources; become blended together; and when uni. ted, the result is, human nature, ennobled and raised to perfection.”
The age of the world the writer does not consider to have exerted any percepti
ble influence upon the longevity of man, people not infreqnently attaining the age of the patriarchs, even at the present time, and the remarkable instances of old age which are found recorded in the early history of the world are explained by the chronology of the early ages not being the same as that used at the present time. Hensler, with others, has proved “with the highest probability, that the year until the time of Abraham, consisted of only three months; that it was afterwards extended to eight; and that it was not until the time of Joseph that it was made to consist of twelve."
Is it 1? A Book for Every Man. By Prof. Horatio R. Storer, M. D.
Stimulated by the success of former works, such as “Why Not? A Book for Every Woman.” etc., Dr. Storer has startled the public by turning over his attention to the men, who evidently are anxious to know what has happened to them. He discusses the following points: that it is not good to be alone; marriage as a sanitaty measure, how early in life to be observed; rights of husband, are these rights absolute, or reciptocal with duties; should mere instinct be the rule? Arguments as to divorce, a plea for women, to which is added as appendix, a woman's view of Why Not?
There is a popular element in the work which makes it attractive, and all will read this book as they have the other works by the same author, with pleasure and instruction. He has opened in upon the topics of interior life with a boldness which is truly commendable, and it now appears certain that something of good is to grow out of the effort. He is, however, handling with great freedom, subjects which the early generations of Puritans are supposed to have thought best to let mostly alone and to themselves. Dr. Storer's writings have already called New England Divines to his aid, who are not going to have the latest and most important discoveries in morality, made by a doctor in medicine, "not by no means.” Dr. Storer has said some things very well, said some very good things, and some very true things, which few had ever uttered, for the ear of the public, until he led the way.
Law-suits upon Shares. We take pleasure in publishing the testimony in the case reported in this Journal, brought against Dr. Merrill E. Shaw, for having caused the death of a patient by the subcutaneous administration of a grain of morphine. The verdict or rather the refusal of Judge Clinton to submit the case to the deliberation of the jury is doubly satisfactory. We have learned since the trial, that there were one or two men upon the jury ready to find handsomely for the widow, had
opportunity been granted, showing, if so, that our rights and liberties are no more safe in the hands of a jury, than was the life of the lamented defendant in the hands
of Western savages.
Within the last few years an unsafe and unprofessional habit has obtained countenance, by which members of the legal profession obtain the conduct of suits upon shares. The terms are such that the chief operator and instigator loses nothing if unsuccessful, and gains one-half or even more, if he wins. The plaintiff advances the necessary costs of the suit, and the operator furnishes the advice
and works up the case. But for this custom, most of the unjustifiable suits now brought before the courts would never be entered upon the records, and many, very many, who now appear as plaintiffs would never have mistrusted themselves aggrieved. We do not think that this operates against medical men more frequently than against all others; it may be seen everywhere, and every fairminded individual can see the natural effect of such practice.
We have plenty to do to expose and correct the unprofessional habits of members of our own profession, without making attack upon any other, and it is quite provoked or we should not now undertake to condemn a practice which has shown itself in so many instances, as to make further silence impossible. This case against Dr. Shaw was pressed, after telegraphic report of the death of the defendant; and even delay in the trial refused. The whole legal procedure was based upon nothing, and carried on upon the expectation that a jury might favor a widow regardless of right, and herself and friends be indirectly benefited by the natural sympathy which men feel for women.
Death of M. Eugene Shaw, M. D.
We are pained to announce the sudden death of Dr. M. Eugene Shaw, of Buffalo, who, but a few weeks since, left his practice in this city and joined the U. S. Army in California. On the 17th of October the stage coach in which he was riding, was attacked by a party of fifteen Indians, and Dr. Shaw was shot through the lungs, the wound soon proving fatal. The party were pursued near ten miles. but finally made good their escape, taking with them the body of Dr. Shaw, which they buried at Soda Lake.
Dr. Shaw was a young man in the prime and vigor of life, graduated from the medical department of the University of Buffalo in 1864, and was 26 years old at the time of his death. He was the only remaining son of Dr. Merrill H. Shaw of Buffalo, who, with his family and a wide circle of friends, are deeply bereaved by his sudden and violent death.
Dr. Shaw gave promise of great usefulness in his profession, and was already distinguished as a young physician for his attainments. In the war of the Rebellion he was so impatient for opportunity to share his part, that against the wishes of his friends he enlisted as a private. He was, however, soon detached from his Company and served as Acting Assistant Surgeon in the 89th N. Y. He afterwards served as Assistant Surgeon in the 116th N. Y., until the close of the war when he commenced in this city the practice of his profession.
Boston School of Medical Specialties.
The following physicians have associated themselves for the purpose of giving instruction in their respective departments to advanced students, and to physicians who may be desirous of fitting themselves for special practice. It is thought, also, that there are some general practitioners who will be glad to refresh their memories.
This seems the first effort of the sort in this country, and is undertaken by men very widely and favorably known in their respective departments.
HENRY G. CLARK, M. D., (Bowdoin College) Surgeon to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Lecturer on Public Hygiene and Medical Jurisprudence.
HORATIO R. STORER, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Simpson, of Edinburgh, and Professor in Berkshire Medical College. Lecturer on the Diseases of Women.
Prof. Storer's course, the present winter, will be upon Uterine Diagnosis; and will be exclusive of that upon the Surgical Diseases of Women, to be delivered in December.
Gustavus Hay, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Arlt, of Vienna, and Surgeon to the Eye and Ear Infirmary. Lecturer on Operative Ophthalmology.
B. JOY JEFFRIES, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Hebra, of Vienna; Lecturer in Berkshire Medical College, Surgeon to the Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Physician to the Boston Dispensary. Lecturer on the Diseases of the Skin.
JOSIAH H. STICKNEY, M. D., F. R. C. V. S., (Harvard University) Pupil of Varnell, of London. Lecturer on Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
Thomas B. HITCHCOCK, M. D., (Harvard University) Lecturer on the Diseases of the Teeth.
FRANCIS C. Ropes. M. D., F. R. C. S. E., (Harvard University) Pupil of Langenbeck, of Berlin; Physician to the Boston Dispen sary, and Surgeon to Out Patients at the City Hospital. Lecturer on Surgical Deformities.
SAMUEL W. LANGMAID, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Mackenzie, of London, and Physician to the Boston Dispensary. Lecturer on Diseases of the Throat.
David L. LINCOLN, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Widerhofer, of Vienna, and District Physician to the Boston Dispensary. Lecturer on the Diseases of Infants and Children.
JOSEPH G. PINKHAM, M. D., (Long Island College Hospital, Pupil of Bloxam, of London, and Professor of Chemistry in Berkshire Medical College. Lecturer n Toxicology. Francis B. GREENOUGH, M. D., (Harvard University) Pupil of Zeissl, of Vien
Lecturer on Venereal Diseases. GEORGE F. H. MARKOE, Member of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Lecturer on Practical Pharmacy.
THE HALF-YEARLY COMPENDIUM OF MEDICAL SCIENCE, Being a Synopsis of Practical Medicine, Surgery, and Medical Literature.
The first part of this work will be issued from the office of the Medical and Surgical Reporter on the first of January, 1868. It will comprise about 300 pages royal octavo size, and will contain a well-prepared synopsis of the articles in the medical periodicals and monographs, and a general review of the medical literature of the preceding six months, both of this country and Europe.
In the preparation of this work we will be aided by many well-known writers, among whom are Drs. L. Elsburg, Samuel R. Percy, R. E. Van Gieson, F. D. Weisse, C. F. J. Lehlback, S. W. Gross, George H. Napheys, W. M. Turner, A. Paul Turner, and others.
The work will be systematically arranged under the following heads-subject to such modifications as time and experience may suggest and supplied with a copious Index of subjects and authors.
Terms of Subscription.-Subscriptions will now be received at the following rates: Compendium, per annum, two numbers,
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Catalogue of tne Surgical Section of the United States Army, Medical Museum,
prepared under the direction of the Surgeon-General, U. S. Army. By Alfred
A. Woodhull, Assistant Surgeon and Brevt. Major U. S. Army. Catalogue of the Medical Section of the United States Army, Medical Museum,
prepared under the direction of the Surgeon-General U. S. Army. By Brevt. Lieut. Colonel J. J. Woodward, Assistant Surgeon U. S. Army, in charge of
the Medical and Microscopical Sections of the Museum. Lectures on the Diseases of Women. By Charles West, M. D., Fellow of the
Royal College of Physicians; Examiner of Midwifery at the University of London, etc., etc. Thlrd American from the third and revised London edition.
Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1867. For sale by Theodore Butler. A Practical Treatise on Shock after Surgical Operations and Injuries; with special
reference to shock caused by railway accidents. By Edwin Morris, M. D., F. R. S., Surgeon to the Spalding Dispensary and Union Infirmary. Philadel
phia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868. For sale by Breed, Lent & Co. Headaches; their Causes and their Cure. By Henry G. Wright, M. D., M. R. C.
S. L., L. S. A., Member of the Royal College of Physicians of England, eto. From the fourth London edition. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1867.
For sale by Theodore Butler, A Treatise on the Cause of Exhausted Vitality; or Abuses of the Sexual Func
tion. By E. P. Miller, M. D., Physician to the Hygiene Institute and Turkish Baths. New York, 1867. The Physician's Hand Book for 1868. By William Elmer, M. D. New York:
W. A. Townsend & Adams, publishers, 434 Broome street. For sale by Theo
dore Butler. Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, at its Eigh
teenth Annual Session, held at Pittsburgh, June, 1867. Fourth series, part 3d,
published by the Society. Report of the Proceedings of the Association of Medical Superintendents of
American Iastitutions for the Insane, 1867. New Researches on the Therapeutic Use of Manganese as an adjuvant of Iron.
By Dr. J. E. Pétrequin, late Head Surgeon of the Hotel Dieu of Lyons, etc. Superintendent's Report of the New York Institute for the Blind at Binghamton,
transmitted to the Legislature February 9, 1867. Forty-second Annual Report of the Massachusetts Charitable Eye and Ear Infirm
ary, for the year ending September 30, 1867. Conveyance of Cholera from Ireland to Canada and the United States Indian
Territory, in 1832. By John C. Peters, M. D., of New York. Base of Brain with Nerves emerging. Arranged by S. W. Wetmore, M. D.,
Demonstrator of Anatomy in the Medical Department of the University of
Buffalo, N. Y.