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Of the last six cases in my wards at the Children's Hospital, in which this syringe has been used, five recovered, and only one died. This was a child, twelve months old, who died of pneumonia. He had been previously leeched on his head at a London Hospital, and, when admitted, was extremely anæmic and exhausted. These results are probably more favorable than one can usually expect to meet with. Of Bowditch's cases, in twenty-six the fluid was serous, and twenty-one recovered; in twenty-four it was purulent—of these, eight recovered, nine were relieved, and seven died.
Dr. Hillier then gives a detailed account of his successful cases and comes to the
Conclusions. —Paracentesis thoracis is not a dangerous operation in children; if performed early, the chances of a favorable result are very great. The cavity should be evacuated as completely as possible without the admission of air, and then closed. If the contents of the cavity become fetid, a counter-opening should be made, and a drainage-tube introduced, as recommended by Chassaignac and Dr. Goodfellow. Injections of iodine tend to diminish fetor, but have no effect in promoting the closure of the cavity. Change of air, nutritious food and tonics, are the main agents in favoring recovery. Very great deformity of the chest from contraction after pleurisy in children may be completely removed if the lung have not been too long disabled by compression. -HalfYearly Compendium.
A Practical Treatise upon the Diseases of Women, by T. Galilard Thomas, M. D.
Henry C. Lea: Philadelphia.
A great deal is being said and written upon the Diseases of Women; and physicians everywhere appear desirous of shedding new light upon this department of medical practice. We have examined this work by Dr. Thomas upon most of the points in controversy, and take this opportunity to announce that physicians will find everything scientific and useful in this department, described and represented far better than they can do it themselves, if they try, and perhaps until the art has made some more progress. bad better not try to add to, or change the text, as given us by this author. We do not mean to say that the subject is closed, but the discussion is as complete as present knowledge will permit. Dr. Thomas' ideas are doubtless as correct as any ones, and his manner of communicating them to others is admirable. Two hundred illustrations add very much to the value of the work, and leave, in this direction, nothing more to be desired.
The Diseases of Women, by T. Gaillard Thomas, M. D., is a book not only to be owned, but to be read and followed. Perhaps this is saying a little too much for a book-books are not to be followed with unreasoning adhearance; they are guides, which point us the right way, but every true physician seeks in some respects his own path; certainly in the diseases of women he must be allowed to take his own way. We regard the work as an embodiment of the present knowledge in this department, and as eminently deserving the confidence of the profession.
Atlas of Venereal Diseases. By A. Cullerier, Surgeon to the Hospital Du Dieu,
Member of the Surgical Society of Paris, etc. Translated from the French, with notes and additions, by Freeman J. Bumstead, M. D., Professor of Venereal Diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, etc. With one hundred and fifty beautifully colored figures on twenty-six plates. Part 1, 2. To be completed in five parts. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea; 1868. Price, $3.00 per Part.
We would direct the attention of our readers to Parts 1 and 2 of the “ Atlas of Venereal Diseases,” designing to present an extended review when the work shall have been completed. Judging from the parts already received, we predict that this work will be the most elaborate and practical treatise ever presented upon venereal diseases. Its author is favorably known as a specialist in this department, while the name of Dr. Bumstead, the translator and editor, enjoys the highest reputation as a careful observer and close student, both at home and abroad.
The introduction of the work is devoted to a discussion of how to study syphilis; its history, evidence, contagion, evolution, inheritance, pathological anatomy and treatment. Parts 1 and 2 discuss the subjects of Blennorrhagia and Blennorrhæa, as these diseases occur in the male and female, together with their various complications. The chromo-lithogrophic illustrations representing the parts as they appear in these diseases are accurate and true to nature, surpassing any similar representations we have yet seen in this department.
Signs and Diseases of Pregnaney. By Thomas Hawkes Tanner, M. D., F. L. S. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea.
This work is comprised in twelve chapters, upon the following subjects, making a volume of about five hundred pages: General observations on the state of Pregnancy; Signs and symptoms of Pregnancy; the Diseases which simulate Pregnancy; the Duration of Pregnancy; the premuture expulsion of the fætus; the examination of substances expelled from the uterus, etc.; extra-uterine gestation; superfætation—missed labor; the diseases which may coexist with pregnancy and reciprocal influence; the sympathetic disorders of pregnancy; the diseases of the urinary and generative organs; the displacements of the gravid uterus. Under these several heads the author has discussed with great minuteness and care all the numerous questions within the scope of the work, and it seems to us that nothing of any interest has been omitted; indeed, it is so complete in this respect that in some cases even the most obviously absurd and inconsislent views are shown to be unfounded, as if physicians might yet believe and adopt them, unless again shown to be irrational. This work sustains the wellknown reputation of the author, and contributes to his deserved popularity as an earnest thinker and clear and instructive writer. The illustrations are most excellent, and contribute greatly to the value of the work. Whoever desires to be in possession of all that can be said upon the general questions involved will not fail to possess this work, which is full, complete, and carefully prepared, well worthy attention from medical students and physicians.
A Manual of the Dissections of the Human Body. By Luther Holden, F. R. C. S.,
Assistant Surgeon of and Lecturer on Anatomy at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, with notes and additions by Erskine Mason, M. D., Demonstrator of Anatomy at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Surgeon to the Charity Hospital, New York; illustrated with numerous wood engravings. New York: Robert M. De Witt, publisher, No. 13 Frankfort street.
The author claims but little originality in the preparation of this work, the material being almost entirely extracted from the standard works on anatomy, compiled and arranged to serve the student in the pursuit of his studies in practical anatomy, and also to refresh the memory of the surgeon in the surgical relation of parts. With this object in view the vessels, nerves, lymphatics, muscles, etc., are described as they present themselves in each region upon dissection, their surgical bearings especially pointed out, and wherever practicable and consistent with the character of the work, operations upon the cadaver described. The editor has made such additions relating to the anomalies of vessels and muscles, as in bis opinion, the student should become acquainted with, also added the measurements and weights of organs. One hundred and thirty-four illustrations of unusual merit embellish the work, and greatly add to its value. Altogether the work of Dr. Holden is one of the best and most perfect anatomical guides we have yet seen, and its merits cannot be too highly commended; it is neither too concise nor too diffuse. The publisher has furnished the work in a highly creditable manner.
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Therapontics and Materia Medica. A systematic Treatise on the Action and
Uses of Medicinal Agents, including their Description and History. By Alfred Stillé, M. D., Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and of Clinical Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania, etc., etc. Third Edition. Revised and Enlarged. In two volumes. Vols. 1 and 2. Philadelphia: Henry C.
Lea; 1868. For sale by Theodore Butler. On the Diseases of the Skin; A System of Cutaneous Medicine. By Erasmus
Wilson, F. R. S. Seventh American, from the Sixth Revised English Edition. With twenty Plates and Engraving on Wood. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea;
1868. For sale by Theodore Butler. The Indigestions; or Diseases of the Digestive Organs Functionally Treated. By
Thomas King Chambers, Honorary Physician to H. R. H., the Prince of Wales, etc., etc. Second American, from the Second and Revised English Edition. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea; 1868. For sale by Theodore Butler.
Materia Medica for the Use of Students. By John B. Biddle, M. D., Professor of
Materia Medica and General Therapeutics in the Jefferson Medical College, etc. Third Edition Enlarged, with Illustrations, Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakis
ton; 1868. For sale by Theodore Butler. Atlas of Venereal Diseases. By A. Cullerier, Surgeon to the Hospital Du Dieu,
etc., etc. Translated from the French with Notes and Additions, by Freeman J. Bumstead, M. D., Professor of Venereal Diseases, in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. With about one hundred and fifty beautifully colored figures, on twenty-six plates. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea; 1868.
Parts 2 and 3. For sale by Theodore Butler. The Neuroses of the Skin: Their Pathology and Treatment. By Howard F.
Damon, A. M., M. D. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippencott & Co.; 1368. For sale
by Breed, Lent & Co. Odontalgia, commonly called Tooth-Ache. Its Causes, Prevention and Cure.
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OVARIOTOMY.-Samuel Cole, M. D., writing from Heidelberg, March 4th, to the Chicago Medical Journal, reports in full, a case of ovariotomy, operation having been made in the hospital by Prof. Friederich of the University of Hiedelberg. The tumor removed was a unilocular cyst. Patient healthy and vigorous, not sufering much from the presence of the disease. Patient died at the end of the third week, the following being the anatomical diagnosis: “Peritonitis diffused, encapsuled collections of pus in the vesico and recto-vaginal culs-de-sac. (Douglas'), lobular accumulations in the left lung, fibrinous pneumonia in the right, acute intestinal catarrh and parenchymatous degeneration of the abdominal glands." On the ninth day the “clamp hanging by only a few necrostic shreds, was removed.” Spencer Wells clamp was applied to the pedicle, the cyst amputated, and stump cauterized by ferrum candens. He says the operation was done in a “masterly manner. The Chicago Journal in its “ News and Gossip.” says: “ Prof. Peaslee's last case of ovariotomy died on the fourth day, although apparently doing well until a few hours before death.” Hamilton does not like ovariotomy; J. R.Wood, ditto. Too uncertain; it it a kind of surgery you can tell nothing about, etc., etc., as we extract from a private letter from New York. The letter from our Hiedelberg correspondent on this subject will attract attention. So far as present appearances go, the operation is speedily to become much less frequent, if not pass into disuetude.”
The operation in Hiedelberg may have been done in a masterly manner, masterly stupid manner, it appears to us. Why leave on the clamp if the pedicle is cauterized? or, why cauterize the pedicle if clamp is to remain ? The most “masterly" absurdity ever practiced in making the operation was applying clamp and leaving it outside the incision, dragging upon the pedicle. If in Hiedelberg they still operate in this manner, we think they better suppress their reports and operations. All operations in surgery are “ too uncertain.” Will they be abandoned? Will capital operations be abandoned because they are uncertain in results? Is it of any use to tell us that Hamilton aud Wood do not like it? not in the least in the world; the impartial record of facts can alone establish or dissuade; ovariotomy does not rest its claims or merits upon being liked or disliked.
HOMEOPATHY " PUTTING ON AIRS."-Dr. F. H. Krobs, of Boston, recently read a protest against a woman being admitted as member of the Massachusetts Home. opathic Medical Society, and quoted several texts of Scripture to show that woman was, by divine law, expected to occupy a subordinate place in human society—that she was not to teach or usurp authority, but to keep silence in the churches. He thought her deficient in talent for the abstract sciences, lacking originality and genius, and affirmed that women, when misplaced, became bold, arrogant, tyrannical and full of folly. The society voted thirty-one for, and thirty-three against, admission.
Crew's Mustard PLASTER.-Improvements in the minor matters pertaining to the sick room are often practically the most important. There are few pbysicians wbo, on the simple application of a sinapism, have not met with vexatious delays and disappointment, owing to the inertness of the article used. The mustard of the shops is almost universally an adulteration, as well as the larger proportion of that sold at drug stores. A fair trial of Crew's Spread Mustard Plaster proves it to be perfectly reliable, and superior to either M. Riggollet's “Papier Sinapisé.” · or “Cooper's Sinapiæ Tissue,” which owe their virtue to Cayenne pepper. Crew's plasters are made from the best English mustard and warranted to retain their qualities for an indefinite period.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS.—The first number of the American Journal of Obstetrics has been received. It is edited by E. Næggerath, M. D., and B. F. Dawson, M. D. It contains four original articles, editorial and miscellaneous articles, abstracts, etc. It is published by Moorhead, Bond & Co., New York. The first number leads us to predict a popular and valuable journal, though we cannot fully appreciate the occasion for a journal devoted wholly to obstetrics and the diseases of women and children; perhaps such division is desirable, but we have never yet seen how the various departments of medicine can be more profitably cultivated when separated from each other.
Medical College in Detroit.—The physicians connected with the Harper Hospital and the public-spirited and wealthy citizens of the city, are engaged in the establishment of the Detroit Medical College. The enterprize will doubtless prove a success, as those engaged in the effort are earnest, and successful in their undertakings. Its professorship will, we learn, be filled for the most part by Detroit men. Dr. S. G. Armor, Dr. E. W. Jenks, Dr. T. A. McGraw, Dr. G. P. Andrews, Dr D. 0. Farrand and Dr. S. P. Duffield, are all spoken of in connection with certain departments of instruction. Other resident physicians will probably be invited to fill chairs in the college,
OBITUARY.—Died in Dunkirk, N. Y., May 8tb, John C. Matteson, M. D., aged
Åt a meeting of the Physicians of Dunkirk, appropriate resolutions were passed expressing their sense of loss and their sympathy for the family of the deceased.
The Hahnemann Medical College building in Chicago, has been seized by the officers of the United States government, it having been used as a coyer to a vinegar factory, in which the shrewd detectives found a concealed still, with all its appurtenances. It is claimed, bowever, that the still was onty in use for preparing mother tinctures" and attenuations. There is much consternation in homcopathic circles in the city over this mesalliance of vinegar, whisky, law and infinitesimals. The Faculty refuse to testify as experts in the litigation which is to follow unless allowed honorary fees. - Chicago Medical Journal,