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in two doses of 30 grains each during the bodies and independent bodily functions. day, has often been effectual after all other A few days ago the twins, now 36 years of measures have failed to check then. It is
age, again came to the clinic, as the former more effectual when given in the form of patient again suffered from colicky pains. camphoric acid internally than when ap- The surgeon made a diagnosis of advanced plied in the form of camphor or cam- pregnancy or rather incipient labor. Alphorated alcohol externally. Camphorated though that possibility was absolutely dealcohol rubbed into the skin may assist the nied by the girls, the patient soon gave effects of camphoric acid given internally, birth to a healthy boy, and later, after rebut of the two it is the internal remedy peated questioning, confessed. The other that affords by far the greatest benefit. sister felt nothing at all of the pain of the
mother so closely united to her, and when
the next day the temperature of the mother Balsam Peru in the Treatment of went up two degrees the temperature of the Wounds. — Sickmann reports his experi- other twin remained normal, showing the ences with Peru balsam from the surgical absolute separation of the two organisms clinic in Erlangen, in which it has been
as regards function and metabolism. employed systematically for a number of years. The balsam proved to be very useful in all cases of accidental wounds. It
Lactation in the Blazek United Twins. 1 — is necessary, however, that all the recesses
Considerable scientific interest has been of the wound be filled with an excess of aroused over the phenomena of lactation the balsam, since it only acts efficiently
in the united Bohemian twins, the Blazek when any bacteria present are completely sisters, one of whom was delivered recently enveloped in it. No toxic disturbances of a boy at Prague (mentioned in the need be feared. In cases of infected Vienna letter April 28). The father of wounds, discrimination must be observed the child is the manager of the two sisin its use, and this can only be gained by ters, who has exhibited them to the public experience. The balsam appears to have
for several years. The Blazek twins form a favorable influence in stimulating gran- a pygopagus ; that is, twins joined at the ulations.
buttocks; all the organs of the trunk are duplicated, except that the rectum and the
introitus vaginæ are in common. Formerly GENERAL TOPICS.
the sisters menstruated for a four to five day period. During pregnancy the menses
ceased in the pregnant woman, while the Pregnancy and Labor of one of the
other sister menstruated regularly until the Siamese twins. There live in Prague twin
last two months before the birth. It is resisters, known as the “Siamese twins," who
markable that lactation set in not only in are united to each other by a solid bridge her sister. Dr. Basch, who examined the
the woman who was delivered but also in of tissue, with some cartilage and bone en
sisters in the Prague hospital, reports this closed, in the region of the hip-joint and the brim of the iliac bone. Several attempts
fact and its explanation in the last number
of the Deutsche medicinische Il'ochenat separation have been suggested, but re
schrift. (Trunececk and Baudouin also disfused by the twins because they desired to exhibit themselves for money. One of the
cuss the teratologic aspect of the case in twins suffered a few years ago from chole
the Semaine Médicale, May 18.) Basch relithiasis, and had to be operated on in the
gards the influence of the sympathetic surgical clinic of Prague, where examina
nervous system on the secretion of milk as small.
The role of the sympathetic is tion revealed that apart from the malfor
especially shown in the transmission of remation of the connecting iliac bone, the two persons have separate and independent
flexes in sucking or milking which are cific activity of the mammary glands is in- with Chinese wine make a valued blood dependent of the nervous system. Accord- tonic much used in northern China among ing to Basch, the growth of the breasts is all classes; the receipt is held by a Shangoccasioned by stimulant substances which hai firm, which has become very wealthy are present in the ovary after impregna- upon it. Old deer horns are boiled down tion, while the initiation of the secretion to make the medicinal glue which binds the of milk is brought about by stimulating fifty ingredients composing the average substances which may be obtained from Chinese pills; in these one may get anythe expelled placenta. According to his thing from a pint of gunpowder to cobra opinion the secretion of milk in the non- tail dust. Of equal medicinal efficiency pregnant twin is to be explained by the are three high-grade tiger remedies—the fact that we have to do with two indi- eyeball, liver and blood. The genuine tiger viduals living in parabiosis in whom the eyeball can be prescribed only for the very necessary stimulus to the production of wealthy Chinese; similarly the liver, dried lactation generated by the pregnant sister and reduced to a powder, is worth its was carried by the common blood stream weight in gold; tiger blood, evaporated to to the other sister with positive effect. a solid at a high temperature is believed by Whether this idea will be sustained by Asiatics to transform a craven into a hero. other investigators remains to be seen. Finally the dentist is looked up; this pro
necessary to a uniform continuous activity 'J. Sickmann, M. D., Deut. Zeitschr. f. Chir., of the mammary glands. The essential spe?Jour. A. M. A., May 14, 1910.
Jour. A. M. A., July 2, 1910.
fessional will be found on any street cor
ner in all large Chinese cities. He is very A Chinese Triumvirate.- According to
impressive by reason of his seriousness; althe Medical Record the doctor, dentist, and
ways reading and thinking of his collection barber are powerful factors in Chinese
of some 2,000 teeth on a table, and a few civilization. Once a week the Chinaman
bottles of some secret drugs said to convisits the barber for a general overhauling.
tain the moisture of the inner side of an old First the head and face are shaved; then
coffin collected after a ten years' burial. The
dentist in China is called a boxer; for he the ears are scraped and cleansed with a small brush made of duck's hair; third, the
is suppposed to have great strength in his upper and lower eyelids are scraped with a
arnis and hands. dull edged knife, all granulations being smoothed away, after which a salt solution
A Novel Cure for Obesity.1 - It is is applied with a duck's hair brush. It is
obvious that there can be no real cure of for this latter reason that so much blind
obesity unless the habits of life, dietetic and ness is found in China. No antiseptic pre
otherwise, undergo a radical change. Now cautions whatever are taken; all instru
this is what obese persons, generally large ments are held in the operator's hand when
eaters, specially resent and in the majority not used. Finally the patient's back is
of instances they are unable, or at any rate massaged; and after paying a fee of three
unwilling. to suffer the pangs of unrecents (and no tip) he leaves the shop feel
quited hunger entailed by the necessary reing clean outside. He next consults the
strictions. Dr. Dubois-Havenith of Brusphysician. After undergoing the usual ex
sels relates the curious case of a young amination (a form of military inspection) lady afflicted with polysarcia who "enthe case is diagnosed and treated, unless a devil happens to jump down the patient's joyed her food” to such an extent that be
fore she reached 25 years of age she throat. For this the only remedy that will
weighed close upon 190 pounds. She serve is the setting off of one hundred fire
found herself quite unable to forego the crackers, and a daily visit to the joss house. This done he receives the usual pills for
pleasures of the table, and as her digesthose vacated by the devil; these may con
tion was slack she suffered a good deal
of discomfort after dinner. On one sist of spotted rhinoceros horn-a wonderful cure for intestinal troubles; these horns
casion she experienced such physical dis
tress that she provoked vomiting by putcome from southern China and in the Singapore market a single specimen will ting her finger down her throat with imbring $25. Tiger bones, ground and mixed 'London Lancet, Aug. 6, 1910.
mense relief. She was delighted to find pitals. In accomplishing her great work that it was possible to conjure the evil which has resulted in revolutionizing field effects of over-indulgence in so simple a sanitation, Miss Nightingale had not only manner, and so it degenerated into a habit. to contend with disease in the Crimean To her surprise she found that under this campaign, but her greatest fight was regimen she rapidly lost flesh, so much so against the
the prejudice which existed that in three months her weight had fallen against a woman engaging in work of that to 120 pounds. She then called attention character. At the beginning of the Crito the fact that whereas moderate mean War not a woman nurse was
emquantity of food used to leave her with ployed in the military hospitals. It was an unsatisfied craving, after deliberate not untii the war was over and the generals emesis she was free from hunger between and medical men at the front enthusiastimeals. Physiologists may explain this on cally praised her work that public sentithe assumption that the mere act of eating ment was turned in her favor and she be"decongests" the digestive apparatus came a heroine whose fame has endured and so confers functional peace. In any from 1855 down to the present time. A event, the Romans, who were past-masters brief summary such as this cannot adein gastronomy, knew all about voluntary quately present the work which she acvomiting, as is shown by the institution of complished, but it has had the greatest posthe tonitorium, which was resorted to sible influence on field hospitals and the presumably very much for the purpose treatment of the wounded in all wars that described in Dr. Dubois-Havenith's case. have occurred since that time. When she Of course, it is irrational to take more returned to England the British public food than one requires, but having done so raised a fund of $250,000 and presented the provocation of vomiting cannot be it to her as a token of the esteem in which described as unphysiological. Nature pro- they held her. This she accepted, but not vides that remedy automatically in suckling for herself. She used it to establish a infants whose overloaded stomachs are re- school for nurses at St. Thomas's Hospital, lieved by a timely puke, and even in grown- London. She superintended this school for up persons the reflex is not unfrequently many years, finally retiring from active called into play to avert the consequences
work for a much needed rest. In 1907 of over-indulgence in food or drink. she received from King Edward the Order Whether, however, voluntary vomiting can of Merit, the statutes being modified to adsafely be allowed in any individual to de- mit of her appointment, and she is supgenerate into a habit is a matter calling for posed to be the only woman who has been careful consideration. Æsthetically objec- so honored. In 1908 she was given the tionable and morally questionable, the freedom of the city of London. Although method is also physiologically incorrect, her health was never robust after the Criand it is not likely to supplant more ortho- mean War, yet she wrote much that was dox treatment which affords a disciplinary of value. training of value.
The Death of Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale, the heroine of the Crimean War, died at her home in London on Saturday, August 13th, aged ninety years. Her long life was devoted to the cause of saving life and relieving suffering in times of war and pestilence and to the general improvement of hospital service at all times and everywhere. To her we owe the modern system of army field hos
Veu York Med. Jour., Aug. 20, 1910.
SURGICAL HINTS. In young children caries of the mastoid process with abscess formation may occur without involvement of the inner ear, and without fever, pain or other constitutional symptoms.
Rectal feeding can usually be dispensed with after esophagotomy for foreign bodies, the patient being given small amounts of sterilized water for the first twenty-four hours, after which liquid food may be administered.
A. EDWIN LEWIS, M. D., Managing Editor.
Copyrighted by the American Medical Publishing Co., 1910.
Complete Series, Vol. XVI., No. 9.
New Series, Vol. V., No. 9.
The Carnegie Foundation Report on It is quite apparent, therefore, that the the status of American medical schools general movement in medical education, inhas led to an endless amount of discus- cluding essentially all teaching facilities and sion pro and con, and in certain circles at methods, has been forward, while the subleast has stirred up an antagonism that is stantial improvements that have been made anything but passive. On the whole the in not one but many directions are such that Report presents few facts that were not gen- graduates of even ten years' standing cannot erally known, and many of its criticisms fail to appreciate them. and animadversions on the teaching facili- If we were to assume to criticize the ties and methods of our average American Carnegie Report from any standpoint whatmedical college have been foreshadowed by soever, it would be on the grounds that the numerous articles that have appeared from very evident progress of the past ten to time to time in the medical press during fifteen years is entirely disregarded, and the past decade. For a number of years the comparatively little or no credit is accorded Association of American Medical Colleges the medical schools for the efforts they are has been earnestly striving to elevate the obviously making to increase their effistandards of medical education, and a rec- ciency. Unfortunately nothing handicaps a ord of its meetings would show very con- report or a work of reform as surely as a clusively that those charged with the direc- suspicion of unfairness and we fear the tion and management of the medical col- laudable motives and the really excellent, leges of the country have been thoroughly painstaking work embodied in Professor alive to their shortcomings. It would be Flexner's report will fail to accomplish the most unfair to state, or even to convey the good it should—for a while at least. This impression that honest, faithful efforts have situation, the result primarily of the connot been put forth to better existing condi- troversies it will surely stimulate, together tions, or to deny that very real and substan- with the suspicion of an animus against the tial progress has been made in the equip- smaller institutions, bound to result from ment, methods—and aspirations of prac- the apparent failure to give proper credit tically every recognized medical school. for the advancement practically every colThe state boards of registration have lege has made, will pass away, it is to be worked consistently to these same ends, and hoped, when the Report is more carefully have been particularly successful in raising studied and understood. entrance requirements, a fact well shown by Aside, however, from the foregoing, it the improved type of medical students. will be seen that the Report is epoch mak
ing, that it is fearless and specific in its standards of medical education to the highrecommendations, and should give very est degrees of efficiency. But what we do material aid in placing medical education desire to emphasize is that the day of the on a higher plane.
small, comparatively inconsequential, mediA real service has been done for the cal college is by no means passed. Equip
. deserving medical colleges of the United ment and methods as long as the personal States, a service that will take on new sig- equation plays so vital a part, are necesnificance as the forces at work for the sarily of relative importance, and questions advancement of medicine are better or- of locality, expense (cost of living), and ganized.
expediency will continue for many a day to
give the small medical college a legitimate Medical education, like all other branches
place in the scheme of "things as they are." of learning, is largely dependent on the
The most important phase of medical edupersonal equation. In other words, if a
cation is that which pertains to entrance person is intent on securing medical knowl
requirements. No one who will give the edge, the question of the institution is
matter sufficient thought will deny that purely of secondary consideration. The
rigid entrance requirements mean a higher truth of this is shown by the experiences of
type of students. Better qualified students countless of America's foremost physicians
will exert a powerful influence on each and surgeons. How little important is
institution, with inevitable tendencies todeemed information as to the medical col
ward greater efficiency. A college must lege from which a man graduated! It is
respond to its students' needs, or it will the man himself and his individual ability
very soon find its classrooms vacant. There that commands principal interest, and no
can be no question, therefore, that establishone is ever handicapped-in the public es
ing high entrance requirements promptly timation at any rate-by the fact that he
elevates every standard of a medical colgraduated from one of the smaller or medi
lege, solving at once not one but many ocre colleges. To show how little import- problems, and achieving true progress in a ance is attached by even the medical pro
most practical and far-reaching manner. fession to the institution from which the
The poorly equipped candidate for a medidiploma is obtained, one has only to inquire
cal degree is eliminated automatically, and as to the college data of any of the country's
likewise the handicap he would assuredly great medical men, past or present. Unless the person receiving the inquiry has specially place on the work of any institution he
could enter. posted himself, it is the exception to obtain
The crux of the medical college situation a single fact concerning a man's college
is obviously the elevation of entrance retraining, however prominent he is or may
quirements to the highest possible point have been.
compatible with common sense and sound This should not be understood as mini
judgment. mizing the desirability of first class institutions, or the necessity for every college to seek to obtain the best possible equipment. Experimental typhoid has been proIn no way do we wish to intimate that we duced in animals by Prof. Metchinkoff and are not in sympathy with the elevation of the reported to the Paris Academy of Sciences,