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to three U. S. Senators and our Congressman, Hon. Henry T. Rainey, advising them to get the book. Mr. R. wrote me that he would get it

Hoping that many copies will be sold and read, I remain very truly yours,

A. K. VAN HORNE, M.D. Jerseyville, Ill.

is full of them. By the time this reaches you, I will have sample pages ready to send free to any who wish to see them before ordering the book. Here is a letter which shows what the leading man in New Zealand thinks of the book : (From Rt. Hon. R. J. Seddon, Prime Minister of New Zealand.)

PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE, WELLINGTON, N. Z. Prof. Frank PARSONS : Dear Sir :-) thank you on the part of the Colony for the ability and enthusiasm you have shown in writing (and Dr. Taylor in publishing) such a splendid book on New Zealand. * * The work you have so gallantly undertaken and so successfully finisht, will be not only of great advantage in making the real condition of New Zealand known to the world, but within the Colony itself will be valued and found to be of use as a work of reference. * * * In concluding my letter, I beg again to congratulate you on the production of such a satisfactory and vitallized literary work. I hope you may be spared to do much more pen work of the same high standard.

R. J. SEDDON.

We learn from the Lancet that the Russian Medical Congress, held in St. Petersburg at the end of January, was dissolved by the police. The offense committed by the congress was the passage of resolutions declaring that ignorance of the elementary laws of hygiene and the excessiv drinking of alcohol predisposed to the spread of tuberculosis and recommending a systematic educational campaign against these evils. Moreover, the congress declared, no effectiv campaign was possible until “ personal freedom and the freedom of speech, of the press, and of meeting were granted.” To add to the enormity of its offense, the congress pointed out the danger of propagating tuberculosis thru the overcrowding in the Jewish quarters of the cities of southern and western Russia, and recommending that sick Jews " be permitted to inhabit the country or to follow a cure at a sanatorium or watering place."

This was pronounced seditious! And yet the Russian govern. ment wonders at the waning affection of America.-Med. Standard.

The Story of New Zealand" presents history and biography; the scenery and the people; the industries and resources; the institutions and the government.

THE MEDICAL World has no proprietaries to boost. It works for the interests of the profession. Therefore its support must come from the profession. We are sending out some bills for overdue subscriptions with this issue. Let it be understood distinctly that those who want THE MEDICAL WORLD must pay for it. We expect remittance promptly the first of each year. We do not unceremoniously cut subscribers off if they neglect to so remit, but don't you who are behind, and who are now receiving bills, think we have waited patiently enuf? and that now we ought to be paid ? Remember we have no proprietaries to make a profit on, and our support must come directly from the profession, and not thru profit on proprietaries; and we don't use our reading columns to boost proprietaries ; like an almanac. Our reading pages belong to, and are conducted in the interest of, our subscribers, who pay for them; but they must pay for them.

I wish you success. for your success means a higher standard for the profession.-C. E. HOLTON, M.D., Bernardston, Mass.

"The Story of New Zealand” is unquestionably one of the most important studies now before the American people. The thanks of the public are due to the public spirited editor and publisher who gave the order for the work, made many valuable suggestions during its progress, and put it on the market

at a very moderate price, and to the author whose able and impartial research, keen analysis and luminous English have made the work a remarkable success. The Commoner.

“The Story of New Zealand," by Professor Frank Par. sons. Cloth bound, with over 170 illustrations, many full.page. 860 pages. $3, net. Edited and publisht by Charles F. Taylor, M.D. Equity Series. Philadelphia, 1904.

This book, the latest production of its author, a man distinguisht in law, economics and sociology, for years lecturer in the law department of Boston University, now just issued thru the remarkable public spirit of the editor of THE MEDICAL WORLD, of this city, is a book of rare beauty and worth. What most peculiarly distinguishes it, however, is its significance. It has a story to tell and a lesson to teach, and nowhere should that story be heard and that lesson so thoroly pondered as in our own land. This magnificent volume ought to be read everywhere. Fuller of attractions than any ordinary romance, along with these, in a quickening suggestivness, it shows how the problems governmental, industrial, social, and other, which now everywhere so disturb communities and commonwealths, can be manfully faced and masterfully solved. New Zealand at this hour is an example to the world of the care her people take of the interests of themselves and their fellows, shielding them from the rapacity of the cunning, the privileged, and powerful in other ways, doing this in such forms as these : In the nationalization of the country's credit and of its soil; of railway, express, telegraph and telephone service, and of insurance of all kinds ; in establishing old-age pensions, progressiv taxation of land and incomes, with exemption of small holders and of all improvements; in the resumption and division of large estates, limit of holdings, and preference for the landless in land distribution; in abolishing strikes and lockouts and insuring industrial peace; in providing state employment bureaus, store and factory acts, an eight-hour day, co-operativ employment on public works, and much else besides of similar character. It is doubtful whether at this moment one can render a better service to one's self and fellows than in spreading abroad as widely as possible, as can be done by means of this magnificent volume, a knowledge of what is being patiently and successfully wrought out in the antipodes for the redemption of society from those who prey upon it.-Reformed Church Messenger.

I want to say to you, Dr. Taylor, that I am reading “The Story of New Zealand, and find it very, very interesting. Everybody should read it. My children gave me a copy as a birthday present. They could not have pleased me better. Have written

There are many single features in each issue of THE WORLD worth the subscription price.-Francis Philips, M.D., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dr. C. F. TAYLOR. Dear Doctor :-) fully appreciate your stand on the advertisements and frauds. When you came out so strongly a year ago I began watching you to see if it was in earn. est.

I don't want to pay for proprietary medicin almanacs nor mine circulars. I see you complimented by some of the big weeklies for doing something they hadn't the nerve" to do them.. selves. Will give you some " Electricity for the Country Doctor" soon as I can find time to write it.

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C. F. Taylor, M.D. Dear Doctor:-Inclosed please find my check for $3.00, for which send me one copy of “The Story of New Zealand." I want to add my mite of commendation for the way in which you are keeping up the standard of The WORLD. Its helpfulness to physicians along lines other than therapeutics is worth more each year than it costs.

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Your determined efforts to educate the physician in his business relations to public and private enterprises is certainly most commendable, and clearly shows you to be public spirited both in private and in public life; and altho some of us inay not agree with you in minor details, yet I believe that you have ibe backing of the best and most progressiv physicians in the country.

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A very troublesome class of troubles are the diseases of the prostate gland and adnexa. The Rowe Publishing Co. of Chicago are advertising a non-surgical treatise on just this class of diseases. Have you seen it? See adv. on page 21.

NEW BRIGHTON, England. During the past few years I have used and prescribed Valentine's Meat Juice largely, with most satisfactory results. Its sustaining power is obvious in cases of pneumonia, bronchitis, typhoid fever, and wasting diseases. It is usually much preferred to ordinary beef tea, especially with children, with whom it agrees better than any other meat preparation with which I am acquainted.

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If people could be induced to attend to the cleanliness of the nose as universally as they do to the cleanliness of the teeth, the health of the nation would be materially advanced. A new nasal dish is presented this month. See adv. on page 19.

On April 7 of this year, Messrs. Frederick Stearns & Co. celebrated the wooden anniversary of their biological department. Open house was kept all day and there was an almost uninterrupted stream of visitors. All classes were represented, from grayhaired surgeons and specialists of more than national fame, to young prospectiv graduates of 1904. The regular work of the department was carried on as usual. °Perhaps nothing pleased the visitors more than the modern operating rooms, rivaling those of first-class hospitals. Although this department was establisht only five years ago it already uses stable accommodations for 120 horses, for its serum yield.

Such a common complaint as constipation is sure to bring to the market all sorts of remedies of all grades of ethical goodness and quackish badness. The wise physician will not allow himself to be misled by the great number of remedies proposed to him, but will see that what he buys is made by a house of undoubted reputation. In this connection Sharp & Dohme's advertisement on page 30 will interest him.

When administering Ergoapiol it is advisable to direct the patient to drink a glass of milk immediately after taking the capsule, that is if milk is convenient, if not, water will answer the purpose.

Never forget to look over the advertisement of Saunders & Co., on the title page of THE MEDICAL WORLD. Every live physician should keep up with the standard books that are being constantly publisht by this great house.

Have you an electrical equipment? If not write to the McIntosh Battery & Optical Co. of Chicago. They can fit you out completely. Send for their illustrated catalog anyway; it may give you many a suggestion. See adv. on page 24.

Dear Sirs :-Your valuable preparation, Mackenzol, gives satisfaction in every case. You will find enclosed money order for which you will send me three more bottles. Very respectfully, C. Joseph FLINN, M.D., El Paso, Texas.

" There is no preparation that simulates Nature so well in its effect. No other is better suited to the permanent relief of intestinal inactivity.” Quoted from the advertisement of Syrup of Figs, on page 28

Have you a telephone in your house ? Every physician should have one. See adv. of the Elliott Telephone Co., on page 12.

T. J. Biggs, M.D., Stamford, Conn., reports that he has used Bovinine with great success in skin grafting. In one case of leg ulcer of nine years' standing, in a patient 60 years old, which ulcer had never completely healed in all that time, despite treatment, the Boyinine was used with wonderful results. The patient came under Dr. Biggs's care on March 3, 1902. On March 7 treatment had brought the case to a satisfactory condition for skin grafting, and the doctor laid nine small pieces of skin taken from a callus on the patient's toe, on the surface to be grafted. The dressings were kept wet with Bovinine, and on the fourteenth on removing them, eight of the nine pieces were found attacht and healthily growing. The ninth had been displaced, and was removed. On March 24 the patient was discharged cured.

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The Upjohn Co. are well known to the profession as the originators of friable pills. They are now making a special offer on the two preparations here mentioned. See adv.

Have you tried Peptenzyme for dyspepsia ? If not, why not? Are you so well satisfied with your present treatment that you need no other? If so you are to be congratulated. Reed & Carnrick present Peptenzyme as a remedy that will act favorably on all classes of foods. If one remedy will do the work it is certainly better:han to give several. See adv. on page 24.

Have you a satisfactory surgical instrument dealer in your town? Well, better send for Mr. Frye's bul. letin of instruments and prices, anyway; perhaps he can save you money. At any rate, he can supply you with anything you need in the surgical instrument line. See advertisement with short list of instruments and prices, on page 8. Send for his complete Bulletin.

The Phospho-Albumen Company write us that those physicians who confine their use of Phospho-Albumen to sexual troubles make a mistake. They say that while it is one of the most serviceable sexual tonics, its range is much wider, including all cases where a reconstructiv is needed. See adv. on page 25.

“Nervousness” is an accompaniment of so many diseases, that a reliable remedy for this condition would probably be one of the most useful in the physician's bag. Mr. Daniel recommends his Passiflora in the strongest terms, for all conditions demanding a calming of the nerves without depression of the heart. See adv. on page 5 and send for samples and literature.

The day for keeping your equipment in any corner, box, or closet that happens to be about, has passed. The physician of today must have a proper, modern equipment if he wishes to keep up to the times. See adv. of Allison's cabinets, tables, etc., on page 12.

In addition to Thiocol Roche, Merck & Co. are this month advertising the hypnotic “Veronal;" which they claim to be a distinct advance over all other hypnotics. See adv. on page 25; adv. of Thiocol Roche is on page 13

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securing the general adoption of the suggested amendments IRVING SHEPARD, Secretary.'

We feel it a duty to recognize the above tendency, and to adops it in a reasonable degree. We are also disposed to add enui

(enough) to the above list, and to conservativly adopt the follow C. F. TAYLOR, M.D., Editor and Publisher ing rule recommended by the American Philological Association : A. L. RUSSELL, M.D., Assistant Editor

Drop final "e" in such words as “ definite,"“ infinite," "favorite," etc., when the preceding vowel is short. Thus,

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Pure and Reliable Drugs. advance. HOW TO REMIT: For their own protection we advise that

Interests that are anxious to push their own our patrons remit in a safe way, such as by postal money order. products make a great noise about “pure express order, check, draft, or registered mail. Currency sent drugs," magnifying the difficulty of the physiby ordinary mail usually reaches its destination safely, but

cian in getting reliable drugs. Desiring to money so sent must be at the risk of the sender. We cannot always supply back numbers. Should a number fail to learn the actual truth in the matter, we reach a subscriber, we will supply another, if notified before

addrest the following letter to a number of the end of the month. Notify us promptly of any change of address, mentioning both old

our leading manufacturing pharmacists : and new addresses.

Gentlemen :-A certain medical journal, a well If you want your subscription stopt at expiration of the time paid known organ for certain proprietaries, constantly has

for, kindly notify us, as in the absence of such notice we will much to say about the "purity” and reliability" of understand that it is the subscriber's pleasure that the subscrip- proprietaries, endeavoring to lead physicians to the tion be continued, and we will act accordingly.

conviction that the only way to get pure and reliable Pay no money to agents unless publisher's receipt is given,

drugs is to prescribe proprietaries. What have you

to say, as manufacturing pharmacists, as to the posADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO

sibility of the medical profession being able to get "THE MEDICAL WORLD”

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tions as compound syrup of squills, etc., solid extracts, powdered drugs, pills and tablets, both single

and compound-in short, drugs in general ? VOL. XXII. JULY, 1904.

No. 7 I do not take a stand against proprietaries, nor do I these goods are kept for exhibition purposes, or thrown provide the physician with the best, the purest, the away; it seems but reasonable to say that they are put most reliable pharmaceutical products, of invariable to good use. Very truly yours,

expect you to do so in your reply. I wish only to Language is a growth rather than a creation. The growth of

know what facilities the medical profession has of our vocabulary is seen in the vast increase in the size of our diction. obtaining standard, pure, efficient and reliable drugs aries during the past century. This growth is not only in amount, other than in proprietaries, in the free and unrestricted but among other elements of growth the written forms of words are channels of trade. Very sincerely, becoming simpler and more uniform. For example, compare Eng.

(Dictated by) C. F. TAYLOR. lish spelling of a centnry or two centuries ago with that of to-day! It is our duty to encourage and advance the movement toward The following replies were received: simple, uniform and rational spelling. See the recommendations of the Philological Society of London, and of the American Philo.

Detroit, Mich., 5/19/04. logical Association, and list of amended spellings, publisht in the Editor MEDICAL World:-Anyone who claims that Century Dictionary (following

the letter 2) and also in the Stand- it is difficult or impossible to obtain pharmaceutical ard Dictionary, Webster's Dictionary, and other authoritativ preparations of standard quality in the drug stores of works on language. The tendency is to drop silent letters in some of the most flagrant instances, as ugh from though, etc., change ed

this country displays a most lamentable ignorance of tot in most places where so pronounced (where it does not affect

trade conditions. Nine-tenths at least of the drug the preceding sound), etc.

stores of this country carry the products of the best The National Educational Association, consisting of ten thous- manufacturers in stock for dispensing purposes. As and teachers, recommends the following:

these products afford the dealers an excellent profit, "At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Educa- there is but little temptation to substitute, or to use intional Association held in Washington, D. C., July 7, 1898, the action of the Department of Superintendence was approved, and

ferior grades. The question of purity, we should say, the list of words with simplified spelling adopted for use in all pube

has but little to do with the matter. Some proprietary lications of the National Educational Association as follows:

articles are not adapted to preparation on a small tho (though); program (programme);

scale, and doubtless numerous others have their imaltho (although); catalog (catalogue);

portant uses. But to claim that there is no assurance thoro (thorough): prolog (prologue);

of getting pure goods without relying entirely upon thorofare (thoroughfare); decalog (decalogue);

some proprietary compound, is to give utterance to a thru (through);

demagog (demagogue); thruout (throughout);

very evident absurdity. Pure pharmaceutical and pedagog (pedagogue).

chemical products are made in greatest abundance. “You are invited to extend notice of this action and to join in Dealers buy them as fast as made. It is not likely that

standards of quality and strength. Never for an F. STEARNS & Co., instant have we tolerated the idea, or even tacitly Per J. W. T. KNOX. sanctioned the suggestion that anything less than the

very best is good enuf for the use of the physician, or General Offices, New YORK City.

worthy to bear our label. Now, as of yore, our motto,

May 14, 1904. “ Medicamenta Vera," is our constant watchword. Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-In reply to your esteemed Has this policy proved profitable? Has it workt favor of the 12th, we do not know why it should be dif- to our advantage or disadvantage? You can judge for ficult for physicians to obtain thotoly reliable drugs. yourself when we say our label is accepted the world We know that there are a number of manufacturers over as a certificate of purity and a guarantee of powith whom quality is a religion. Personally, we guar- tency. No matter whether the prescription for a Parke, antee the quality of everything that bears our label. Davis & Co. preparation be filled in America, Europe, Very truly yours,

the remote Orient, in Africa, Australia, or the islands SHARP & DOHME, of the Pacific, the medical practician knows just what PHILADELPHIA, June 3, 1904.

he is getting and just what results he may expect. Dr. C. F. TAYLOR,

Furthermore, no matter where or when a given prodDear Doctor :-In reply to your letter in which you

uct of our laboratories is dispenst, the medical pracask for a report as to the ability of physicians to secure

tician knows that it does not vary in strength from a pure, reliable products, we would stale that the manu.

specimen of the same product that his patiert may facturer of pharmaceutical products today is using his

have obtained months or years before, or at a place best endeavor to furnish the highest standard possible

thousands of miles remote. to offer.

These facts are the outcome of our elaborate and On fluid extracts, tinctures, elixirs and standard

thoroly scientific system of drug standardization. products, the manufacturers do not content them

Every crude drug and chemical product submitted to selves with the ordinary means-exhaustion, percola

us for use in our manufacturing operations is thoroly tion, repercolation, etc.—but the first step is submitting

tested by chemists, botanists, pharmacologists or other samples of the various crude drugs to chemical assay

scientific experts, of whom a large and efficient corps and pharmacological test.

is engaged in our service. Every important drug exUnder separate cover we are sending you our cata

tract that we make is carefully assayed to determin its log, and call your attention to Fluid Extracts, pages

strength (in activ principle). Should the product vary 128-149. You will note after certain preparations the

from our standard, it is modified until its strength standard or alkaloidal content. This applies to drugs

conforms exactly to the establisht formula. We have the activity of which can be determined by alkaloids

a very large and elaborately equipt analytical departor extractivs. Such preparations as digitalis, ergot,

ment, in which a considerable amount of the work colchicum, strophantus, etc., of which it is impossible

consists in standardizing drug extracts. Furthermore, to determin the activ principles by chemical test, are

those important drugs—and the list includes not a few submitted to physiologic test on animals. In short,

of the most powerful therapeutic agents—that cannot every method is used that will insure an activ and

be assayed chemically are tested upon animals, i. e., uniform product.

physiologically. Among these may be mentioned digiWe will not purchase drugs that do not come up to

talis, aconite, ergot, indian cannabis, strophanthus, our regular standard of strength. These preparations

convallaria, etc. We were the pioneers in drug standare sold according to the usual laws of competition,

ardization, first by chemical assay, and latterly by the and their sale yields but a moderate profit. We

physiologic method. In this connection it may interbelieve that no manufacturer of proprietary remedies

est your readers to know that we do not concentrate can take greater care than is exercised by the phar

our extracts by heat in open pans. We use expensiv maceutical manufacturer today.

vacuum stills, in which evaporation takes place at a In the using of such preparations as bromids or

temperature so low that even the most delicate princiiodid of potash, calomel, quinin, morphin, in addition

ples are not impaired. Even the chlorophyll, the green to the usual tests which are applied by the manufac

coloring matter of hyoscyamus, is not affected during turing chemists, we employ careful tests to insure an

the process of concentration in our laboratories. absolutely reliable product.

Finally, not only can the physician obtain pure drugs In conclusion, we feel that when our label is on a

and pharmaceuticals by specifying our products, but, preparation that we are responsible for that prepara

per contra, by so doing he cannot obtain any but pure tion, and we certainly would not be willing to affix our

products. It is almost a physical impossibility for any label to a product that was not first submitted to a

but a thoroly standard product to get out of our laboracareful examination and test. Very truly yours,

tory. Our reputation is behind every bottle of pills, H. K. MULFORD COMPANY,

tablets, solid, powdered or fluid extract that we place H. K. Mulford.

upon the market. If any of your readers is seeking

further light upon this subject, which we must admit New YORK, May 17, 1904.

is altogether too vast for thoro treatment at this time, The MEDICAL WORLD:-In reply to your favor of we shall be very happy, indeed, to answer inquiries or the 12th inst. we beg to say that in our opinion where to supply information. members of the medical profession are able to draw Thanking you for the opportunity to direct your attheir supplies from pharmacists of undoubted skill and tention to our attitude toward the subject of pure probity, they may feel assured of obtaining standard, drugs, and with kind regards, we remain, Very truly pure and efficient drugs, other than proprietaries. yours,

PARKE, Davis & Co. As to proprietaries or pharmaceutical preparations, the same assurance may be had by employing prod.

The above letters speak for themselves. It ucts bearing the label of houses of establisht reputa- doesn't pay to claim too much ; so when the tion, of which there is a considerable number in the different sections of the country. Yours truly,

proprietary man makes his oft-repeated speech SCHIEFFELIN & Co., about “purity, reliability, uniformity," etc.,

H. S. Livingston. you can show him that it is possible to get pure DETROIT, Mich., May 19, 1904.

and reliable drugs and pharmaceutical preparaDR. C. F. TAYLOR,

tions without paying proprietary prices. We Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 12th inst. re

do not mean this as an argument against prospecting the purity or reliability of pharmaceutical prietaries, but as a reply to their oft-repeated preparations. From the very inception of our career down to the

claim that physicians should prescribe propriepresent moment our constant endeavor has been to

taries in order to get purity and reliability.

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