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The Doctors' Library "Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books."—C. C. Colton. Napoleon's Campaign in Russia. By A. Rose, M.D., have omitted a clear description of essen. New York City. Published by the author, 173
tial fundamental knowledge, though they Lexington Ave., New York City. (Price $1.50.)
give the inestimably valuable result of a This book is well worth reading apart single operator's many years of experience
. from its medical interest, as it gives a
This book aims to supply the wants of thrilling description of the hardships en
the beginner in ophthalmic operations, and
to avoid these two extremes. A special countered during the famous retreat from Moscow. Starvation, the frightful cold
feature of the book is its wealth of illustraand ihe epidemics, the account of the bat
tions, drawings, and photographs, all new
and original, and those have been used tles, pictures the retreat of the Grand
unsparingly to elucidate the text. We conArmy as a monumental disaster.
gratulate the authors in presenting to the Solidified Carbon Dioxide in the Successful Treatment student a conservative and sound guide to
of Cutaneous Neoplasm and Other Skin Diseases ophthalmic surgery. with special reference to Angioma, Epithelioma, aad Lupus Erythematosus. By Ralph Chloride of Lime in Sanitation. By Albert H. HookBernstein, M.D., Dermatologist to Hahnemann er, Technical Direotor Hooker Electrochemical Hospital Dispensary, Philadelphia, Pa., etc. Company. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Fully illustrated. Hammond, Ind.: Frank S. London: Chapman & Hall, 1913. Betz Co., 1912.
This volume contains a vast amount of This is a concise and clear and presenta- information concerning a cheap and effication of the author's clinical experience in
cious agent, the use of chloride of lime in the treatment of various cutaneous mani sanitation. With it Semmelweiss succeeded festations for which he has found solidified in stamping out an endemic of puerperal carbon dioxide an admirable therapeutic fever. It is used for sterilizing of bandagent. He considers its origin as a thera
ages and dressings, all kinds of cleaning peutic agent; general considerations; ex
purposes and a general disinfectant for explanation of its action on the skin; superi- creta, for final cleansing of the hands, ority over other methods of procedure; glassware, crockery, linen, etc. For method of solidifying, applications, and
wounds, lacerations, ulcers, cancerous therapeutics.
sores, scrofulous enlargements, also for Surgery of the Eye. A Hand-book for Students cutaneous eruptions (especially itch). Stock
and Practitioners. By Ervin Torok, M.D.,
hypochlorite of strength as described in the
For putrid sore and Aural Institute, etc.; and Gerald H. Grout, M.D., Assistant Surgeon to the New hroat, diseased gums, mouth wash, garYork Ophthalmic and Aural Institute, etc. gle, dilute 1 to 6. It is a book of value to Octavo, 507 pages, with 509 original illustra- physicians, sanitary engineers, etc. The tions, 101 in colors, and 2 colored plates. Philadelphia and New York: Lea & Febiger,
last chapter deals with "The War Against Publishers, 1913. (Cloth, $4.50, net.)
the Infectious House Fly." The authors with their combined experi. Vaccine and Serum Therapy. Including also a ence have produced a thoroughly practical Study of infections, theories of immunity, spebook on the Surgery of the Eye which is cific diagnosis and chemotherapy. By Edwin second to none. The following plan has
Henry Schorer, B.S, M. D., Ph. D., formerly been pursued throughout the book: First,
assistant Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Chil
dren, Mt. Wilson, Maryland, etc. Second rebefore describing each group of operations vised edition. St. Louis : c. V. Mosby Com. the authors have discussed the disease for pany, Publishers. (Price, $3,00.) the relief of which they are intended, and There is no subject of more timely interhave given clear indications for the selec- est than the treatment of infective diseases tion of the proper procedure in any given with vaccines and sera. A noteworthy case. A detailed description of the steps point of the book is that specific diagnosis of each operation then follows, with a list receives as much consideration as the treatof all the instruments required. After this ment. We have often wished for a medical the complications that may occur at the therapeutic clearing-house, where the labtime of operation, and later are taken up, oratory and the clinical investigation will together with the post-operative care of the be in competent hands, and the proverbial patient.
shot gun" prescription will be finally elimArnold Knapp in an interesting introduc- inated. Vaccines and sera have their intory to this work says that books on oph- dication in some stage' in some of the infecthalmic surgery have usually been either tive diseases, and this book comes nearer encyclopedic in their exhaustiveness, or helping the physician than any one that
we know of. The book is brought up-to- but they are not. Examine them closely. date.
"The average American is not born to
place. He does not know what the EngA Manual of Surgical Treatment. By Sir W. Watson Cheyne, Bart., C.B., D.Sc., LL.D., F R.S.C.,
lish sense of order is. We have not that Hon., Senior Surgeon to King's College Hospi- national esprit de corps which characterizes tal, and E. F. Burghard, M. S. (Lond.), F.R.C. the English and the French, perhaps, cer. S., Surgeon to King's College Hospital, Lon
tainly the Germans. We are loose, uncouth, don. New (2d) edition. Thoroughly revised and largely rewritten. In five octavo volumes,
but, in our way, wonderful. The spirit of containing about 3,000 pages, with about 900 God has once more breathed upon the engravings. Philadelphia and New York; Lea waters.” & Febiger, 1913. (Price, cloth $6.00, net, per volume.)
On the Trail of the Molecule.-It came to This very practical work (Vol. IV) takes be evident, about the middle of the last cenup the surgical affections of the entire ali tury, that, in order to explain certain facts mentary system. Beginning with the connected with the relative weights of mouth, tongue and jaws, it covers fractures
gases, matter must not merely consist of of the bones, tumors, congenital malforma- atoms, but that these atoms have the power tions, injuries, syphilis, tuberculosis and of uniting in small groups. In forming a other diseases having a surgical bearing. compound, indeed, this must be so; for inWith equal thoroughness it proceeds to the stance, carbonic-acid gas must consist of pharynx and esophagus, and then to the
one atom of carbon which, along with two surgical affections of the stomach and in- atoms of oxygen, forms a small group of testines. This section includes methods of three atoms. The novelty of the concepexamination of the stomach and general re- tion, was in the notion that oxygen itself, marks on laparotomy and intestinal suture, in the state of gas, as it exists, for examand on affections of the abdominal wall. ple, in the air, consists of small groups of The treatment of the numerous pathologi. atoms; in this case, two. To such small cal conditions to which the stomach and in groups of atoms was given the name niole. testines are subjects gone into carefully and cules. A molecule is that portion of a subin detail. The last division of the book stance which can exist in the free state, as gives full attention to the rectum and anus. oxygen does in air. An atom generally The illustrations, 208 in number, are un- exists in combination; but atoms may, and usually large and clear.
sometimes do, exist separately; in which The article on the stomach alone, which case they also are termed molecules. Now, appears in this volume, is worth the price can molecules be seen? Is their existence a of the entire set.
mere assumption. The answer to that question is: no, they cannot be seen; but
artificial molecules can be made which corLiterary Lore
respond so closely in their behavior to real
molecules that the existence of real moleHow to Swim.-Every boy should learn
cules is practically certain. Moreover, alto swim, should learn it almost as he learns though no one has ever seen a molecule, how to walk. Then there would not be so
still the track of a molecule many deplorable drowning accidents every through space has been seen; and just as summer. This is the contention of L, de B. Robinson Crusoe was right in inferring the Handley, who, in an article on "Up-to-date existence of Man Friday from his footstep Methods for Success in Swimming,” which imprinted in the sand, so the real existence will appear in the August St. Nicholasof a molecule may just as certainly be intells boys how to become experts in this ferred from the track it leaves.-Sir Wilhealthy art. The article will be illustrated liam Ramsay, in Harper's Magazine for with many photographs showing the cor
August. rect ways of making the principal strokes. The American Attitude Toward Life.says Theodore Dreiser in "The
New Monograph. First Voyage Over," in the August Cen- The C. V. Mosby Company, the welltury, the business of life is not living, but known western publishing house, who are achieving. Roughly speaking we, are will- specializing in the publication of monoing to go hungry, dirty, to wait in the graphs, announce the publication of a new cold, and to fight gamely, if in the end we and revised edition of "Vaccine and Serum can achieve one or more of the seven stars Therapy” by Dr. Edwin Henry Schorer, of in the human crown of life. Several of the Kansas City, formerly of Harvard Universforms of supremacy may seem the same, ity.
BUSINESS METHODS IN A PHYSICIAN'S Dr. and Mrs. N. B. Winfrey will spend
OFFICE.* the coming year in travel.
Professional men are noted for the lack Dr. W. J. Frick sailed from New York
of up-to-date methods in the conduct of July 26th for a sojourn in Europe.
their business. Ministers, school teachers, Dr. and Mrs. Jas. Y. Simpson are at Peli- lawyers and doctors are men, who, in the can Rapids, Minnesota, for the summer. devotion to their chosen professions, have
Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Ritchey left July neglected to learn the essentials of business 20th for six weeks on the Great Lakes. economy. The great majority of these Dr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Leonard are
men use little or no system in the conduct
of their affairs. spending a three-weeks' outing in Colorado.
The desks and offices of most professional Dr. and Mrs. J. F. Patterson left July
men are mere conglomerate masses of 20th for a vacation at Estes Park, Colorado. books, papers, bills, letters, magazines, cirDr. and Mrs. H. D. McQuade are sum
culars, catalogues and a collection of every mering at Lake Augusta, Annandale, Min- conceivable what-not, valuable and worthnesota.
less, mixed together in an indefinable disDr. and Mrs. T. Orlando Wheeler
regard of order or system. When out of spending vacation motoring out of Colorado
this chaos they are required to find some
particular note or reference, let us turn Springs to points of interest.
aside in pity, for as ye sow, so shall ye Dr. John F. Binnie returned August 1st from the Mayos, where he was operated for One of the flagrant offenders of the laws infected gall bladder.
of business is the physician. He who can Dr. Gordon A. Beedle and Dr. H. H. afford the least to lose either time or money Look sailed from New York July 16th for a is the one who is disregarding the most, trip to London, Paris and Berlin.
the methods and conveniences of modern Dr. R. T. Sloan left August 1st for Na- office practice. There is no more reason tional Glazier Park. Later he goes to why a physician, because he is a profesnorthern Minnesota on a fishing trip. sional man, should not apply system to bis Drs. and Mrs Geo. E. Bellows left Au
office, than there is why a manufacturer gust 1st for a lake trip. Later they visit
should not. What success would the Giltheir brother, W. S. Bellows, at Fort Wil
lete razor have attained if Mr, Gillette had liams, reaching Kansas City September 1st. not put the latest business methods behind
the latest invention for shaving? Because ST. JOSEPH.
Mr. Gillette was an inventor, did that preDr. C. A. Potter, son of Dr. T. E. Pot- vent him from being a business man? Does ter, has located in St. Joseph.
the fact that a doctor is a professional man Dr. O. B. Campbell and family are so
prevent him from being systematic? jouring in Manitou, Colo.
Let us start in first with the physicians' Drs. C. A. Good and H. S. Forgrave will
accounts. Ask five doctors how their colsoon leave for an extended visit to the
lections are and four will say "Rotten.' clinics of Europe.
There is a reason for this, and this reason Dr. A. H. Vandivert, formerly first as
is not altogether with the physician's pa•
trons, the physician himself is partly to sistant physician at the Hospital for the
blame. For example, Mr. M-- has called Insane, No. 2, at St. Joseph, has opened a suite of offices at the Lincoln Building, 7th
in the family doctor to care for his wife.
The doctor makes several calls, performs a and Felix streets, St. Joseph.
minor operation, calls several more times, The St. Joseph-Buchanan-Andrew Co.
then Mrs. M-- makes several calls at his Medical Society held a social session at the office and receives a prescription or two. In Elks Club on June 25th, when reports were
time, probably a month or six weeks later, heard from the A. M. A. meeting at Min- Mr. M- gets a statement from the doctor neapolis. Those who spoke were Drs. P. reading thus: "To professional services I. Leonard, J.J. Bansbach, C. R. Woodson,
for wife, $85.00." 0. G. Gleaves.. W. J. McGill, W. T. Elam.
What if this doctor had received in his T. M. Paul, Floyd Spencer and J. H. Mc- morning's mail a statement from a local deCoy. The meetings of the society will be resumed the first Wednesday in September.
* Reprinted from the May issue of "The Willows Magazine.
partment store, “To merchandise for wife, Then with a mental, “I'll know where this $85.00?" Would he have reached for his is when I want it," proceed to crowd it in check book and started forward a check with dozens of other envelopes which had in full? Hardly. Still, the majority of been deposited in their dusty tombs with physicians send to their patrons just such the same mental resolve to remember when unintelligible statements as quoted. The
needed. A month later finds this believer physicians' patrons have just as much right in simplified filing diligently searching the to an itemized statement of account for entire sixteen pigeon holes in an attempt services as has the physician for an itemized to locate this particular letter while his paaccount from his merchant.
tron has plenty of time to wonder how a There have been several convenient and doctor so unsystematic in his own affairs easily kept account books designed especial- can be expected to be systematic in the ly for the physicians to keep itemized re- treatment of his patients. cords of their charges to patrons. These It of course goes without saying that a books are inexpensive and if more doctors physician should never send out a business would render detailed statements of their letter without keeping an exact copy of it. charges, there would be less talk of “Doc- If written on a typewriter it is a simple tors charging you all they think you can matter to make a carbon copy of it. But pay." Too few people realize just how much many doctors do not have typewriters and actual time and effort was taken in their they are the ones who in writing their letcare.
ters by hand do not keep copies. A simple Irregularity in the presentation of ac- method for making copies of pen-written counts is another serious drawback to col- letters is by what is commercially known lections. There is also as little reason why as a ''Pen Carbon Letter Book.
They a physician should fail to render his ac- are bound books of strong tissue paper just counts regularly on the first of every month the size of a letter sheet and furnished with as there is why a merchant or public utility sensitive carbon paper to take the impresshould neglect to do so. A physician may sion of the pen. They can be had from any say to himself, "What's the use, they won't good stationer for about thirty-five cents. have any money till they harvest in the Catalogue filing, though not so important fall.” Probably not, but your statement as letter filing, is still of such importance coming at regular intervals keep your as to require a little time and study. In claim before them and when they do get these days of big advertising appropriamoney, your bill will be paid without the tions, manufacturing concerns, pharmahard feeling sometimes caused by personal ceutical houses and sanitariums publish and dunning
send to the physician expensive and valuaLetter and catalogue filing is another ble catalogues and descriptive booklets. part of office system much neglected by This matter is gotten out expressly for the doctors. For many medical men filing is medical fraternity. Its value to anyone else simplified to two divisions, the pigeon hole is practically nil, but to the physician there and the waste basket. Too often the future is hardly an advertising booklet or catavalue of the knowledge contained in a letter logue which comes to his desk that either is overlooked in its present seeming irrele- at the time of receipt or within a few vance to matters at hand. It often happens months does not contain description or that several months after relegating some prices of some needed instrument, medicine particular letter to waste basket oblivion, or sanitarium. the doctor remembers that it gave him just Advertising is business news. Medical the desired information he needs for the re- advertising is necessarily medical news, and lief of a patient he now has, and try to rec- brings to the busy practitioner the latest ollect as he will, the needed knowledge or word from the big firms who are specializprices it contained have been forgotten. ing in the needs of his profession. To deThe delay of further correspondence is in- stroy such literature after a hasty glance evitable.
shows less foresight than that of up-to-date To pigeon hole a letter is nearly as bad commercial houses, which maintain special as to waste basket it. The favorite method files for keeping catalogues and relevant employed by a devotee of this method is, advertising matter. A careful and systemafter reading and finding something of atic filing of these booklets and catalogues value in his letter, to carefully fold and re- for future reference will allow a physician place in its regular envelope, hesitate a to have at his finger tips desired informamoment before deciding which of the six- tion when occasion arises for its need. teen or more already crowded pigeon holes In the matter of systematic filing of letis to receive this particular document. ters and catalogues, there are several meth
ods to follow, the size of the physician's the public demands efficiency of the medi. mail and the amount to be expended should cal man and this he can better give if his govern the choice. Successful filing must office routine is systematically handled. be simplified and still furnish a ready These suggestions will facilitate keeping means of reference. The filing of letters and collecting accounts, and the ready refby the physician whose mail is limited to erence to correspondence or catalogues. less than ten or twelve letters a week is The expense involved can be limited to the best accomplished by means of box files, requirements of each individual physician alphabetically arranged. Each file being and still afford him the necessary system to used for a period of six months or a year as properly care for his office papers in a busithe correspondence warrants. These files ness-like manner. can be purchased for thirty or thirty-five cents. Separate files of the same inexpensive style will hold his advertising matter
Homes for Boys Wanted. and catalogues, also alphabetically ar: We have on hand a very fine lot of bogs ranged.
of all ages from one month to twelve years For the practitioner receiving more mail of age. We are putting them out in careor one who desires more modern and serv- fully selected homes. They are placed on iceable equipment, a cabinet such as the three months' trial. All it cost to get one
one illustrated is par- is the transportation. References required.
Dr. Lyman L. Uhls, superintendent of logues.
There are six shal. the Kansas City Hospital, Osawatomie, has low drawers at the top at Oberlin Park, near Kansas City.
resigned and will open a private sanatorium in which can be arranged for conveniently The Atchison County (Kas.) Medical finding the necessary Society was reorganized at Atchison, May legal formis, such as 5, and officers elected: President Dr. M. T. birth, death and con- Dingess; secretary-treasurer, Dr. E. T.
tagious disease reports; Shelly, both of Atchison. also letter-heads, account blanks, prescrip
Physicians of Clark, Scotland and Schuytion pads, etc. The next section contains four card index drawers. In these can be ler Counties organized the Fifth District kept record cards, 5x3 inches. It offers a
Medical Association at Memphis, June 24, convenient method of keeping accounts,
and elected the following officers: Presicase records and reference index. The two
dent, Dr. A. E. Platter, Memphis; vicelarge drawers at the bottom of the file are
presidents, Drs. B. B. Porter, Lancaster, used for letters and catalogues.
and W. B. Sisson, Kahoka; secretary, Dr. The filing of the letters in this kind of a
E. E. Parrish, Memphis, and treasurer, Dr. drawer is by the upright method. Each
E. E. Mitchell, Lancaster. letter is opened out and filed in folders by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson one of the most either alphabetical or geographical ar- eminent surgeons of England, died at his rangement. In this manner any letter can home in Haslemere, June 23, aged 84. Mr. be located at once. If a copy of the answer Hutchinson was president of the Royal is attached to each letter, the result is College of Surgeons in 1889-90, Hunterian gratifying for a quick reference.
professor in the Royal College of Surgeons, These filing cabinets are manufactured member of the Royal Commission on Smallby several different factories and the prices pox Hospitals in 1884 and of the Royal range from about $17 to $25. Furniture Commission on Vaccination in 1890-96. He and stationery stores in the larger cities was knighted in 1908. He was a frequent carry them in stock.
contributor to the literature of surgery and System and efficiency go hand in hand, dermatology.