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appendix vermiformis, draws it out of the abdomen, cuts off its free end, and inserts a long drain into it, so as to conduct intestinal liquids and gases outside of the surgical dressings, without occasioning any risk of infecting the intestinal serous membrane, which is in contact with the incision.

Is Tuberculosis Transmitted to Man from the Eating of Butcher's Meat ?-Dr. W.stenhoffer has made some experiments to elucidate the transmission of tuberculosis to man, an account of which was read before the Medical Society of Berlin, Germany, November 3rd, 1904. He inoculated guinea pigs with pieces of flesh taken from animals, which were affected either with acute miliary tuberculosis or with localized tuberculosis of the bones, glands, etc. Positive results proving infection were obtained in the cases in which the flesh of animals affected with miliary tuberculosis was used, and then in only half the cases. Dr. Westenhoffer concludes that butcher's meat affected with miliary tuberculosis should not be offered as food for man. It should also be remembered that the chances of human beings becoming infected with tuberculosis by eating tubercular meat, are much less than the chances of guinea pigs becoming tuberculized after they have been inoculated with tubercular products. According to Dr. Westenhoffer, when a slaughtered animal reveals, on examination, only localized lesions of tuberculosis, its flesh may be used as food for man without danger, if care is taken to cut out the diseased portions and such parts of the carcase as are in contact with the tubercular lesions. These are the only parts of the carcase in which, excluding cases of miliary tuberculosis, bacilli tuberculosis are found. Dr. Westenhoffer's observations on this important point agree with those obtained by other pathologists.

The Association of Major Hysteria with Locomotor Ataxia. -At a meeting of the Hamburg Medical Society (November 15th, 1904), Dr. Vonne presented a female patient, who, four years before, had shown signs of a commencing locomotor ataxia, but who had latterly consulted him for multiple nervous symptoms, of an hysterical character (pseudo-spastic paresis, characteristic anesthesias, great trembling, etc.). After a few treatments by suggestion, the hysterical symptoms disappeared, but the symptoms of locomotor ataxia, which they masked, viz., Argyll Robertson pupil, abolition of the patellar reflex, slight bladder disorder, ataxic gait, etc., reappeared.

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Dr. J. F. W. Ross spent a few days in Boston last month.

DR. ALEX. PRIMROSE spent a week in Nova Scotia last month.

Dr. R. A. PYNE has again been elected to represent East Toronto in the Local Legislature.

DR. GEORGE CARVETI has closed his private hospital at the corner of College and Huron Streets.

Dr. D. C. MEYERS, of Deer Park, returned from England on the 7th ult., after spending about three months on the "tother side the briny."

DR. HELEN Mac MURCHY has kindly consented to edit a short column in the JOURNAL on Public School Hygiene, a subject on which she is particularly well fitted to write.

We understand that Drs. Temple and Macdonald contemplate some changes as to Bellevue Hospital this summer, and intend to so arrange matters that outside members of the profession can attend their own cases there.

PROFESSOR AND MRS. McPIEDRAN gave a thoroughly enjoyable at-home to a large number of the profession at their handsome residence on Bloor Street West, in honor of Dr. William Osler, on December 28th. The function was enjoyed by all who had the privilege of being guests.

Dr. GEORGE ELLIOTT, proprietor of our contemporary, the Dominion Medical Monthly, purchased some short time ago the house belonging to the late Mr. Baines, on the south-east corner of Beverley and Cecil Streets, and, after renovating the interior, moved up from John Street.

Dr. H. P. H. GALLOWAY, of Bloor Street East, intends removing with his family to Winnipeg, Man., next August. He is building a house there, and it will be completed by that time. He still remains a partner of Dr. B. E. McKenzie, and in all probability will start an orthopedic hospital in Winnipeg, where there is every prospect of success in that special line of work.

DR. BREFNEY O'REILLY, who has come on so well in his profession, and is still in the early twenties, is to go to Baltimore and be with Dr. Osler until that noted savant leaves for England in the spring. The inestimable benefit of such a sojourn and the implied commendation given by Dr. Osler's wish for it is matter of great satisfaction to the young medico's relatives and friends.

PROF. Wm. OSLER, of Baltimore, Md., was dined and feted while in Toronto a few weeks ago, and everyone had peculiar pleasure in again meeting so honored a member of the profession on his return to his native city. Dr. Osler will go to Oxford in May to assume the Regius Professorship of Medicine; but it is hoped, before sailing, that he will again favor us with a more prolonged visit than a paltry three days.

The annual dinner given to the staff of the JOURNAL took place in the banquet-room of the King Edward Hotel on January 4th, and was very successful. Covers were laid for thirty-five, and delightful music was rendered by a male quartette, composed of Messrs. Percy Coward, Gorrie, Howitt and Jellett. Mr. Irving Cameron proposed the toast to “The Journal,” and Dr. Charles

“ some reminiscences of medical journalism.” The toast to the collaborators was proposed by Dr. Cassidy, and replied to by Drs. A. J. Johnson, C. R. Dickson and B. E. McKenzie.

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The Editor cannot hold himself responsivle for any views expressed in this Department.



TORONTO, 43 Grosvenor St., Dec. 28th, 1904. To the Editor of THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY:

DEAR SIR,—The profession is indebted to Dr. MacCallum and your excellent journal for the exposé in your December number of the methods of Havergal College and its staff of specialists.

I have treated patients from Havergal College on various occasions, and have never been invited to devote a percentage to the revenues thereof, so that, I presume, I cannot consider myself qualified for a place upon the staff of specialists in connection with the college.” I need not say I have no desire to qualify.

Yours very truly,



FOR 1904.

TORONTO, Dec. 27th, 1904.


DEAR SIR,—I beg to forward you the following returns for the

year 1904:


Cases Deaths

146 13

122 10 March..

88 17 April.

58 7 May.

55 11 June

109 13 July

79 2 August

99 5 September

86 6 October

94 3 November


14 December to date 179 13

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Faithfully yours,

Medical IIealth Officer.

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The Canadian Club had a most distinguished guest at their luncheon at McConkey's, on December 29th, in Dr. William Osler, whose recent appointment to the position of regius professor at Oxford has given such great satisfaction to his host of Canadian friends. After the repast, Dr. Osler delivered an interesting and entertaining address on "The Triple Relationship which We Canadians Owe.” He referred first to the cordial reception always, accorded Canadian people in the United States, and urged that instead of any carping criticism being levelled at our neighbors over the border, there should be reciprocated that kindly feeling which he found always existed in the States towards those who went there from the Dominion. He made some humorous as well as practical remarks on the incessant fitting of our young people to the United States, and whilst it was bad enough to lose the men we certainly could not afford to let the girls go as well. Ble suggested a $100 tax on every girl leaving Canada for the States, and as an incentive to young men to commit matrimony favored a tax on bachelors.

Dr. Osler, speaking of Imperial Federation, thought the time had arrived for Canada to bear her fair share in the defence of the Empire. As to Canada itself, he urged the bringing up of a race, strong alike in mental, moral and physical character, and thought it was time something was done to put the teachers of this country on a better financial footing. lle deprecated so much slander and abuse being introduced into the political life of the Dominion, and while he blamed the newspapers as being responsible for most of it, thought it could be got rid of by the application of a little Christian spirit. Some five hundred people listened to the address with keen interest, and as an indication of the desire to hear the doctor, it may be mentioned that scores were unable to be accommodated at the luncheon, although they succeeded in finding room to participate in the intellectual feast.

Dr. Osler expressed the pleasure it gave him to return to his old town where he received his early education, where he had so many friends, and a town to which his family owed so much. He said it was with the young people that the future of this country

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