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ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
The annual meeting of the Ontario Medical Association will be held in Toronto, June 6th, 7th and 8th next, under the presidency of Dr. William Burt, of Paris.
Strong committees on papers and on arrangements have been appointed under the chairmanship, respectively, of Dr. A. Primrose and Mr. I. H. Cameron.
A considerable number of papers are already promised, and in addition the committee is pleased to announce that they have received word from Dr. Albert Ochsner, of Chicago, accepting the invitation of the Association to present a paper in surgery.
The personnel of the two local committees is as follows:
Committee on Papers and Business-Dr. A. Primrose, chairman; Dr. N. A. Powell, Dr. J. F. W. Ross, Dr. A. A. Macdonald, Dr. Allen Baines, Dr. R. D. Rudolf, Dr. W. B. Thistle, Dr. R. A. Pyne, Dr. Clarence Starr, Dr. J. M. MacCallum, Dr. W. H. Ellis, Dr. N. H. Beemer, Dr. Price Brown.
Committee on Arrangements-Mr. I. H. Cameron, chairman; Dr. R. A. Reeve, Dr. A. H. Wright, Dr. G. A. Peters, Dr. J. A. Temple, Dr. W. J. Wagner, Dr. H. C. Scadding, Dr. H. T. Machell, Dr. Charles Sheard, Dr. W. P. Caven, Dr. A. McPhedran, Dr. H. C. Parsons, Dr. B. L. Riordan, Dr. P. L. Scott, Dr. W. Goldie, Dr. G. B. Smith, Dr. Hamilton.
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
Gift by Lord Mountstephen.—Lord Mountstephen has given £200,000 of Argentine bonds to King Edward's hospital fund, sufficient to bring in £11,000 yearly. The King has written, personally thanking him for his “magnificent donation.” Senator Sullivan's Jubilee. This spring Queen's Medical
College will celebrate Senator Sullivan's jubilee, when he will be made an honorary professor, and given the degree of LL.D. At the medical banquet recently Dr. Sullivan announced his intention to resign his chair of surgery. Fifty years ago he entered the college as a student.
Dr. Johnston, of Fergus, Stricken Down.-On Saturday, the 24th of December, Dr. Johnston, of Fergus, started from that village to drive to the home of his brother in Eramosa for the purpose of spending Christmas with him. On his way through Gara
fraxa he called at the house of Mr. Andrew Thomson to see sick child, and decided to stay there all night. He stayed there over Sunday, and by Monday morning was so ill that he could not proceed on his journey, and had to remain in bed. He grew worse very rapidly, and soon several doctors were in attendance on him, who found that the complication of disorders from which he had been suffering for a long time had come to an acute stage. We are glad to know, as we go to press, that the doctor is rapidly progressing towards recovery.
Had a Pleasant Reunion.-A reunion of the members of the house staff and ex-house staff of the Toronto General Hospital took place at the Toronto Club on Thursday evening, December 29th, among those present being Drs. J. N. E Brown, Dawson City; T. H. Middlebro', Owen Sound; A. S. Tiller, Bowmanville; H. J. Way, of Chicago; Drs. II. B. Anderson, H. A. Bruce, Fred. Fenton and Harold Parsons, Toronto. Dr. Charles ('Reilly was the only guest and congratulated his old house staff present on their prosperity in the honorable profession in which they were working. Two hundred and twenty house surgeons had come and gone during his régime. Since the year 1892-93 the patients had increased from 2,800 to nearly 4,000, and the house staff now numbers fourteen. It was proposed to inaugurate a society or association of the “ex-house staff, Toronto General IIospital,” and to have the joint meetings, if possible, in August or September of 1905.
Calgary's Successful Sanatorium Receiving Much Attention. —The Calgary Sanatorium for the treatment of incipient pulmonary tuberculosis has verified the fact, through the many patients that have been treated in that institution, and who to-day are following their vocation in life with perfeet health and strength that the air, climate and altitude of Calgary is exceedingly beneficial to patients suffering from that disease. The open air treatment introduced by the late Dr. Ernest Wills, of each individual patient, is observed and directed in every detail by the physician in charge. The patient on arrival is at first placed in the main building, and later, if it is thought advisable, he lives and sleeps in a specially constructed cottage with canvas walls, where ventilation is perfect and heat properly regulated during the winter months. Dr. G. VI. Itkin, M.B., who has made a special study of pulmonary tuberculosis, has charge of the sanatorium. Here he resides so that each individual patient is under his personal observation. In this way by studying the requirements of each case the best results are obtainable. Mrs. Wills, wife of the late Ernest Wills, 11.D., who formulated the plan and built the sanatorium, has charge of the executive work of the institution. Biloxi Sanatorium.- The attention of the profession throughout the Dominion is called to the fact that on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico there has been recently completed a thoroughly up-to-date sanatorium, especially designed and constructed for convalescent and nerve-tired patients. The great advantages that this institution presents to the profession in point of climate, location, equipment justify us in saying that we physicians of a much colder clime should extend a helping hand to this institution by sending those of our patients whose conditions necessitates warm and out-door exercise, for at the sanatorium at Biloxi, Mississippi, they can certainly get these to the utmost, as well as everything which can be thought of in an institution for the improvement of sick or convalescent people. A feature which marks this institution as almost unique, is the splendid bathing facility, which location upon the very beach of the gulf affords. By a simple device, the salt water is automatically pumped into the bath-annex, where hot salt baths, plain or complex can be given in any kind of weather or season, as well as bathing in the gulf itself, for the more robust.
Adnephrin 1 to 1,000 Solution.-Medical cience is indebted to Prof. Abel, of Johns IIopkins University, for the isolation of the active principle of the adrenal glands, and for the exhaustive investigations through which the chemistry of this extremely interesting and valuable substance has been brought to light. Adnephrin is beyond question the most powerful astringent and hemostatic known. One drop of a 1 to 1,000 solution of it instilled into the eye will, within a few seconds, produce a pallor of the conjunctiva. It is also remarkable as a cardiac stimulant. Adnephrin Solution is practically neutral in reaction, non-irritating and stable. It is physiologically tested, always uniform in strength and highly active. In minor surgical operations it is of inestimable value in checking the hemorrhage and affording a clear field. Thus in surgery of the eye, ear, nose, throat, urethra, vagina, etc. it finds extensive application. Medicinally it is useful in epistaxis, hemoptysis, hematemesis, menorrhagia, postpartum hemorrhage, other forms of hemorrhage, etc. All progressive pharmacists supply Adnephrin Solution.
"Tar soaps or lotions such as 'Liquor Carbonis Detergens,' diluted, are also useful.'
“ Diseases of the Skin,” vol. i., page 146.
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The September number begins with a review of recent literature on tuberculosis, giving prominence to its prevention, and the treatment of tuberculous patients by various methods both in sanitaria and at home. The literature relating to diseases of the heart, lungs and blood vessels is also reviewed in the first section.
Under “Dermatology and Syphilis” many common skin diseases are discussed, and recent views on methods of treatment are
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given. The writer is not enthusiastic regarding the value of radiotherapy, except in a very limited number of skin diseases.
In the third section a very comprehensive review is given of the “Diseases of the Nervous System.”
The last part is devoted to obstetrics. A new sign of early pregnancy is described as a change in the consistence of the vaginal portion of the cervix uteri giving rise to an intermittent hardening and softening which may be appreciated by the finger. Many of the physiological and pathological problems of pregnancy are considered at length. The part relating to eclampsia is extremely interesting. Most obstetricians will agree with the statement that the exact nature of the cause of puerperal eclampsia is as yet one of the unsolved problems.”
The December number comes in five sections, Diseases of the Digestive Tract, Surgery of the Extremities and Orthopedics, Genito-urinary Diseases, Diseases of the Kidneys, and Practical Therapeutics being the leading subjects of discussion and review. All the articles are useful and full of valuable suggestions, which are derived from many sources.
The section devoted to practical therapeutics is certainly not the least important, and no harm would be done if two or three times the amount of space were given to the discussion and review of the recent literature relating to this important subject.
Clinical Urinology. By ALFRED C. CROFTAN, Professor of Medi
cine, Chicago Post-Graduate Medical College. New York: William Wood & Co.
Of the many works which have been recently issued upon this subject, this is one of the most satisfactory. It is not too large, it does not confuse by its multiplicity of methods, yet it is thoroughly scientific. In addition to the technical details, which are always clear and concise, it is a clinical work, and discusses in a most satisfactory manner the significance of the various pathological constituents. It can be thoroughly recommended.
J. J. M'K. Normal Histology and Microscopical Anatomy. By JEREMIAH
S. FERGUSON, M.Sc. and M.D., Instructor in Normal Histology, Cornell University Medical College, New York City, with 462 illustrations in the text, many in colors. New York and London: D. Appleton & Co. 1905. Canadian Agents: The George N. Morang Co., 90 Wellington Street West, Toronto.
It is a fact that on many subjects there is undoubted multiplication of books and that especially in medical literature. This volume is, however, an exception to that rule, as the books available on normal histology and microscopical anatomy are but few