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A Good Hair Topic. ilies, he may have all “ the honor" and all the Editor MEDICAL WORLD :- When the hair prestige that goes with it ; I'll take the cash. becomes scanty, it is a very sure indication, in We should have half fare at least; for when it a majority of cases, that the blood supply to comes to building a new church or paying the the hair-bulbs is lacking, and that the papillae pastor's salary, there are no half way measures. are in a state of lethargy. The remedy is a The doctor's name generally heads the list, and gentle but daily friction by massage or with a opposit it the largest amount is usually found. hairbrush, and the application of a suitable
I knew of one good preacher whose sole tonic. By the regular use of a brush the scalp topic seemed to be, " The laborer is worthy of also will be kept free from dandruff and dust, his hire;" but when followed closely from which is of very great importance in protectplace to place, his preaching was not put into ing the hair growth. In case the hair becomes practise. It was my pleasure to treat a Chris- greasy it should be washt with a weak solution tian (better known as a Campbellite) preacher's of borate of soda, and then rinsed with steril family recently. When askt the amount of my water and carefully dried. As a tonic, or bill, I replied that I had learned to treat restorativ, the following will be found quite preachers' families free of charge. Shortly, efficacious, and when properly used, prove an however, the preacher's father, widower, 55 excellent preventiv against baldness : years of age, living with preacher at time,
R contracted pneumonia. When convalescent, Tr. red cinchona bark.
Tr. nux vomica
dr. 2 the preacher came to see me, stating that
. dr. ss preachers were not all dead beats, and that he Glycerin
. dr. I wanted to pay something for the faithful serv- Cologne water. ices rendered his father. As I had not in
Alcohol, dilute, q. s. ad.
M. Sig.-Apply to the scalp, once a day, by means cluded his father as one of the immediate
of a soft sponge. family, this was a surprise. I cut the bill in Scranton, Pa. J. C. BATESON, M.D. two, and it was promptly paid.
I remember a preacher taking his wife to Dr. How to Abort Acute Disease.-The Doctor of Joe M. Mathews, of Louisville, Ky., for treat
The Future. ment. He examined, diagnosed and prescribed Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-I want to congratis. We pay them for preaching, and they gratulate you on the good work that The should pay us for practising. They should WORLD has done in the midst of this frightful keep their names from patent medicin adver- mortality, during what is known as the “pneutisements and quit the quacks, and refuse to monia season," in which thousands and tens of endorse quacks and quack remedies thru the thousands of America's people have needlessly religious papers of the land.
gone to their last rest; and I sincerely hope Middletown, Ky. SAMUEL D. WETHERBY. that next season we shall be better prepared, as
a profession, to treat these sufferers than we What is the Best Artificial Leg ?
were this year.
There is before me at this moment a report of Dr. W. T. Berry, of Oakton, Ky., had the
the Health Department of the city of Chicago misfortune to receive a compound fracture of the leg by his horse running away on Septem
for the week ending March 26, and this report ber 9 last. This injury made it necessary to
states that the total number of deaths from amputate his leg about four and a half inches pneumonia in the city of Chicago, from No. below the knee, on the first day of last Novem
vember ist to March 26th, was 2,606, with New ber. He has now
York 6,589-a mortality of over 9,000 in these been getting about on crutches for the past two months attending to
two cities and no great public uprising-no one his practise. He desires information from The paying much attention to it.
When Chicago's theater burned and killed a WORLD family concerning an artificial leg. He says all the manufacturers claim to have the
few hundred people the press of the world
clamored for relief from such danger. When best; and he desires the experience of the
other, even comparativly trifling accidents brethren. He says that he will be able to wear one about June 15. The above particulars are
have occurred, the press (both lay and profesgiven so that those who have had experiencesional) has been loud in its demand for reform. that would aid the Doctor may address him
Why should our people die of controlable
conditions and not demand of the doctor directly.
better things? An ounce each of formalin and alcohol to a quart of I am perfectly aware that you have askt your water will remove disagreeable odors from the hands contributors to '“ drop the pneumonia question if used freely as a wash; even the odor of the dissecting table and the autopsy room vanishes under this
until next year ;' and having had my say with application.
the others I am willing to “ let it drop," but I
trust you will permit this last word, in which I Doing this, he will not only treat “summer would urge upon every reader that he look this troubles” more successfully than ever before, problem squarely in the face; that he carry it but when he comes to the “ pneumonia season with him midst the duties of every day; that of next year he will be able to save at least 98 thru its contemplation he may not only be bet- percent of all his cases. The man who does ter fitted to treat pneumonia, but every other this and does it right is the successful doctor of acute disease as well.
the future; and let me warn you, Brother, if There is nothing subtle regarding the suc- you are not one of these “doctors of the cessful treatment of acute disease; in fact, it future," the public will not much longer tolis so simple that many err by reason of its very erate the slip-shod methods that permit of the simplicity. Be it pneumonic, bronchitic, in- mortality recorded. W. C. ABBOTT, M.D. testinal, renal, or otherwise, the first thing to Chicago. do is to relieve congestion by equalizing the [The above, as it covers much more than circulation. This may be accomplisht in pneumonia, is admitted now. The other pneumany ways; only recognize its importance and monia articles are put away till next fall. -Ed.] do it. When this is accomplisht and the congestion is relieved, the temperature will fall and the patient is started on the road of recovery
Colic in Horses.-A Substantial Testimonial. thru “abortion" of attack.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD :- I see the brethren Now, bear in mind that every acute attack are still talking of colic in their horses, and arrests digestion and assimilation; therefore it Dr. Scott, April WORLD, page 165, lost his leaves the intestinal canal full of material de- horse after giving two ounces of cannabis composed, or ready to decompose, and the indica.
indica. Brethren, do you not carry hypolymph-channels flooded with products which dermatic syringes and sulfate of morphin? result in systemic infection, while thru The next time you have colic to contend with, absorption from the alimentary canal auto- give injections of sulfate of morphin, just infection supervenes; therefore, clean out the under the skin of the neck; give at each injecalimentary canal with non-irritating cathartics tion seven times as much morphin at a dose as (preferably salines) that not only evacuate the you would give to a vigorous man of 150 lbs. bowel-contents, but thru osmosis help to weight, and repeat it every one-half to one relieve the infected lymph spaces; then by hour, according to symptoms, until the horse stimulation of renal activity, the activity of the is free from pain. Sometimes he lies down skin, etc., get rid of more in this direction, and takes a “snooze” for half an hour. Be supplementing the same with proper systemic governed in amount of morphin by weight and and intestinal antisepsis. Having accomp- age of your horse, just the same as you are in lisht this, the patient is further on the road to giving morphin to human beings. I have used recovery; and if at this point he is supported this treatment hundreds of times during the with tonic stimulants, and carefully selected past twenty-five years, without a single failure, and measured food that he can and does digest, where the diagnosis-colic—was correct. Try he will quickly climb the hill of convalescence it and report results. It is easily tried, and does and step out on the broad highway of health not prevent the use of other remedies, but even in a better condition than before.
there will be no use for other remedies. Do The successful (abortiv) treatment of acute not "doctor” your horse to death with galdisease may be summarized as follows:
lons of slop, as is so often done. If you are 1. Equalize the circulation, restoring nor- determined to “ doctor" him to death, do it mal vascular equilibrium.
with the morphin-it is cleaner, more easily 2. Eliminate waste and stop autotoxemia, given, fully as cheap, and less painful to the maintaining systemic antisepsis.
horse. 3. Stimulate innervation and feed the tissues. I have been a paying subscriber to The Now, I have not mentioned a single remedy. Medical World ever since it began publicaI believe in “the smallest possible quantity of tion. There are other good medical journals the best obtainable means to produce the de- at prices from $5 up and down. Some of sired therapeutic result," but a dozen doctors them are filled with long learned articles, may have a dozen different ways, all good, of “ Made in Germany,” but The World conaccomplishing these results; and if the doctor tains more practical articles for the actual realizes the importance of the three points practician than any of them. If any regular, named and uses the best means he knows to eclectic or alkaloidist who sees this and has produce these results, he will be able to con- not been a subscriber heretofore, will send $1 trol and abort acute illness of all kinds, just for a year's subscription, and then read carein that proportion as his selection of remedy fully, and at the end of the year feels that he and expediency is good, better or best.
has not received a full dollar's worth, and will
say so on a card to the Editor, I will cheer- bined with climatic influences, both in the fully return to him his dollar, not even de- atrophic and the hypertrophic variety. ducting postage.
JAMES PRICHARD, M.D. In the treatment of motor insufficiency with Olinger, Va.
subacidity, it is necessary primarily to ascer[The above guarantee is the most substantial tain the cause of the deficiency in peristaltic testimonial we have ever received, and we power, and this is often difficult. Hasty masthank the Doctor sincerely for it.-ED.] tication and insufficient deglutition, defectiv
teeth, etc., predispose to atony. Anemia indiQUIZ
cates the use of bone marrow, iron, arsenic, and
attention to diet. The treatment should emNew books as they appear, are sent to our Assistant Editor, body diet, massage, electricity, and medicin; Dr. A. L. Russell, of Midway, Washington Co., Pa., the special varieties and modifications of which for review As the Doctor thus has all the late books for refer. ence, and is made familiar with them by reviewing each one care- you can get in any modern text-book. “The fully as it reaches him, he is unusually equipt for answering queries. Therefore it has been our custom for a long time to send
most approved tonic for the motor function is queries to him for reply. In fact, the Doctor made a special strychnin: request that this be done, as he enjoys this work. It now occurs to us that time will be saved if you will send directly to Dr. Rus- R sell matter intended for the Quiz Department, which has grown so
grain much under his vigorous
6 ounces query department is not used to "boost" proprietary remedies, almanac fashion. The MEDICAL WORLD has no interests other
One tablespoonful three times daily.” than to give to the medical profession the greatest amount of honest service possible. It has absolutely no interests in any proprietary
“In anemia the gentian elixir with chlorid preparation nor any medical supply house. Other medical editors have become, and are becoming, wealthy, by using their pages to
of iron may be substituted. When the hydroincrease the sale of preparations that they are interested in ; but
chloric acid is deficient, it must be supplied. we prefer to render service to our subscribers that is above suspicion of personal pecuniary interest. How can a man interested in
Creasote is claimed by competent authorities the sale of certain preparations render the best service? He is (Pick and Penzolt) to be able to excite the always trying to push one of his preparations in. That is commercial journalism. We prefer ethical journalism-and so does the
peristalsis." (Hemmeter). Constipation must profession, for The Medical World is growing in popularity be corrected. As a rule, one may dispense faster than ever before-and our subscribers are paying ones. They must be, for we have no medicins to “ boost," nothing to with lavage in the earlier stage of motor insell, nothing to depend on but pure journalism ; but doctors that want honest, straight journalism are willing to pay for it-they are
sufficiency. One of the main indications is to glad of the opportunity.
control excessiv fermentation, and for this purOnly such queries will be publisht as are likely to interest and instruct many others as well as the one asking help. No charge pose Boas commends : has ever been made, nor will any charge be made, for this service to our subscribers. However, those who wish an immediate and
jo grain personal reply by mail may obtain the same by inclosing two
% grain dollars to Dr. Russell. This is really a consultation in the interest Bismuth salicylic (basic)
7) grains of the patient, and should be charged to the patient-two dollars One powder taken after each meal. being a very moderate consultation fee. The Doctor agrees to give full, careful and immediate attention to such consultations,
Carbolic acid has been used by Naun for the reserve the right to publish in this department any such consultations that may be interesting and helpful to our readers. Name same purpose. Other remedies are salod, naphand address will be withheld if requested. Come freely for help, thol, beta-naphthol, beta-nabpthol bismuih, but read up as fully as you can before coming to us.
beta naphthol benzoate, benzo-naphthol, etc. Climate for Catarrh.-Indigestion.
In case hydrochloric acid is not well tolerated,
pancreatin may be employed, but the majority Editor MEDICAL WORLD:- What climate is most suitable for :
of cases take kindly to hydrochloric.- ED.] ist. Hypertrophic rhinitis, or simple naso-pharyngeal catarrh? 2d. Atrophic rhinitis?
Infiltration from Pneumonia.-Alcohol CounWhat treatment is indicated in indigestion with
teracts Carbolic Acid.-Neglected motor insufficiency, subacidity and consequent fer
Gonorrhea. mentation ?
Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Young man had pneu[The climate best suited to both varieties of monia about eighteen months ago; was treated, but
infiltration remained. He came to me three months catarrh is one with little wind and moisture.
ago for treatment. I have improved his general health New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona are types. in a great measure, but the infiltration seems to stay. In a general way it may be stated that if no He coughs but little, but he is short of breath, as he
puts it. He is 25 years old; family history good. complication is present, a high altitude in a
Have used syrup hypophosphites, guaiacol carb., warm section is preferable. Among the definit hydriodic acid, with plenty of fresh air. locations for this trouble may be mentioned
Please say how alcohol counteracts carbolic acid.
and how it should be administered. Las Vegas, N. M.; Colorado Springs, Glen- Mr. Editor, I know a man who had gonorrhea four wood, and Manitou, Colorado; the White years ago. When he “got it” he wrote to the Peruna Mountains, etc. Strange to say, sea voyages
Co., giving symptoms; they wrote him that he had
urethritis ; advised him to take peruna, and his trouble benefit most sufferers from catarrh, and a trip would soon end. He took it until he lost faith ; then about Cuban or Southern ports would be de
said he would never take medicin again. He now
believes that nature will finally oust the disease. What sirable ; such a trip often exerts a hardening' is the prognosis in this case ? influence which prevents recurrence for a time Milton, Ky.
David TAYLOR, M.D. even tho the victim returns to unsuitable en- [You should give him potassium iodid in asvironment. Local treatment should be com- cending doses; very often this will aid in resolu
tion, but in such cases one has cause to fear that to offer the doctor as regards the probable tuberculosis may become engrafted and end cause of the pain, and a remedy for it? We the scene. If the circumstances of the patient confess that we can offer nothing. One would admit of it, we would advise sending him to naturally think of myxedema, but the fact of some high and dry climate, and at the same the general health being good would promptly time pushing the medicament. Some cases carry exclude that, unless, perhaps “the last six the infiltration many months and finally recover months” might be but the primary stages of spontaneously.
the disease. If anyone has suggestions, please Alcohol counteracts the escharotic effect of write the Editor. carbolic acid, if administered promptly. The In case 2, we would suspect the origin of the scientific way is to administer one to three trouble in one or other ovary. Were the ounces thru a tube, and immediately thereafter trouble in the uterus, no relief would be experipractise lavage with water containing a soluble enced until the appearance of the menstrual sulfate (Stevens). It could, of course, be ad- flow. We do not believe the laceration of the ministered by the mouth, and vomiting pro- os has any bearing on the case, but we certainly voked by apomorphin or other agency. We would correct the retroflexion with the aid of do not know the chemical reaction which takes a pessary, and also make certain that there was place, if any; nor is it important. It prevents no retroversion complicating. Continuous the burn whicho kills, if administered soon depletion would doubtless do good ; it could enuf; yet it is still important that the acid be be employed in the form of medicated borogotten out of the stomach soon thereafter. glycerid suppositories.
Spontaneous cure of gonorrhea is possible, If your cases have “been the rounds," why in theory; yet it is doubtful if it often occurs should you hesitate to let your competitors in practise. The usual sequel is a more or less know that you had been baffled as well as they, profuse gleet, and this is probably what your and were trying to inake more of a success of friend, the victim, has. Any medicin contain- your treatment? Surely no one could find ing a large proportion of alcohol would act as fault with you for that.-ED.] fuel on the fire in gonorrhea. He has, at least, a posterior urethritis which will be very resist
Gall Stones. ant to remedial agents properly applied, if, Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-Is there a medical treatindeed, it is ever cured. You may be happy if ment besides oliy oil for gall stones? I know a lady he does not consult you regarding it. The patient who had gall stones and who refused to subprognosis of a neglected case of gonorrhea may
mit to an operation, but who took medical treatment
from a Chicago specialist, and she certainly passed be anything from a mild posterior urethritis to a several very large gall stones. All her friends, of pus-filled and broken-down kidney.--Ed.]
course, now think the man who recommended an operation is n. g., and that medical treatment for gall stones is o. k.
WM. YEATES, M.D. Pain in Thyroid. -Dysmenorrhea.
Essex, III. Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-Mrs. V., aged 38; mar- [The oliv oil treatment has very few adried, housewife, first consulted me two years ago in herents now; it has been thoroly tried, and in regard to an enlarged thyroid which was very painful. Treatment readily removed the enlargement, but the
nearly all instances found wanting. The most gland continued at times to be very painful. For last important remedial agents are those which six months it has pained her continually, altho there is
favor the evacuation of the gall bladder, irreno enlargement. Inquiry as regards pelvic history develops that she has never menstruated enuf to make spectiv of stones, and of these, mercurial prep. a napkin necessary, altho the mother of two children. arations easily hold the lead. Blue mass or A careful examination does not reveal anything wrong with pelvic organs. Malignancy or tuberculosis of the
gray powder may be given at intervals of a few thyroid can be absolutely excluded. General health days, or one-half grain doses of calomel may be good. What causes pain? And what will relieve it ? employed. Euonymin and podophyllin are
No. 2.-Mrs. 2. gives the following history of dysmenorrhea. Two or three days preceding the flow
accredited with having considerable cholagog she is seized with intense spasmodic pain greatly re- power. Sodium salicylate, in fifteen grain doses, sembling labor pains. These last from six to ten
three or four times daily, is said to increase the hours, and she is then fairly comfortable. In from twenty-four to thirty-six hours the flow begins, which
fluidity of the bile in the gall bladder, and some is scanty and light-colored, and lasts two or three days. have even gone so far as to claim a solvent She is well nourisht, of medium height and weight, action on the stone itself under the ingestion of slightly constipated, mother of two children, has had one still born child. Examination reveals a slight
this agent; but this is, like the effect of the retroflexion and a stellate laceration of the cervix. oil, exceedingly problematical. Ammonium Ovaries and tubes appear normal, with exception of slight tenderness in region of ovaries and broad liga
chlorid, ammonium phosphate, and sodium ments. Membranous dysmenorrhea can be excluded. benzoate are used for the same purpose. It is Kindly omit my name and town in reply, as these are probable that the above-mentioned drugs limit cases which have been the rounds and would be recognized by other subscribers of The World in this
the formation of fresh calculi, and accelerate place.
Mich. the movement of the bile ; but it is not now [Have the readers of THE WORLD anything believed by the best informed, that any of
them have any action whatever on the calculi
Albuminuria. already formed. If the stones are small, they Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Can you, or some of may be passed without any medicin, or after
your readers, give anything like specific treatment for
albuminuria, not resulting as a complication or sequel ? the employment of some simple purge like And what is the latest opinion as to the value of elecepsom salt; if they are too large to pass thru
tricity in these cases?
E. H. WELLS, M.D. the duct, surgery offers the only hope of cure.
Meshoppen, Pa. -Ed.]
[There is no specific for albuminuria. Per
haps the latest and best light on the subject is Ringworm (?)
thrown out by a little book by Professor Von Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Would be glad to hear
Noorden, titled Nephritis, publisht by E. B. from the editor or some of the brethren regarding two Treat & Co., New York, N. Y., and sold at most troublesome cases of ringworm on the buttock $1.00. We advise your getting it, as our space and scrotum. Both cases are physicians who have tried everything advised by several of the latest
in this department is too limited to admit of works on skin diseases from some of our most noted profitable discussion upon such vast subjects.dermatologists. Will state that both physicians are in most excellent health, so any history would be un
ED.) necessary. One has had it for eleven months, and the other seven months. After having tried almost every
Chronic Inflammation of the Erectil Tissue thing, they have found hot water, applied twice daily,
of the Penis. to be the only thing that gives any relief, which very speedily relieves that terrible itching and burning
Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Will you kindly ask the sensation. Now, it is desired to have something that
many readers of your valuable journal to help me to will stop the continued spread of the trouble. Were
cure this patient, or at least tell me what is the it not for the almost intolerable itching, followed by
trouble? About two years ago a man aged 47 years most intense burning, it would scarcely be noticed ;
came to me with two or three small tumors or nodules but the itching is intense. I desire some practical
on the left side of his penis; very slightly painful, but ideas, preferably from those who have had some ex
tender. They were a little larger than a pea. In the perience with the trouble, for we both being physi
course of a few months they disappeared, and he cians, have been studying up everything on the sub
thought no more of them ; but he began to notice that ject all these months, with no results other than
his penis seemed to be bound on left side, and when it continued use of hot water for temporary relief.
became erect the left side was put very much on the TEXAS.
stretch. It grew worse till now, when the penis
is erect almost the entire left corpus cavernosum [Are you certain of your diagnosis ? Ring
to have perisht away; and in complete worm is never difficult to cure if the proper
erection the penis turns to the left at a very well
markt angle; in fact, it crooks so far to the left that it remedy is applied correctly, even if the pro- is difficult for him to have intercourse. Extreme cess of resolution is often tedious. We suggest erection gives a little pain. It continues to grow that you order “Ringworm in the Light of
worse, and it seems now as if the entire left corpus
cavernosum will disappear. The penis seems normal Modern Research," by Malcolm Morris, 142 when faccid. What can I do for him? pages, publisht by Cassell & Company, Lon- Martin Ga.
T. H. LYON. don, and sold by Leary, Stuart & Company, [Your patient has chronic inflammation of of New York, N. Y., at $2.00. This book is the erectil tissue of the penis, and you will the completest publisht as to diagnosis, pa- find no treatment of any material avail. The thology, and treatment.
cause is unknown; it is observed in middlePure formaldehyde, painted for a few mo- aged men, and frequently the rheumatic or ments twice a day over the affected area for gouty diathesis is an accompaniment. When four or five days, will cure most cases. The the hardened spots were first noticed, you application is severe, and is not suited if the might have applied a thin rubber bandage and mucous membrane is involved, because of the made inunctions of mercuric ointment; also great pain. The severity of application may you should have given internally iodid of pobe mitigated by dilution with glycerin, but tassium in massiv doses; this might have presome observers claim the effect is not so good vented permanent crippling. The induration as when used in its purity. The following pre- of the erectil tissue and fibrous envelope may scription is the favorit one of Unna:
be fibrous entirely, or it may be calcareous in Chrysarobin
spots. The reason the deviation occurs from
5 parts Salicylic acid
2 parts a straight line, is, that the fibrous change preIchthyol.
5 parts Vaseline
vents complete erection of the cavernous body
to the distal side of the lesion. We regret the Mix, and rub in vigorously twice daily for several weeks.
apparent hopelessness of any mitigation of You will get more out of the book rec
your patient's condition. If the degeneration ommended than you will in any of the late
progresses to a complete bony change in localworks on Dermatology.-Ed.]
ized areas, you may remove the bony plates by surgical means, but do not hold out any hope
of restoration of shape during erection.-ED.) The following drugs are direct emmenagogs, and are to be used with caution, if at all, in cases of doubt: Salts of manganese, senecio, cantharides, oxalic acid, In dropsy due to cirrhosis of the liver, copaiba is a tansy, rue, savine, myrrh, pulsatilla, pennyroyal. useful diuretic.