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Byron E. Miller, '85, sends us a clipping virtue of his long experience in the surgfrom the “Telegram” of his home city- ical wards of the Hospital. We are sure Portland, Oregon, in which there is quite everybody wishes him success. an account of the Doctor's experience abroad. He spent some six months travel. There was an old doctor, a long time ago, ing through Europe, visiting he great hos- Who hired a fellow to shovel snow, pitals and universities there, and gives But instead of a shovel he gave him a hoe, such an interesting account of his exper- For he was a Hoe-me-a-path, you know. iences that we propose to publish the same
* * * in some future number of the "Reporter.”
It may be a matter of interest to those The Doctor is Secretary of the Board of
who have formerly attended our College Medical Examiners of the State of Oregon,
and who have known of the work done in and in the January examination was in
the old Brownell Street Medical College, charge of the departments of Diseases of
formerly known as the Medical DepartWomen and Materia Medica and Therap
ment of the University of Wooster-but at eutics (Homeopathic).
present affiliated with the Ohio Wesleyan
University, and the Medical Department C. E. Hauver, '88, Greenville, O., in of the Western Reserve University, to subscribing for the journal has some sym- know that there has been considerable talk pathetic and complimentary words to say. in the daily papers about a coalition of The last thing he says is that he is going these two institutions. Just what will be to arrange to come to the Institute meeting the result of the efforts being made in this in June.
direction is at present problematical, but * * *
at any rate we are interested in reading We note that the wife of our poet-sur the discussions and interviews published geon, Helmuth, of New York, has been in the papers. elected president of the National Council
* * * of Women. Mrs. Helmuth has been active The following story is rather interestnot only in social and club life of New ing and was told by Hon. James M. Beck, York, but was the founder of the Hahne assistant attorney general of the United mann Hospital, and is distinguished as States, at the banquet of the Society of having set out the call for the first meeting Ohio in New York City: for organization of the New York Home- "There was an Irishman once," he said, opathic Medical College and Hospital, in illustration of a point, “who was passwhich meeting was held at her home in ing through the streets of a large city of New York City. Prof. Helmuth delights Ohio, when he came to a massive statue in nothing better than acknowledging the erected to the honor of the great German wonderful help she has been to him in his physician and scientist, Hahnemann. He life-work.
stopped and gazed at it for a moment and * * *
then burst forth, ‘Begorra, it must be a B. R. Burgner, '00, having closed his great thing to be an Ohio man. When service as resident physician and surgeon you die they erect over you a big monuat the Huron Street Hospital, has estab- ment like this, if yez happen to be a Hanna lished offices at 718 Rose Bldg., where he man!” may be found every day from 10 to 1. He
* * * is doing special work as an anæsthetist, The following is an excerpt from the being particularly well qualified for it by “Boston Evening Transcript," the writer being one of our clearest thinkers, the the law of similars is universal, homeauthor of a very interesting and instructive opathy is therefore the all of medicine. book called “Philosophy of Homeopathy." The universality of the law lies in the fact To the Editor of the “Transcript':
that it obtains in both worlds. In either One writes himself a believer in home- world are cures other in kind than that of opathy with neither more nor less con- which similia similbus curantur speaks. fidence than that with which another The reform analogous to cure by a homepooh-poohs the whole subject. At every opathic drug is that from within, for the country crossroads there are ardent advo- sake of which we point one to his fault, cates of homeopathy,and opponents no less and appeal to him to correct it. There is ardent. Evidently the question is still no reform better, but often some other is one of opinion.
indicated, or this is impracticable. To Prejudicial to homeopathy has been a some kinds of reform external force is reseeming lack of anything analogous to it quisite. Chains and prisons are indispensoutside of medicine. Now it seems to me able. The incorrigible must be dealt with. that homeopathy has analogues which, as Some reformatory measures look to radsuch, have been overlooked in what all ical improvement — others to superficial men experience in the world of thought mitigation. Some affect immediately the and feeling; if, indeed, what we there ex offender-others immediately his environperience are not evidences of the same law ment. To ignore homeopathy in medicine of similars as underlies homeopathy. The is like ignoring that kind of reform to world of thought and feeling is a part of which the pointing out of faults, and exthe universe: a law, if universal, will be hortation look. To ignore in medicine all evidenced in that world no less than in else than homeopathy is like ignoring all this which our bodies inhabit-as Henry other kinds of reforms. Drummond saw.
If these opinions are correct, homeIn practice under the law of similars
opathy is a subject the breadth and bearwhether it is from bodily disease we
ings of which have been but little conwould release one, or from some fault in sidered.
Charles S. Mack, M. D. his way of feeling, of thinking or of doing
La Porte, Ind. -we exhibit a picture of what we would
* * * see corrected; for the principle of homeo
Here is a characteristic letter from one pathy is simply that the picturing from who in 1882 was known as "Burly » without of a disorder or fault may incite
Dear Doctor:-I am too good a Hometo reformative action from within. Intro
opath to use combinations as a general duced by Don't, such picturing is a remedy thing, but your Combination No. 4 tempts well known to childhood; introduced by me. Inclosed find New York draft for Thou shalt not it, so far as heeded, cures $2.75. throughout life. The picturing of faults, The "Reporter" is next thing to a visit with intent to cure, is common. Without to the old College such picturing, actual or implied, there
Yours fraternally, could be no such thing as an exhortation
F. W. Burlingame. to reform; nor could there be caricature, McKeesport, Pa. or satire, with its power for good. Not
* * * only may the intentional portrayal of The weekly bulletin of the Marine Hosfaults prove curative; faults themselves pital Service shows that 22, 263 cases of in others may, when recognized as like smallpox were reported throughout the one's own. It would seem that, so far United States during the week ending from being unlike what we experience March 15th, of which 661 proved fatal. elsewhere, homeopathy in medicine is but the total number of cases for the same a part of homeopathy universal.
period last year was 9,406, of which 136 A mistake has been to suppose that if proved fatal.
G. O. Rowland, '01, East Palestine, O., F. Edmonds, '97, is president of the Sa writes that he is busy, doing a fair share ginaw Valley Homeopathic Medical Society of work in that locality. As our readers recently organized and composed of the will see, he does not claim to do every- homeopathic physicians of all of the Bay thing, hence we feel quite sure that he cities and Saginaw, Mich. At a recent must be getting on his feet.
meeting of the Society the subject of me* * *
dical registration was taken up and fully C. J. Richards, '99, writes from Ash- discussed. tabula, O., that he is going to change his
* * * location and the locality in which he has
It is a regret to note that politics has so been living will then be unoccupied. He
much to do with the management of has special reasons for making the change,
charitable institutions. For no other reaand recommends his location to any who
son in the world but political differences may desire to locate.
has the Governor of Missouri removed
from the management of the Fulton HosW. T. Horn, '97, Columbiana, 0., writes
pital for the Insane the homeopathic phythat he “could not do without the 'Re
sicians who during the past four years porter.' It seems like hearing from a per
have made such a splendid record. Drs. sonal friend." He says that he is doing
W. L. Ray, Emil Theilman, J. A. Reilly a good business and if he had his life to
and E. H. Tincher are victims of the live over again he would still be a Home
change, and homeopathy is deprived of opath forever. "The more I see of it the
one of its institutions where similia was more I like it.".
making a good clear record.
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F. L. Davis, '70, is located in Evansville, We regret to report the death, October
Ind. In speaking of the “Reporter” he 25th, 1901, of Reuel Bartlett, '79. He died
says that he has the volumes of the first at Boulder, Colo., of locomotor ataxia,
issue-beginning at 1867. He says also, from which he had been suffering for some
as do so many of our correspondents, that time. The “Reporter” extends to Mrs.
he is expecting to attend the meeting of Bartlett its sympathy.
the American Institute of Homeopathy in
June. We shall be glad to welcome him Wm. Rowley, '57, formerly of Indiana
to the scenes of his student life. polis, Ind., is reported by the postmaster as being dead. We have no further infor- There is a bill in the legislature authormation concerning the postoffice notice.
izing the Governor to appoint a commis* * *
sion of five to report on the advisability of C. B. Green, '97, is reported by the establishing a sanitarium for the treatpostmaster as having changed his resi- ment of tuberculosis. So it looks as though dence from Wooster, O., to Medina, O. We Ohio is in this matter, as she is in all othwould like to hear from him in confirma ers, going to keep up with the procession. tion of this change.
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J. W. Donaldson, '01, reports from MaThe State Convention of Homeopathic rietta, Ohio, “I am doing nicely and eat Physicians of Kentucky will be held in three meals a day just the same as if I was Lexington during the latter part of next rich. The new steel plant which is being month. Our D. A. Amoss, '80, is promi erected is going to boom the town and nently mentioned in connection with the help us all.” We hope the Doctor may event.
have a full share of the new prosperity.
We aim in this department to keep our readers in touch with the medical literature of the month and will supplement the notices given below with a fuller review of such books as in the opinion of the editors are of special interest. Any book mentioned will be sent postpaid by the REPORTER on the receipt of the published price, which in all cases is net.
ANOMALIES AND DISEASES OF THE EYE. By GENITO-URINARY DISEASES AND SYPHILIS.
Flavel B. Tiffany, A. M., M. D., Professor of By Henry H. Morton, M. D., Clinical ProfesOphthalmology and Otology in the Universi. sor of Genito-Urinary Diseases in the Long ty Medical College of Kansas City, Mo.; Oc Island College and Hospital; Genito-Urinary ulist and Aurist to the University Hospital; Surgeon in the Long Island College and Oculist to the "Katy" R. R. Co.
Kings County Hospitals, etc., New York. 400 351 illustrations, including 101 half pages, royal octavo with many half tones and
full page color plates. Cloth, $3.00 net. F. tones, 17 micro-photographs, 5 two-colored
A. Davis & Co., Philadelphia. plates, and 21 six-colored lithographs of
Gentio-urinary surgery has made great the fundus; an Appendix and a Glossary
progress in the last decade. The treatof 500 words, besides a complete index.
ment of veneral diseases formerly was re8vo. 600 pages. Cloth $5.00. Bryant &
legated to the charlatan, or if attempted Douglas. Kansas City, Mo.
by the physicican or surgeon, was nothing CHILDBED NURSING. With Notes on Infant more than mere empiricism. 10-day the Feeding. By Charles Jewett, A. M., M. D.,
treatment of acute and chronic gonorrhea Sc. D., Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women in the Long Island College Hos
is placed upon rational basis., and the pital, Brooklyn, N. Y. New fifth edition. methods of clinical diagnosis and treatRevised and greatly enlarged. 12mo. 96
ment of diseases of the genito-urinary pages. Cloth, $0.80. E. B. Treat & Co., New York.
tract are scientifically accurate.
The author of this work is eminently CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY IN ITS RELATION TO
PRACTICAL MEDICINE. By C. A. Herter, qualified to handle his subject. One M. D., Professor of Pathological Chemistry praiseworthy feature of the book is the in the University and Bellevue Medical College, New York. In one 12mo. volume of
free use of photographs and drawings 454 pages. Cloth, net $1.75. Lea Brothers showing the pathology of inflammations of & Co., Philadelphia and New York.
the genital tract. It is as true of genitoFEEDING OF INFANTS, THE. Home Guide for urinary diseases as of any disease, that a Modifying Milk. By Joseph E. Winters, M.
proper conception of the disease and its D., Professor of Diseases of Children, Cornell University Medical College. Pp. 47, cloth
consequences can only be obtained by un$0.50 net. E. P. Dutton & Co., New York. derstanding the pathology of the inflam
This is another valuable little vol- matory process. The author presents the ume on infant feeding, and though in- subject in a way which shows his appreciatended by the author as a guide to moth- tion of this important fact. ers in the modification of cows milk for The many advances in genito-urinary infant feeding, yet it will be found of surgery-cystoscopy, improvements in lithgreat value to the general practitioner. otomy, recognition and treatment of semIt is an excellent book to recommend to a inal vesiculitis and surgery of the prostate mother who is compelled to use an artifi are all fully and carefully presented. In cial food for her child. It will educate her the chapter on diseases of the prostate as to the importance of proper feeding and the author gives quite an elaborate disindirectly aid him in the management cussion of the choice of operations to be of the case.
considered in the radical treatment, and The arrangement of the formulae and which, if followed more generally, would the principle upon which they are based put these operations on a better basis. He are such that any intelligent mother can dismisses the operation of vasectomy with grasp the subject of scientific infant feed- the statement that “there is nothing to ing and modify cows milk to meet the con- prove that the operation causes an atrophy ditions which arise.
of the hypertrophied prostate." In mak
ing this statement he certainly ignores the work done by Harrison, Fenwick and Frere at St. Peter's Hospital in London.
The chapter on diseases of the kidneys is short, but it is concise and probably as complete as could be expected in a book of this size. The chapters devoted to acute and chronic urethritis, seminal vesiculitis and stricture are most complete, yet absolutely void of anything xecept what the student or well-infomed physician or surgeon should know. It is impossible to get so satisfactory a discussion of these matters from works on general surgery. For instance -- to show the practicability of the text, we would quote the “Method of Examining a case of Chronic Urethritis."
II. --Examine urethra with bulbous bougie or urethrometer.
IV.-Have patient urinate in glass No. I. (No. I contains washings from posterior urethra).
V.-Examine prostate and seminal vesicles per rectum.
VI.-Have patient urinate in glass No. II. (No. II. contains urine from prostate and seminal vesicles).
VII. -Examine shreds and pus from urethra, microscopically.
VIII.--Examine urethra with endoscope, unless a considerable portion of the urethra is inflamed and secreting pus freely.
How many surgeons go about the making of a diagnosis and selection of treatment in this methodical way; yet it is simple, easy, and absolutely necessary for the accomplishment of good work. Enough has been said to show that this is a work which we most heartily endorse. The mechanical work is excellent and the book is profusely illustrated with original drawings. HANDBOOK OF BACTERIOLOGICAL DIAGNOSIS.
By W. d'Este Emery, M. D., B. Sc., Lond., Lecturer in Pathology and Bacteriology in the University of Birmingham. With two
colored plates and several other illustrations. 12mo.; cloth $1.50 net. P. Blakiston's Son &
Co., Philadelphia. INFANT FEEDING IN HEALTH AND DISEASE.
A Modern Book on all Methods of Feeding. For Students, Practitioners and Nurses. By Louis Fischer, M. D., attending physician to the Children's Service of the New York German Poliklinik; Bacteriologist to St. Mark's Hospital; Professor of Diseases of Children in the New York School of Clinical Medicine; attending Physician to the Children's Department of the West-side German Dispensary; Fellow of the New York Academy of Mediicine, etc. Containing 52 illustrations, with 16 charts and tables, mostly original. 368 pages, 594 x 8 inches; neatly bound in extra cloth. $1.50 net. F. A. Davis Co., Philadelphia.
The second edition of this valuable work was made necessary by the fact that the first edition was exhausted within less than six months of its publication. This is not only an indication of its practical value to the general practitioner but also shows that medical men are awakening to the need of more knowlegdge of the principles underlying the feeding of infants. It has been the experience of the writer that the more he has learned of infant feeding, the less did be resort to medical treatment in the diseases of early infancy. Many doctors, however, of seemingly good standing, do not appreciate the importance of putting dietetic treatment first. Early last fall I was called in a case where the child had had colic for six weeks. The attending physician was waiting for the "three month colic period” to pass and in the meantime was giving the baby anodynes and hypnotics. Had he carefully digested such a book as this one under consideration he would be a better doctor. We cite this case only to illustrate the lamentable fact that only a small proportion of physicians have accurate knowledge of infant feeding and the methods of detecting and correcting infant dietetic errors.
Too much can not be said or written on this subject, and even at the present rate of progress it will be a long time before physicians generally, thoroughly grasp the subject. It is not our purpose to give a critical survey of the work; but rather to notice some interesting parts in the hope that the reader will be attracted to