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Dr. G. J. Jones, in responding to the twenty students of its third year—the toast, “The Faculty” said, in part: most phenomenal record in the whole
“Our faculty is a democratic body. I history of medical education." use the word democratic in its literal Dr. Ed. Morrill responded briefly to sense, and not as it is usually defined in the toast, “The City Doctor." these days. Each one of us has a mind Dr. H. W. Osborn, in the course of of his own, and in college matters we his response to the toast, “The Country take what is called in the army the route Doctor," described that genial soul as step, which only requires that all the follows: soldiers travel in the same direction and “We may occasionally see the country have the same object in view. We all doctor, ‘lean and long and brown, as is travel in the same direction; sometimes the ribbed sea sand,' but in the majority there are two or three abreast, or per- of instances we shall find him builded haps one may plunge ahead for a short upon plans and specifications of ampler time, or one may lag behind his fel- scope, with the breadth of shoulder, lows. But let an alarm be sounded, depth of chest and opulent development or the long roll beaten, and we come to of hypogastric and abdominal regions, company front at once, with fixed bayo- as doth befit a man who carries with nets, if need be, to repel or charge the him an appetite like a famine and the dicommon enemy.”
gestion of a quartz mill. Dr. H. B. Bryson, '93, in responding
“The country doctor's raiment is a to the toast, “The Class” said, in part: study in unnatural selection, not an ex“The present graduating class is the
ample of survival of the fittest, for it is first finished product from raw material
often a selection from the traveling that came into the halls of the Cleveland
‘sheep clothing' fakir's most gorgeous Medical College. Three years ago we
hues and loudest patterns, in which the espoused its cause; we saw that it was
cunning handiwork of the fittest is confounded upon principle, the outgrowth
“Athwart the broad expanse of his of necessity, wide-awake, progressive medical education, and democratic gov
equator he festoons a cable—of proernment. We then were a part of the
digious size and length-which serves seventy students who unfalteringly cast
primarily to suspend the pound weight, their future in its modern mould. The
more or less, of the occult symbols and
emblems which testify to our doctor's trinity of years just ending has proven the wisdom of our choice. Then we had
membership in numerous secret sociean able faculty and a well-officered insti
ties, and secondarily to moor his trusty
Waterbury to his system.” tution, and that was about all-except our unbounded faith in their ability and
Rev. Dr. Applegarth responded to
the toast, “The Clergy.” As is fitting promise. The limited facilities of that
on such an occasion, anecdote and hufirst year have been metamorphosed into
mor abounded, though in a very earnest a modern palace, with superb and un
manner the reciprocal relations of clersurpassed working facilities; instead of
gyman and physician were referred to. the eighteen graduates of that first year, Dr. Henry C. Franck. '02. responded we are the thirty of this third year; in- to the toast, “The Alumni,” in a fitting stead of the seventy students of this col manner, and Dr. T. C. Martin, '86, relege's natal year, I tonight have the hon- sponded briefly but eloquently to the or to represent the one hundred and best toast, “The Ladies."
CISTUS CANADENSIS. Book” under Clinical. “It has been used
for sore throat, mostly subacute, with inBy A. B. NASH, M. D., Cortland, N. Y.
tolerable dryness, worse in cold air, In the Cleveland Homeopathic Reporter better from swallowing liquids, for September, 1901, I find (page 55) etc.” So I would say that Nux among “Materia Medica Notes” “Cistus Vomica would oftener be found the remCanadensis.” “Dryness of the throat is edy in acute cases with this modality or one of the greatest characteristics of concomitant than Cistus. Then, again, this remedy. Another is the symptom I have found that this hypersensitivethat the cold air seems painful to the ness to cold air passing over the mucous parts, and it hurts to protrude the membrane is often found also in the nose tongue. These are symptoms easily re- with Cistus. membered. We always ask a patient to
Again, Aesculus hippocastanum has a put out his tongue; if it hurts and the
similar condition of nose and throat. I throat is dry give Cistus.—Medical Cen
wrote in my “Leaders in Homeopathic tury, July.-W. A. Dewey."
Therapeutics” page 154, 2nd edition) Such notes are always interesting to “I have used Aesculus with very good rethe true student of homeopathy, and sults in coryza and sore throat. The very often helpful in the way of fixing coryza is very much like the Arsenic corin his mind something practical. The yza, thin, watery and burning, but what darger to be avoided is that other rem- characterizes Aesculus here is the sensaedies may be ignored which have the tion of rawness; sensitiveness to inhaled same or similar symptoms. Failure, and cold air." I have seen and experienced consequent loss of confidence in our
in my own person the beneficial effects symptomatology is the result.
of this remedy in such a case. So far as If I had written of this remedy I the simple symptom of dryness of the would have put it this way: “Dryness throat is concerned there are many remeof the throat is one of the greatest char- dies that have it. Kent in his new Repacteristics of this remedy, and the cold ertory gives one hundred and seventy, air passing over the parts causes pain. It thirteen in black faced type, fifty-four in also hurts to protrude the tongue.” italics, and the rest, among which is What is the difference? Simply this. Cistus, in ordinary type. Now, we must Putting the sensitiveness in close con- not conclude from this that Kent's is not nection enables us to distinguish this a reliable repertory, for it is, and we from many other remedies which have have no better up to the present date. dryness of the throat equally or even But no man living knows it all, and no more prominently than Cistus.
repertory will be perfect, so long as adNur Vomica has “Throat sore, as if ditional provings and clinical verificascraped, worse when swallowing and tions are being made. when inhaling cold air.” (See Regional So it will be seen that the symptom of Leaders p. 87.) It comes the nearest to dryness while valuable, would not often Cistus of any remedy I know, and the lead to the one remedy for the case, expatients themselves are eloquent in their cept when coupled with some other praise of it. Well, how shall we distin- characteristic concomitant or modality. guish between them? My experience Dr. Dewey has given it here as he generwith Cistus acords with the way T. F. ally does and that is what makes it valAllen puts it at page 364 of his “Text uable. I will be pardoned, I think, for
once more referring to my own works. to cry, besides the colic, they cannot easPage 87. while writing on Belladonna, 1 ily convince the over-anxious friends of sav: "No remedy has greater affinity this stubborn fact. We know by daily for the throat. The burning, dryness experience that from the birth of the (Sabadilla), sense of constriction, (constant youngster there is an established belief desire to swallow to relieve the sense of that the majority of baby's ailments are dryness-Lyssin) with or without swell- colic till he is three months old, from ing of the palate and tonsils is some- that time till eighteen months of age the times intense. I once witnessed a case all important complaint is teething, and of poisoning in which these symptoms from then to adolescence, worms, were terribly distressing." I would like worms, worms. To argue with some of to give a number of the diagnostic dif- our clientele differently is a mere waste ferences between various remedies, but of breath, yet we are glad to know that find this article already longer than I in- a few parents think as we do, that there tended.
are complaints to make the baby ill In conclusion, I want to thank Dr.
aside from colic, teething and worms, Dewey for this and other good work he
though it does occasionally suffer from has done and is doing for the advance
these causes--that the little darling does ment of our knowledge of Materia Med
have many of the same afflictions oftica and Therapeutics, and the Reporter
times that we older mortals suffer with, for this good collection and arrange
and sometimes die from. Tradition furment of Materia Medica Notes. A jour
nishes many absurd notions in relation nal set apart exclusively for such work
to children's ailments, both as to diswould be invaluable, if properly con
cases and management. ducted.
Just exactly what does make the baby cry, or what ails it, is not always easily
determined, for it has no vocal language "THE BABY HAS THE COLIC.” but a cry, though there is a language we
should learn to study, in its pains, its By HENRY E. BEEBE, M. D., Sidney, 0.
gestures, features, physiognomy, etc. It "Doctor, the baby has the colic; what is well established that in infantile disshall I do for it, or what can you do to eases numerous shades of expression are relieve it?" This is a very common in evident, which experience teaches us terrogation of the anxious young father how to appreciate, and which affords and mother, let the trouble be what it useful guides in understanding the pathmay, from colic to many more serious ology of that period of existence. difficulties. "How do you know it has Most of us are too liable to underesti
olic?" "Why, because its grand- mate slight ailments and disturbances in mother, or its aunty, or dear old children, the early recognition of which ‘Mother So-and-So' says that's what ails
sometimes may prevent serious illness. the dear little creature, and she knows, As to the physiognomy of infantile disor ought to know, for she has raised a
eases, there is truth in the recognizing score of babies, more or less, and has of “Jadelot's Lines," as clinical experihad more practical experience by far ence cannot but confirm, if carefully obthan you doctors have ever had.” served while making a diagnosis. This
Now, while doctors are well aware is particularly true of the nasal line in that there are other causes for the baby abdominal difficulties.
Jadelot divides the facial lines into three classes, as follows:
"1.—Brain and Nervous System.Oculo-Zygomatic.—Begins at inner canthus of eye, passes downward and outward beneath lower lid, and is lost
th lower lid, and is lost on the cheek, a little below the malar projection.
"II. — Abdominal. — Nasal Line. — Rises at the upper part of the ala of the nose, passes downward, curling around the corner of the mouth. Always present in gastric-enteric disturbances.
“III. — Thoracic. — Labial Line. — Begins at the angle of the mouth and runs outward, to be lost in the lower part of the face."
These lines are most visible in chronic ailments, but like some other facial outlines and symptoms may add to our diagnostic armamentarium in treating babies' acute diseases.
Look well to the little things, for simple matters may be the cause of baby's crying. There are external and internal causes. It may cry from soreness in being handled due to severe labor, a pin may be pricking it, it may be too tightly bandaged, may have too much or too little clothing, or clothing may be chafing it. It is just as important to keep baby cool in warm weather as to keep it warm in cold weather. It may be hungry or thirsty for water; possibly too much food has been given it. There are more babies fed to death than die of starvation. Fasting is sometimes an excellent prescription for the body as well as the soul. Earache is too often diagnosed as colic if we are not watchful. Possibly it suffers from dysuria, constipation or nervousness from fear, or some psychic influence of the mother, such as fright, joy, etc. After all it may have
the genuine colic, but if so, what causes it to thus suffer and, knowing the cause, what will remove it? Does it need medicine, regimen, hygiene, or some trivial attention alone, or does it need all of these combined, for often it does ? Seldom has the doctor done his whole duty when he has prescribed medicine alone.
If it cry from indigestion, (that term which of late years is almost as common with the friends as the term colic), what will prevent that? It is our bounden duty to know or to find out the cause of the trouble. If the crying be from colic, baby will kick its little legs against its abdomen and you can feel the hard bowel full of wind, with the circular fibers contracting on it. In real colic the cry is a long wail from pain, and should be recognized by the clinician.
“Colic is pain in the stomach or intestines, but with or without spasm, occuring mostly in seizures of variable duration and at varying intervals, and usually without inflammation, fever, or discoverable organic change.” We admit that it is due to many causes and arises under a great variety of circumstances, and has all the shades of variation in degree of pain.
Another feature to be carefully considered is to be sure the crying of the little one is not from some reflex action, a true neuroses, notwithstanding some believe but little in reflex diseases. To all such of the profession I advise them to read and study well “Hilton, On Rest and Pain," one of the greatest works ever written by a medical author.
I fear we are too often inclined to ignore the small abnormal conditions of the body which act as stimuli. The delicate nervous system is overly susceptible to this force. We know that sometimes a simple indigestible substance in the intestinal tract will produce convul
sions, and even death. This is but one
Scene II. example of the many reflexes.
"Yes, Doctor, now the child is well, The laity, and I am sorry to say some Our gratitude no tongue can tell. few doctors. cannot understand why You certainly performed your part stimulation of the peripheral end of an With all due knowledge of your art. afferent nerve will cause greater reflex Your skill we'll certainly recommend trouble than stimulation in its course. To every uncle, aunt and friend." They cannot see why irritation of the
Scene III. nares, throat, ear, or lower orifices of “Good morning, Doctor! What's your the body will produce troubles remote wii!? from the direct action. They think dis- Oh, yes, I see you have your bill. eases must always be from local or cen- I had not thought of it at all, tral conditions, as we know many of Hope you have made it very small. them are.
What! Not that much, it cannot be What makes the baby cry is a big sub- That you have charged so much to me. ject and volumes can be and have been I cannot see the reason why written upon it. Baby does sometimes, Physicians' charges are so high. yes, many times, have the real, genuine, Is not the honor they receive old-fashioned colic, and our immediate Sufficient pay for what they give? duty is to stop the pain and spasm by re- If sickness shall again annoy moving the cause, whatever that may be. Some other doctor we'll employ." But it also has other diseases common to its dear parents, grandparents,
SOME EXPERIENCES. “sisters, cousins and its aunts," and
By C. E. HOUSE, M. D., Canton, Ohio. while we should have reasonable respect for the kind advice given by the dear In the latter part of the seventies, a grandmothers, we ought to know at lady with more wealth than sense of least half as much about the little one's honor. slipped on the steps of the y M. ailments, which is a great deal. If not, C. A. building in this city, fell and broke we will be ofttimes “variously appre- her ankle. Dr. G. J. Jones rendered ciated,” as the following doggerel lines
surgical aid. In due course of time the would indicate:
lady made a good recovery, but present
his bill as he might, the Doctor was VARIOUSLY APPRECIATED.
never able to realize on his investment Scene I
of skill and energy, and in sheer des“Oh, Doctor, come and come right peration he said, “Boys, we will charge quick,
that to the Y. M. C. A.” I understand Our only child is very sick;
this novel way of disposing of undesirIt has been many days since it was well, able accounts remains with him an unBut what's the matter we can't tell. written law. With your experience and skill,
A queer case related by Dr. Baxter to You'll soon discern, we know you will. the class of '82 has always been a source Perhaps we should have sent before, of wonderment to me. If my memory But doctor's bills we do deplore,
serves me right he found a shirt sleeve But what were wealth, with loved ones with a button on it in the uterus after lost?
the delivery of a living child at full term. Oh, save cur child at any cost.”
But he never made the case quite clear