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forming food could hardly be imagined than exists in cream, each fat globule of which it is composed being enclosed with an envelope of albuminous matter, and besides this, being suspended in a serum of a similar character, making the incorporation of fat and nutriment matter as intimate as it is possible to make it.
One reason why cream is not an article of universal use at almost every meal, like butter, is because it is difficult to keep in good condition, and transport. In the household, the morning's cream is often a bit off flavor before night in hot weather. Fortunate are those who can secure fresh cream and plenty of it.-Iowa Bulletin S. B. of H.
MEDICAL DELUSIONS. Tradition, and superstition, it is said, die hard, and even in this twentieth century, the age of education and progress, it is surprising what erroneous and delusive ideas prevail regarding medical matters, says a London physician.
In some of the more common ailments of children a doctor hears at times peculiar views expressed. Many patients are quite under the impression that it is for their children's welfare that they should contract while young such diseases as measles, whooping cough and chicken-pox or glass-pox, and they will even go so far as to expose them to infection so as to, as they express it, “get it over and done
As a matter of fact, there is no reason or necessity why any child should suffer from any of these diseases. Happy is the family that escapes from them, for then there is chance of the youngsters growing up healthy men and women and useful members of society. .
Most erroneous ideas prevail as to the effect of these complaints of childhood. I have often heard it said, “Oh, it's only measles !" or chicken-pox, as the case may be, quite oblivious to after effects. Any one who would take the trouble to read health statistics would soon be. convinced that measles especially is not to be trifled with, and yet medical men, as a rule, find a reckless disregard for isolation and in many cases not even the precaution of calling in the family doctor, the result being naturally, that the disease spreads at its own sweet will and often works havoc.
In the treatment of this complaint, again, delusions and erroneous ideas exist among a large number of the community. Tradition, so it appears to me, is more prevalent with regard to measles than almost any other children's disease.
A remedy that has been handed down from mother to daughter for I don't know how many generations is saffron. Now, what effect saffron has upon this particular fever no doctor knows. Certainly there is no peculiar element in its composition that makes it a necessity. When one remembers that saffron is merely a dye, principally used commercially in that role, and that it possesses no medical value, one fails to understand why it is so universally used. The only thing to be said in its favor is that, while being useless, it is harmless.
A favorite addition to saffron is brandy, but as saffron is harmless, brandy, on the other hand, especially with babies and young children, is positively injurious and should never be given except under medical advice.
Children are always thirsty in their feverish ailments. Yet how seldom the mother thinks of giving her child water to drink! It is nearly always milk-another popular delusion. Milk is an excellent food, but it does not quench thirst; in fact, it increases it. Give the child cold boiled water and it will become quiet and less fretful.
A very popular error is that spirits keep the cold out. As a matter of fact they do just the opposite. Alcohol increases the action of the skin, opens the pores and makes the individual more liable to contract chills and colds, often with serious results. A glass of hot milk is far better and much cheaper and purer.—Daily Medical.
USE OF FRUT. That fruit has many uses besides pleasing the taste is well known, but the exact properties of each kind are not so well understood by the consumers, and a few suggestions on the subject may not be amiss.
Fruit alone will not sustain life for any great length of time, but helps to furnish a variety in the diet.
It stimulates and improves appetite and digestion, relieves thirst, and introduces water into the system, acts as a laxative or astringent, stimulates the kidneys, and supplies the organic salts necessary to proper nutriment.
If the medicinal uses of fruit were understood and care taken to use the appropriate kinds, much less medical treatment would be needed.
Among the laxatives are figs, prunes, dates, nectarines, oranges, and mulberries.
The astringents are blackberries, dewberries, raspberries, pomegranates, quinces, pears, wild cherries, cranberries and medlars.
The kinds used for diuretics are grapes, black currants. peaches, whortleberries, and prickly pears.
The refrigerants are red and white currants, gooseberries, lemons, limes, and apples.
Apples are useful as a stomach sedative, and will relieve nausea, and even sea-sickness.
Grapes and raisins are nutritive and demulcent, making them excellent for the sick-room.
It is sometimes difficult to keep raisins, figs and dates away from the inquisitive little ants and roaches, but this is easily accomplished by putting them in paper bags that have been well brushed over with strong borax water, and dried before the fruit is put in. The little pests do not like the borax, and will not gnaw through the sack when thus prepared.
A fig slit open makes a good poultice for a boil. It is especially useful for gumboil. A split raisin is also good.- Hygienic Gazette.
Books of the Month
DISEASES OF THE SKIN. By C. D. Collins, M. D., Senior Professor of
Skin and Venereal Diseases and Senior Professor of Physiology, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Chicago, etc. With sixty-five illustrations. P. H. Mallen Co., Distributors, Chicago.
As you might expect of anything which comes from the Hahnemann of Chicago, here is a book which is very decidedly up-to-date, and it appears to us from a very cursory examination of it, that it is destined to take a prominent place among the text-books of homeopathic colleges. Contrary to the methods in some works on the skin, Dr. Collins has devoted but little space to anatomy and similar conditions. After barely twenty pages of anatomy he strikes at once into the symptomatology, etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and general treatment, with rather an unique chapter on Dermatological Don'ts. This particular chapter should, we think, receive a far greater circulation than is possible in a book of this character, and some day we are going to ask Dr. Collins to allow us to print it verbatim in the REPORTER. It is rich in information. The book would bear a more careful consideration and study than we are able to give, the description of diseases being rich and instructive.
The most valuable part, however, we consider to be the careful consideration of the action of homeopathic remedies upon this class of diseases. The Doctor in some seventy-five pages which he devotes to this branch of the book, gives many valuable hints. Another part which will be found of use to those who believe in the use of local applications in the treatment of skin diseases is the record of prescriptions which the author has used in his own practice. Taken all together, the book shows the ear-marks of an extremely careful preparation. The language is good, and what few illustrations there are, are in good taste and accomplish their object. The mechanical execution leaves nothing to be desired.
A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON NERVOUS DISEASES FOR THE MEDICAL STU
DENT AND GENERAL PRACTITIONER. By F. Savary Pearce, M. D., Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases in the Medico-Chirurgical College, of Philadelphia; Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, etc. New York and London: D. Appleton & Company. 1904.
Dr. Pearce has long been a practical student of neurology and any production of his is entitled to the utmost consideration. His work in the Philadelphia and Howard Hospitals has given him the clinical experience from which he has evidently derived a profound knowledge of the intricacies of diseased conditions of the nervous system. The book, while not one which would attract particularly the specialist in nervous diseases, is certainly a very proper one to place in the hands of the general practitioner and of the student who want a concise, and at the same time fairly full description of common conditions.
The book is well illustrated, nearly one hundred plates being used, many of them being in colors. It brings the consideration of conditions of the nervous system practically up-to-date, the references showing that the writer has consulted the most recent authorities—both in magazines and text-books. Taken all together, it is one which can be recommended for a desk companion. The mechanical execution is up to the well-known standard of the Appleton Co., leaving nothing to be desired.
A STUDY OF MAN AND THE WAY TO HEALTH. By J. D. Buck, M. D.
12mo, 260 pages. Cloth, with cover design by Mr. Knapp, $1.50. New Edition Issued 1903 and Enlarged. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co. 1904.
It is not possible for the writer to give an intelligent review of this book. We know the first edition to have been the result of many years of deep and careful consideration of higher psychological study made by Dr. Buck. In this last edition, published some fifteen years later than the first, the Doctor has brought to the subject the results of careful study and consideration, such as but few have given to any subject. There can be no more pregnant study than the study of the human being in its highest development. It commends itself not only
to the medical man but to the layman who realizes that problems of mental development and mental action are worthy of study. A man, and particularly a professional man-whether he be of medicine or theology, can well afford to put in considerable time in the careful reading of Dr. Buck's book. At the same time, it is one which will require the thought of an unprejudiced mind.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE THIRTY-NINTH SESSION OF THE HOMEOPATHIC
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. Held at the Board of Trade Assembly Rooms, Scranton. September 22, 23 and 24, 1903. Committee on Publication : Edward M. Gramm, M. D., Ella D. Goff, M. D., George B. Moreland, M. D.
It is always with pleasure that we receive the Pennsylvania State Transactions, because the book is as full of information and instruction as an egg is full of meat. It is not of very many State Society Transactions that we can say this; in fact, there are but few which to our knowledge have reached the plane occupied by that of the Pennsylvania Society. It is a model which might well be followed by some of our near-by States. Of the papers, nothing more need be said than that they are rather above the usual order of excellence, and in publishing them the Committee has been liberal in the matter of illustrative cuts, thus adding much to their value. It is a book which one should have on the shelf ready for consultation, knowing that he will receive help. THE Doctor's RECREATION SERIES. 12 oct. volumes. Saalfield Publishing Co., Akron, O. To be sold by subscription only.
This is a series of books to be issued simply as the name indicates - books for the recreation of the doctor. They are stories, incidents of real life, poems for the doctor, episodes in hospital life, etc., etc. To the Cleveland physicians the series is interesting because Dr. S. W. Kelley, of this city, has written Vol. III.—'In the Year 1800. Being a relation of sundry events occurring in the life of Dr. Jonathan Brush during that year.” This, as is well known, is not Dr. Kelley's first venture in literature. He is the author of a brochure entitled, “About Children,"containing six lectures delivered by him to the nurses of the training school of the Cleveland General Hospital in February, 1896. This has had a wide circulation, as it well deserves, the Doctor, being particularly fitted for the discussion of these conditions because of the special work in diseases of children, to which he has been devoting himself for a number of years. He is Professor of Diseases of Children in the Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pediatrist to the Cleveland General Hospital, Cleveland City