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Texas; C. W. Johnson, M. D., San Antonio. Texas; D. W. Holmes, M. D., Bellevue, Texas.

The following resolution was passed :

"ResolvedThat a directory of the Eclectic physicians of Texas be prepared by the Secretary and a copy sent to each member of the the Association."

Resolution of thanks to the Commercial Club for the use of their Auditorium and to the press of the City for the generous manner in which the proceedings of the convention were handled were adopted.

Installation of officers concluded the business of the Association after which a general discussion was indulged in pertaining to the good of the cause. Visitors and members freely entered into the discussion and general good feeling prevailed.

REPORT OF SECRETARY. As Secretary of the Texas Eclectic Medical Association, I beg to make the following report:

Through the influence of the Texas Medical Association in the wide publication of its proceedings in State papers and all our journals, more interest has been manifested and a greater number of our Eclectics have come to our State during the last twelve months than in any previous year during my relation to said Association. During the year I have liad more correspondence with physicians throughout the United States than I have previously had during the same length of time. I can also say that from my observation as Secretary in constant touch with Texas Eclectics, that our men throughout the State are prospering and are standing by their principles, but I find quite a number of good men who are not identified with our Association. I would urge every Eclectic to not only join our Association, but take an interest in our work and make every effort to attend our meetings. L. S. Downs, M. D., Secretary. Disbursements

$48.25 Collected


Due Secretary



Dear Doctor and Fellow Eclectic:

As you well know from previous notices sent you, our Association is now an assured fact. Our desire is that the Eclectics of North

Texas get better acquainted. Our next quarterly meeting will be in Bonham, Nov. 23, 1905, 10 a. m., in Woodman Hall. A nice program has been, not only prepared, but a written guarantee given that each writer will be there with the goods, as follows:

“Appendicitis—Its Medical Treatment,” Dr. W. E. Bridge, Gober.

“Abortion and Its After Treatment," Dr. M. E. Daniel, Honey Grove.

“Placenta Previa,” Dr. J. A. Lanius, Bonham.
“Bilious Remittent Fever," Dr. D. W. Holmes, Bellevue.
"Typhoid Fever," Dr. C. W. Watson, Lannius.

“Texas Eclectic Medical Association,” H. H. Blankmeyer, Honey Grove. Come and be one of us.

H. H. BLANKMEYER, M. D., President.
C. W. WATSON, M. D., Secretary.

J. A. LANIUS, M. D., Corresponding Secretary'. BONHAM, TEXAS.

Bryonia is of special value in the coughs of pneumonia and bronchitis.

In fatty degeneration of the heart, give iron, quinine and strychnine as general tonics.

Hysteric convulsions, when not caused by organic changes, are promptly controlled by gelsemium.

A large gall-bladder, with jaundice, usually indicates obstruction by neoplasms or scar contraction; not by gall-stones.

Chronic jaundice, without remissions or intermissions, is almost invariably due to malignant obstructive disease, and not to calculus.

Tenderness of the gall-bladder signifies an infective inflammation of the gall-bladder, whether due to the presence of a calculus or not, and in mild cases may be the only distinguishing sign. The best method of demonstrating such tenderness is that of Murphy, who says, "The most characteristic and constant sign of gall-bladder hypersensitiveness is the inability of the patient to take a full, deep inspiration when the physician's fingers are hooked up deep beneath the right costal arch below the hepatic margin. The diaphragin forces the liver down until the sensitive gall-bladder reaches the examining fingers, when the inspiration suddenly ceases as though it had been shut off."

The Chicago Medical Timés acteristics : There are twitchings or

an actual spasm of a single group A Monthly Journal of Specific Meuicine.

of muscles, or in an occasional case FINLEY ELLINGWOOD, M. D. there may be universal spasm.

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the muscles of the shoulder and development of knowledge concerning the most neck and then to the arm. These direct-the specific-action of drugs in rational lines.

spasms may exist uncomplicated; The editors are not responsible for the state.

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pears in late childhood or early

youth, there is often a spinal tenEditorial.

derness which develops over the

lower cervical or the upper dorsa! CHOREA.

vertebræ, from which the chorcic The form of chorea most often movements seem to start. met with is the mild form described It is more common in females in England by Sydenham, many than in males, occurring in the proyears ago,

chorea minon portion of five females to two males. Chorea Anglicorum. The term St. It occurs in children of a neurotic Vitus dance is erroneously applied Cliathesis and those who are easily to a form of religious mania ob- frightened, especially if debilitated served in pilgrims on their way to from previous disease. In 38 cases the grave of St. Vitus. This is a out of 252 reported by Ashby and true chorea, Chorca Germanorun, Wright, there was a history of sebut is uncommon, much more se- vere fright having occurred in from vere than the common form, and one day to one week preceding the may be fatal. It is sometimes attack. hereditarily transmitted from parent Among other predisposing conto all the children in the family. ditions are: Overfeeding; feeding The minor form is really the true with inappropriate and nerve-exchorea, and has the following cliar- citing food and drinks-coffee, tea,



wines, spiced food and all other rect action of the rheumatic poison irritants of the nervous system; upon the system at large. psychic influences and psychic trau- In one case observed by this edima; too little sleep. It has often tor in a boy of seven, rheumatism been observed that a large number was first present for nearly a year. children were attacked by chorea, The chorcic symptoms developed which disease originally only exist- shortly after the appearance of the ed in one child in institutions where rheumatism, but did not cease with many children are together. This the end of the rheumatic symptoms, justifies, as a hygienic rule, in the nor was it cured until a phymosis treatment of this affection, the with attachments of the prepuce to separation of such children from the head of the penis was operated others.

upon and cured. Nearly a year Rheumatism also is considered after the cure of the chorea there as a cause of chorea, and its action was developed a sudden and vioin the production of this disease is lent endocarditis to which the twofold: First, where the rheumatic child succumbed. poison is directly the cause, and, It has been stated, in regard to secondly, where, by rheumatic the seat of the disease, that its metastasis, pericarditis occurs, or origin is in the corpus striatum and endocarditis leads to the formation the optic thalamus. Experiments of emboli, which finally have be- on dogs have shown that, after sevcome lodged in some of the finer ering the spinal cord, the chorea blood vessels of the brain, and there, only persisted in the lower extremby pressure, cause these spasms. ities, from which it was concluded This state of embolism is also the that the seat of the disease in dogs reason why, on auscultation, which was in the spinal cord. How far should never be neglected in a case

the results of these experiments of chorea, we detect heart murmurs hold good in regard to man must, connected with an insufficiency of for the present, remain undecided. the mitral or aortic valves.

Although the seat of the disease is, There are, however, many cases in most cases, in the brain, there is of chorea where no heart affection often involyment of a portion of of a rheumatic origin is found, or

the cord also in children. There is at least where it is not discovered a wide discrepancy of opinion beuntil the chorea has been cured,

tween different authorities upon and these, I think, have not been this subject. caused by emboli in the brain which The prognosis will be favorable had their origin in the rheumatic in general, but may be grave in very affection of the heart, but by a di- severe attacks, where the patierit


has no rest at all, suffers from the act directly on nervous tremorloss of sleep, and finally perishes which antagonize irregular muscufrom exhaustion. These, however,

These, however, lar movements and inco-ordination are of rare occurrence.

are selected. These are cimicifuga, We may say if the disease is scutillaria,

scutillaria, valerian, gelsemium, diagnosed early, and all the con- passiflora, the bromides, exalgine, comitant conditions are subjected antipyrine, chloral and arsenic. to immediate and persistent treat- Many others have been used with ment, that the prognosis is favor- good results. Iron is nearly alable in by far the larger number of ways indicated from the tendency

toward anæmia, and the stomach The treatment

should be con- conditions present usually demand ducted on the most rational basis hydrastine, nux vomica and digespossible. Every possible cause tives. should be removed and all results From two to five drops of cimiciapparent which may have been pro- fuga may be given every two hours duced from those causes should be in conjunction with gelsemium. . treated promptly and energetically. valerian or an infusion of scullcap. Any depravity of the blood should This is the standard remedy. be anticipated, and corrected if pres- Arsenic is the sine qua non of ent. The blood should contain the the old school. This may be given largest possible amount of red blood in doses of from one to five mincorpuscles, and the full number ims of Fowler's solution three times should be preserved by iron tonics daily. It is often slowly increased and restoratives.

to ten minims and then slowly deThe next important consideration creased, to be subsequently inis rest. The patient should have creased again as the patient endures quiet and rest enforced upon him to it. I have not needed it. Many the extreme degree. There should writers were enthusiastic for a be no exercise accompanied with while over antipyrine, and it has excitable conditions, and if the case doubtless cured some stubborn is at all complex and persistent the cases by its depressing power. I patient should be put to bed and have used exalgine in many cases kept there.

with most happy results. It must There is not a large number of be given in doses of not more than medicines that may be given in this one-half grain to small children and connection, but success has fol

has fol- slowly increased every three hours lowed a few carefully selected. Each to the extreme dose of three grains. concomitant condition should be any will not stand two grains treated as its direct indications sug- without cyanosis. If managed caregest. Then those agents which fully, it is a sure remedy in a large

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