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the groin, a peculiar happy delirium, red ferrety eyes and high temperature led to an examination of the blood which was found to contain some motile bacilli. P:ompt and thorough action was taken to prevent contagion and no other cases are reported. There was great excitement on account of the appearance of this disease, but the prompt action of an efficient health board soo restored confidence, thus showing how important is a health board to the welfare of a community. Let our new legislators take note.

The DISSEMINATION OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE. --Dr. George M. Gould writes us asking for an expression from the profession through the JOURNAL as to the relation of the lay publishing firms of medical Journals and the profession. The request is suggested by the refusal of a firm of publishers, who publish two of the most important journals in the country, to permit the editors of the American Year-Book of Medicine and Surgery to use abstracts of papers which have appeared in their journals, or to reproduce illustrations. He criticises their action on the following grounds:

1. It prevents the dissemination of medical knowledge. The Year-Book condenses, systematizes, and criticises the year's medical work in a shorter space and more permanent manner than the journals, and has thousands of readers no single journal can claim, or hope to reach. Every physician writes and publishes articles in order that every member of the profession may, if possible, learn of his work, and that science and progress may thus be furthered and humanity benefited. To interfere with such dissemination of our literature in reputable publicalions is, I think, discourteous and unjust to the profession and an injury to medical science.

2. This injustice and injury to medicine become all the more striking when physicians do not receive a cent of pay for contributions, from the publication of which the lay-publisher is supposed to make considerable financial profit.

3. No other publishers in the world, not even those who pay authors for their contributions, have in the least objected to our reproduction of quotati'. ns, abstracts, and illustrations from their journals.

Do you wish to limit the dissemination of your contributions to medical science by such an exclusion of them on the part of publishers from reputable publications? Is this literature the property of yourself and of the profession or not? Does your gift of it to a journal make it the private property of the publishers of that journal? Is it not rather a loan for temporary use only?

Will you not he eafter demand that there be printed with your article a statement that the right of abstracting the text or reproducing illustrations is guaranteed?

Reading Aotices.

The most frequent forms of diseases of the eye are those located in the mucous membrane of the eyelids, (conjunctiva). When left alone they are not only a fruitful source of annoyance and suffering, but they often endanger the existence and usefulness of the eye as an organ of sight. The

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AN ALTERATIVE OF UNSURPASSED POTENCY.-It is not unlikely that all our readers are well and favorably acquainted with Elixir lodo Bromide of Calcium Comp. (Tilden). A preparation which has stood the test for over thirty years. But it is natural to be influenced somewhat by the extravagant promises made for other preparations, claiming to be "the same thing" or "just as good," and offered to the profession by supposedly reputable houses.

It is, therefore, apropos to remind the profession that "Elixir Todo” has no equal in its special field and that the attempts of dishonorable competitors to foist upon the doctors worthless imi. tations is doing incalculable damage to the reputation of the physician and the well-being of his patient.







No. 2.

Original Communications.


By E. P. HURD, M.D., Newburyport, Mass., Professor of Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons,

Boston, Mass.



AS called to see a child yesterday (December 16, 1870),

who was suffering from convulsions which never ceased until the death of the child, ten hours later.

Previous conditionGood; had been in good health till taken with the fit Tuesday morning.

Hereditary Antecedents.The mother had had convulsions in childhood, and since her marriage has had several fits, pronably of a hysterical nature.

When I saw the little girl at 11 o'clock a. m., she had a good pulse, and seemed a well-developed child, with thin delicate skin and blond appearance-rather large head. She was then in general convulsions; the eyes were rolling in the sockets, with widely dilated pupils; the muscles of the mouth were twitching; there was violent jerking of the arms and legs; there was complete unconsciousness. The child had bitten her tongue in the fit, and there was some frothing at the mouth. The cries and moans of the infant were inost distressing; I could hear them before I reached the house. There was a wild stare about the

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