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THUJA.-I see in the GLEANER a request for the experience of physicians with thuja in the treatment of hydrocele, and as a radical cure for hernia. I have not used it for hernia. I never had faith enough in any medical treatment of hernia to give it a trial. I think hernia well within the surgical realm. For the radical cure of hernia I would operate and I have operated with success.
As an injection for hydrocele I have used thuja six or eight times within the past year. I will report one case worthy of note. A man fifty years old presented an immense hydrocele. I drew from him one and one-half pints of fluid. I then injected 3j. of Lloyd's thuja and 3j. of warm water. In twenty-four hours the swelling and inflammation was great; but in three or four days it began to subside, and the result was a perfect cure.
I use a small trocar and canula, the latter having five or six small openings near the extremity, so that if the membrane obstructs the opening at the extremity, the fluid still has an opportunity to escape. I use the same trocar and canula for tapping the pericardium.
Recently instead of thuja I used for hydrocele, after drawing off the fluid, an injection of pure carbolic acid. It is almost painless, does not set up a very great amount of swelling and inflammation, and as far as my experience has extended, the cure is radical. I always have the patient wear a suspensory bandage for eight or ten days. The last case treated was a man fifty-two or fifty-three years old with perfect satisfaction, except that a few drops of the acid came in contact with the outside of the scrotum, and caused him some trouble for several days.
Thuja has proven of use to me in three or four cases of epithelioma; but of that I am not expected to write now. Will say however, that thuja is an excellent remedy, and that in a limited note like this I cannot give my experience in its range of usefulness.-Dr. J. F. Hines, San Antonio, Texas.
DR. WM. MARTIN in the Medical News, December, writes on Phimosis, to call attention to that disease as a frequent agent in causing, or aggravating already existing diseases in children. The indirect disturbances from it by reflex are often extremely puzzling and by no means infrequent. It reflexly affects digestion, very seriously at times. Prolapsus ani accompanies preputial inflammation and it will give rise to symptoms resembling stone in the bladder. Dr. Martin feels confident "that phimosis will aggravate the symptoms of any co-existing disease and be responsible for slow recovery in many cases” and that sufficiently frequent occurrence of trouble reflexly from it justifies a physician in making an examination of every male child for the condition.- Journal Materia Medica.
AN ANTIDOTE FOR Poison Ivy.-Rhus tox.-An anonymous correspondent of the New York Sun writes that an antidote for ivy poison is the plant called by some people "ceroline,” by others the "silver plant." It grows by the side of brooks, to a height of about two feet; the stalks are green and bear a yellow blossom with a red tinge, shaped like the lady's slipper. The test of the plant is to place a leaf under water, when it assunes a silvery look. The stalks can be crushed and the juice rubbed upon the poisoned surface, when immediate relief will follow; or a tea can be made from it with which to bathe the surface. The correspondent claims that he has used this for years in a family particularly sensitive to this poison, and has given it to many cases, and it never fails. The plant referred to is the impatiens fulva, a species most common in wet grounds in the south. It has small, orange, spotted flowers, and is best known under such names as "touch-me-not," "jewel weed," "balsam," or "silver leaf.” The name of the genus is derived from the sudden bursting of the seed-pods when touched or slightly pressed with the bands. As tbe pods ripen they burst, scattering the seeds to a considerable distance. Our common garden balsam, I. balsamini, is a closely related species, and its seed-pods are equally sensitive to the touch. Bull. Pharm., 1895, IX, 564.
SOLANUM CAROLINENSE IN THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY.(Amer. Jour. Med. Sci.)- Dr. Chas. S. Potts has used this remedy in seventeen cases, obtaining the following results: Five, two of them organic, were not improved. In the remaining twelve, the results showed more or less benefit from the drug. Of the five failures, in four the symptoms were ameliorated by either antipyrin and ammonia bromide, or the mixed bromides, and in the remaining case no drug
ned to have any influence. No unpleasant effects were observed, excepting a mild diarrhea in some cases, wbich in many epileptics may be more of a benefit than otherwise. The conclusions are as follows: (1) That the drug has a decided influence for good upon the epileptic paroxysm. (2)
That the influence is probably not so great por so sure as that obtained by the use of antipyrin and the bromides, or even of the mixed bromides. (3) That in those cases in which it is of service it relieves the paroxysms without causing other unpleasant symptoms, such as are sometimes caused by the use of large doses of the bromides. (4) That the dose ordinarily recommended is too small and that as much as a teaspoonful or more, four times daily is often needed to secure results.- 1 herapeutic Gazette, No. 12, p. 798.
[We would suggest that in the treatment of epilepsy, besides the solanum, physicians give specific cenantha crocata. Both remedies are excellent agents. They will not however, cure cases due to structural lesions.]
NOTES AND SOCIETIES.
The Georgia Eclectic Medical Association held its annual convention in Atlanta, March 2d and 3d. The meeting was well attended and full of life and interest. They assure us that Georgia will be represented at Portland, in June. They send us a large list of delegates, for available members. The Georgians are truly awake.
The Wisconsin State Eclectic Medical Society will hold its appual meeting in Kilbourn, the first week in June. They are making a special effort to have the best meeting on record. Every man in the state is awake and the place of meeting offers many natural attractions, so that everything is very promising. We hope that their utmost expectations will be realized, and that they will send one or more delegates at the expense of the State Society, to Portland. Every state should do this so that state interests will be carefully looked after each year. A few states have followed this custom for some time. We hope a good meeting for the Wolverine eclectics.
PROGRAM OF ECLECTIC TRAVELER'S CLUB FOR APRIL, 1896, at Sandusky, Ohio.-"Journey from London to Stratford-on-Avon,” Mrs. W. S. Van Horn, Findlay, 0.; Quotations from "Shakespeare," all members present; "Windsor Castle,” Mrs. Sommers, North Baltimore, and Mrs. Dech, Pandora; "Eton," Mrs. Johnson, Wharton; "Oxford," Mrs. Stockton; "Its Colleges and Historical Associations,” Mrs. McKitrick, Kenton; general conversation on "Oxford" and Cambridge,” "Stratford-on-Avon,” Mrs. Chaltant; "Shakespeare's House,” Mrs. Southard, Carey; "Grammar School,” Mrs. Perce, Bucyrus; and Mrs. Grove, Kenton; "Trinity Church,” Mrs. J. H. McElHinney.
DR. J. W. Hess, Jefferson 1873, a respected GLEANER reader of Lancaster, Pa., is dead. His friends have the GLEANER's sympathy.
DR. J. C. REEDER E. M. I. 1886, keeps in the race at Montezuma, Ind. The GLEANER congratulates him.
DR. John D. TIMMERMAN E. M. I. 1870, of Leipsic, Ohio, recently paid a visit to the GLEANER and to his alma mater. He is surgeon to the C., H. & D. R. R. Call again, Doctor.
DR. E. G. BECKWITH, of Fostoria, Ohio, bas joined the GLEANER ranks for 1896.
DR. D. WHITE E. M. I. 1859, is still in the harness at Ithaca, N. Y. He enjoys his GLEANER. But few of his classmates are left to read it.
DR. P. F. PRICE, Ia. Ec. Med. Coll. 1888, still does finely at Milo, Iowa. He is a very busy man.
DR. J. P. HASTINGS E. M. I. 1893, is cheerily located at Norwood, one of Cincinnati's liveliest suburbs. He has a wife, a good business and is happy.
The most substantial good will is again in hand from Dr. George Covert E. M. I. 1854, of Clinton, Wis. He has been at the head of eclecticism in his state for years. He is helping us finely with National affairs.
Dr. P. W. WELKER E. M. I. 1875, still does a rushing business at Alliance, Ohio. He is the embodiment of success.
DR. P. W. EMENS, of 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse, N. Y., still is the successful physician he has been for some time. We congratulate
Dr. G. M. SWEPTSON E. M. I. 1890, has an excellent business at McArthur, Ohio. He will join the Ohio State Society at Put-in-Buy in July.
Drs. SOPHIA C. Davis and Lily M. Norrell are doing nicely in practice at 821 Broad St., Augusta, Georgia.
We see in the Morgan County Democrat of February 28th, a very interesting account of “The Devil's Tea-Table”-a picturesque, historical rock, near McConnellsville, Ohio, by Dr. H. L. True, of that city, The doctor is well versed in Natural History-especially Botany and Fungi. He is a man who has lived with his eyes open.
DR. JNO. H. HUFF, E. M. I. 1885, of Vanceburg, has just been appointed superintendent of the Institute for the Feeble Minded, at Frankfort, Ky. He is an ex-senator of Kentucky. The GLEANER congratulates him, heartily.
We are glad to hear that Dr. C. Edwin Miles of Boston, Mass., has nearly completed his second year as a member and president of the State Board of Massachusetts. We'd suggest to the Governor that a better successor could hardly be found than Doctor Miles himself. His eclectic friends are satisfied with him.
DR. J. B. DAKIN, of Mason City, one of the best known physicians and surgeons of northern Iowa, died at his home March 2. His sudden death was caused by blood poisoning. It casts a pall of gloom over the entire community. He located here in 1869 and has been in continuous practice since. In 1855 he commenced the study of medicine, attending a course of lectures at the Eclectic Medical College at Cincinnati. In 1860-1861 he enlisted in the Seventy-second Illinois volunteers at the breaking out of the war, and served to its close. He completed his med. ical studies in 1866. He has served as mayor of the city, and for a num. ber of years was a member of the board of supervisors. He was a thirty-two degree Mason belonging to the Indianapolis Consistory.
Drs. BRIGGS AND KETCHUM formally opened their new Private Hospital for the exclusive treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, at Oak Cliff, near Dallas, Texas, March ioth. The GLEANER wishes them unlooked for success. Dr. Ketchum is E. M. I. 1882.
DR. L. W. HARVEY, E. M. I. 1882, is located at Marshfield, O. The GLEANER sends him greetings and good wishes.
DR. W. F. HAZELTON, St. Clere, Kas., can locate three good eclectics in his state, if they want a good paying country practice, one in a town of 500; good school, churches and railroad; nothing to buy. One in a cross roads, postoffice, two stores, good flour mill, about twenty families; twelve miles from railroad; nothing to buy. One in a like place; no mill, good store shops, etc. Will introduce man. Will sell office, etc., cheap. Would require about $200-cash and $200 in two years. Address him with stamp.
DR. B. F. BEAM, of El Dorado, Ohio, can direct a good man or two, to excellent openings in village practice. Write him.
DR. WOOD FULTON E. M. I. 1894, is doing finely. His business last year was surprisingly productive. The ducats therefrom are plentiful indeed. He is at New Castle, Pa. People "carry coals to New Castle," and lay them at Dr. Wood Fulton's feet.
DR. J. H. HORTON, Rochester--1852—of Cloquet, Mion., touches us up agreeably for 1896. Success and long life to you, Dr. H.
We are pleased to know Dr. A. Z. Brown of Guilford, Kas. trust that our acquaintance will be mutually pleasant and profitable.
DR. W. B. ALEXANDER, whose success at Archie, Mo., is surprising and unsurpassed, now graces the GLEANER list. Thanks, Dr.
DR. C. H. HUBBARD, the successful physician of Hickman, Tenn., has joined the GLEANER's grand army. We greet you cheerily, Dr.
DR. J. L. SMITH E. M. I. 1878, continues on in his ever successful way at Hoagland, Ind. He is still a member of the U. S. Pension Board at Ft. Wayne. He says, "Specific medication as taught at the fountain head knocks every time.” He is r-i-g.b-t-right.
A PLEASING letter is before us from Dr. E. W. Magann, of Tickfaw, La. We thank him for kind words.
A PLEASANT letter and the subject of a paper for the National are before us from Dr. M. A. Carriker, E. M. I., 1885, the wide-awake physician of Nebraska City, Neb. He is going with us to Portland in June.
DR. JOHN BROADBENT, of 40 Lower Flat, Eastern Market, Bourke St., in faraway Melbourne, Australia, is a fast friend of the GLEANER, His 4 shilling 2 pence note comes to us regularly. Doctor, we appreciate your friendship.
THE GLEANER is now in direct touch with Dr. G. W. Corman, that enterprising physician of Paris, Ark.
DR. C. G. McKINLEY, E. M. I., 1884, "is whooping 'em up" at a very lively rate in and around Jamesport, Mo. He's a hustler.
DR. C. S. WILMUTH E. M. I. 1894, is doing about all the business he can attend to, at Noblesville, Ind.