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THE Esculapian Club held its regular monthly meeting at the Hotel Touraine, Thursday evening, February 16, with Dr. Julius U'llman as host. Dr. F. S. Hoffman presented a paper on Nephrolithiasis.
The Buffalo Academy of Medicine held meetings during the month of February, 1905, as follows:
Section on Surgery.—Tuesday evening, February 7. Program: (a) Time as an element in abdominal surgery, Vaurice H. Richardson, Boston ; (b) Classic art in medicine and surgery, lantern exhibit, Roswell Park.
Section on Medicine.—Tuesday evening, February 14. Program: The need of a medical library in Buffalo, William C. Krauss, (by request).
The American Anti-Tuberculosis League will hold its next annual meeting at Atlanta, Ga., April 17-19, 1905, under the presidency of Dr. George Brown, of Atlanta, who is the executive officer and to whom all communications should be addressed.
COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL NOTES.
Dr. William G. Bissell, bacteriologist of the department of health, is delivering a laboratory course on clinical bacteriology at the dental school laboratory, University of Buffalo, 25 Goodrich street, Tuesday and Saturday evenings, at 8.30. The course began February 14, and will last six weeks. The fee is $15.00.
The governors of the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital announce that Dr. L. Duncan Bulkley will give a special course of four lectures on The relation of diseases of the skin to internal disorders in the Out-Patient Hall of the hospital on Wednesday afternoons, at 4.15 o'clock, commencing March 1, 1905. The course will be free to the medical profession.
L'NIVERSITY day at the University of Buffalo was celebrated by public exercises at the Star Theater at which Professor Adelbert Moot, of the department of law, presided and delivered a short address on the progress made and making by the university. Professor Roswell Park, department of medicine, chairman of the committee on academic extension, read an interesting report; then the principal address of the day was delivered by the Rev. Charles C. Albertson, of Rochester, who took for his subject, Washington and Lincoln-a comparison. Music was furnished by the L'. of B. Glee and Mandolin clubs. The students were present 700 strong, and friends of the university crowded the theater to its capacity. Altogether, it was a dignified and interesting occasion.
A TREATISE ON Bright's DISEASE AND DIABETES, with ESPECIAL REFER
ENCE TO PATHOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS. By JAMES Tyson, M.D., Professor of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania. Second edition, illustrated. Octavo, 381 pages. Including a section on the Ocular Changes in Bright's Disease and in Diabetes, by G. E. de Schweinitz, Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Company. 1904. (Price, $4.00.)
Vearly a quarter of a century ago Tyson wrote a book on Bright's disease and diabetes. Although at the time there were many excellent treatises on the subject, this was the work of a master and was received as such. For almost fifteen years prior to the writing of the book Dr. Tyson's work had been largely in the direction suggested by his subject and his rich clinical experience made him one of the authorities of the day.
Since then, very naturally, there has been vast progress in all directions and Bright's disease and diabetes have not been slighted in investigative work, even though the pathologic and etiologic status of diabetes is still in an unsettled state.
Recently Tyson undertook a revision of his book and it is now issued.—a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature of the subjects dealt with. The new work is much broader in scope and much larger than the original, modest masterpiece, and a great deal of valuable material has been added. There are colored plates, original with Tyson, showing the principal forms of Bright's disease, with drawings illustrative of their histology. There are new sections on acute interstitial nephritis, and on the dietetic management of Bright's. The symptomatology of diabetes is clearly set forth; so clearly and in so masterly a manner that one must be inexcusable for error, after even a casual reading of this chapter.
In considering diet in diabetes, there are given analyses of various foods, especially as regards the carbohydrate constituents; and this is particularly valuable, because they are quite independent of the brass-band claims of manufacturers. All of which is interesting and safe to follow.
Another new section of the utmost importance, is that concerning the ocular manifestations of Bright's disease and diabetes, prepared by George E. de Schweinitz and illustrated by colored plates of eye grounds from his own cases.
There is one chapter which will be recognised by those who had the good fortune to read the earlier work. Dr. Tyson has retained almost in its entirety the section on kidney histology.
Aside from the masterly manner in which the subjects are handled, the book is enriched by the presentation of cases from Dr. Tyson's wide experience. These present clinical pictures of vivid type, simple in language, scientifically succinct and unembarrassed by senseless suggestion, or threadbare theory. The book is one of the rarities of latter day medical publication, in that it may be reviewed but not criticised. It is the best work on the subjects now before the profession.
N. W. W.
SAUNDERS'S MEDICAL HAND-ATLASES, ATLAS AND EPITOME OF GENERAL
PATHOLOGIC Histology. By Dr. H. DURCK, Munich. Edited, with additions, by Ludvig oen, M.D., Professor of Pathology, Rush Medical College, Chicago. With 172 colored figures on 77 lithographic plates, 36 text-cuts, many in colors, and 371 pages of text. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Company. 1904. (Cloth, $5.00 net.)
Judged from purely artistic standpoints this latest issue of Saunders's series of atlases is one of the most exquisitely finished publications ever turned out. In the reviews of previous volumes of these handbooks especial mention has been made of the uniform excellence of the illustrative features, upon which much time and thought have been spent. Every detail of the subject under consideration has been brought forth and, however brilliant and learned the text, the illustrations have been the chief value of each book. Without them the volumes would be merely well-written essays upon a special subject. So, too, would be the atlas of general pathologic histology,-a most learned presentation, clear, concise, understandable; but with the illustrations it becomes even more; it is rather a complete laboratory course with every pathologic condition, shown just as clearly, just as "lifelike," as if one were examining the freshly-prepared specimen under a microscope.
In this, as in previous volumes, there is painstaking avoidance of exhaustive critical consideration. The many fads and fancies which find place in all branches are carefully ignored and only that is presented which is helpful and instructive, and in just the lucid manner which marked the previously issued volumes on special pathologic histology. The illustrations, numbering 176 in colors on 80 lithographic plates, and 36 figures in black and white, are from original specimens and everything has been sacrificed, time and money,--to secure absolute fidelity in reproduction of the original water colors, and the result is marvelously beautiful, some of the plates combining 26 colors for the perfect reproduction and the demonstration of minute microscopic detail.
Dr. Hektoen has done an excellent work in editing the volume and has added much valuable material. There is no work on gen
eral pathologic histology published in the English language which can be compared with this or even approach it in any of its phases.
N. W. W.
MANUAL OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND CLINICAL CHEMISTRY. By Elias H. Bart
LEY, M.D., Ph.G., Professor of Chemistry, Toxicology and Pediatrics in the Long Island College Hospital. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Duodecimo, 188 pages. Illustrated. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Company. 1904. (Price, $1.00.)
The author of this manual thinks chemical teaching should be directed to the purpose of aiding pupils in training in the science of prevention, or the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and should consist therefore, in presenting the fundamental principles and their application to the foregoing purpose. This application of the science of chemistry he rightfully groups under the name of Clinical Chemistry. This forms the subject matter of a manual, which is the outgrowth of twenty years of teaching in the Long Island College Hospital, and is presented in a most attractive manner in the book now before us.
This second edition having been revised, is made to include such new processes as deserve recognition, some being original. As now arranged and offered the book constitutes one of the best working manuals yet printed on clinical chemistry.
LEA's SERIES OF MEDICAL EPITOMES. TOXICOLOGY. By EDWIN WELLES
Dwight, M.D., Instructor in Legal Medicine, Harvard University. Duodecimo, 298 pages. Series edited by V. C. Pedersen, V.D., Instructor in Surgery at the New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital. New York, Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Company. 1904. (Price, $1.00.)
It is important that every physician who makes any pretense of medical practice, general or special, shall keep himself well prepared to deal with cases of poisoning ; also, that every student shall pay diligent heed to the subject that he may be able to cope with emergencies. This epitome. will serve to prepare the latter and to refresh the former, keeping both in touch with life-saving and curative methods. It is one of the most important books in this series, and is thoroughly well written.
DISEASES OF THE Nose, THROAT AND EAR AND THEIR ACCESSORY CAVITIES.
By Seth Scott Bishop, M.D., Professor of Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear in the Illinois Medical College. Third edition, revised and enlarged. Illustrated, including 94 colored lithographs. Octavo, 564 pages. Philadelphia : F. A. Davis Company. 1904. (Price : cloth, $4.00; sheep or half-russia, $5.00 net.)
Several improvements in methods and new apparatus for the treatment of nose and throat affections have prompted a new edition of this well-known treatise and a consequent revision of much of the text. As it now stands it represents the practice of laryngology, rhinology, otology and accessory organs related more or less intimately to these fields, in its most modern fashion. We have on previous occasions, as the several editions have appeared, spoken in favorable terms of Bishop's book, and we now desire to add that it is a condensed, practical treatise which meets the demands of students, practitioners and such physicians as are contemplating the special practice of diseases of the upper air tract.
SAUNDERS'S QUESTION COMPENDS. ESSENTIALS OF BACTERIOLOGY. By M.
V. Ball, M.D., formerly Resident Physician at the German Hospital, Philadelphia. Fifth edition, revised. By Karl M. Vogel, M.D., Assistant Pathologist at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Duodecimo, 343 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Company. 1904. ($1.00 net.)
The changes in this topic which have been many and sometimes radical within even a few years, have rendered revision necessary; hence, in this fourth edition of a most useful compend, we find new material relating to advances in tuberculosis, yellow fever, dysentery, bubonic plague, and other infectious diseases, as well as immunity and some other topics. The book well represents the status of bacteriology today, which in the nature of things is changeable and ever changing.
SURGERY OF THE PROSTRATE, PANCREAS, DIAPHRAGM, SPLEEN, THYROID, AND
HYDROCEPHALUS. A Historical Review. By BENJAMIN MERRILL RICKETTS, M.D., Cincinnati. 1904.
This book is a large octavo printed in double columns, much of it in six-point type and contains 244 pages. It is a reference digest of all available literature, relating to the surgery of the prostate, pancreas, diaphragm, spleen, thyroid, and hydrocephalus, including a recent monograph by the author on the latter subject. It will be observed that it is a work of great value to surgeons, teachers, and writers in particular, though it is useful to any person interested in the literature of these topics. It represents an enormous outlay of time and labor, not to speak of money.
SAUNDERS’E QUESTION COMPENDS EssentiALS OF NERVOUS DISEASES AND
INSANITY; THEIR SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT. By John C. Shaw, M. D., late Clinical Professor of Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System, Long Island College Hospital Medical School. Fourth edition, revised. By Smith Ely Jelliffe, M.D., Clinical Assistant, Columbia University. Duodecimo, 196 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia, New York, London: W. B. Saunders & Company. 1904. ($1.00 net.)
It is not an easy task to condense the subjects of nervous diseases and insanity into a practical compend. The topics are complex and they are not as susceptible of abridgment or epitomisation as are many medical branches. Nevertheless, we think the