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Love, St. Louis, Mo.; J. B. Cowan, Tullahoma, Tenn.; E. B. Ward, Selma, Ala.; J. M. Head, Zebulon, Ga.; Jno. L. Howell, Knoxville, Tenn.; C. S. Briggs, Nashville, Tenn.; J. N. Masters, Knoxville, Tenn.; Richard Douglass, Nashville, Tenn.

The officers of the society are as follows: President, Dr. W.E.B. Davis, Rome, Ga.; Vice-Presidents, Drs. D. H. Howell, J. C. Shapard, J. P. Stewart; Secretary, Frank Trester Smith, M.D., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Treasurer, B. S. Wert, M.D.; Recorder, W. L. Gahagan, M.D.; Counselors, Drs. J. B. Murfree, A. B. Frix, John E. Purdon, G. W. Drake, J. W. Clements, and E. T. Camp.


Editor Memphis Medical MonthlyI appeal to readers of the Monthly for a cure of morphine habit. J. B. GREEN, M.D.

Sibley, La., June, 1892.

There is great diversity of opinion in regard to the treatment of the opiomaniac—not only in regard to aid by means of substitution, gradation of potations, medication, etc., but as to the necessity for moral influences and restraints. like Dr. Green, would like to hear from any who have such cases to treat. While awaiting replies, and hoping a number of such will be handed in before the Monthly goes to press for July, we would suggest that no better treatment can be had than is afforded at some institution where the moral as well as the mental and physical system may receive appropriate attention. Such an institution is presented by the Oxford Retreat, Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. SimThe applicant's questions and answers to the medical board of examiners reminds me of a medical student that graduated on a six weeks course at one of the medical schools of Tennessee. When he got home with his sheepskin sticking in and out of his pocket, and was asked to give the diameters of the female pelvis, he gave the right and left anteroposterior as two of the diameters. Now with whom rests the responsibility of this man taking into his hands the life of his fellow man and the good women of the country? Curve, Tenn., May 20, 1892.


MARRIED. SMITH-POWELL.-On the 23d of March, Dr. G. M. Smith of Lafayette Springs, Miss., was married to Miss C. J. Powell of Sarepta, Miss.

Dr. Smith is an alumnus of the Memphis Hospital Medical College—session 1890–91. The accomplished bride graduated from the Buena Vista College at the close of the session 1891. The Monthly offers congratulations and wishes the couplethe one now-a happy and prosperous life.

NECROLOGICAL. DR. A. M. Wilhite of Paluxya, Texas, died of pneumonia, April 6, 1892.

Dr. Wilhite was a graduate of the Memphis Hospital Medical College-session 1890–91. He came to Memphis from Alabama, but after graduation located as above. We are pained to record the loss of one so promising. No man had more of the kindly feeling of those with whom he was surrounded, either at his old home, in Texas, or in Memphis, than young Wilhite.

In Memory of Prof. T. G. Richardson, M.D.

New ORLEANS, LA., May 30, 1892. The following resolutions were this day unanimously adopted by the faculty :

WHEREAS, Prof. T. G. Richardson, M.D., was called to New Orleans as a citizen by the medical department of the Tulane University of Louisiana, and continued his connection therewith from April 19, 1858, until severed by death, May 26, 1892, and having given to the medical department thirty-one years of active service, fourteen years as professor of anatomy, seventeen years as professor of surgery, and twenty of these years as dean; and having also given during the last three years of his retirement from active service the most convincing proofs of his great devotion to the present and future welfare of the medical department,

Resolved, That Prof. Richardson, endowed by nature with physical, mental and moral superiority, was pre-eminently distinguished for his culture and skill as surgeon and physician,

which gained for him national reputation and rendered him one of the most instructive and popular of medical teachers; for exceptional scientific attainments, which, while broadening his views of nature's God, left him none the less firm in his Christian faith; for his courage and patriotism in war and his benevolence and philanthropy in peace; for his moderation and wisdom in council, and for his zeal and ability in executive administration ; for his inflexible devotion to truth, honor and duty; for the strength of his friendships in adversity as in prosperity, and for the fidelity, tenderness and devotion given to his beloved and honored wife.

Resolved, That by the death of this strong, wise and good man the medical department has lost its most valued friend and counselor; the medical profession its most honored representative in New Orleans; the State of Louisiana a citizen unsurpassed for patriotism and for worth; his friends a heart to love and a hand to help them, and his wife and family one who has left precious memories of a loving, virtuous and noble life.

Resolved, That at the next annual commencement, April 5, 1893, memorial addresses upon the life and services of Prof. T. G. Richardson, M.D., shall be delivered.


DIGITALIS AND STROPHANTHUS.-Dr. James Little writes the Birmingham Medical News a very practical paper on the use of these remedies and concludes as follows:

1. That digitalis is the better drug of the two because it is more frequently useful.

2. If slowing and steadying of the heart has been produced . by digitalis, it is well to keep up its action by occasional doses.

3. There are some patients whom digitalis sickens, and a smaller number in which it seems to fail to bring about an increase in the force of the heart. Under these circumstances strophanthus may prove itself useful. Patients who have widespread thickening of their smaller arteries are sometimes benefited much more by strophanthus than by digitalis.

4. Strophanthus is much more rapid in its action, but is not suitable for prolonged use.

He has also found that bromide of potassium in small doses, given twice or thrice a day, sometimes serves to quiet disturbed cardiac innervation.

THERMOPALPATION.- In the Deutsche medicinische Wochen . schrift Fritz describes, under the above term, a means of diagnosis by palpating the human skin for variations of temperature. He employs nothing but his hand, without apparatus or any preparation whatever, and not only demarcates the boundaries of healthy organs as definitely as could be done by percussion, but in diseases of the lungs succeeds in thoroughly defining their locality and extent. The integumentary covering over organs containing air has higher temperature than that over solid ones ; thus a greater sensation of warmth is communicated by touching the region of the lungs than by feeling that of the heart or liver. Equally so is there a heatdifference perceptible in the region over the intestines, compared with that over the spleen or liver. The warmer and cooler regions are separated from each other by sharply distinct boundary lines, and changes in volume of an organ are manifested by corresponding changes in the tegumentary thermal boundaries. The author uses the tips of bis fingers, lightly pressing them upon and gently drawing them over the skin, or he employs the dorsal surfaces of the first and second phalanges; on large surfaces, as the back, he uses the entire palmar surface. He advises using both hands in the beginning to facilitate perception, as for instance in determining the boundaries of the heart. He has the patient stand before him, stroking his left side with the right and the right side with his left, from above downward. Inasmuch as the sensation of coolness seems but momentary and the feeling of comparative warmth slowly increases under palpation, the rule is to stroke from the warmer part to cooler parts. Hence to map out the heart's outlines, the author advises stroking from the warmer pulmonary region toward the cooler cardiac space. Thus Fritz precisely defines the boundaries of the organs. In pulmonary affections he finds :

1. That phthisis, even in its incipiency, can be diagnosed, because the skin over the infiltrated region appears cooler than elsewhere. This lower temperature is uncommonly distinct over cavities, whether empty or filled, and the diagnosis is easily made;

2. Over pleurisy with recent exudation, the lower temper

ature is very distinct, as the exudate lies upon lung containing air; as yet, it has not been possible to fix its height.

3. In pneumonia, the recently inflamed lung is warmer than the normal lung and decidedly warmer than the lung in the stage of grey hepatization. Thus, if in pneumonia the skin over the region of dullness and bronchial respiration is equally cool, it indicates that the inflammatory process is arrested; but if one part of the skin over the region of dullness is warmer than the rest, it signifies that the inflammation is still progressing.

DIPHTHERIA CAUTERIZATION WITH ZINC CHLORIDE. Wil. helmy (Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift, No. 5, 1892) employed the treatment mentioned below during the past twelve years with excellent results in nearly 100 cases. As early as possible he destroys the foci of infection by cauterization with a 20 per cent. solution of zinc chloride. This he paints with a few strokes as rapidly as possible, on every part of the tonsils, pillars of the fauces, and posterior faucal wall. He lays stress upon the details of his method : Take a denticulated forceps 18 centimeters long, its grasping extremity bent on the edge; with this forceps grasp a flat layer of wadding, about 3 inches wide by eight inches long, and wrap it tightly around the bent tip of the forceps, making a curved roll of such thickness as will conveniently serve to wipe the faucal space. Its curvature will facilitate easily and safely reaching the posterior surfaces of the pillars of the fauces and of the tonsils. Depress the tongue with a hinged spatula which opens at an angle of 125°, and, to secure a firm hold, grasp the patient's chin with the middle finger of the left hand. Wiping the parts energetically brings away large masses of the pseudo-membrane adhering to the cotton. The author says that in no case did the membranes extend after this treatment; and that neither the larynx nor the nostrils were invaded. Wilhelmy urges, as a most important condition, that this treatment be employed very early in the disease.

To alleviate the pain following this operation he gives his patient bits of ice or ice water to swallow, or, when required, applies an ice-pack to the throat. The pain passes off in

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