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ask the question: "Has prescribing become sist in doing it, however. Think of it all a lost art ?”—Dr. W. J. Gillette, in Phila. day, whatever you are doing--shut your Med. Jour.
mouth. Breathe through your nose. Keep
thinking about it until you have formed MENTAL FATIGUE IN SCHOOL CHILDREN the habit. It requires quite an effort at
It has been for a long time generally first. Lazy people had better not try it. supposed that the work done by children Some people are too lazy to breathe anyin school during a session makes them less how. They go around with their mouth able to perform mental labor after that open like a fish. Keep your mouth shut. session--that, in other words, the child Breathe through your nose. - Medical Talk, becomes mentally fatigued by the long February, 1902. hours and hard tasks of the school room. To what extent this supposition is based
ONE ON THE PROFESSOR. on fact has been made the subject of a An eminent gentleman, now deceased, considerable body of research on the part took occasion in one of his lectures to his of psychologists in recent years. The lat students to compare the results of the soest results, those of Dr. Thorndyke (Psych- called "regular" and homeopathic schools ological Review, November, 1900), are in the treatment of a certain disease which unexpected and rather startling. He says: had recently been quite prominent. The “Ninety-five per cent of the decrease in statistics were against the "regulars,'' as mental work is due to a feeling of bore- they usually are, and it naturally was indom on the part of the student, and good cumbent upon the doctor to say something teaching is the cure for it.” He adds: “explanatory." Dramatically, he closed
“The great burden of the child (and of his remarks by saying, in effect: “But do many of us grown children) is not doing not be led, by these figures, into the conthings that are hard, or that hurt, but clusion that it was homeopathic medicine doing things that are stupid and sickening that accomplished this good result, for I and without worth to us."— Medical Talk, tell you it was their 'nursing' that did it." February, 1902.
Quite as dramatically, one of his students
clapped his note-book shut and said: “Then SHUT YOUR MOUTH.
I'm going to be a nurse.”—Montreal HomeShut your mouth. Breathe through opathic Record. your nose. Never allow yourself, unless positively necessary, to breathe through
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE. your mouth. The nose is made to breathe Just as the excesses and tyranny of the through. It is provided with hairs to sift dominant church in France made the conthe dust out of the air. It is provided with ditions that necessarily produced the awwarming plates to temper the air (turbin- ful immediate consequences of the revoluated bones). It is provided with apparatus tion, and the skepticism that has continued for furnishing moisture to the air. All of rampant; so the obstinate persistence of this is quite essential before the air, is the medical profession in senseless drugdrawn into the lungs.
ging will augment the number of those Breathe through the nose. Shut your who will entirely dispense with the sermouth. Man is a talking animal. He vices of the physician and become intoltalks so much he forgets how to breathe erant of medical practice. through his nose. In singing, also, it is It is said of those who become estranged impossible not to breathe through the from the medical profession that they will mouth.
ultimately pay the penalty - in seeking A good brisk walk in the morning, com- ignorance instead of learning for the relief pelling yourself to breathe through the of suffering and disease. In some respects nose, is an excellent hygienic practice. this statement is founded upon truth, but At first it will be difficult to do so. Per in the main it is self-laudatory, vain, and
strikes wide of the mark. In an introduc- active, an hour or so of application is suffitory lecture, a professor of pathology, in cient to produce such a mental fatigue as Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, to lead at the end of the afternoon lesson once truly said that nature tended so to the worst work of the day. The mornstrongly in the direction of health that ning's work consumes the mental energy people had only to observe the most ele- of the children without fatigue, but aftermentary laws of hygiene to get well and noon work in addition cannot be long carstay well. Every educated physician who ried on without inducing this condition. — possesses anything like a true comprehen- The Hospital. sion of the laws of hygiene and sanitary science is fully aware that the Chicago
INTERESTING. pathologist told the naked truth most In the “Revue de Psychology” for July succinctly. It is, therefore, apparent that Dr. Sikorsky says that the ordinary explaif those who hoist the "no doctor” flag nation of the vivacity of infants, as due to will betake themselves to the study and the great irritability of their nervous practice of the laws of health each may systems, is inadequate. He says that while get along many years without the need of the subcortical centres are completely a physician. It is also apparent that if the developed, the development of the cereprofession desire to alienate as few as bral cortex is only partly completed, so that possible from the medical profession it is every impulse, coming from the sense orvery desirable to reduce the dosage, and ans, meets great obstacles in the unnot indulge the giving of poisons in poison developed cortex and is thus discharged, ous doses. - Editorial, Medical Arena, Jan for the most part, in the sub-cortical cenuary, 1902.
ters; another way of saying that a child's
activities are largely reflex. MENTAL FATIGUE IN CHILDREN. In the same article he gives a novel exAn interesting investigation has been planation of the lack of expression in the carried out by Dr. Joseph Bellei as to the eyes of idiots. He says when even close relations between the daily instruction attention is given to an object the eyes given in the schools and the mental fatigue
are not quiet, but have instants of movethat is thereby caused. He used six pas
ment, connected by instants of almost sages for dictation, of about equal diffi- complete rest. The eye thus ranges from culty, and gave the first to the children at one point of an object to another. In pho9 A. M., when school commenced; the tography, the moments of rest are represecond at 10 A. M., the end of the first les sented on the plate by luminous points. son hour; the third at 11 A. M., the end In photographs of idiots and general paraof the second lesson hour; the fourth lytics these points are not present, proving at 11:45 A. M. immediately before the that the eyes are constantly in motion, luncheon hour and mid-day rest: the fifth without any intervals of rest. It is easy at 12:45 P. M., when school was resumed to see then that no point of an object is for the afternoon, and the sixth at 2 P. M.,
well defined on the retina and that conduring the last half hour of lessons. He sequently idiots and general paralytics then examined the results as to the num- are incapakle of seeing any object clearly. ber of mistakes in these exercises at the different hours. From these he concludes
MORE INTERESTING. that the morning lessons do not produce A bill aimed at faith and other cures in great mental fatigue, that the mid-day which regular medicinal aid is not invoked rest is of great use, and has not the dis- as applied to children passed the House advantage of a long rest in inducing a this afternoon. It was introduced by state of inattention on resuming work, Demuth, of Lucas. Whoever wilfully deand that, although immediately after the prives any sick child under the age of sixmid - day rest the mental condition is teen years of the services of a physician licensed to practice medicine in this State “sick.” He said trouble might be made is subjected to a fine of from $10 to $200, for parents who did not think it necessary or imprisonment for six months, or both to call a physician for trivial sickness or by its provisions.
accidents. The supporters of the bill said It provoked some oratory. Mr. Cain, of there was no intention to have it so conMorgan-Noble, himself a physician, said: strued and the amendment was defeated. "We want no Dowieites or faith curists The bill passed by a large majority. practicing medicine in this State. Parents The osteopaths got excited after the bill or guardians who endanger the lives of had passed. They are wondering if the children should be sent to the penitentiary. obligation to call a "physician licensed to This traffic in human life must be practice medicine in Ohio" will not bar stopped.”
them from treating children under sixMiddleswarts offered an amendment teen.- Cleveland Plain Dealer. February 13. substituting the words "seriously ill" for
San Jose, Cal., Feb. 13, 1902. Hudson D. Bishop, M. D., Cleveland, Ohio.
Dear Doctor :-Enclosed find one dollar in stamps for the REPORTER for 1902. I wish you and Dr. Horner every success, and hope you will stir up every alumnus so that they will meet with the Institute next June. Every one that can possibly get away should do so. I have not attended the Institute for a number of years, but shall make a special effort to go this year, with the hope that every one of my old classmates, that are living, will be there, and all the teachers.
Let us make it a grand reunion of all the Alumni of the C. H. H. C.
Yours for success,
Wm. E. Keith, Class '75.
Medina, Ohio, March 5, 1902. Dear Doctor: At the last meeting of the Northeastern Ohio Homeopathic Medical Society, a committee was appointed to investigate the wrongs that exist in regard to the appointment, almost exclusively, of Allopathic physicians as medical examiners by old-line insurance companies. A circular letter was sent out to the presidents of 35 old-line insurance companies. We received answers from 23 of them. While most of them were courteous in their answers, and a few of them claimed to be employing some Homeopathic physicians, yet most of them evaded the real question at issue by saying, "We aim to employ the best men, regardless of schools." But the best man in their judgment, or by their favoritism, is almost invariably an Allopathic physician.
We have rights in this matter that should and must be respected. To whom shall we look if we do not try to right these wrongs, doctor? You can help do this in this way: If at any time you should apply for insurance in an old-line company, insist and demand that you be examined by a physician of your own school ; and, as far as it lies in your power, try to influence your patients who may in the future take out insurance, to follow the example set by yourself.
Doctor, in doing this we are asking nothing that does not rightfully belong to us.
We trust you will read these two letters carefully; and then, without delay, write an answer, giving your views of the matter, and stating
Elsie, Mich., March 3, 1902. Kent B. Waite, M. D., Cleveland, Ohio.
Dear Doctor : If you know of any one in the class of 1902 “looking for a good opening," would be pleased to have you hand them this let ter. I wish to dispose of my property and out fit, and will turn over my practice, which runs over $3,000 per year, in a nice little town of 1200 inhabitants, county thickly settled, and good pay. I am the only homeopath within 12 miles. Any good man can have all he can attend to. The roads are good and the country level as a floor. I would like to correspond with someone having money enough to buy property. Respectfully and fraternally,
D. F. BROWN,
that you will give us your most cordial and hearty support in righting these wrongs. Don't delay, as we want your answer to help make out our report to present to the society which meets next month in the city of Akron. Be present if possible at this meeting and help
discuss this most important subject. Direct your letter to the Chairman of this Committee, Willard B. Croft, M. D., Medina, Ohio. Signed: WILLARD B. CROFT, M. D. C. E. House, M. D.,
pathic physician-and bis wife-to meet in Cleveland this summer with the American Institute of Homeopathy.
GAIUS J. JONES, M. D., Chairman Local Committee.
THE LOCAL COMMITTEE OF THE
AMERICAN INSTITUTE. All arrangements are rapidly completing for making the meetings of the American Institute of Homeopathy in Cleveland a success long to be remembered. The local profession welcomes every member, and promises that in the matter of hotels, railways, entertainments and the like, no disappointment will be experi. enced. Every promise heretofore made will be fulfilled. One of the principal features of the week's meeting will be the coming together of the various college alumni forming a grand College Alumni Association, who will have special rooms assigned them in the Hollenden Hotel, and, on one evening, be given the large Assembly Room in the hotel for the “round up" with general jollification, music, singing and speeches. On another evening a reception, ball, and banquet will be given at the Colonial Club, on Euclid avenue. The usual first night opening session, addresses of welcome, President's address, etc., will be held in the Chamber of Commerce Building, where all the meetings of the Institute will be held. The Memorial Exercises are also suitably provided for.
On Saturday the Erie Railway has tendered an excursion to Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, where the visitors will be the guests of the Hotel Rider. During June Cleveland is famed for its beautiful weather and its cool sleeping nights. It is justly called the “Forest City" with its miles and miles of paved and shaded streets, for driving, walking and bicycling; a boulevard system connecting its many beautiful parks and waterways, and an unparalled system of trolley lines. The meeting place and the hotels are adjacent and in the very heart of the city, accessible to the railways, places of amusement, the principal stores and points of interest. A cordial and most hearty welcome is extended to every homeo
March 6th, 1902. Dear Doctor :- The following is a list of the various chairmen of the bureaus to be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of the Minnesota Institute of Homeopathy : 1. Electro-Therapeutics, Bessie P. Haines,
Minneapolis. 2. Skin and Venereal Diseases, P. A. Hig
bee, Minneapolis. 3. Medical Jurisprudence, Mr. Bannon, St.
Paul. 4. Anatomy, Pathology and Histology, A.
E. Comstock, St. Paul. 5. Clinical Medicine, 0. H Hall, St. Paul. 6. Obstetrics, B. H. Ogden, St. Paul. 7. Materia Medica, G. E. Clark, Stillwater. 8. Sanitary Science, Henry Hutchinson, St.
Paul. 9. Science of Homeopathy, Thos. Lowe,
Slayton, Minnesota. 10. Surgery, W. S. Briggs, St. Paul, Minn. 11. Gynæcology, Cora Smith Eaton, Minne
apolis, Minn. 12. Mental and Nervous Diseases, Henry
M. Pollock, Fergus Falls. 13. Diseases of Children, L. E. Penney, St.
Paul, Minn. 14. Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat, E. L. Mann,
St. Paul, Minn. If your name is not on the list and you have not already selected the subject for a paper, please communicate your preference to the proper chairman and proceed to get your subject well in hand.
If a chairman writes you requesting your aid in his work, please answer promptly and favorably if possible, that in case you are unable to
comply he may not lose time in securing a substitute. These are seemingly small matters, yet if they are carefully observed will facilitate and greatly promote the success of the meet ing, May 21-22-23, next. The time remaining is short and the chairmen of bureaus should have the title of papers ready for the secretary in time for publication by May ist. HENRY C. ALDRICH, Sec'y, 608 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.
H. M. LUFKIN, Pres. Germania Life Bldg., St. Paul, Minn
The February meeting of the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical Society was held at Stranahan's Cafe, Friday evening, March 28th, 1902. The following program was arranged for the meeting : “The Management of Breach Presentation."
John C. Sanders, M. D.
H. Pomeroy, M. D. "The Management of Shoulder Presentation."
Henry D. Champlin, M. D.
H. W. Richmond, M. D.
Dr. Wende believes that second-hand deal. ers should be carefully inspected to prevent a spread of tubercular germs. He also advise the general use of public abbattoirs in cities, so that all meat can be the more carefully inspected. Dairymen he would require to have state licenses that would only be given after a careful examination of the cows, the dairy buildings and the men who handle the milk. He also suggests that the health department keep data, showing the health conditions of all sections of a city and giving information that would be valuable to house hunters.
"Nothing is more terrible than the thought of a family innocently being located in a house infected with disease germs,” said Dr. Wende. "If the health department kept itself posted on all houses there would be no danger of this."
“I think there is no good reason why the state should not adopt the same steps in handling tuberculosis as it does in its characterization of lunacy.
The modern long rubber tube nursing bottle came in for its share of condemnation, the doctor pronouncing it an incubator for disease germs and bacilli. In Buffalo their sale and use is prohibited.
THE CLEVELAND MEDICAL SOCIETY.
Dr. Ernest F. Wende, at the March meeting delivered an address on “Municipal Sanita. tion.” It was replete with good points, the doctor being fully competent to discuss the subject, as he is an acknowledged expert on municipal health regulations. He devoted a large part of his talk to the theme of tuberculosis. He believes that the health department of a city should have a registration of all consumptives and that owners or lessees of property where consumptives dwell should be required by law to disinfect it thoroughly. Spit. ting in public, the doctor declared, should be strictly prohibited and disinfectants should be more generally used in public places. The immigration of consumptives should be prohibited and a public sanitarium should be provided for all tubercular patients in the larger cities. The state should also enact legislation providing for the care of these patients as they would care for persons afflicted with lunacy.
The regular meeting of the Ohio Valley Homeopathic Medical Society was held on Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 1902, at 2 p. m., eastern standard time, at the offices of Drs. H. & A. A. Roberts, of Wellsburg, W.Va. The regular routine business was transacted, being followed by an interesting paper on obstetrics, by Dr. Jennette Erskine, of Steubenville, O., which was discussed by the members present. Dr. W. B. McClure read a paper on gynæcology. Dr. J. M. Fawcett, of Wheeling, W. Va., Dr. Fulton, of Steubenville, and Dr. A. C. Smith were asked to prepare papers for the next meeting.
The following physicians were present : Drs. Fulton, Erskine and Shane, of Steubenville 0.; Drs. H. & A. A. Roberts, of Wellsburg, W. Va.; Dr. A. C. Smith, of Mingo Junction; Dr. W. B. McClure, of Martin's Ferry; Dr. J. M. Fawcett, of Wheeling, W. Va., and Dr. W. N. Rogers, of Bellaire, Ohio.
The next meeting of the Society will be held in Wheeling, W. Va., in May.
WM. N. ROGERS, M. D., Sec'y.