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.3 oz. .3 oz.
.6 ft. oz.
This is how I do it. An ounce block of carbon- price, and find it identical, producing the same ate of magnesia is shaved down with a knife, results. I have put it up for sixteen years, and and all the little lumps broken up thoroly, the know it to be a good diuretic. whole being reduced to a powder. This is done
Take of on a marble slab. Balsam copaiba in teaspoonful
Potass, acetate ... quantities is added and worked in with a strong
Fi, ext. buchu spatula, until the mass is stiff enuf to be taken in the hands and kneaded without sticking. The
Fl, ext. juniper
.1 oz. dough is now rolled in powdered cubebs, and as
Simple syrup, sufficient to make ..1 pint. much workt into it as well can be. Dose, a piece Mix. One dessert spoonful three or four times the size of the last joint of the little finger, after daily.—Dr. Crider, in a former issue of The meals. It never disagrees with the most delicate MEDICAL WORLD. stomach, and stops the scalding in twelve hours.
PLEIS'S FIT POWDERS. I notice Dr. Hyatt gives in a short and concise form the formula for Velpean's mass or com
Are said to be :
Bromide of potassium... .15 gr. pound. I have filed in my prescription book the
Powdered gentian doctor's original copy, which I think is superior to the one he gives.
Mix.- Make one powder.— The Drug Mill. I learned after several days' compounding, while a student in Dr. H.'s office that it was im
POPE'S CURE FOR NEURALGIA. possible for the magnesia to be reduced suffic.
Take of iently with a knife and my fingers to work well, owing to the small lumps. After shaving off an
Iodide of potash
4 dr. Extract of conium
1 dr. ounce block. I devised a plan of my own, which I have used ever since. This is how I do it:
Comp. tinct. of cinchona.
..2 fl. oz. Take an ordinary sieve, turn it bottom up, rub
Syrup of sarsaparilla
...4 fl. oz. your block of magnesia over it; then the mag
Mix.— Teaspoonful three times a day.
-National Druggist. nesia will fall
thru the perforations of the sieve on a marble slab, placed beneath for this purpose. Take of
LEE'S ANTI-BILIOUS PILLS. Oil copaiba
Take of Magnesia carb.
Calomel Make into a putty-like paste, then gradually
Jalap addPowd. cubebs
Tartar emetic or more if desired. Powdered opium
Beat into a mass and make into 24 pills, mix Dried sulfate of iron..
with gum arabic or extract of dandelion.
Dose-3 to 5 pilis as a purgative. Mix. Dose.- A piece the size of a peanut, or By substituting podophyllin in the place of last joint of the little finger, after eating.--Dr.
(calomel (same quantity) it makes a safer and Gates.
better pill for common use. Dose- 2 to 3 pills. (Correspondence in former issues of THE MED- -Secret Nostrums and Systems, ICAL WORLD.)
LINIMENT FOR MAN AND BEAST.
Take of -
1 troy oz. Powd. golden seal
.8 fl. oz. Powdered aloes, cape.
Mix. Bottle up, tie the cork down tightly. Ready
Trask's Magnetic Ointment. for use in ten days.—The Drug Mill. Walker, the proprietor of Vinegar Bitters,
Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-Can you give worked the “temperance dodge” for all it was
the formula for “Trask's Ointment?” worth, and succeeded, during the period from
This ointment is used extensively by the 1868 to 1873, in selling more bottles of a villain- laity here as a local application to neck ous, turbid, disgusting sour swill, under the pre- and chest in croup (spasmodic) and brontext of its being medicine, than any other quack chitis. It seems to thoroly relax the nostrum maker before or since. We believe it has a very limited sale at the present time. patient and apparently gives relief, but I New Idea.
have seen some very alarming symptoms
follow its use, such as obstinate nausea and WAYNE'S DIURETIC ELIXIR.
utter collapse. It is a black, heavy ointI see in November World the formula asked ment, having a peculiar odor, and I think for. I used it ten years, but found the price too
it contains tobacco or antimony-possibly high. I now manufacture it myself for half the both. I wish to say that I would not give
30 gr. .60 gr. .12 gr.
7 oz. ..100 gr.
THE WORLD for all the other journals that volume of 189 pages, at the moderate price of 10 come to my desk.
cents. [Kilner gives the formula of “Trask's The United States Department of Agriculture Magnetic Ointment” as follows: “Lard, has issued a most valuable monograph in its raisins and fine cut tobacco, equal parts.
Farmers' Bulletin No. 86, describing “ Thirty Simmer well together, then strain and
Poisonous Plants of the United States,” the
author being V.K. Chestnut, assistant botanist of press out all from the drugs.”—Ed.] the Department. The brochure should have the
widest possible distribution, and should espeEaston's Syrup of Phosphate of Iron, Quinin cially form part of the library of every physician. and Strychnin.
“The Pocket Therapist,” as it has been apAccording to the Rocky Mountain Druggist, propriately called, is a critical digest based upon the following formula in Denver and many other
the personal experience of the author in the field parts of the country has superseded the old and
of new remedies especially and their application tedious process of Dr. Easton :
to disease, and is arranged in a wonderfully
concise and practical form. It is the completest, Tinct. chlorid iron
5 fil. dr.
smallest and bandiest dictionary of treatment Quinia sulfat ..
issued, and is open to but one objection, that, Strychnin sulfat
being the result of personal experience only, the Phosphoric acid, 85 per cent. 1 9-10 av. wide field of therapeutics cannot be covered in Syrup enuf to make.... ....20 av, oz.
the fullest manner. It is by Thomas Stretch Every pharınacist has observed the chemical Dowse,of the Central London Sick Asylum, and change which takes place when phosphoric acid
the American edition is publisht by Wilbur is added to tincture of chlorid of iron. A phos
Ketcham, of New York. It is a duodecimo of phate of iron is formed with an unimportant
179 closely printed pages, neatly bound in flexquantity of hydrochloric acid in solution, and on
ible cloth, and is priced at $1.50. this fact the foregoing formula is based. The “The Compend of Physiology,” No. 4 of P. presence of glycerin is beneficial. Many phar- Blakiston's Son & Co.'s admirable series of ? Quiz macists make a practice of omitting the iron in- Compends ? has reacht its ninth edition and is gredient until the preparation is called for. presented revised and enlarged with new illusOthers who have only a slight demand for it pre- trations. It is the most concise and reliable pare it extemporaneously, which is very easily presentation of this broad science we know of, done, every ingredient being regularly and always and will meet the needs of the practitioner as kept in every pharmacy. The phosphoric acid well as of the student. It is by Albert P. Bruordered, it must be remembered, is the official baker, adjunct Professor of Physiology and (syrupy) variety.-Western Druggist.
Hygiene in Jefferson Medical College. It has
266 pages, and is offered for 80 cents net. Book Reviews.
“What a Young Woman Ought to Know."
No. 2 of "Self and Sex Series " for women is The high standard set in the previous issues of
written in a singularly pure and clear style, Gould's Year-Book is well maintained in the
touching on the most delicate subjects with a issue for 1899, which in every respect gives a
tact that makes all things plain and yet elevatfull digest of the state of medicine at the
ing. There is nothing to gratify prurient curiostime of issue, the new drugs and other thera
ity, but much that will benefit the young girl into peutic measures introduced, with a careful dis
whose bands it will fall. The book should be crimination as to their value and reference to
given a wide circulation. The author is Mrs. literature upon them. All things of interest in
Mary Wood-Allen, M. D., and it is publisht by all branches of medicine are mirrored in the
the Vir Publishing Company of this city as a most concise form consistent with clearness, and
neat duodecimo volume of 264 pages, cloth in terms suited to the needs of the general prac
bound, at the price of $1.00. It should be in the titioner, not the dilettante in medicine. The
hands of every young woman in the land. book is from the press of W. B. Saunders, and is An attractive brochure, “ The Rational Treatan imperial octavo of 1100 pages, bound in dark ment of Acute and Chronic Diseases of the green cloth uniform with American Series of Genito-urinary Tract," is issued by Charles Text-Books, and is offered to the profession at Marchand of New York, and has already passt the moderate price of $6.50.
into its second edition. It has 39 pages of in"Self-Examination for Medical Students " is
teresting and instructive matter, and will be a little book unique in its line, comprising 3,000
sent free to physicians applying. questions on medical subjects arranged for self- Doctors are beginning to think and write upon examination, with the proper references to social problems. And why should they not do standard works in which the correct replies will so? They, as much as any others, are a part of be found. The questions have been selected the social organism. Indeed they prosper or sufwith regard to their bearing upon practical fer exactly as general society prospers or suffers. medicine, and are those most likely to be askt When society is prosperous, individuals can pay in the quiz-class or the examination room. It their doctors just compensation for their services. has been prepared by a medical man, a teacher When times are hard, the doctor's work is just and a writer of experience, and is publisht by as great-or possibly greater-but individuals are P. Blakiston's Son & Co., in a neat, cloth-bound unable to pay him for his services. Thus he suf
fers when society suffers. No class of individ- ordinary practitioner. The chapters on the uals have as good an opportunity to see the ex- structure of bacteria, the vital phenomena of act condition of society as doctors have. They bacteria, and on immunity are particularly good. visit rich and poor, and go into the very heart of Price, $1.75. the family where no one else is permitted to enter. Knowing the condition of society thus
A classic work, and one of general interest, is intimately as no one else does, why should he not
the volume on "Nervous and Mental Diseases,” think and write upon this subject? Dr. August publisht from the press of W. B. Saunders of
by Archibald Church and Frederick Peterson, Greth, 620 Laguna street, San Francisco, Cal., has been doing so. The title of his pamphlet is
this city in a large octavo volume of 843 pages, "The Extinction of Poverty," which consists of
at $5 net. There are 305 illustrations, many of 110 pages. Price, 25c. He proposes a system
them upon the various stigmata of degeneration. of co-operation which will assure “present and
The chapters on hysteria and the various motor future well-being for everyone who will work." paralyses are fully up-to-date, and these are of The development of society has been the devel
unusual value in general practice. opment of co-operation. The future improve- The third edition of G. E. de Schweinitz's ment and perfection of society lies in the direc- “ Diseases of the Eye" bears internal evidence tion of co-operation. This book contains many of having undergone thoro revision at the hands good suggestions upon this subject. Doctors like of the author. It has 255 illustrations and two to read the thoughts of other doctors; so per. chromolithograph plates, and is a standard for haps many of our readers will want a copy of this ophthalmic practice for both students and pracbook.
titioners. It is a large octavo, of 696 pages, and In the "Adult Diet List," compiled by C. S.
is publisht by W. B. Saunders of this city at the Millet, M. D., and offered for sale at the moder
net price of $4, cloth, and $5 net for sheep or ate price of 25 cents, the profession has a handy
half-morocco. It is the book for the specialist in printed list for use in various effections, in which
the diseases of the eye. care in diet is indicated. By crossing off certain The Annual Report of the New Jersey State articles in the different lists a full printed dietary Board of Medical Examiners is full of the eviof articles to be used and avoided may be given dences of good work. It contains a synopsis of the patient.
the law, rules for examinations, a list of success" How to Study Law.” No. 1 of Home Law ful applicants, etc. A valuable feature of this School Series. Published quarterly at Conneaut, report is a detailed list of percentages obtained 0.; 50 cts, per single nuniber or $2 per year.
by the graduates of the different medical colFuture members will be devoted to "Constitu- leges-an exposition of the teaching results of tional Rights,”? “ Personal Rights,” “Contracts
the different colleges. Those who are specially and Partnerships,” etc.
interested may perhaps procure a copy of the re
port by addressing the Secretary of the Board, The most valuable improvement in our govern- E. L. B. Godfrey, M, D., Camden, N. J. ment in the last ten years has been the substitution of the merit system of civil service for the spoils system in many of the routine depart- Current Medical Thought. ments of the government. Before us is the “Manual of Examinations for the Classified Civil Service,” revised to January 1, 1899. It
Final Reports of Treatment of Soldier gives all details for examinations for the service,
Typhoid Fever Cases in the including physicians for the Indian service, and
Hospitals of Philadelphia. surgeons for pension examiners and for the Marine Hospital service. Medical men who are
From a series of extended reports before interested should send to the United States Civil
the Philadelphia College of Physicians, Service Commission, Washington, D. C., for publisht in the Philadelphia Medical information.
Journal, we glean the following: “The Coming Age," published at St. Louis,
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. Mo., will contain, in April number, an article on “Do physician and pharmacists live on the mis- Reported by James Tyson, M, D.: fortunes of his on " by Professor John Uri Lloyd. This mi t2me is $2.00 per year ; 20 cts.
"The treatment, outside of the dietetic, a single copy; it contains much interesting read
may fairly be said to have been the cold ing, but the above article will be of special tub-bath method of Brand.
Not every interest to physicians.
patient was tubbed, for some did not reach In “ The Principles of Bacteriology,” trans
the temperature which called for the tubs. lated by Dr. E. (). Jordan, of the University of namely, 102.2° F. In the majority of Chicago, from the German of Dr. Ferdinand cases on the other hand the hydrotherapy, Hueppe, of the University of Prague, the Open by reason of late admission, was instituted Court Publishing Company of Chicago and Lon- much later than its advocates hold should don offers to the profession one of the finest books on the subject publisht within a year. It
be done in order to secure its best results. is an octavo of 467 pages, of exceedingly fine
I do not insist that the very favorable retypographic finish and press work, and is not sults were due solely to the Brand treattoo technical in its scope for the uses of the
ment. There were undoubtedly a good
many mild cases. On the other hand possible, and that the administration of quite a number of these were thrown out food and medicines at very short intervals of consideration altogether. My experi- should be avoided. The medicines I varied ence with the Brand treatment in this set as seemed to be desirable, using turpenof cases has in no way diminisht my tine, carbonat of ammonia, digitališ, spirit confidence in it as the best available of chloroform, or other drugs as it apmethod for treating typhoid fever, subject peared likely their effects might be susto the limitations which good sense and taining to the failing powers of the paexperience may demand."
tients. I tried not to give many drugs at Cases, 112 ; deaths, 5-mortality about the same time,withdrawing one as another 4.5 per cent.
had to be given. A
“Our hospital afforded an opportunity to
compare the results obtained by the use of Reported by J. C. Wilson, M. D. :
the cold plunge-bath with those obtained
from such treatment as I have described. “ Of the 147 cases of enteric fever, 121
This comparison is interesting and I hope cases were treated by systematic cold bathing, the average number of baths admin
may be instructive, altho it cannot be existered to each case being 37.8; 26 cases
pected to yield evidence which will be acwere not systematically bathed for special cepted as conclusive with regards to the
merits of the one method of treatment or reasons; the greater number of them were admitted with falling or already normal
the other. It will require more than 214 temperatures; several were admitted with
cases of typhoid fever to put this much a history of recent intestinal hemorrhage
vexed question at rest. The physicians of and were therefore not bathed, and one
the Pennsylvania Hospital are divided in was admitted moribund with the symp
their opinions in regard to the use of the
There were certain toms of peritonitis."
cold plunge-bath. Mortality, 3.4 per cent.
wards, therefore, in which the bath was
regularly used as a routine method of PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL.
treatment, and others in which it was not.
There were admitted to the wards in which Reported by Arthur V. Meigs, M. D. :
the cold plunge was regularly employed 95 " The treatment I pursued with my pa- patients with typhoid fever, of whom 11 tients was as follows: Absolute confine- died, and there were admitted to the wards ment to bed ; six ounces of milk every where bathing was not employed 119 pathree hours; the administration of five tients, of whom 8 died. This made a minims of dilute muriatic acid every three mortality under the bath treatment of hours; and sponging of the surface with 11.58 per cent., and without baths a morcool water every three hours if the tem- tality of 6.72 per cent. perature rose as high as 102° Fahrenheit. “It so happened that there was a transfer The sponging was continued during fifteen at the end of four days after 17 patients minutes. This was the routine treatment, were admitted, of one ward from a bath but it was varied to suit the needs of in. advocate, to another of our physicians dividual cases.
In severe cases, when it who does not bathe. These 17 patients seemed desirable to give medicines every had, therefore, baths for four days after two hours, the nourishment also was given their arrival at the hospital, and during the every two hours, but in that case only rest of their stay they were treated withfour ounces of milk were given at a time. out baths. All of them recovered. In Three pints of milk I consider to be the the figures, as they have been given, these proper total quantity, and this amount cases were classified with those that were need seldom be exceeded. The food and treated with baths, but if it be considered medicines should be given at like inter- that they belong rather to the number of vals, either every two, three, or four those who were treated without baths, as hours, as the requirements of the cases they received baths only during four days seem to demand, and the medicine should and the rest of the time were treated by be given a quarter of an hour after the the other method, it makes quite a differfood. This is as nearly together as it is ence in the figures and in the resulting desirable to give thein, and gives after- percentages. It would then be as follows: ward the longest period of rest that can Treated with baths, 78, deaths, 11, perbe obtained. It is very important that centage of mortality, 14.10; treated withthe patient should be disturbed as little as out baths, 136, deaths, 8, percentage of mortality, 5.88. These percentages speak His step was steady, his voice clear, and very eloquently to me, and, altho the he did not give evidence of pain. Dr. Seynumber of cases is not sufficiently large mour's impulse was to assist him to a seat to prove anything, a consideration of the at once, but he showed no inclination to results does lend strong moral support to sit. those of us who have never been able to After a brief interchange of courtesies, think that the cold plunge-bath treatment in company with some member of his famcould accomplish all that its more enthu- ily, he went home. At 11.45 p. m. the docsiastic advocates have believed.”
tor was called to see him, when he reST. AGNES' HOSPITAL,
counted the evening's experience. On
leaving the church, as his feet touched the Reported by B. Franklin Stahl, M. D.:
icy walk, they slipped forward, throwing " The medical treatment of the cases
the upper portion of his body violently consisted in the administration of frac- backward. With all the force at command tional doses of calomel. At a later period he resisted the backward impulse, and by salol with bismuth was given when there a rotary motion succeeded in avoiding an was a markt tendency to tympanites. otherwise heavy fall, and so recovered his Whisky and strychnin were given in the footing. Proceeding at once toward the later stages, when the condition of the place of his second engagement, he was heart indicated the need of it. Turpentine conscious neither of pain nor faintness, yet was given when the tongue was dry, thick had a peculiar sensation of discomfort in and brown, and the change wrought in
the region of the heart. A block and a twenty-four hours was usually so pro
half distant, a long, steep stairway led up nounced as to make me marvel that anyone
to the office of a medical acquaintance, to treating a large number of typhoid fever whom he recounted his accident. The patients should question its value. Early doctor gave him a prescription which, he in my service I lost one of my patients, subsequently told Dr. Seymour, contained and the condition of his tissues on section the tinctures of digitalis and iron. He gave me an important therapeutic sugges- stated that the patient's countenance had tion. This patient seemed to have almost impresst him as it had impresst Dr. Seyno liquid element in him. The liver cut mour later in the evening, and that as the like a piece of dried beef, and of similar patient left the office he had followed him character were the other organs of the to the stairway, apprehensive lest he fall, body. This led me to resort to hypodermo- but that his step had been firm to the clysis and enteroclysis-using for the pur
bottom. pose a normal salt solution. The results The patient had retired immediately on obtained were most gratifying. The mental reaching home, but by reason of the carand circulatory conditions frequently im- diac discomfort had been unable to sleep. proved with surprising promptness. The His countenance had not changed in aspect, patients were encouraged to drink unusu- but as he lay, he was singularly serene. ally large quantities of water."
His pulse was peculiarly arrhythmic. It Cases, 144; deaths, 5; equaling 2.8 per could not be counted.
could not be counted. The intervals of cent.
absolute quietude between spasms of beat
ing were distressingly prolonged. The Dislocation of the Heart From Indirect Vio- pulsations themselves were tumultuous. lence; Spontaneous Reduction.
Auscultation furnisht no clew to the conDr. F. A. Seymour (Southern California dition. To distinguish the first from the Practitioner) records the following extra- second sound was an impossibility. The ordinary case: At about seven o'clock in sensation imparted to the ear was as that the evening of a slippery winter day in of a small animal struggling with spas1878 a group had gathered in a lecture modic violence to escape from the grasp of room, when Mr. L. joined the circle. He a powerful hand. These efforts were irwas in his usual health. Remaining a few regular in intensity and duration, lasting minutes, he left for another engagement, about fifteen seconds, followed by a depromising to rejoin us later. At 9.45 p. m. spairing pause of ten seconds, and then he returned. His aspect was startling. reversing the order. Every struggle His complexion, ordinarily pale, had now seemed to give promise of relief. Digitalin the pallor of death. His black eyes, usu- in those days was not an available drug, ally flashing, had an intensified brilliancy nor were the salts of strychnin. The hy. as if by contrast to their surroundings. podermic syringe was employed for the re