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AYER'S (MRS. HARRIET HUBBARD) RECAMIER Grind the solids to No. 40 powder, mix the SOAP.
acid and the water, add the glycerin and alcohol, Recamier Soap is an ordinary toilet soap, such powder for twenty-four bours; then percolate,
and in the menstruum so prepared macerate the as is usually sold for ten cents. Harriet Hubbard adding enuf alcohol and water in the proportion Ayer sells it for twenty-five cents. For the same, given to make 12 fluid ounces. Finally add the scented, fifty cents is askt.
syrup and, if necessary, filter.–Druggists' Cir
cular. These, then, are the famous (?) “ Recamier
JAYNE'S VERMIFUGE. preparations," the secret of which was obtained, according to the circular which accompanies
A muddy brown liquid, with considerable sedthem, “By Mrs. Ayer from a French countess, a
iment, put up in an oval green bottle, holding relative of Madame Recamier !” And what are nearly three tiuid ounces. It has pronounced althey? Cheap, ordinary preparations, known from
kaline reaction, both to test and taste. It contime immemorial, and condemned by physicians sists, according to our examination, of a solution on account of the corrosive sublimate-a deadly
of alkalin santonate of sodium, pink-root, jalap, poison-which most of them contain. - Boston
sugar, water slightly flavored with peppermint Journal of Health.
and showing some evidence of erigeron and tur
pentine.- New Idea. Formula for "Thomas's Electric Oil” is re
Pills, Patent Medicines and the Religious quested. Here it is :
Press. Take of
Recently in the “Philistine" there was a bald Gum camphor.
.4 dr. and crude screed by Mr. Hubbard on the pill Oil gaultheria.
habit. It was sane, however, and was informed Oil origanum.
with an idea. The article should have been Chloroform..
written in this way: Tinct. opium
In a late number of a popular magazine I see Oil sassafras.
portrayed, with all the skill of the expert illusOil hemlock.
trator, a beautiful young woman with her hair Oil turpentine.
neatly braided down her back. She is arrayed Balsam fir...
in a nightgown which is a dream. Like the Tinct. guaiacum.
goddess in New York harbor, she holds aloft a Tinct. catechu.
lighted candle and in the other hand-a pill. If Alcohol.
the drawing is to scale, the pill is about the size Alkanet..
.sufficient to color. of a baseball. The import of the picture is that Mix.
the lissome beauty is about to swallow the baseAlso formula for “ Dermatina,” prepared at
ball. Beneath the picture is the legend, as near
as I can remember: My complexion is perfect beSchenectady, N. Y., is wanted.
cause I take one of Billson's bully bilious bomb
shell boluses every niyht before retiring. KLINE'S PAINLESS CANCER PLASTER.
Now, while incidentally protesting against the
tendency to realism in art on the part of the Take of
bilious Billson, I wish to call your attention to White wax..
some facts first brought to my notice by a promiFir balsam.
.2 0z, nent eastern physician. He stated to me that Chromic acid
all reputable practitioners lament the alarming Melt the wax and balsam together, and add
increase of the pill and dope habit, and that the acid slowly, stirring while cooling. Remove
those people who make a practice of irritating the cuticle by blistering, if necessary, and apply
their systems with the thousand and one nos
trums recommended by the illustrated magathe plaster spread upon thin muslin. When a sufficient depth of tissue has been destroyed, zines, family weeklies and religious journals are slough out with poultices, if necessary.--Secret paying heavy penalties in physical, mental and
moral decadence. Nostrums and Systems.
These periodicals teem with warnings that we
must at once lay in a stock of Col, Carter's PAINE'S CELERY COMPOUND.
Little Lifter Pills, Dood's Sarsaparilla, Rip'em's A preparation said to be similar to this may be
Tabarets, Pink Pills for Pale Plumbers, Liar's
Sherry Pictorial, Dr. Fierce's Golden Medical made by the following formula:
Freelovery, etc., etc., if we would have good Celery seed
complexions, sweet thoughts and long life. Too Red cinchona.
many people believe this: the habit begins by a Orange peel..
oz. gentle dalliance with Lady Cagliostro's After Coriander seed.
oz. Dinner Assuager, assured by all the stall-fed Lemon peel
oz. aristocracy of Europe; it grows and grows; two Hydrochloric acid
15 min. pills, three pills, a box; a change of treatment Alcohol,
5 fl. oz. becomes necessary and soon another change; the Glycerin
3 11. oz.
poor victim runs the entire gamut of nostrums Water
4 fl. oz.
and, almost a total wreck, is obliged to seek a Syrup
2 oz. 1 oz.
4 fl, oz.
It is a great mistake to think that regular 404,670, a net increase of over $10,000,000 physicians object to patent medicines.
on the bill of 1897. And the English of nostrums causes more than nine-tenths of the Chancellor of the Exchequer is delighted troubles which doctors are called upon to treat. If the magazines, family papers and religious jour- at his $60,000,000 income from the tax on nals were prevented from prostituting their pages beer, and hopes it will grow larger. At to quackery and fraud, as they should be, there the same time the Registrar-General rewould be starvation times in the medical profes- ports that the deaths from alcoholism are sion,
rapidly increasing! Moreover, what stuWithout paying attention to the secular periodicals—which are known and expected, with a pidity it shows. If the number of children few exceptions, to be indifferent and 'entirels and teetotalers and moderate drinkers are mercenary—let us look at the so-called religious deducted, what hogs must be several milpress, which ought to be conducted upon a higher lions of people to bring the average of conplane.
sumption to 25 or 30 gallons. What a Taking those which happen to be at hand, I thick-headed way to get food, if beer is find that the “Churchman” affects Dr. Mule's Nervine, the “Christian Register " Acid Ful- food, or, if it be only a diluted alcohol, minate, the “Christian Leader” Dr. Fierce, the what a witless way to buy alcohol. Not “Christian at Work” works for Dr. Fierce and only in the direct production of disease is others, the “Presbyterian” pushes Prune Juice, drunkenness a great national curse, but in the " Christian Advocate” apparently advocates the indirect results, as Sir Henry ThompEarly Prisers and Rip'em's Tabarets, and the · Baptist Standard” is boldly waved in favor of
son has pointed out, the denutrition from Dr. Gall's Windy Water Cure Self Treatment. poor food both of the workman and his The Rev. Dr. Talmage's “Christian Herald” family, because the money that should seems somewhat undecided and gaily toots for have gone for good food has been spent for Dood, Beat'em, Dr. Gall and others. The“ South- drink,
drink. It is a sad spectacle of blundering ern Pulpit” not only bolds out all these great gifts and sin.-Phila. Med. Jour. to mankind, but introduces “A Sure Cure for Petulance” in the person of Dr. Jingle-the name should sell the blessing, one would think
The Minuteness of Bacteria. whose discovery is prayerfully recommended by In order to convey some concrete idea seven clergymen, three of them D. D.'s.
of the extreme minuteness of bacteria it Those who do not care to acquire the morphin has been calculated that if a postage habit had better leave nervines, compounds and other soothers to the editors of the journals which stamp seven-eighths of an inch long and so persistently proffer them.
three-quarters of an inch wide (22.2 mm. As it seems, after all, to be with these gentry by 19.05 mm.) were covered by a single only the same old question of money, the relig: layer of the typhoid bacteria, placed end ious titles given their papers being a cloak, I to end and side by side, 500,000,000 bacwould suggest the formation of a trust; rates
be required.-Bulletin of could then be raised, clerical certificates distributed upon an equitable plan, and expenses much
Pharmacy reduced. As it would hardly do to call the association a trust I would suggest the following
The Perfect Physician. title : “ The United Association of Quack, Fake He is humble—for the grandeur of unand Fraud Assisters, Unlimited.” Motto: "Aloes, accomplisht possibilities rises like a mounAlcohol, Opium and Dough."-Brann's Icono
tain before him. He is self-respecting-for clast.
he justly esteems the dignity of his profesCurrent Medical Thought.
sion, and the obligations which his admission thereto lays upon him. He is cour
teous, yet never servile ; bold, yet always The Expense, Stupidity, and Sin of Excessive Alcoholic Drinking.
prudent; fearless, yet always prudent ;
fearless, yet never reckless; sympathetic, According to the most recent statistics
but never sentimental; ready, but not prewe find that the average annual consump- cipitate; inflexible without harshness, cool, tion (in gallons) of alcoholic beverages is calm, and open to conviction ; imperturbper inhabitant as follows:
able, whatever may occur: honorable even Country.
Spirit. England . .30.31 0.39 1.02
to punctiliousness; and sincerely religious France 5.1 21. 8 1.84
in the best and loftiest sense. He is a Germany.. .2.5.5 1.31 1.84 reading and thinking man ; one who aims
United States....12.3 0.41 0.84 not so much to be "up with the times," Were it not that our minds have been so as to be liberally conservative in all things. long obtunded by the figures, we would be In short, the ideal physician is a type of struck dumb with the amazing fact that the highest manhood that human nature the English drink-bill for 1898 was $772- can produce. Such a standard as this we
should keep constantly before us; striving the fault lies entirely with ourselves. It to realize in ourselves, as far as practicable, is neither good reason nor good politics to the comprehensive character of the medi. sit back and complain of conditions for cal vocation. Dr. R. H. G. OSBORNE. which we are solely responsible, nor is it Morrisville, Pa.
enuf to memorialize Congress. Office
holders are servants of the people—as canProper Recognition of the Profession.
didates, but their masters ever afterward. 1. The laws of the land should provide The time to talk is when the advantage is for a Surgeon-General of the United States, on our side. Not when we have to beg his as a Cabinet advisor to the President. vote and influence, but when he has to beg
2. Such officer and the department under ours. his direction, should, in times of peace, There is no difference of opinion in the constitute a National Board of Health. profession as to what recognition is due us
3. In times of war such Cabinet officer by the Government, and if we should set should have absolute authority over the about it with the same unanimity, we could medical department of the army and over put thru Congress, without a dissenting matters pertaining to its health and well. vote, any reasonable proposition we choose. being, subject only to the orders of the We must meet politicians by political Cominander-in-Chief, the President.
methods. A fund should be raised by These propositions, in one form or subscription, or otherwise, sufficient to another, have furnisht the substance of pay for the clerical work, printing and so many resolutions and memorials to the postage necessary to make every medical
powers that be," that they are familiar man in the Union acquainted with just to every member of the profession. They what it was purposed to do. Then in every are propositions which the profession has district the candidates of both parties come to regard as well nigh axiomatic, and should be given an opportunity to sign a yet what has been accomplisht? Nothing! pledge to vote for the bill determined Worse than nothing, for from one end of upon, the full text of which would be prethis land to the other, one of the most sented to them. There would be no difficapable and conscientious medical men culty in securing the necessary pledges that ever lived is being blamed by the under such circumstances, as the politician, people for not doing, during the late war, sufficiently advanced to aspire to a seat in what their laws would not permit him to either branch of Congress, appreciates the do. Thousands of lives that were lost are, advantage of having the doctors “fur 'em.'' in the minds of the people, charged up to Let us do one thing or the other. Either inefficiency of the medical department, put in motion the wheels which will, with while we know as a matter of fact that absolute certainty, effect the changes we they were lost because the commanding have outlined, or cease grumbling because officers are, by law, given authority for a mythical some one" does not do for us which neither their training nor experience that which can only be effected by ourfit them.
selves.- Western Clinical Rec. We must fight the devil with fire; poli- [This “cabinet officer" should not be ticians with politics.
subject to change with every change of adWe once heard an active and successful ministration. He should be selected solely politician say that he would rather have on account of fitness, and not for partisan the family doctor “fur him” than any reasons. Such a man, with absolute conother individual in the community. Nor trol of the hygiene of camps, and of the did he overestimate the wholesome and food and medicine supply, could prevent legitimate influence upon legislatures and 50 per cent. of the usual mortality in time legislation which the profession is capable of war.-ED. M. W.] of exerting, if only the wholesome and legitimate practitioners chose to exercise it. Physical Peculiarities of Great Men.
The “political doctor" and the doctor Big-nosed men who in their early boy. in politics are two widely different matters. hood may have been as sensitive as the People look askance at the former, while long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac have for they willingly defer to the special knowl- long been made to feel that their ugliness edge of the latter. If, then, the profession was repaid by alleged possession of more and its special field of activity, is not, in than the average talent. this year of grace, enjoying its due recog. Gray-eyed blondes have been given the nition under the American government, credit of practically running the world's affairs. However, these and many other Pins have been especially frequent. old long-held ideas are being dispelled. Mitchell has collected twenty-eight cases in Large heads and weight of brain are no which a pin was found in the appendix at longer synonymous with genius or even operation or autopsy, together with two talent.
instances in which a pin had perforated Indeed, says the Record, it now seems the cecum.
It seems remarkable that in that the ancient belief that short men no single case was there any knowledge of generally possess more than their fair a pin having been swallowed. Contrary to share of brain power must also be rele- what might be expected, they occurred gated to the realms of fancy. An ardent more frequently in males than in females and careful observer, who has made a (males, seventeen; females, nine). The study of the heights of celebrated men, resulting appendicitis was of a very varigives it out as an incontrovertible fact that able type, in some cases the symptoms tall men are the cleverest, and the old were mild, leading to chronic appendicitis, adage that “good stuff is put up in small with recurrent attacks, or with long. conbundles,” will no longer pass muster as a tinued pain, and, perhaps, finally ending truism, at least so far as the brain capac- in an abscess. In the majority of cases, ity of the human race is concerned. Here
ncerned. Here however, there was rapid perforation and are a few statistics collected by the inves. abscess-formation following the first aptigators in question. Tall men first: Burke, pearance of symptoms. five feet ten inches ; Burns, five feet ten The pin entered the appendix by its inches ; Sir R. Burton, over six feet; Sir head or point, and, except in one or two Walter Raleigh, six feet; Peter the Great, instances, where it lay directly across the six feet eight and one-half inches; Thack- lumen, it was straight, with its long axis eray, six feet four inches ; Lincoln, six parallel to that of the appendix. In seven feet one inch; George Washington, six of the twenty-eight cases the appendicitis feet three inches. Medium stature: Lord was associated with abscess of the liver. Beaconsfield, five feet nine inches; Byron, The author concludes from his investigafive feet eight and one-half inches; Vol- tions that foreign bodies at one time taire, five feet seven inches; Wellington, thought essential in appendicitis are now five feet seven inches. Short men: Balzac, known to play a much smaller róle than five feet four inches ; Beethoven, five feet that formerly accredited to them; and four inches; Keats, five feet; Napoleon, fecal concretions are much more apt to be five feet one and three-fourth inches; Nel- present as an exciting cause, Foreign son, five feet four inches ; De Quincey, five bodies of light weight, like grape-seeds and feet three inches.-Med. Mirror.
cherry-stones, so popularly assigned as the
cause of appendicitis, and against which Foreign Bodies in the Vermiform Appendix. we are forever being warned, are in reality
An interesting study of the relative exceptional, and their frequency is much frequency of foreign bodies in the vermi- over-estimated on account of the close reform appendix is presented by Dr. John F. semblance of fecal concretions and the Mitchell in the Johns Hopkins Hospital lack of careful examination of the bodies Bulletin for January, February and March, described.-University Med. Mag. 1899. Of 1400 cases of appendicitis collected from various sources during the last
White Men in the Tropics. ten years he found only 7 per cent. of true The Army and Navy Journal for April foreign bodies; while in 700 of the cases, 8th says that in an article in the Independin which a definit statement was made as ent Mr. Alfred Russel Wallace characterto the nature of the foreign body, there izes as a myth the current idea that white were 45 per cent. of fecal concretions. In men cannot live in good health in the trop250 cases of appendicitis in the Johns ics. The trouble is not with the climate, Hopkins Hospital, in the past ten years, but with diseases resulting from insanitary there was only one foreign body,—à seg- conditions such as prevailed in Europe a ment of tapeworm. Osler, in ten years' century ago with the same result, and experience in Montreal, found foreign bod- still prevail to a large extent in temperate ies only twice ; in one instance five apple- zones. Mr. Wallace says: “ Commonly pips, and in another eight snipe-shot. The associated with the tropics are the various most common foreign bodies have been forms of malarial fevers, but these also gall-stones, round worms, spicules of bone, are in no sense due to the climate, but bristles, and pins.
simply to ignorant dealing with the soil. My own experience has shown me that and sobriety are the best elixir vitæ for swamps and marshes near the equator are a long life. (4) Epidermal Hygiene perfectly healthy so long as they are left Cleanliness preserves from rust; the best nearly in a state of nature—that is, kept machines last longest. (5) Hygiene covered with a dense forest or other vege- of Sleep: A sufficiency of rest repairs and tation. It is when extensive marshy areas strengthens; too much rest weakens and are cleared for cultivation, and for half the makes soft. (6) Hygiene of Clothing: year are dried up by the tropical sun, that He is well clothed who keeps his body they become deadly. I have lived for sufficiently warm, safeguarding it from all months together in or close to tropical abrupt changes of temperature, while at swamps, both in the Amazon Valley, in the same time maintaining perfect freeBorneo and in the Moluccas, without a day's dom of motion. (7) Dwelling Hygiene: illness; but when living in open cultivated A house that is clean and cheerful makes marshy districts I almost invariably had a happy home. (8) Moral Hygiene: The malarial fever, tho I believe the worst mind reposes and resumes its edge by types of these fevers are due to unwhole- means of relaxation and amusement, but some food. But here again, malaria was excess opens the door to passions, and equally prevalent in England less than these attract the vices. (9) Intellectual two centuries ago.
Hygiene: Gaiety conducts to love of life, “ If we take the great belt, about two and love of life is the half of health ; on thousand miles wide, extending from the other hand sadness and gloom help on twelve to fifteen degrees north and south old age. (10) Professional Hygiene: If of the equator, we have an enormous area, it is your brain that feeds you, don't allow by far the larger part of which is not only your arms and legs to become anchylosed. well adapted for European colonization in If you dig for a livelihood, don't omit to the true sense—that is, for permanent burnish your intellect and elevate your occupation by white men—but is also, with thoughts.-Dr. Decornet, of France. proper sanitary precautions, the most healthy and enjoyable part of the world,
Metric System in Medical Colleges. and that in which the laborer can obtain
Dr. H. M. Whulpley recently took octhe maximum return with the minimum casion to send out letters of enquiry to of toil.
various medical colleges asking whether * It is a well-known fact that in Ceylon they taught the metric system. Out of and India the men who enjoy the best sixty-seven answers to his query he finds health are the enthusiastic sportsmen who fifty one in the affirmative. About 50 per seize every opportunity of getting away cent of the colleges make “a thoro knowlfrom civilization, and who often submit to edge of the system obligatory on their much privation and fatigue, with benefit
students before graduating them.” As rather than injury to their health. The
the system is taught in all pharmaceutical fact is that white men can live and work colleges it would seem to be but a short anywhere in the tropics, if they are obliged, step now before its universal adoption is and unless they are obliged they will not, consummated.-Pacific Med. Jour. as a rule, work even in the most temperate regions. Hence, wherever there are
A Physician's Gold Fetters. inferior races, the white men get these to
One of the earliest fees for medical treatwork for them, and the kinds of work performed by 'these inferiors become infra mentioned by Herodotus, who says that
ment of which there is any record is dig. for the white man. This is the real
Darius gave the slave Democedes two reason why the myth, as to white men not being able to work in the tropics, has been pairs of gold fetters. The usual fee at that
time in Greece was very small, about six. spread abroad.-New York Medical Jour
teen cents in our money, yet there were nal.
notable exceptions, as when King Antio. A New Decalog.
chus paid $150,000 for medical treatment, (1) General Hygiene : Rise early, go to paid his physician about $20,000 a year.
and later, when the Emperor Claudian bed early, and in the meantime keep your. The latter was twice the annual income of self occupied. (2) Respiratory Hygiene: the eminent physicians of that time.Water and bread sustain life, but pure air Medical News. and sunlight are indispensable for health. (3) Gastro-Intestinal Hygiene: Frugality WORLD for four years for $3.