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Formula for 6 Whitcomb's Asthma will act as calls. If this line is thus put Cure” is askt for. up, ordinary conversation can be carried on for a quarter of a mile easily, by simply
“ Medical Student” wishes best treattalking into, and hearing from, the termi. ment for seborrhea of the face and forenals. No batteries necessary. The termi.
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Will some of The World's many read. tubes in the walls. Better string on two
ers give their opinion as to the practicaipsulators for each pole, so that in case
bility, also, a brief outline of the op one should break you will not have to cut tion, of ligating the dorsal vein, in fune. the wire or take down the whole line to
tional impotence? At what point would put on another one.
you ligate ?
A. HOOSIER, M. D. H. C. BENNETT, M. D., M. E.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD:—Please let me Lima, Ohio.
have, thru your valuable magazine, the
formula for Brush's Remedy for sea sickEditor MEDICAL WORLD :-Dr. J. 0.
ness, manufactured by Brush Chemical Robinson can construct a cheap and suc- Co., Boston, Mass. Also, what preparation cessful telephone by getting a wire, No. 20 will keep off mosquitoes and sand-flies? I or 24, draw it very tight from office to
like fishing, but those insects take much house thru a small hole in the wall of fun out of the sport.
A. JASME. each, then thru a small hole punched in Savannah, Ga. the bottom of an oyster can, and tied into a brass button. Where the wire has to be
[Who will furnish the information de
sired ?-ED.] supported, let it run thru a wire loop well wrapt with tread. Parker, Tex.
J. T. Watson.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Diagnosis and treatment wanted in the following case :
Male, age 28, school teacher; weight in Alcohol is recommended by Budberg for health, 150 ; family history good, good dressing the umbilic wound. It dries up health himself up to two years ago when the cord without inflammation or discom- he commenced with these symptoms: Dull fort. For fatty cords he uses absolute al. heavy feeling at base of brain, with hot cohol, but for others diluted.
nervous feeling along the spine ; broad
tongue with ruf white coat, worse at base, He-There are two periods in a man's life
with nausea and eructations of gas, bitter when he can't understand a woman.
taste, worse in morning, with sensation of She-Indeed! And when are they?
heat in stomach after meals; stomach tenHe-Before he is married and after.
der when there is an excess of gas; starches
and sweets make fermentation worse ; flatDr. C. F. TAYLor: Dear Doctor :- I have read with a great ulent bowels with a tendency to constipadeal of pleasure, as well as profit, the book entitled “ Rational Money.". Please state at what price you can furnish this tion, yet they are usually regular. Since book in half-dozen lots. I want to distribute them among the people where I think the seed will take root, and, of
he quit his studies he is not so bad ; bat course, it will be gratuitously. No book which has come to he is despondent, has spinal irritation, my notice has seemed to cover the ground in such a thoro and practical manner as this one.
worse in warm weather; weight stays at Athens, Pa., Feb. 21, '99.
J. T. HOLCOMB, M. D. 130 pounds. Ed. MEDICAL WORLD:-You will find inclosed one dollar I have given him anti-ferments; viz: to pay for THE WORLD another year. I am well pleased with THE WORLD and especially with the Monthly
Talks. I would
bismuth, sodium salts, sulphurous acid, take THE World if it contained only these Talks ; but it is carbolic acid, salol, and others. Also also rich in the finest of medical knowledge. I earnestly think you should discontinue the journal to subscribers, digestants : pepsin, seng. lactopeptin, towhen ibey fail to renew their subscriptions. Devotedly, Luther Knight, M. D. Foster, Miss.
gether with the bitter tonics and laxatives.
His mind seems to be on his disease all
How Can Asthma be Prevented ? the time.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD : Please give He has a morbid appetite; wants to eat, me a preventive for asthma. The old but does not assimilate what he eats. Di. saying is, one preventive is worth two gestion slow with fermentation. I have cures. I have been a great sufferer with also given him nux, Fowler's solution asthma twice a year for the last eight and Fellows' hypophosphites with no im- years, one spell in winter-December and provement.
W. S. GARRISON. January-and one in summer—July and Gentryville, Ind.
August, generally. You will much oblige
an old reader of THE WORLD if you can Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-On the 8th
tell me how to prevent these attacks. inst. (June), I was called to see a boy Pomeroy, 0.
D. N. ALLARD. three years old who had congestion of the liver and bowels. His stomach was very irritable and he continually complained of
Editor MEDICAL WORLD:- I want a cure his right side when not under the influence of opiates. I gave him powders con
for herpes of the prepuce. The patient taining calomel 3 grs., bicarb. sod. 3 grs.,
has never had venereal disease, but about and ipecac | gr. every 2 hours in the fol
two weeks after visiting a house of prostilowing: Elix. lact. pepsin ss3, carb. acid
tution, two years ago, the eruption of 1 gtt, ol, terebinth 2 gtts, Fowler's sol.
herpes appeared, and has been recurring 1 gtt, aqua q. s. for one dram. For pain regularly every two to four or six weeks in the side, gave him $ gr. morphin with
ever since. He is a gold miner. He is atropin 1-300 gr. every 4 or 5 hours, which
young, healthy and unmarried. Some of had the desired effect. Continued powders
the vesicles will appear on the frenum and until six were taken, and then used an
sulcus of the glans penis, as well as on the enema of warm water, getting two small
prepuce, so that circumcision would probactions. Then continued powders and
ably not bring about a permanent cure. fluid as before, giving an injection every
Please give a treatment that has cured in every half to one hour until I got three
your bands, if you have one. Phosphid copious bilious stools. Then they called in
of zinc, potass. iodid, mercury bichlor, another physician who had treated the
hydrastis, berberis, arsenious acid, stillpatient thru a hard spell some fourteen
ingia, iris, etc., have been given. Locally, months before.
antiseptics, as listerin, formolid, bismuth He took charge of the case and his treat
and a host of others have been used. Is
there anything that will permanently ment was, first, a hypodermic of atropin 1-600 gr., morphin 1.16 gr. in abdomen ;
remove this trouble? The parts, to the next, calomel 1.20 gr., sach. lactis 2 grs.,
eye, are normal when the vesicles are not there.
Dr. D. D. HUNTER. every 2 hours, with 2 drops of Fowler's sol. every 3 hours, and 1 gr. quinin sulf.
Columbia, Cal. every 2 hours. These were the exact treatments used by
Weak and Intermittent Heart. him and myself.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD: -I bave had After he took the case the child's bowels one or two cases of heart weakness-internever moved from the effects of his medi- mittent and very weak, and got some bencine, and the patient died the next morn- efit from the usual remedies, digitalis, ing. He had taken the case the morning strychnin and strophanthus; but no good previous.
lasting results. These remedies were conThe reason I report the case is to have tinued for about two months with some the readers of The WORLD say, judging other remedies as symptoms called for, but from the description and treatments above the desired result was not obtained. Pagiven, the treatment most likely to be cor- tient got tired of these and used a few botrect. Will also state that the temperature tles of “Dr. Miles' New Heart Cure” and never exceeded 101° F. during his illness, was greatly benefited. Now wbat I want and also that no more enemas were given to know is a remedy equal to this for these after this physician took the case.
cases. There were four more sick, but I con- Do you know the formula for this preptinued with them and I succeeded in bring- aration ? ing them thru.
Dr. E. BARLOW. I have never been thoroly successful in Pankey, Tex.
these heart troubles, and I ask for help of
the brethren ; so please be free and open. containing three small plasters stuck face downOf course I realize that complications have
ward on linen. These adhesive wafers are about much to do with heart troubles. I have
one inch in diameter, and essentially are a cheap,
resinous, adhesive plaster, containing in a censeen more intermittent heart troubles this
tral medicated portion quantities of salicylic spring than I ever saw before, and do not acid. We would suggest the following formula know how to account for it, unless it is an as a satisfactory one for making a good plaster after effect of the grip. I like THE WORLD to replace the secret article: and its help. Long may it prosper for
Make an adhesive plaster by melting equal good.
F. M. SHIRK.
parts of resin and balsam of fir together; while
warm spread on linen, and wben cold cut into Lincoln ville, Kan.
circular discs, about the size of a nickel, and in [We do not know the formula for the the center of each place a quantity, about the
size of a half pea, of the following mixture: remedy mentioned. Perhaps some of our
3 parts. readers can give it. Weak and intermit
Balsam of fir
.24 parts. tent heart is usually a symptom. The
5 parts. correct treatment is to discover whatever
Melt the resins together, then stir in the salimay be wrong and correct it. Possibly cylic acid. - New Idea. your patient's elimination may bave been at fault. Did you test the urine, and have
TOWNSEND'S PILLS. him to measure the quantity voided each
Have been in considerable use among physicians day? To treat the heart is not enuf; you of our acquaintance. The formula is the followmust treat the patient.--Ev.]
Take of -
Gamboge [In our issue for November, 1897, we began republishing the Ext. aloes.. formulas for the leading advertised nostrums.
Zingiber pulv.. believing that physicians have a right to know what the people are taking, and that they oughi to know in order to ad. Oil peppermint..
.3 drops. minister proper antidotes if called in case of an overdose, which often happens, particularly with the various soothing
Mix. Divide into 16 pills.-- American Drugsyrups given to children. Back numbers can still be fur. gist. nished to those who wish the series complete. 1
Take ofSwayne's Ointment is put up in an ordinary Salicylic acid swedge-top tin box, 14 inches in diameter, and 1 Powdered starch.
.2 dr. inch deep; is filled with a rancid, tallowish-smell- Oxid zinc..
.2 dr. ing ointment, light-grayish yellow color, medium Lard ...
.4 dr. consistence. Its composition appears to be pre- Mix. Prepare an ointment. cipitated sulfur 2 parts, tallow 3 parts, lard 3
For eczema and dermatitis generally, whether parts. It states on the label that this ointment
caused by burns, chemical or mechanical irritcures tetter, itch, salt-rheum, scald-head, piles, ants, or arising from disease. The powder should ringworm, pimples, blotches, barber's itch, ulcers
be finely triturated and the ointment thorols and eruptions of the skin.-New Idea.
mixt.-Secret Nostrums and Systems,
20 gr. 20 gr. .20 gr. ..20 gr.
We do this
2 oz. 6 oz.
THIELEMAN'S CHOLERA MIXTURE, Take of by measure
EMBALMING FLUID. Oil peppermint.
Dr. Mark L. Nardyz, 227 South Tenth street, Chloroform
4 dr. Philadelphia, gives us the following formula, Fl. ext. ipecac
34 dr. with which he has been very successful: Fl. ext. valerian
Take of -
.1 gal. Ether
.4 lbs. Alcohol
Carbolic acid... Sherry wine sutficient to make....16 oz.
Fowler's solution of arsenic......i lb. Mix according to art.
Mix. The adult dose is 25 to 30 drops, in a small A few ounces of chlorid of zinc may be added, quantity of water, every twenty minutes, until if desired. relief is obtained.–Western Druggist.
Directions : Extract the blood from the body and inject the embalming fluid.
The doctor embalmed the bodies of Archbishop TRIUMPH CORN PLASTERS.
Wood, of this city, Monsieur Le Moneu, of "Specific cure for corns and bunions. No France, and Prince Aristoff, of Russia, with this pain, no trouble, a sure cure.
Triumph preparation, without the chlorid of zinc. He Plaster Company, sole proprietor, Greenville, warrants it to keep the body perfectly fresh for Tenn.'
many years if the fluids of the body have been These plasters come in small yellow envelopes, properly extracted.
Current Medical Thought.
Concerning Lay Suggestions on Medico-Mili
The outbreak of the war with Spain was "A Segment from the Swirl of Time and Tide."
markt by a large increase in the general 'Twas a preacher of the gospel,
correspondence of the office of the SurgeonTo the devil ever hostile,
General of the Army, especially with reAnd he punched the sulphur out of him, gard to that part relating to the medicinal as Luther did of old.
treatment of disease. The subject matter For, with plunging, plangent pounding, has been of all degrees of dissimilarity, im
embodied in these latter communications He kept the church resounding, As he hammered out salvation to his practicability and absurdity; while the minifying fold.
correspondents were residents of various
foreign countries as well as nearly every And he had a son, Parmenus,
section of the United States. The letters Who (I'll whisper this between us) received were largely with reference to the Didn't want to be an angel and with the diseases especially prevalent in the army angels stand;
at various periods, and in the course of a In fact, I'm forced to mention
few months this office received, answered That his uniform abstention
and filed no less than 626 communications, From religion was so marked, 'twas re- of which 186 related to yellow fever, 77 marked on every hand.
were in regard to typhoid fever, 87 were Now, as a natural sequent,
on the subject of malaria, 58 were concernParmenus was a frequent,
ing dysentery, and the remainder were And much disabled, caller at my office for scattered among various other affections. repairs,
Practically all these letters suggested For, bowever it may shock us,
methods of treatment for disease (the The nimble gonococus,
adoption of which the writers frequently Perennially mixed up itself with all of his desired should be made compulsory on affairs.
army surgeons), or else stated the posses
sions by the writers of secret methods or How e'er his conscience kicked him,
formula, guaranteed infallible for one or He made the cook a victim,
many affections, which they were willing And his father, by some odd chance,
to impart to the Government for a considcaught a fragment of her breath.
eration; the consideration varying from a For, as fast as he could travel,
railroad pass to the lump sum of $50,000, He came about his “gravel,”
and from an appointment as nurse or phyAnd the poor old man was frightened to
sician to a life pension. The polite refusal within an inch of death.
of the Surgeon-General to purchase their I gently reassured him,
stock in trade was sometimes followed by And, in course of time, I cured him, charges and complaints to the President of And I seconded his homilies, and every
the United States, or to the Secretary of thing beside ;
War, that the Medical Department was And the old man still is preaching, criminally at fault in not giving the benefit And holy morals teaching,
of their superior knowledge or marvellous And-this is but a segment from the swirl therapeutic discoveries to the suffering solof time and tide.
diers. This class almost invariably spelt -Dr. W. C. Cooper, in The Eclec. fever “ feaver" and understood no pathoMed, Gleaner. logical difference between malaria, typhoid,
yellow and other fevers. They were uni
formly told that the Medical Department Editor MEDICAL WORLD: I come again for another year with the WORLD family. I also wish to offer a word of en- of the Army could neither purcbase nor couragement for the continuance of your " Monthly Talks." They are so much in line with what the people need. I am
make use of any secret methods or prepathis week getting one of your Talky publisht in our home pa. rations in the treatment of disease. per. "Thine for the right.” S. Black, Burlington Junction, Mo.:
Another large class of correspondente "I think your 'Monthly Talks' worth the price of THE was composed of purely disinterested indiWORLD, and your plan of stopping THE WORLD when subscription expires the only correct one.'
viduals, usually veterans of the Civil War Broken Bow, Neb.
CLINTON DAY, M.D. and motherly old ladies, who were anxious J. R. Trott, M. D., of Virden, III., writes : Never think that
only to assist the department in the alleI have the slightest intention of discontinuing THE WORLD. I would not know how to run my practice or keep house viation of suffering. Such were always without it. I have always enjoyed its monthly visits very monch.
courteously thankt for their interest and
suggestions, no matter how valueless or northwestern parts of the United States, grotesque the latter might be.
where yellow fever has never prevailed, Some of the correspondents were anony- and from such temperate climates as those mous, and a few were evidently of unsound of Germany, Austria and Russia. mental condition, as instanced by the From their letters one received the immaiden lady who for some weeks bomo pression that the rapidity with which a barded the office with thirty-page letters of remedy would cure yellow fever varied closely written and almost illegible manu- directly as the distance of its originator script on most irrelevant subjects and of from endemically infected points. It was the greatest incoherency.
noteworthy that no special claims as to In tone the correspondence varied from the cure of yellow fever emanated from the modest suggestion of some domestic southern points where the disease has from simple by some patriotic old lady to the time to time prevailed. As illustrating blatant offer of the Chicago quack who the negative value of lay opinion in regard claimed his ability and willingness to pre- to yellow fever it is only necessary to name serve the soldiers from death and from the following remedies, all of which have contracting disease of any kind at the rate recently been strongly recommended to of ten dollars per capita.
this office as positive cures for this disease: Many of the communications received, 1, Almond oil; 2, sulfur and molasses ; as the appended exact copies illustrates, 3, quinin ; 4, “Holman's Liver Pad "; are curiosities from a literary as well as 5, artificial refrigeration of the sick room; professional standpoint, and frequently 6, artificial heating of the sick room ; were so incoherent and badly written as to 7, “Yellow Jack Bitters" ; 8, wine and be made out with difficulty, even by the loaf sugar ; 9,“ Microbicide"; 10,"Diffuexperienced correspondence clerks of the sible Tonic" ; 11, “Combined Cure Yellow department.
Fever and Worms"; 12, “Calaya" ; 13, While the better element in civil life ap- “Salvite”; 14, “Dr. Osgood's India peared to appreciate that the Medical Do. Cholagogue "; 15, asafoetida and gum partment of the Army was presumably in camphor; 16, carbolic acid; 17, washing possession of adequate professional knowl. in sulfur water; 18, mustard plasters and edge for the proper treatment of disease, a mustard pediluvia ; 19,
mustard pediluvia ; 19, “ Oxydonor Ani- . certain number of individuals, previously mator”; 20, “Dixie Chill Care”; 21, unknown to fame, appeared to be con- maintained asepsis of air passages (prophyvinced that they, and they alone, were lactic and curative); 22, orange leaf tea ; capable of “curing” certain affections, 23, “ Zymoticine" ; 24, wire masks covnotably yellow fever, and this conviction ered with absorbent cotton (prophylactic); was apparently stronger in direct propor. 25, the use of powdered sulfur in shoes and tion to their own illiteracy and evident clothing; 26, juice of chamomile blossoms; lack of medical training. Many, alleging 27, “Labordin"; 28, hot lemonade ; themselves to be physicians, the appear- 29, preliminary administration of antiance and orthography of whose communi- septics (prophylactic) ; 30, “ Bosso"; 31, cations failed to substantiate their claim a composition liver pad (composition seto education, insisted that their services cret) ; 32, boiled water; 33, “ Wisky be accepted, as experts, to treat disease, and Lemmon"; 34, the burning of tar particular or general, by some infallible (prophylactic and curative); 35, a pinch method or secret preparation. The egotis- of salt on tongue twice daily (this will cure tical impudence of some of these individ- all fevers); 36, heated molasses; 37, uals was frequently astonishing. In the “ Micmac Indian Remedy" ; 38, turpeth rare instances where their valuable “ se- mineral; 39, Sanarelli's
40, crets” were divulged to the office they “Electropoise"
" Electropoise” (guaranteed to cure 95 proved either to be well-known drugs or per cent.); 41, “Dr. Gray's Cure" ; 42, combinations long in the hands of the lemonade and Epsom salt; 43, burning of profession, or else extraordinary prepara- rosin (prophylactic and curative) ; 44, tions compounded and administered in de- cupping ; 45, powdered charcoal; 46, bathfiance of the laws of chemistry and thera- ing in alum water; 47, lemons and oranges: peutics. It was noteworthy that, while a 48, ginger root; 49, bathing in sea with large number of individuals claimed to clothes on; 50, milk and tar boiled possess remedies of almost miraculous effi- together; 51, mineral water (brand not ciency in the cure of yellow fever, these specified) ; 52, “Mellon's Yellow Fever experts were largely from the northern and Remedy"; 53, peach leaf tea ; 54, placing