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to death;' meals irregular, rest the same, and how to properly do numerbroken, or you may be deprived of rest ous other nurse duties. Then in many entirely for several days; a severe head- cases you can leave a thermometer and di. ache comes upon you and your nerves cry rect that a daily report with chart be sent out for rest and sleep, but still the sick you, and thus the number of necessary your attention. What are you
visits can be greatly reduced, enabling you to do? You can “ bridge over" by taking to get rest when you need it, and still do a drug and still continue your ministra- your duty to your patients. Don't be tions to the sick, The temptation is afraid of your practice slipping from you great—not for your own gratification, but by using intelligent lay help. If you do in behalf of others. You yield, not from it with good judgment, confidence in you weakness, but from magnanimity. The will be increast, and hence your fame and same conditions come again, and you yield practise will be increast; but, better than again-and yet again and again. Each all, it will enable you to take proper care time it becomes easier, and your realization of yourself, and continue to be a man. of the danger grows less and less until you Beware of drug taking, and of breaking lose sight of it altogether. What was oc- the rules of health. Nature cannot be casional becomes frequent, until, to your cheated. The fact that you are a physi. dismay, it has become a habit. You are cian will not save you. Nature knows no human; drugs and neglect of proper rules such thing as “professional etiquette." of living have the same effect on you as on Nature's laws are impartial. others. You were strong, but now you are weak; you were resolute, but you have
Doctor's Ideals. changed; your mental vision was clear, Any who live only for the physical but now it is "astigmatic" and "ambly- pleasures of life belong with the pigs. opic;" you were free, but now you are a Indeed, there are very few if any such, slave. Pitiful transformation !
for even among the lowest of humanity What will pay for such a misfortune? would be difficult or impossible to find If success comes so high, it is not worth one who has no hope, no memory, no ideal its cost. Sacrifice is noble, but sacrifice beyond the merely physical. with such results should be avoided. living,'' in the best sense, does not relate
Realize that you are human. Realize to what money will buy. The millionaire that it is more important that you live a cannot eat in proportion to his wealth, proper and hygienic life than anyone else and however costly his mansion it is only in the community, for you are the health a house after all; and even among the pilot, and you should set a proper example. most elegant surroundings, with costly Command both yourself and your business. viands and wines, servants and equipages Do not allow your business to drive you to without limit at bis command, he may be drink or drugs, not even " for the sake of poverty stricken in health, head, heart humanity,” for you are yourself a part of and soul. humanity, and as important as any other For example, a couple of years ago an member of the community. If you direct extremely wealthy speculator in South and use the aid of others with good judg. African gold mines, on his way from the ment, “humanity” need not suffer, even gold fields to England committed suicide in an unusual stress of sickness. Plenty by jumping overboard. His life seemed of willing aid is nearly always at hand, empty, in spite of his wealth. His friends and if you do not properly direct it, it is feared danger, and had him carefully your own fault. It is well to instruct watcht, but he eluded his watchers and many among your clientele how to take destroyed himself. Can we imagine more pulse and temperature and keep a chart of abject poverty? An honest hod carrier,
whose ideal is to earn money that he may sion, relations to patients and to profesgive comfort, and now and then a little sional brethren, standard of service to paouting, to his little family, is wealthier. tients, etc., it just oceurs to us that per
Beyond the physical necessities, food, haps some of our many readers will give raiment and shelter, and these on a modo expression to their ideals for the benefit est scale, life really consists in our ideale. of the “World family.” This would be Those who love the bighest ideals and who an interesting and profitable “class strive to live up to and realize them, live meeting.” the highest; and those whose ideals are lowest live the lowest, however rich they
Government and Spelling. may be in material wealth; and any who 7 November Medical Mirror contains the have no ideals, if there be any such, can following from the pen of the genial Dr. scarcely be said to live at all.
I. N. Love : There are ideals of all kinds, and one Dr. C. F. Taylor, editor of THE MEDICAL person may have several kinds, in dif- WORLD, in his journal gives not only good serv
ice to bis subscribers in furnishing a sympoferent relations. For example, a mechanic
sium of bedside experience that is valuable, but may have an ideal in regard to doing bet- in every issue, in his “Talks,” touches up af
fairs of state and matters of vital interest to ter work than any other workman in his
every citizen. I do not always agree with Dr. line, and he doubtless has other ideals of Taylor's views, but whether I do or not I am inlife outside the shop.
variably imprest with their evidences of study,
thought and sincerity. The world has been advanced entirely
I do agree with him, however, in favoring by idealists. Inventors have had their Government ownership of all public franchises. ideals before the realization, Patriots
Surely, if the Government can conduct the postal
service so successfully she can the telegraph, have sarificed their lives for their ideals, telephone and the railroads and postal savings and because of this we have the blessings
As regards Dr. Taylor's views on phonetic in government tbat we
enjoy. spelling, he may be right but I don't like it. Many pages could be written along this Somehow or other to spell through thru, thorough
thoro, tough tuf, looks too easy; and I feel that line of the world's authors, artists, states
since I had to struggle through the intricacies of men, scientists, etc., etc., all idealists. * our present tough system of spelling I want those
who follow after to do the same. Doctors should have ideals both in their
The fact is,
spelling is a most excellent mental gymnastie, professional work and outside. We are and it won't do to make it too easy. Phonetic all mediocre in our work until we strive spelling looks awfully uncultured, don't you
know, and whenever I see it, it's hard to get rid to excel. Our professional ideal should be of the idea that the pen wielder indulging in it to at least win a place above mediocrity. has erred from the standpoint of good spelling.
Suppose we eliminate the diphthong and "let Then, I still insist, that every doctor
it go at that." Still, the fact that the WORLD should live a life outside his profession. editor wants the more radical changes made He should have an ideal as a citizen, and
would almost prompt my acquiescence. live up to it. There are other ideals also, Thanks, Brother Love, for your frank as to relations to family, kin, friends and expressions. The above shows that we society. One should keep his ideals ever are in substantial agreement in regard to before him; if they are what they should matters of state, for “Government ownerbe, they will always be good company. ship of all public franchises” embraces They will help you to be a better doctor, almost the whole of my political belief. citizen, son, husband and father. A man If my “ Talks" have aided in bringing without an ideal is much like a ship with- you to this view it is another of the many out a compass during a cloudy night when indications that they have done much the stars. cannot be seen. But ideals can- good. We will all hope that your brilliant not be bought. Others cannot make them pen will aid in spreading this light, to the Each' must make his own.
end that the masses of the people in this As to doctor's ideals within the profes- country shall be enlightened enuf to con
duct their own public affairs in the interest instruments are made as near accuracy of all.
and precision as possible; why not lanNow as to spelling, I do not advocate guage, which is our universal instrument? fonetic spelling, because that would be too Let wealth and fashion create an aristocmuch of a revolution. Its theory is all racy, if they wish, and let them “ keep the right, but its practice would disturb es- bars up" as high as they can; but let tablisht practice too much. I advocate learning be a true democracy. If difficult only a little step toward simplified and and absurd spelling has kept some out, let rational spelling. Over a quarter of a us remove this obstruction as rapidly as century ago the foremost scholars of this we can, that all who wish may read and country began a movement in favor of a write the language without committing an reform in spelling. In 1876 the American
In 1876 the American absurdity in every line. If written and Philological Society publisht a declaration printed language were as simple and conon this subject. Further action was taken sistent as it should be, the time now given from year to year, and the Philological to it could be used to make clear, logical Society of London was also interested, thinkers of our boys and girls, and they and in 1883 both societies agreed upon would grow up to be mentally stronger twenty-four rules for the correction of the men and women. orthography of certain words and classes One of our Missouri subscribers wrote of words. Thus the scholars. did their me a year or two ago, “Don't make spell. work as far back as 1883, but the “prac. ing too easy. It won't do to let in every tical" men, the “business" men, the Tom, Dick and Harry. We must keep the meu of action,” still lag behind !
bars up." I replied that I wanted to let Brother Love (and all other progessive the bars down, or remove them entirely if brethren), please look in the Century Dic- possible, and let all who desire to come tionary, immediately following the letter into the pasture of learning. No nation 2, and see the rules above referred to, ever had people who were too learned. with a list of amended spellings. Also Learning is too precious to confine to an look in the front part of Webster's Inter- aristocracy. national Dictionary, page xcvii, and see of the rules adopted by the philothe same. You will find even greater at- local societies above mentioned, the first tention given to this subject in the Stand- one is, “ drop silent e when fonetically ard Dictionary. What I am doing is to
useless.' In many words the final e is make a small and modest beginning at
not only fonetically useless, but it is a
false guide. One of the rules of pronuncarrying out the rules agreed upon by the
ciation is that a final silent e indicates the leading scholars of both this country and long sound of the preceding vowel : as in England sixteen years ago.
wine the i is long, and win the i is short. think it is time to begin?
There are many such words, as kite, kit; Spelling as it now exists is not an ex
mite, mit; white, whit;. bite, bit; fine, cellent mental gymnastic." Its contra
fin; twine, twin, etc. For this reason such
words as definite, medicine, opposite. dictions and lack of method lead to
uterine, examine, etc., should be spelled insanity rather than reason. The only without the final e, unless you wish to good mental gymnastics are those that pronounce the i in the last syllable long, embrace logic, rule and consistency. A
as in wine, kite, etc.
The National Teachers' Association, conmind trained along such lines becomes sisting of over ten thousand teachers, has stronger and clearer.
sent out the following annowicement: It seems that Brother Love wants a sort
Secretary's Office, Winona, Minn., Aug. 1, 1898 of aristocracy of learning, and hence would make language, the instrument of
The Department of Superintendence of the N. E. A, at in
meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17, 1898, appointed a con learning, as diflicult as possible. Surgical
mittee consisting of Dr. Wm. T. Harris, United States Cornuis
sioner of Education, Washington, D. C.; Dr. F. Louis Soldan, tice medicin. It is sending communicaSuperintendent of Schools, Saint Louis, Mo., and T, M. Balliet, Superintendent of Schools, Springfield, Mass., to tions to other medical societies thruout the recommend a list of words with simplified spelling for use in the publisht proceedings of the Department.
country, and to examining boards, boards The report of the committee was duly made and the spell
of health, etc., of the various States. We ing so authorized was used in the publisht proceedings of the meeting of the Department held in Chattanooga, Tenn., hope that this is a step toward the estabFeb. 22-24, 1898.
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the N. E. A. held lishing of a uniform standard by the in Washington, D. C., July 7, 1898, the action of the Depart- various boards of examiners, and a uniment of Superintendence was approved and the list of words with simplified spelling adopted for use in all publications formity of State medical laws. All this of the N E. A. as follows:
Program (programme); tho (thougb); altho (although); will pave the way toward a National thoro (thorough); thorofare (thoroughfare); thru (through); Medical Law, which we hope will be posthruout (throughout); catalog (catalogue); prolog (prologue); decalog (decalogue); demagog (demagogue); pedagog (peda. sible in the not distant future. For cirgogue). You are invited to extend notice of this action and to join
culars issued by the above-mentioned in securing the general adoption of the suggested amend. society, address E. Amberg, M. D., Sec'y ments.
IRWIN SHEPARD, Secretary. Are not doctors as progressive as teach
of Committee, 32 W. Adams Ave., Detroit,
Mich. ers? Should not medical editors be as progressive as any other class ?
An Example from Canada. The following is quoted from an address The following clipping from a Canadian by the president of the American Philogi- newspaper, sent to us by a Canadian subcal Association :
scriber, tells its own story. We fear that "It is of no use to try to characterize with fitting epithets it will be many years after Canada has an and adequate terms of objugation the monstrous spelling of interprovincial medical law before we have the hole scooltime of the mass of men.' Count tbe hours that an interstate medical law. However, we each man wastes in lerning to read at scool, the hours which he wastes thru life from the hindrance to easy read
must continue pushing the idea until all ing; the hours wasted at scool in lerning to spell; the hours legal practitioners will be free to practice spent thru life in keeping up and perfecting this knowledge of spelling, in consulting dictionaries--a work that never anywhere under the stars and stripes. ends; the hours that he spends in writing silent letters, and multiply this time by the number of persons who speak
LICENSE ĮFOR; ALLY CANADA. English, and we shal hav a total of millions of years wasted by each generation. The cost of printing these silent letters PROPOSED (BILL TO ESTABLISH INTERPROVINCIAL of the English language is to be counted by millions of
MEDICAL REGISTRATION. dollars for each generation, and yet literary amateurs fall in luv with these squintings and lispings. They try to defend ULTIMATELY, IT IS HOPED, THE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED them by pleading their advantage in the study of etymology,
TO THE ENTIRE BRITISH EMPIRE. but a changeless orthografy destroys the material for etymo. logical study, writn records ar valuabl to the filologist just in Toronto, November 9.-(Special.)-Dr. T. G. Roddick, M.P., proportion as they ar accurat records of speech as spoken
for St. Antoine Division of Montreal, was in the city yesterfrom year to year."
day in connection with the Interprovincial registration of
medical practitioners, Dr. Roddick was intrusted by the The Association is trying to get a resolu- Canadian Medical Association with the duty of forwarding
the cause of interprovincial registration. Ile held a contion thru Congress as follows i
ference yesterday upon the subject with Dr. Williams, of
Ingersoll, and Dr. Thorburn, of Toronto. These three discust Resolved, that the Public Printer be and is hereby directed
the proposed bill which, if past by Parliament, will give in all works for Congress and for the Departments begun after effect to their object. the passage of this resolution to adopt the following rules for The scheme of the bill is that provision be made the examended spelling, except in educational and other works amination by the dominion Medican Council of candidates where a different orthography may be acquired :
desiring a license to practice anywhere in Canada. This, if First.-- Drop “ue" at the end of words like "dialogue,"
arranged, will in no way interfere with the autonomy of the "catalogne," etc., where the preceding vowel is short. Thus, existing provincial councils. spell "demagog," "epilog,” synagog,” etc.
When the pre- The Dominion Council will consist of delegates from the ceding vowel is long, as in "prorogue," "vogue,", "disem. provincial councils and the amalgamation will do away with bogue," etc., retain final letters as at present.
the evil which now exists of Outario practitioners being Second.-Drop final "e" in such words as "definite," "in
unable to practice in Quebec, or any other province, and vice finite," "favorite," etc., when the preceding vowel is short. versa. The bill will be retroactive. Thus, spell "opposit," "preterit," "hypocrit," "requisit,”. · All members of the medical profession of ten years' stand. etc. When the preceding vowel is long, as in “polite," ing or over will be immediately licensed to practice any. "inite," "unite," etc , retain present forms unchanged. where in Canada without special examination. Those of less
Third. -- Drop final “te” in words like “quartette," "CO- than ten years' standing will be at liberty to take the examiquette," "cigarette," etc. Thus, spell "cigaret,” “roset," natiou for such a license. The aim of the bill will be to -epaulet," "vedet. 'gazet," etc. Fourth. -- Drop final "me" in words like “programme."
establish a system applicable to Canada generally, with the
ultimate hope of bringing about an Imperial medical coun. Thus, spell “program, ' "oriflam," "gram," etc. Fifth.-Change “ph to" "p" in words like "phantom,"
cil, providing a license to practice anywhere in the empire.
Hon. Sydney Fisher, under whose attention the matter will "telegraph," phase" etc. Thus, spell "alfabet," “paragraf,'
come, bas pronounced himself in favor of the move. "flosofy," "fonetic," "fotograf,'' etc.
Sixth.---Substitute "e" for the diphthongs "L" and "" when they bave the sound of that letter. Thus, spell "eolian," "esthetic," subpena," "esofagus," "atheneum," etc.
It is suggested that the following subject be N. B.-No change in proper names.
discussed in our columns in the near future : The members of the American Philological Association say
“Do intestinal antiseptics disinfect the canal ?" that the scope of their work is constantly extending, and they bave hope of getting favorable action by the Senate and What do you think about it? What have you the House at Washington,
found to be the best antiseptics for this purpose,
and in what form and doses ? The Wayne Co. (Detroit, Mich.) Medi- Perhaps you can propose other opportune subcal Society is continuing its efforts to pro
jects, and at the same time give your views for
publication. The advance in medical science mote the establishment of inter-state
was never more rapid than at present. Cannot reciprocity concerning the license to prac- you contribute something to it.
ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS The furniture of this office was simpler
than many a modern kitchen. A plain Short stories on the treatment of diseases and experience with pine table stood in the middle of the room. department; also difficult cases for diagnosis and treat
Four plain wooden chairs, cheap but ment.
strongly made, completed the fittings. Articles accepted must be contributed to this journal only.
The editors are not responsible for views expressed by The painter, who attended to the outside contributors
decoration, having some green paint left, Copy must be received on or before the twelfth of the month
for publication in the next month. U'nused manuscript kindly painted these green for nothing. cannot be returned.
He said it was a pity to waste the paint, Certainly it is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must but those who saw the furniture said it
say all he has to say in the feurst possible verds, or his reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his was a pity the painter had any paint left. reader will certainly miunderstand then. Generally, also, a dmmright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want
In the corner was a case of small drawdownright jacts at present more than anything else.- RUSKIN. ers, and in these was kept a choice but READ. REFLECT. COMPARE. RECORD, limited assortment of herbs and drugs
which were used not only in practice, but Medical Reminiscences.
sold to the villagers for a consideration, No. 4.
there being no apothecary store in the MY FIRST OFFICE.
place. Camphor was one of the drugs Editor MEDICAL WORLD:--An entry in greatly in demand, but rankly redolent the ledger before referred to in this series above all was the penetrating odor of asarecalls to mind that in the early fifties a fetida, which permeated the atmosphere fairly good office could be had for $36 a and saturated everything. year. This first office was a whole build- On the corners of the table were several ing in itself, but it was a small building. books wbich constituted the whole library. There was a large door in the center, Samuel Cooper's Dictionary of Practical framed strongly enuf to withstand a siege, Surgery was one of these, while the Edinwhile a window each side, glazed with burgh Dispensatory was another; the Phydiamond panes, was heavily shuttered. sicians' Prescription Book completing the The building was just as long as it was trio, and almost completing the library, wide, and its square shape gave it the ap- Thomas Watson's Lectures on the Princi. pearance of a block house. It had but ples and Practise of Physic maintained one story, and the steep pitch roof came the equilibrium on the opposite corner, down from a central point just alike on all and aside from its valuable suggestions sides, so that it lookt like a huge extin- was almost as entertaining as a novel. guisher. The building was painted white, In the drawer of the table was an oldwhile the trimmings, the door, and all the fashioned turnkey for pulling teeth, one shutters, eight in number, were painted or two excavating tools and pluggers for green.
filling teeth, a small pocket case of instruThe interior was exceedingly plainly ments, a long keen-edged butcher's knife, furnished. There was no rich carpet with a bright fine-toothed tenon saw, and an velvety pile, into which the feet would old-fashioned tourniquet. The whole outsink as in a bed of moss; instead, there fit cost less than $10, for each article was a generous sprinkling of sand cover- was second-hand, altho just as good for ing the floor, which had been scrubbed practical purposes. Even this slight outlay white. One or two crude prints, consid- represented many days of self-denial even ered at that date as the perfection of re- to going without dinner to save money. productive art, hung frameless on the wall. On the wall hung two small, cedar, One of these was a portrait of George brass bound pulleys, fitted with strong Washington, a face which adorned even hempen cord. This was a familiar article the poorest home, in those days, a tribute in all surgeons' offices at that time, for the to a man whose name was one to conjure reduction of dislocations was not then a by.
matter of skill, but a question of force. Conspicuously displayed was a diploma On the table, when a doctor was at written in Latin, which only the initiated home, was small, strong, wooden, could read, and which, for that reason, leather covered with-the-hair-on, brass. inspired the gaping country people with bound chest, with a clasp and padlock awe and led them to attribute marvelous nearly as large as the chest itself. When knowledge to the happy possessor, for, he was making his visits, this chest sat, said they to themselves, if he can read prominently displayed, in the chaise, on that he must know everything.
the seat beside him, and when he entered