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from an acute attack that had been on for practice, to send them out to each Ameriseveral weeks, with no sign of abatement. can physician,-a federation in which the The family had been warned by his phy- views of each member may be set forth, sician that it would end in consumption. and discusst dispassionately that no mem. For these acute conditions I gave five con- ber or school shall be belittled, but each secutive treatments, completely eradicat honored for all the good in it or that may ing them. Later he took intermittent treat- be had from it. ment for one month, with the result that his

WILLARD CYRIL FRANCIS, throat became stronger than since child. Topeka, Kan. Expert Pneumatist. hood, the vocal cords improving wonderfully.

Asepsis in Obstetrics. Recently, a gentleman of twenty-eight years, who has had tonsillitis from child

Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-In an article, hood, was treated by me at 6 p.m. Within by S. B. A., M. D., on page 444, of October one hour the acute conditions all disap- World, regarding antisepsis in obstetrics, peared, and a second treatment at 7 o'clock

he advises the clipping of the hair from the following morning perfected the cure.

the pubes. I have been in the harness a Since then he has been very ill of a chronic

little over thirty-three years continually stomach ailment, breaking out in a rash

and have enjoyed quite an extensive obover the neck and trunk so that the skin

stetric practice. While I consider cleanlipeeled off over the entire surface, the ton- ness indispensable, I find many primipara sils, however, remaining perfectly well.

who are unwilling to let their physician This last is mentioned because so many

come near the bed until driven to do so by charge the stomach with creating tonsil pain. Would it not be rather out of place litis, and others write long disquisitions to suggest going at such with a pair of upon the alimentary tract, etc., connecting

shears? this with inflammations of the tonsils.

I rather admire the suggestions of J. In acute quinsy and congestions of the

T. Anderson, M. D., on same page. Howthroat and upper bronchial tract, my ex

ever, we would meet with some opposition perience has been in like measure. Thru- when we attempted to reconstruct the bed out, no “first attack” has ever come un

and bedding after two or three wise old der my care, but in every instance in

ladies had got everything in readiness. recurrent forms, and for a term of years,

In my thirty-three years' practice, have as many as three attacks in a single

never lost a baby or mother, never had a year.

case of child-bed fever or of milk leg. All cures effected have been by the ap- Now, is it possible that I have had all the plication of pneumatics (vacuum form). simple cases, and some other doctor had With this the indurations were first re

all the bad, complicated cases? duced, and all soreness eradicated, after

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Quiz Department.

been to several eminent practitioners, who

tried all their favorite formulas on her, Questions are solicited for this column. Communications

not accompanied by the proper name and address of the dosed her with lithia, cathartic and tonics, writer (not necessarily for publication) will not be noticed.

all to no purpose, finally advising resort to The great number of requests for private answers, for the in

springs. Here she was subjected to water, formation and benefit of the writer, makes it necessary for us to charge a fee for the time required. This fee will

steam, mud, hot air and electricity baths, be from one to five dollars, according to the amount of from which very little, if any, benefit has research and writing required.

been derived, as the trouble continues in A Question for Dr. Waugh.

all the joints, even to those of the maxil

lary bones. Her general condition is good ; Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-I see in the

urine normal. She is only able to move January WORLD that Dr. Waugh for morn

around with difficulty; cannot close the ing diarrhea recommends corrosive subli.

hands sufficiently to grasp a knife, on acmate, in half milligram, three times a day,"

count of enlarged and distorted joints. and for metrorrhagia, hydrastin, one milli

Case No. 2 is that of a married woman, gram every four hours. For Dr. Lloyd's aged 56, who has been greatly troubled for case five grains calcium sulfocarbolate every hour for seven doses. Is this a mixture of

a year with a severe pain in the back and homeopathy and allopathy, or what would

groin upon first arising from bed in the

morning. After being up an hour or so you call it? He will never die of the doctor's

she feels nothing of it. The pains resemdoses of corrosive sublimate or hydrastin.

ble muscular rheumatism, but all remedies I can't say so much for his sulfocarbolate.

which invariably relieve that are of no I ask this that I may learn something of

benefit in this case. Bowels are quite free, the physiologic effects of these drugs. I

appetite fair.

Urine is variable ; somehave no disposition to cavil, but to learn.

times scant, with specific gravity of 1035, at I have been giving 1-60 and 1-100 grain

other times profuse, with specific gravity of corrosive sublimate twice and thrice

of 1002; no albumin; no sugar; muddy times daily. Perhaps my doses have been

deposit when scant. Have tried lithia, too large, if so I will be forced to the metric weights. I have been giving sulfocarbo

baths, douches, enemas and electricity,

both galvanic and faradic, with no benefit. late, not five-grain doses; my cases will

If any of your readers can give any sugnot tolerate so much. How is this? I

gestions upon either of the above cases want information. My best wishes for The

it would greatly oblige WORLD. L. S. Cooms.


[We notice that the hot-air treatment

has not been used in the above cases. Membranous Croup and Calcium lodid.

This would very probably benefit them, Editor MEDICAL WORLD :- What cura- unless they are of gonorrheal origin, in tive power has dark iodid of lime in mem- which event benefit would not be so branous croup? Dr. V. E. Lawrence, of markt.-ED.] Ottawa, Kan., calls it almost or quite a specific in true membranous croup. He

Lime and Membranous Croup. says : In order to get the desired results from this remedy it must be used only in

Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-I saw in some membranous croup, and not in diphthe- journal, The World, I think, several ritic croup." I wish to know the best

years ago, where some doctor recommended

the dark iodid of lime” in membranous remedy in this world for membranous

croup. croup, and the manner to use it. It need

Could some one furnish the formnot be a specific.

ula? A “job of ditching" generally folH. H. BORDNER, M. D.

lows a case of that disease in my hands. Shamokin Dam, Pa.

A. C. GORE, M. D.

Hohenlinden, Miss.
Arthritis and Its Treatment.
Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-May I in-

Lard and Strychnia. quire if any of your numerous subscribers Editor MEDICAL WORLD:-Please inform can suggest anything likely to do any good me how I can keep the sulfites (especially in the following cases:

the hyposulfite of soda) from spoiling Case 1. A married woman, aet 33, is when in solution and bottled for use; also suffering greatly with arthritis that began its incompatibles

its incompatibles. The solution of the to trouble her four years ago. She has above hyposulfite becomes milky colored if kept any time, especially when the

Formulas. weather is warm. You can add my testimony to the anti- [In our issue for November, 1897, we began republishing the

formulas for the leading advertised nostrums. We do this dotal property of lard in cases of dog believing that physicians have a right to know what the peo poisoning by strychnin. I know of its ple are taking, and that they oughi to know in order to ad

minister proper antidotes if called in case of an overdose, resurrecting one dog, and of the drag fail. which often happens, particularly with the various soothing

syrups given to children. Back numbers can still be iur. ing to have any injurious effect on three

nished to those who wish the series complete.) bitches when given on fat pork. Sneads, Fla. B. FORMAN.

Formulas Wanted.

A reliable hair-dye; Gourand's Oriental The Needs of a Young Practitioner. Cream ; Benson's Celery and Chamomile Pills; Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Please get Orleans ; a walnut stain' hair-dye ; for making

Preston's Headache Cure, manufactured at New some old practitioner to tell all about how

surgeon's felt; for the administration of gold to build a two-room office to serve the best

and sodii chlorid ; a cheap way for making uses ; the size of rooms, windows, furni- oxygen to supply a room ; Montgomery's Hair ture, etc., the best light exposure, what Restorer; Orange Blossom ; Olive Branch ; Dr. instruments, appliances, examination

Doan's Kidney Pills ; Slocum's Psychine. tables, chairs and splints, and what drugs

HAMLET'S AGUE PILLS. are necessary to meet emergencies, after

Take of the manner of Parrish, in his Pharmacy.

Sulph. quinine...

.2 dr. Young men beginning will save money

Powd, myrrh

I dr, largely with such an article of reference. Powd, capsicum..

.1 dr. I wasted half my money by not knowing Mix.-Make sixty pills. these points.

J. A. ELLUTE. Northumberland, Pa.


A good corn cure that is similar in every Use of Lead Hair Dyes.-Why do Dogs Howi? respect to Hanson's Magic Corn Cure, is made

by taking of :Editor MEDICAL WORLD :-Does anyone

Simple cerate... know of actual cases having been paral- Salicylic acid...

.1 dr. yzed as a result of using hair restoratives? Mix intimately. -Indiana Pharmacist. The following may be an irrelevant ques

HARDY'S OINTMENT. tion for THE MEDICAL WORLD, yet, since so many doctors keep dogs, some of them According to Bouchardt consists of :

Beef tallow

.17 dr. may be able to answer it: Is there any

Castor oil

6 dr. one who can give the philosophy of a dog

Gallic acid howling? D. E. RICHARDS, M. D.

Essence vanilla sufficient to flavor. Slatington, Pa.

-Secret Nostrums and Systems.

.1 oz.

.30 gr.

Take of
Flowers of sulphur...

.2 oz.
Linseed oil ...

1 lb. Oil of amber, ..

2 oz. Oil of turpentine...

.sufficient. Boil the sulphur and linseed oil on a gentle fire until the sulphur is dissolved; then withdraw from the fire, and when the mixture has somewhat cooled, add the oil of amber and turpentine to bring the preparation to the consistence of molasses.- National Druggist.

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What are your views as to treatment of diphtheria?
Can you have better value for your money than Dr.
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10 gr. .10 gi. .10 gr.

2 oz.

5 oz. 2 pt.

I oz. ..12 pt.

.4 fl. oz.

powders in quantity sufficient to make a mass of acid, sulphuric acid, traces of an alkaloid, and a proper consistence. This is to be divided into tannin-bearing drug. Just what drug has yielded lozenges of seven and one-half grains each. the tannin it is impossible to say. It is not any -Secret Nostrums and Systems. of the ordinary tannin-bearing drugs, as none of

them yield such a colored precipitate with the HELMBOLD'S BUCHU.

lead and zinc salts. The essential parts are, Said to resemble the genuine.

however, the mineral astringents and alcohol,

and a preparation which is substantially the same, Take of Short buchu...

9 oz.

may be made by the following formula :

Take of
Uva ursi...

.4} oz.
Tinct. catechu (1 in 16)

1 dr. Licorice root.

.10 dr.

Cocaine muriate .... Macerate in 9 pints of boiling water, strain,

Lead acetate...,
and add :

Zinc sulfate

.63 1. oz Molasses..

.8 oz.

a. oz. Mix well, and add :

Dissolve the mineral salts each in one-half Fluid extract cubeb..

ounce of water and mix them. Dilute the tincture Alcohol Oil peppermint:

of catechu with 4 fluid ounces of water ; add the Water sufficient to make...

minerals and then the solution of cocaine muriate -Lillard's Practice, Hints and Formulas.

in an ounce of water ; lastly the alcohol and water to make :7} fluid ounces. The color of

Injection Brou may be fairly well simulated by HELMBOLD'S JELLY OF GLYCERIN AND ROSES. using a small amount of magenta.- New Idea.

Our examination shows the following to be the formula for the above :

Take of

1 dr.

The formula for this preparation is said to be : Triple ext. of rose

.6 drops.

Take of
Yellow wax.

.10 parts. Glycerin

.2 A. oz.
White wax

10 parts. Water...

-New Idea.

.2.5 parts. Lard..

50 parts. Sweet oil


Mix.-Secret Nostrums and Systems. Dr. George Covert, of Clinton, Wis., in a recent article, says in regard to this preparation : "A one-time schoolmate and friend of mine

HOLLOWAY'S PILLS. cured himself of asthma with his own remedy.

Take ofHe went to Europe, introduced his asthama


2 dr. remedy to the notice of Kaiser William, who


1 dr. used it with benefit and gave it his royal com

Capsicum mendation. Our friends fortune was made, and

Saffron... Himrod's Asthma Remedy is still on the market.”

Sulfate of soda .. This is said to be the formula :

Make one hundred pills. Take of

-Secret Nostrums and Systems. Powdered lobelia .... Powdered stramonium leaves. Powdered nitrate of potash..

HOP BITTERS. Powdered black tea.....

The following is said to be the formula :
Sift well and mix.

Take of
-Secret Nostrums and Systems.

Tinct, of hops.

* oz. Tinct. of buchu


Tinct. of senega..

3 dr. Take of

Podophyllin (dissolved in spirits Oil of wormwood....

.40 minims

of wine).
Tinct of cochineal.

..20 drops. Oil of bemlock

2 dr.

Distilled water sufficient to make 1 pt. Oil of thyme

.2 dr.

Mix.Oil of turpentine..

.4 dr.
Fl. ext. of capsicum.
.1 dr.

Alcobol to make.
Mix.-Secret Nostrums and Systems.

It is said to be similar to the following:
Take of

Tartar emetic.....

Spirits of camphor

1 fi, dr. The preparation comes in a bottle of very Fluid extract of ipecac

4 drops. peculiar construction, made on a private mould, Laudanum

2 fl. dr. and contains short 7} fluid ounces of a slightly Syrup of tolu.

.12 fi, dr. yellowish fluid containing a reddish-brown sedi- Tinct, of digitalis

1 fl. dr. ment in suspension.

Syrup of squills

2 tl, oz. Analysis shows the presence of alcohol, acetic

-National Druggist.

.20 gr.

5 gr. 5 gr.

2 oz. 2 oz. .2 oz. 2 oz.

10 gr.

4 oz.

4 gr.

Current Medical Thought. conditions where the physician's directions

can be faithfully carried out-the poultice Heart Complications in Diphtheria. is of great value. When directions can. Dr. C. M. Hibbard (Boston Medical and

not be fully conformed to this agent should Surgical Journal), draws the following

not be used-a rule which applies to all conclusions : 1. A rapid pulse rate in

remedies. diphtheria is to be dreaded. Death usu

In broncho-pneumonia, when dyspnea is ally results when it exceeds 150. 2. A

marked; in pneumonia, when pain is slow pulse—60 in young children, is a

great; in pleurisy and bronchitis, accomsign often of serious heart trouble. 3. Ir

panied by much distress-a hot poultice regularities in the pulse occur in about 10

surrounding the body will often give very per cent. of the diphtheria cases, and are

quick and permanent relief; but it must generally significant of cardiac complica

be kept hot by frequent changing or covertions. 4. A systolic murmur at the apex

ing with oiled silk and heating with hotis heard in about one case in ten, and its

water bottles. prognostic value depends upon the nature

The failure to get good results from the of the cause. 5. A bruit de galop in diph- use of poultices indicates a failure to obtheria is a most fatal sign. 6. After four

serve therapeutic indications, or negligence weeks, with no heart symptoms in diph- in the method of using the remedy. The theria, there is little probability of subse- fault, then, is not with the poultice as a quent cardiac trouble in the convalescence.

remedial agent, but with the method of 7. All diphtheria patients who have tachy

use, or with the using it when there is cardia, bradycardia, irregular or weak

some contraindication. It is no more a pulse, a systolic murmur at the apex,

panacea for all pulmonary ailments than vomiting, or any paralysis --especially pal

is Dover's powder. A differential study atal--should be kept quiet in bed. 8. The

of cases will help to determine the condi.

tions in which this remedy is of greatest most important element in the treatment consists in absolute rest in bed. 9. The

value, and will aid in restoring the poulvagus nerve in the fatal cases always had

tice to its former deservedly bigh place in some evidence of degenerative changes.

the minds of the profession, and conduce The weight of the heart was increased.

to a proper limitation of its field of use10. The cause of death is usually from

fulness. Exact therapeusis requires that a cardiac thrombi, dilatation, or paralysis, remedy be prescribed at the proper time, produced most probably by the toxin of in a definite manner, for a known purpose. the diphtheria bacillus.

Other important local applications which

require as careful and scientific use are Poultices in Pulmonary Diseases of children,

the mustard, capsicum and spice poultice

or plaster; stupes of turpentine, camphor, The poultice may be used to relieve pain, alcohol ; jackets of spongiopiline, cotton, or to produce local dilatation of the capil- lamb's wool. None of these can be applied laries to relieve some congested area. The method of use is as important in the em

in every case indiscriminately.--Medicine. ployment of this remedy as in the case of any other. It would be useless in many

Tea and Rheumatism. instances to look for good results from the The habitual use of tea as a means of administration of a dose of quinin once a relieving headache, is without doubt an week or even once a day. It is just as efficient cause of rheumatism in numerous unwise to expect decided effects from a ways. The writer has met many persons poultice when used in a haphazard or who could not forego the morning cup of irregular way or at great intervals. Direc- tea or coffee without suffering severely tions must be definite and results will be from headache and depression during the positive.

day. Haig has shown that a dose of uric In broncho-pneumonia, pneumonia, or acid will cure a headache, by driving the bronchitis, it is not always advisable, but uric acid out of the blood. The day folis often beneficial. If the patient is poor, lowing, howevor, the reverse condition ex the apartment cold, and provisions for ists. The amount of uric acid found in nursing meager, it may be better not to the blood is increased, and a new dose undertake the use of this agent. The must be given to protece the nervous sys. method and circumstances are everything. tem from the result of the contact of this Under favorable conditions-that is, under nerve poison. The thein, or caffein, of tea

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