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proper food, and want of sufficient rest and PHILADELPHIA, PA, recuperation of toiling poverty; and the worry,
fret, care and anxiety of all classes in regard Vol. X. JANUARY, 1892.
to supplies for the present and a certain guarFive Score Years.
antee for the future—the struggle to maintain The Psalmist considered three score years
and improve one's position. Then must every and ten the natural life of man. This has ever
man earn and justify his existence by a few since been accepted as a fair measure of what daily hours of health and wealth-producing ought to be the length of human life, barring activity of mind and body. We believe that, accidents. We believe this measure to be too by the process of natural evolution, aided by short by thirty years.
the intelligent efforts of many who love manIt is a fair general principle in natural his
kind as well as themselves, civilized society tory that the animal should live five times the
will finally reach this desirable state. No class length of the period of its development from
of workers will be benefited by its realization birth to complete maturity. Thus the horse,
more than will the members of the medical which comes to its perfect maturity at from profession. five to six years of age, may safely be counted Another requirement necessary to the attainupon, if properly cared for, to live from mert of the conditions favorable to longtwenty-five to thirty years. Individual ex- evity must be such improved conditions of ceptions need not be considered. According mechanical toil as will prevent life-destroying to this principal, the life of man should be accidents. about one hundred years, if accidental causes Another must be the more effective prevenof premature death are eliminated.
tion - the complete stamping out, indeedOne requirement necessary to the attain- of all specially contagious diseases. These meat of the condition most favorable to long must be regarded as being in the nature of accidents against life, as they are clearly pre- prises for the advancement of the race; and ventable. We believe that perfect sanitary that it leaves many of its victims in a condition administration endowed with due authority of profound debility for many months, the and proper advantages, can, in a relatively enormous magnitude of its importance begins short time, eradicate most, if not all, of the to be realized. It might be an interesting infectious diseases from the face of the earth. problem to compute how much more the entire It is unnecessary to point to the perfect co- machinery of our government has cost within operation ard concerted action of the whole the past two years than this disease has cost in human race, required to achieve this glorious physicians' services, medicines, time lost, funresult.
eral expenses, the financial value of the lives of Still another requirement must be universal productive members of society lost, and the education, including the hygienic principles immense incidental losses due to delay or commost useful to preserve the health of the in. plete failure in the prosecution of important dividual. Still another must be that efficient enterprises. medical aid may be secured so easily that it What a pity that a disease of such vital imwill be summoned at the first suspicion of in port to humanity should be popularly known by cipient disease, that as many cases as possible a name so insignificant and trifting as "La of serious illness may be averted.
Grippe." This encourages people in regarding have not mentioned by any means all of the the disease itself as a matter of slight importance attainable life preserving requirements, yet we
-until they have had it once-and in neglectbelieve that the complete attainment of these ing the proper care and treatment of themselves alone would give to man five score years of and those dependent upon them. The best happy, useful life.
name yet given to it, because based upon its In this we have not considered the possibility, most prominent symptom, in the absence of a believed in by some, of some time attaining to more definite pathology,—catarrhal feverthe administration of some acid or other chem
should be used. This recognizes the catarrhs ical substance during the declining years of
of the various membranes in which it is mani. life, or adapting diet and hygienic rules to the
fested throughout the system. purpose of preventing the too rap d calcifica- The diagnosis of the disease is very clear, tion of the tissues and preserving the normal and as it is fully dealt with in our text-books, proportion of organic matter in them, that it is entirely unrecessary to treat upon it here. "a green old age" may be considerably pro- However, as most of the classical descriptions longed.
of the disease state that it spends its force upon DOCTOR, you are now making up your list
the mucous membranes, we shall have to modify of medical journals for the year. You will
that by adding that serous membranes are al. take THE MEDICAL WORLD, of course, and
most equally susceptible to its influence, and some other or others. It is not easy to be too
hence we find it affecting the meninges, pleura, liberal in your expenditures for necessary
the joints, etc. Many persons afflicted with medical literature.
other ailments are strangely made worse during
this epidemic without being able to account The Great Epidemic.
for it, the fact being that it is this new disease A disease that prostrates hundreds of thou. in addition to their already present affliction. sands of human beings throughout Europe and
DaCosta very happily expresses this when he America within the space of a few weeks is says, “When influenza is prevailing on a large certainly one of considerable importance. But scale, it is often found peering out from under when we consider, in addition, that it increases the garb of other diseases, and it may be diffithe death rate from twenty-five to one hundred cult to separate its manifestations from those of per cent; that it checks the progress of manu- the malady it accompanies." facture and blocks the wheels of commerce ; The sequellæ are many and rather grave and that it prevents the prosecution of great enter. persistent, but can all be grouped under the
This may as
two heads of, first, persistent local congestion, especial attention, the benzoate will be the and, second, nervous debility, with the suscep. choice. If you cannot see the patient osten, tibility to other diseases which that induces. but wish to give a general formula, we suggest The active cause is unknown.
the following, which we have used with satiswell be frankly acknowledged by the profession faction : until more positive advance is attained. The R Acidi salicylici...... ...drams ij disease travels and acts in every way like one
Ammonii carbonatis.. .q.s. ad neutr.
ounces jss caused by a micro-organism, yet none has yet Ammonii bromidi..
....drams ij Ammonii chloridi.
.drams ij been conclusively demonstrated.
Ammonii benzoatis.. ...drams ij disposing cause is debility, either from con
Liq, ammon. acet........fuid ouaces ij stitutional or organic weakness, existing dis
Aq. menth. pip. q.8. ad. fluid ounces vj
M. Sig.-One tablespoonful in hot milk or water ease, exposure, lack of nourishment or sleep,
every two hours, until relieved, then reduce the fatiguing labor of body or mind, ca:e, anxiety, dose gradually to a teaspoonfu), no dose to be taken
in less thay two hours after eating. Should be grief, dissipation, or social or sexual excesses.
made fresh when needed for use. The pathology is not determined, but the This may be alternated, with much benefit, most likely theory is that the disease spends its
with a good camphor mixture. The heavily force upon the central nervous system—especiloaded tongue is well met with sulphite of ally the spinal cord, and that the local mani
sodium. festations are due to interference with its func
The “R” before one of your prescriptions tions. This is quite sufficient to explain the
should stand for "Rest.” This should be symptoms, from frontal head-ache, nasal, pha. absolute and complete, both physical and ryngeal, laryngeal and pulmonary congestion,
mental. Thus, the busy man who keeps at cardiac irritability, myalgia and intestinal his work as long as he can stand up and then catarrh down to priapism with erotic excite
goes to bed to have his papers and corresponment and temporary paralysis of the lower
dence read to him, and dictates replies to his limbs—all of which, and many more diverse letters, is virtually committing suicide. As symptoms, are well attested. The cases of
between rest and no medicine, and medicine erotic excitement reported by a correspondent and no rest, the influenza patient would by far of this journal some months ago and subjected
better take the former. to ridicule in some quarters, are not by any means strange or incredible, as we can testify What better present can you make to your from the experience of our own practice, that medical friend than a subscription to your it constitutes a well-marked symptom in the favorite medical journal. He will be reearly period of the attack in a considerable minded of your thoughtful generosity afresh proportion of cases.
every month throughout the entire year. Also, The magic remedies in this disease are the you and he will thereby be companions in ammonium salts and camphor. By the intelli- your professional reading. gent use of these, with other indicated treat
Honor to the Hero. ment, the cure is generally complete, and complications and sequellæ are not very likely to
FATHER JOHN BAKKER, a Redemptionist occur. The new antipyretics should generally priest, native of Holland, fifty-eight years of be avoided, except in very robust subjects and age, recently died of leprosy, near Batavia, in confined to the first few hours of the malady. Surinam, or Dutch Guiana, South America, The first remedy indicated usually is bromide
after twenty years of self-sacrifice and devotion of ammonium, continued as long as there is
to the work of caring for lepers in a leper much acute pain. The next most important colony, during the last nine of which he was
himself afflicted with the disease. Emerson is the salicylate of ammonium, if there is fever alternating with chilly and sweating stages.
says that “ Nothing truly great was If there is torpidity of the liver, the chloride achieved without enthusiasm.” should be used. If the kidneys require Sre order blank on page xxiv.
gr. v . gr. v
Current Medical Thought.
Cannabis Indica in Impotency.
The action of cannabis Indica upon the Treatment of Influenza with Camphor.
genito-urinary functions, commends it for the
relief of impotence, more especially when due During the recent epidemic, when I had on to functional derangements with a depressed an average 150 cases a week under my care, I
condition of vital powers ; but in these cases had ample opportunity of testing the efficacy
care should be exercised that the drug is not of various methods of treatment. Amongst given in too large doses. As synergists, it will other drugs, I tried camphor, and with so
be found advisable to combine with it small much success that I rarely prescribed anything quantities of both nux vomica and damiana, as else afterwards, six doses or less usually being sufficient. I administered it as follows :
R Ext. cannabis Indic.. R. Sp. camph....
Ext. nucis vomicæ,
M. et ft. pil. No. xx. One pill alter meals and at Mucilag. tragacanth.
....02. ij Aq., ad...
....02. Vj M. Sig.–One ounce every four hours.
Headache During Childhood. This costs very little, and by leaving out
SIMON (Riv. Mens.de. Mal. de l'Enf., May, the flavoring agents the effect is the same and 1891) says that seven groups of headache may the cost nominal. —F. W. Devereux Long, in
be classified: British Med. Jour.
1. Headache from rapid growth. It is
usually fiontal, is increased by exercise, and Treatment of Phthisis.
co exists with pain in the joints, periostoses, Dr. C. B. Brierly writes to Pacific Medical and hypertrophy of the heart. Treatment : Journal:-“Will you give the following place in
muscular repose, tonics, liberal diet, phosphate your columns ? I have for some time been
of lime, malt beer. using the following in tube rculosis :
2. Headache from intellectual activity. It
occurs in intelligent and excitable children, R. Tinct. catechu...
who study too much, or in backward children, Morph. sulph. Acid carbolic.
who acquire their lessons with difficulty. Syr. pruni virgin. ad...
Treatment: for the first class of cases, cessation M. Sig. -A tables poonful every four hours.
of intellectual work, physical exercise, but not It is not Koch's lymph by a long way, but I so severe as to produce fatigue, lukewarm have found it relieves profuse expectoration,
baths. In the second class of cases the work night sweats and hectic and in conjunction may be continued in moderation, plenty of with appropriate general treatment believe it exercise being enjoined.
I would will help materially to prolong life.
3. Headache from digestive troubles. be glad to learn if others derive any benefit
occurs in children who eat too much or too from it. They might try it in the countv hos. fast, and occurs in one to three hours after pital as an adjunct to the lymph.”--Am. Pract. eating: Treatment: properly regula:ed hygiene and News.
and diet; by bitter tonics before eating, warm drinks after eating.
Constipation should te Therapeutics of Indian Hemp.
4. Headache of nervous origin. It occurs Dr. SUCKLING says that in insanity in women,
in children who are excited by their manner due to mental worry or moral shock, Indian
of living. It is premonitory of future neuropahemp acts almost like a specific. He usually thies, epilepsy, and hysteria. Treatment: gives ten minim doses of the tincture three
baths, walking, massage, valerian, aconite, and times a day, combined with iron and strych- antipyrin for the hysterical; belladonna and nine. He has also found it of great value in
bromides for the epileptics. They should mania and melancholia, and in cases of chorea where arsenic fails ; in such he combines it
avoid taking cold. with hydrate of chloral. In migraine it is also
5. Headache in children of gouty or rheu
matic diathesis. It is sometimes accompanied useful, given with or without phosphide of
which zinc, when the severity and frequency of the by intense congestive phenoniena, attacks will be immediately diminished. It is
stimulate meningitis. There are manifestations
of hereditary antecedents; there are neuralgias also a valuable gastric sedative in cases of gastric ulcer and gastrodyni 1.-British Med. arthralgias, myalgias ; the urine contains phos
phates, oxalates, and urates. Treatment: Jour.
moderate diet, exercise in the open air, vapor SBB order blank on page xxiv.
baths with friction, laxatives, alkalines, salicy
.git. iv .oz. viii