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It has now been out for some two months, and has received a full review in our Monthly contemporary. As nearly all our readers will have seen the account of it given there, we do not propose to go over the same ground again, but briefly to state our impressions as to the significance and yalue of the book.
1. Its importance as a sign of the progress of our ideas has been somewhat discounted by Dr. Ringer's Handbook. Still, Dr. Burness makes an advance upon his predecessor. The one gives his homoeopathic applications of drugs simply as empirical fragments; with the other they are advanced as instances of principles which are homoeopathic in everything but name. We shall be curious to see what treatment Dr. Burness and his book receive from the medical journals. If they are tolerated, on what ground can our ostracism be suffered to continue?
2. As to the value of the work, we are divided in mind. It is of course a cause for rejoicing that homoeopathy should find any utterance within the rigidlyguarded portals of the sect which at present usurps the title of scientific medicine; and we must not complain if its accents are somewhat lisping and broken. We are not inclined to enter at present on the question of casuistry whether the guilt is the greater on the part of those who persecute truth or those who deny or conceal it from motives of self-interest. It is, indeed, disgraceful that Dr. Burness should succumb to the temptation to conceal the name of homoeopathy, but the disgrace belongs far more to the leaders and the mouthpieces of the profession, who alone can withdraw the ban under which the school of Hahnemann is placed. We cannot expect a new recruit and humble private to incur their odium by striking out a different course. But we could have wished that this first essay of the kind had had more to recommend it in point of style, arrangement, and presentation (to say nothing of orthography and punctuation). The pathogenetic effects of the several drugs, and the diseases they are reputed to benefit, are huddled together in such a manner that they make no distinct impression on the mind. The former, moreover, are so mixed up with chemical explanations, often of the most hypothetical character, that they fail of their own effect as undoubted facts; and this is besides the loss they sustain by standing unsupported by any cited authority. The cases, also, given at the end to illustrate what the authors " mean by specific treatment," are far too briefly and vaguely stated to have any weight with those to whom the method is new and unwelcome. Altogether, we have serious fears that little good will come of Dr. Burness' undertaking. Its manner is not up to the old school- mark, and its matter would hardly be adjudged valuable from a homoeopathic standpoint. He would have done better, we think, to have published a brief essay on the homoeopathic principle expressed in his own words, and to have deferred treatment of special pharmacodynamics till greater maturity had been reached.
We give a specimen medicine to show how the work is done; and from this our own readers may judge whether or no the book is likely to be useful to themselves. Its original material, in the shape of some experiments on horses by Mr. Mavor, has of course its value, and will receive its due incorporation into our pathogeneses.
IODINE, AND IODIDE OF POTASSIUM.
Iodine in a full dose, produces coryza, frontal headache, lachrymation, injection of the conjunctiva, dryness of the throat, irritation of the air-passages, with cough and dyspnoea. The following effects have been induced by the use of Iodine, viz. Impaired digestion, emaciation, sweating, diarrhoea, and hectic fever, salivation, and wasting of the mammae and testes.
Catarrh of nasal membrane and frontal sinuses, dry cough, hoarseness, aphonia, and chronic inflammation of the throat, inflammation of the serous membrane, with effusion, eruption on the skin of an erythematous, papular, and pustular character, tremor, twitching and convulsive movements, terminating in paralysis, derangement of sensation, deranged vision, partial deafness, and depression of spirits.
Headache, sense of fulness, giddiness, drowsiness, with epistaxis, tumultuous action of the heart, intermittent pulse, weakness, loss of appetite, and vomiting, in some cases salivation and soreness of the mouth.
The physiological effects produced by Iodide of Potassium are analogous to those produced by Iodine; in a full dose it causes nausea, vomiting, pain and heat in the stomach, and purging, sometimes diuresis, but does not act so energetically as free Iodine. It sometimes causes salivation and increased secretion from the nasal and conjunctival membranes, headache and wakefulness. It is soon eliminated from the system even when given in large doses; hence the dose often requires to be repeated to produce the physiological effects.
Both the effects produced by this agent in the healthy body. and in various diseases, indicate that its action is primarily on the blood, hence on the fluids of the body. It acts in virtue of its chemical properties, abstracting hydrogen and uniting with bases, appearing in the urine and other secretions, as hydriodic acid, iodine and iodate ; also upon the glands, and the mucous and serous membranes in the process of elimination.
IODIDE OF POTASSIUM.
As this salt is very soluble, it is soon absorbed into the blood, and therefore acts less on the stomach, &c. It diffuses readily and is soon eliminated by the urine. • On account of its physical properties, it will cause endosmose of the serum of the blood, or vice versd, according to the degree of concentration of the solution given. It is, however, probably soon decomposed after introduction into the stomach.
The vapour of Iodine is useful in coryza, catarrh, chronic bronchitis, bronchorrhosa, diphtheria, laryngitis, spasmodic asthma, and in salivation.
In Restobative Doses.
Indicated in scaly diseases of the skin, as lepra, psoriasis. In
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chronic enlargement of the liver, in the diarrhoea, vomiting, and hectic of phthisis; in chronic cutaneous eruptions, especially in scrofulous children, chronic rheumatism; in inflammation of bones or periosteum, the consequence of syphilis; in chronic rheumatic arthritis.
In Physiological Doses.
In tabes mesenterica, in mammary, ovarian, and uterine tumours, and bronchocele.
IODIDE OF POTASSIUM. In Restorative Doses. Indicated in articular rheumatism, dropsies, hydrocele, periosteal nodes due to syphilis, in secondary or tertiary syphilis, in lead poisoning, and coryza.
In Physiological Doses.
Indicated in scrofula, chronic diseases connected with induration and enlargement of various organs, also to promote the absorption of effusions.
In chronic rheumatism, gout, pleurisy, synovitis, bronchocele, lupus, myalgia, indurated glands, erysipelas, and as an injection in hydrocele, white swelling, ovarian tumours (after being tapped), large abscesses, &c.
Boericke and Tafel's Quarterly Bulletin of Medical Literature. No. 11, February, 1874. New York and Philadelphia.
This useful account of homoeopathic literature is in the present quarter of no ordinary interest. It has several times given intimations of a forthcoming complete collection of existing provings, under the auspices of Dr. Allen, of New York. The number now before us contains the prospectus and plan of publication of this work, with a specimen medicine. It will be of interest to our readers that we give them an account of the former, and of importance to the cause of homoeopathy that we critically examine the latter.
1. Messrs. Boericke and Tafel propose to publish an Encyclopadia of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. It is to be all that Jahrs Symptomen-Codex (long out of print) was in its time, brought down to the present day by the incorporation of all new provings, and on an improved plan. The terms, &c., of issue are stated by the publishers thus:—
"We intend to issue the work -in volumes of 640 pages each, size of page and type to be like sample, at the price of $6.00, and will issue no less than two volumes per year, most likely three, as we would like to see the whole work completed in 1876.
"Physicians subscribing in advance for the whole work will receive the volume at $5.00, substantially bound in cloth.
"It is impossible to state in advance, with certainty, how many such volumes will comprise the whole work, but to judge from the present state of the MSS., we should think that five or six volumes will complete the whole.
"It will readily be perceived that this is a great enterprise, entailing much labour and a large outlay of money. In justice to ourselves, and in justice to subscribers, who will have a claim to an assurance that the work will be carried through to its completion, we desire to have it understood that we cannot commence publication until we have a subscription list containing the names of not less than Five Hundred Subscribers. While this number of subscriptions will fall very far short of the actual cost and outlay, it will suffice to assure us that the profession appreciates our efforts; it will suffice, too, to place the publication upon a satisfactory financial basis.
"To contribute your share then towards expediting the consummation of this most important work, send in your signature At Once; don't put it off; there may be too many who, although favourable to the enterprise, neglect sending in their names, thinking that a work so much needed will certainly receive the required number of subscribers without them, and thus the whole may he retarded.
"If there are more than one physician in one place, it will be