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lessly, for many years. Yet, leaving out Before leaving this most interesting subject, all these, there have actually been well-authen we should like to institute a line of investigation ticated cures of cases of progressive Bright's among the observant and thoughtful ones of disease, diagnosed and treated by men whose our readers. We believe that much valuable accuracy and truth cannot be questioned. truth can yet be elicited in regard to the
Dujardin-Beaumetz has cured many cases subject. with only a strict and absolute milk diet, meet. In about what proportion of the number of ing symptoms as they arise. Semmola, of Italy, patients examined for it do you find albuminuplaces great reliance on his “ Anti Brightic ria? liquid" as a drink, containing the iodide, chlo About what proportion of them have no furride and phosphate of sodium.
ther manifestation of the disease, and what Quite a large school of American physicians proportion go on to serious Bright's disease? have been using, with frequent successes,
What remedies have you found to exert a Basham's mixture, the officinal mistura ferri favorable influence on the disease? et ammonii acetatis, in gradually increasing What remedies recommended have you found do es of one to four drachmi, three times daily. | useless ? Inhalations of oxygen
will surely cause the disappearance of albumen, to
Phthisis and Its Natural Cure. reappear within a short time after the treat Under this title Dr. J. A. Lanigan, of Hyde ment is suspended.
Park, Mass., gives his experience, in the MedOur friends of the Biochemic system of treat ical Register, in taking advantage of the natural ment, with a theory of the chemical affinity of antagonism of the materies morbi of phthisis phosphate of calcium for albumen, rely confi and rheumatism. His mode of procedure is to dently upon this remedy, with phosphate of transfuse blood of a rheumatic patient, drawn potassium to strengt en the nervous system. from near the joint or part affected, into the
The disciples of the Dosimetric method of veins of the tuberculous patient. He reports practice put forth the following:
seven cases so treated, with complete cure of Objects—To awaken interstitial absorption, phthisis in all of them. combat hyperesthesia and augment sanguineous May it not be one of the problems to be crasis.
solved in the near future, how to so array the Treatment-Friction with camphorated
with camphorated different disease germs against each other that ammonia. Internally, strychnine, digitaline, their hosts may be thus destroyed and man and arseniate of iron, a granule of each two or escape unharmed? We have often heard it asthree times daily.
serted, that if a tuberculous patient contract Dr. F. Herle, of Rochester, N. Y., writes us acute syphilis he will be lightly affected by both privately that he has not made a failure in diseases, and his health will really improve. twenty five years practice by using one daily Our own observation has not been such as to injection, per rectum, of thirty minims of confirm this theory. What have our readers nitric acid in eight ounces of hot water. He observed in regard to the subject ? stated that it takes from three to thirty such injections to completely check the disease.
“It." Now let us look over this list, embracing, so
Prof. Carl Seiler, of this city, already wellfar as we believe, about all the therapeutics for which actual success is claimed. Are they
known to our readers, has distinguished himnot all measures directed toward a
self by describing a new disease, which, for
reconstruction of the blood ? The distinct "kid
want of a more descriptive name, he calls “ It.” ney remedies" have all totally failed. What,
It attacks actors, preachers, public speakers, then, must be the true pathology ?
public singers, etc. The symptoms are many and variable, combining those of dyspepsia, nervous prostration, with swelling of glands
A Philosophy of Therapeutics. Much of what seems unscientific in the treatment of disease depends upon the physician's anxiety for the life of his patient. In fever, for instance, one may think the poison is the all-important obstacle, and devotes his energies to its speedy elimination ; another may dread hyperpyrexia, and essays to avert it before it destroys life; another may watch the patient's strength, and do little more than build up and stimulate. In all the result may be good, and an advance may be thus indirectly made in scientific therapeutics; for experience itself is a scientific factor, on the ground that the same phenomena always occurring under similar conditions form a law. The treatment of ague by quinine affords an instance of true scientific therapy, the pyrexia subsiding, the spleen resuming its normal size, and the absent urea returning to the urine. We know little of the pathology of such affections as epilepsy, chorea, spinal irritation, spinal concu:sion, etc.; yet, we frequently treat them with success, and such success is indirectly as scientific as it is directly emperical.
The Current Medical - Thought
Change of Life. It is a law of the female economy that for some thirty years of life, more or less, except when interrupted by pregnancy or its consequences, a certain quantity of blood shall be periodically discharged from the system. The arrest of this regularly.recurring phenomenon must of necessity induce constitutional disorder, whenever its proper time for discontinuance arrives; and many of the symptoms plainly indicate a disturbance of the even balance of the circulation. The liver has to do compensatory work, to aid in the depuration of the blood, which is now but imperfectly carried on; and it frequently relieves itself by various hemorrhages, these latter often becoming sources of further trouble and suffering, though they may give temporary relief to congested viscera. Flushes of transient heat and various hysterical phenomena also annoy the patient, Even chorea, essentially a disease of childhood, is liable to affect some women at the change of life. Other unpleasant signs include nervous and congestive headache; pressure and heat at the top of the head ; general irritability; despondency; drowsiness and insomnia; palpi. tation and spasm of the heart; flatulence; constipation, and hot perspirations alternating with cold.
Some Causes of Urticaria. The occurrence of urticaria or “nettle-rash" in adults is, as a rule, directly traceable to some of its well-known causes, as shell-fish, mush100ms, poisonous plants, the stings or bites of insects, jelly-fish; or the administration of certain drugs, as copaiba, choral, or valerian. It also happens as a complication of eczema and scabies, In children it is more frequent, and its cause is less easily demonstrated.
Ten grains of salicylate of soda administered every half hour are said to cure toothache.
R Tinct. eucalypti globuli.
.dr. j Potass iodidi.
...dr. ij Aq. dest....
...dr. x Three drops in a wineglassful of water every three hours.
oz, viij One-eighth part. p. r. n., in insomnia and diarrhea of typhoid.
Naphthol, gr. xv, ter. die.
m ij Divide into 20 powders. One powder three times a ay, as an intestinal antiseptic in typhoid fever.
& Ol, terbinthinæ....
.äā oz. j
...oz, viij One tablespoonful every four hours in typhoid, with or without bronchitis or diarrhea,
m xij . M xvj
R Acidi carbolici...
Aq. dest. ad.
Diagnosis Between General Paresis and Loco
1 Runs its course in a few years.
Lines on the Death of an Eminesc Young Phy
A victory by having slain
Ah, no! for he is living still.
Friends, brothers, debtors to his art.
In dying, death, will conquer thee.”
Sir Morell Mackenzie lauds guaiacum in the treatment of simple tonsilitis or inflammation of any part of the back of the throat. He recommends gr. iij of the resin every two hours from the outset of the disease, best given in lozenge or tablet form. If the guaiacum occasions diarrhea, a little bismuth and opium or morphia may be given.
Acetic acid is one of the most certain, simple and harmless of antiseptics.
Boric Acid in Diarrhea.
Flattening of the Clavicular Region.' Dr. S. S. Tomashevitch (“St. Louis Med.
The flattening which is often observed under and Surg. Jour.'') reports good results from en
the clavicle in fibroid or other forms of phthisis, emata of a lukewarm two or four per cent. solu
frequently fills up and becomes less noticeable tion of boracic acid, and administered after
as the case proceeds. This gives a false imHager's method, the dose being from two to
pression of improvement, and the disease may four tumblerfuls for adults, and from one half
be steadily advancing nevertheless, and excavaof one to children, once daily. Forty succes
tion may be in active progress. Theamount of sive cases were treated after this plan, every one
bronchial rale, the increased temperature, and of them rapidly making a complete and rapid
the nature of the expectoration will tell a difrecovery. In single cases of two or three days'
ferent tale. standing, the diarrhea had already ceased after a single enema. In recent cases with bloodstained stools, the latter became bloodless after
Creosote in Phthisis. one enema, but recovery ensued only after a A Berlin specialist - Dr. Sommerbrodt-has couple of sittings. In neglected or protracted treated over five thousand tuberculous patients cases of one-half to two months' duration, cure with creosote, to the exclusion of all other medifollowed after three to four enemata.
caments; he reports highly favorable results,
especially in early phthisis, and in catarrh of An Improved Method of Managing the Third the apex with induration. Expectoration was Stage of Labor.
soon lessened, also the cough. Temperature was The "improved method” is based on a new
reduced, appetite improved, and weight increasview as to the separation of the placenta. The
ed. Night-sweats quite rapidly diminished. He author holds that all separations of placenta or
gave five centigrammes of creosote, in capsules; membranes follow one mechanism; that they
one capsule the first day, two the second, three separate when there is a disproportion at the
the third, for the first week; four a day the plane of separation between their area and
second week, five the third week, six the fourth their site of attachment. This disproportion
week; then continued the six for many months. is only slight, as the trabeculæ are microscopic.
Professor Bouchard, of Paris, has reported simiThe placenta, in short, separates in the third
lar success, and considers that creosote has an stage after the pains, and is expelled, when
elective action on pulmonary lesions. Dr.Summerseparated, by the pains. The important prac brodt is convinced that it has a real specific actital point which the writer urges is that ma
tion.' nipulation cannot separate the placenta, but can only aid expulsion. He deprecates Crédé's method for separation of the placenta,
Pain in the back is often associated with no denouncing it as the most dangerous plan pos
.more serious cause than temporary excess of sible. He merely keeps his hand on the uterus,
uric acid in the urine, and in such cases is employing manipulation of it if bleeding
| quickly relieved by a few doses of liquor potascomes on, and limiting the Crédé method to
sæ, bicarbonate of soda, or other alkali. helping the expulsion. His guide to the period of separation was the marked decrease in the
Treatment of Excessive Perspiration. size of the uterus. His reasons for the treatment are: Ergotism and manipulation are | Bardet, in excessive and odorous perspiraused to insure good marked retraction and to tion in the feet or axillæ, combines with bathempty the intervillous spaces well. The fetal | ing the following powders : circulation is aspirated thoroughly by alle prins
bcaa'' (talc) ...........40 parts.. the child to cry well, and by draining
14?ie of bismuth..........45 parts. These two measures give the nece ry dispro
Permanganate of potassium.....13 parts. portion sooner, as the placenta cannot now fol
Salicylate of sodium............2 parts. low up the increase in placental area during To be finely pulverized. relaxation, and thus sooner the trabeculæ are
2 Rice powder may be used in the following torn apart.–Edin. Med. Jour., Oct., 1888. combination : Healthy urine will form a temporary foam
Rice powder..................60 parts. on the surface when shaken up, or poured from
Subnitrate of bismuth .........25 parts.
Permanganate of potassium..... 10 parts, a height, but it soon subsides. The foam
Powd. French chalk (talc).......5 parts. that forms on urine containing sugar or albumen, similarly treated, remains for quite a
To be thoroughly mixed and finely powdered. long time.