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The assumed "regulars," to cure the ugly little pet born to medicine in Germany, prescribed "social and professional ostracism." This was their remedy. It fell into their own cup and now they are drinking it themselves. They have tried to force it down that giant, the laity, but here they struck a solid, immovable, impenetrable barrier, and the dose returns like an unex? pected recoil, and 10,000,000 out of the great American lay population in this country are masters and victors. To the 75,000 professional men arraye4 with the haughty ancient plume and holding the pestle as the "jJJsculapian shelalah" over the heads of the little band of eight thousand faithful medical reformers these ten million are saying: ". These are my little ones. I have adopted them into my family; harm them not, for they shall grow to be rulers and princes and kings among you."

The Comte de Chambord and his Doctors.

That" child of miracle," the Comte de Chambord, has proved as great a puzzle and as great a disappointment to his doctors in his disease and death, as he was to his political adherents whilst he posed as a pretender to the crown of Trance, but always found some excuse for not assuming it when it seemed within his grasp. The long story of his illness the whole world read from day to day, and we were all charmed to learn that the most scientific and eminent doctors of Germany and France were summoned to his bedside to give the illustrious patient the benefit of their wisdom and experience. Drs, Drasche and Meyer, assisted by the famed Dr. Billroth of gastrotomic fame, represented the German element in the medical galaxy, while Dr. Vulpian was the French ingredient introduced to qualify Teutonic sagacity. The chief symptoms observed were: great pain some ten minutes or a quarter of an hour after the ingestion of the smallest quantity of food and a tumour, very sensitive to the touch, and apparently about the size of the palm of the hand, situated rather to the right of the median line in the epigastrium. The disease was of long standing, and was ascribed by some of his doctors to the patient having tried to reduce his embonpoint by the Banting system of diet.

The collected medical wisdom agreed unanimously that the disease was cancer, but they were not sure whether the cancerous tumour was in the walls of the stomach or external to them. They likewise agreed not to breathe a syllable of these suspicions to the patient, but to tell him that he had only a severe catarrh of the stomach that reached from the stomach some distance up the oesophagus^ and that a cure was certain—at least this is what Vulpian says he told the patient. Vulpian prescribed: milk diet, pills of Bichromate of potash and inunctions of Iodine and Belladonna ointment over the epigastrium. We should like to know his reasons for prescribing Bichromate of potash in a case of such violent irritation of the gastric raucous membrane; it does not seem to fall in with any allopathic idea as to the nature of the disease, whether the supposed cancer or the alleged catarrh. It looks as if Dr. Vulpian had been looking into some homoeopathic handbook, and was endeavouring to apply his imperfectly acquired homoeopathic knowledge; making an experiment; in fact, on his royal patient. Perhaps Dr. V. is a "stalwart" republican, in which case " fiat experimentum in corpore regali" might be to him much the same as the old familiar reading of the saw.

But in spite of milk-diet and Bichromate of potash, and in spite of all the medical wisdom of Germany and France, the last of the French Bourbons died, as we all know. His wife would not hear of an autopsy, but as she wished him to be embalmed, a post-mortein examination was perforce made. The epigastric tumour was found to. consist of fat and some swollen—not cancerous—mesenteric glands. The pyloric end of the stomach was free from induration and was not narrowed. The lower fifth of the oesophagus was studded with ulcers, and there were also some small ulcers on the mucous membrane of the stomach to within a few centimetres of the pylorus, but only one which at all resembled those seen in the oesophagus. The condition of the other organs was little altered from the normal, except that the heart was slightly fatty, and the kidneys were very Blightly granular on their surfaces. Dr. Vulpian, while confessing the serious error in diagnosis committed by himself and his German colleagues in this case, tries to excuse himself by saying that in all his experience, which is great, in post-mortem examinations, he has never yet met with ulceration of the lower part of the oesophagus. Be this as it may, we find in von Ziemssen's 8th vol. a full description of catarrhal ulcers of the oesophagus, which in a large proportion of the cases the authors assert are found in the upper part of that tube; but this statement almost implies that in a smaller proportion of the cases the ulceration is in the lower part of the tube.

Any way we can have no hesitation in saying that the Comte de Chambord was muddled to death by his doctors, who mistook his disease completely, and consequently failed to adopt a treatment appropriate to the real malady. Supposing he had had a homoeopathic adviser, who, guided by the symptoms and unbiassed by theoretical speculations, would have treated him with small doses of Arsenicum, Merc, corr., or even K. bich., might not the result have been different?

The Calcutta School of Homoeopathy.

This School was established on the 15th February last at 45, Beniatollah Lane, (City College Premises), to meet a great want felt among the medical as well as the general public. Its object is to disseminate the principles and practice of homoeopathic therapeutics. The homoeopathic treatment is now recognised as that of the most advanced and rational mode of therapeutics.

For the present, the following courses of lectures will be delivered:—" Principles and Practice of Medicine," by M. M. Bose, Esq., M.D., L.R.C.P. (Edin.), Ac., on every Thursday at 4.30 p.m. "Materia Medica and Therapeutics," by P. C. Mojumdar, Esq., L.M.S., on every Monday, at 4.30 p.m. "Principles of G-eneral Anatomy and Physiology," by B. L. Bose, Esq., L.M.S, on every Wednesday, at 4.30 p.m. L. Salzer, Esq., M.D., will also lecture once a week.

Virchow in a Scrape.

As we learn from the Lancet of June 30th, 1883, the great Professor Virchow, the self-constituted judge and executioner of the Hahnemannic quackery, has himself incurred the censure of the Aerztevereinbund, a sort of medico-ethical Vehmgericht, for giving a testimonial in favour of a secret quack nostrum called the Pilula? HelveticeB of a certain Dr. Brandt. This nostrumvending doctor was not slow in advertising the certificate of the great professor, and the Bund with a courage that merits praise were down upon him in spite of his European reputation. But the Lancet, which would have highly approved the action of the Bund had it only affected some medical obscurity, apparently thinks that the great Virchow, like the king, can do no wrongso it censures the Bund for its audacity and thinks that the illustrious "Virchow should not have been subjected to molestation." Such sycophantish toadyism on the part of the English periodical is sickening. Only three pages back the Lancet highly approves of the conduct of Dr. Elint, of New York, in leading an assault on the liberal conduct of the New York Medical Society which, as most of our readers are aware, a short time ago abrogated the law of their code which forbad the consultation of its members with homoeopaths, and substituted for this permission to its members to consult with any registered or qualified practitioner. Perhaps if the illustrious Virchow were ever to do such an improbable thing as to give the benefit of his opinion to a qualified practitioner who was a believer in Hahnemann's therapeutic rule, the Lancet might be induced to read him a lecture on his ethical depravity; but to give a testimonial for some quack pill is but a venial offence—nay not an offence— a meritorious act on the part of the great professor—according to the Lancet.

Prince Bismarck and his Doctors.

"It is pretty well known that this illustrious Prince suffers much from violent neuralgias, which sometimes make their appearance as sciatica, and sometimes as tic douloureux. He is sometimes attacked by an inflammatory affection of the veins of the foot, as well as by ailments of various kinds, the results of colds and gastric disorders. It would, moreover, appear from the Berlin correspondent of our contemporary, the Allgemeine Wiener Medizinische Zeitung, that he has never cherished any feelings of regard for his medical attendants; at any rate, he has never given expression to them, and it has been his constant habit to dismiss them whenever the fancy took him. It has often enough happened that he has discharged a practitioner of ordinary medicine to take up with a ' homoeopath,' and sometimes to have both kinds in attendance at the same time. As he has said, 'The method of treatment is of less consequence to him than the result.' Sometimes he has fixed a time for his attendant within which he has required to be cured, or at least rendered fit tor work. If the result has met the requirement, the patient has been content, but he has never had a word of acknowledgment or thanks for his medical adviser. When he was Deputy in Frankfort he was attended by the then Regimentsarzt, now Director of the Imperial Health Office, Dr. Struck. "When he was first in Friedrichsrube, Dr. Cohn, of Hamburgh, was his attendant. When in Varzin he had a third. In Kissingen he consulted Dr. Diruf. His wife is a believer in homoeopathy, as well as a trafficker in a nostrum (made from magpies' wings) for the cure of epilepsy, and for some reason—perhaprs influenced by his wife—he was for several years under treatment by professors of the 'School of Homoeopathy.' Three years ago he returned to the rationalists, and consulted Professor Frerichs, whom ho had consulted many years before; but within a short time he had made another change, and called in the professional man under whose care he now is. The present favourite is a Dr. Schweningen, of Munich. This individual is a young man, thirtythree years of age, who, starting with brilliant prospects, has already succeeded in shutting himself out from relationships with most respectable families in consequence of some indiscretion in connection with the wife of another medical man, one result of which was that both parties suffered a term of imprisonment. Bismarck, however, requiries only medicine from his doctor, and the young man found his moral, or immoral, behaviour no bar to the Prince's favour. With such a history before us it requires no great effort to imagine that the 'iron' Chancellor is not a very desirable patient; and those who are not the recipients" of his favourable notice may console themselves when they see others preferred before them by the thought that, if the fortunate one is chosen to much honour, much is required to counterbalance the many disagreeables incident to the position of Leibarzt to one who knows not what consideration for others and gratitude are." —The Medical Press, Sept. 5th, 1883.

This article does as much honour to the heart as to the head of our contemporary. It was evidently prompted by esprit de corps, by a sense of the solidarity existing among all members of the

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