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offensive, and clay-like, or chalky stools with inclination to prolapsus recti.
"We have painless morning hoarseness; aphonia, desire for deep inspirations, and shortness of breath with vertigo, especially when ascending stairs or going uphill. Stitches in left mamma when coughing. Stitches in Calc. card, about as marked as iu Kali carb."
Here is a case of the author's own.
"Mrs. B—, of a scrofulous constitution through paternal side, of sanguine nervous temperament, auburn hair and dark eyes. Grandmother, father, and two sisters had goitre; one sister died of tubercular phthisis of the lungs, showing no sign of goitre, nor did the present subject. Grandmother always troubled with a cough, though she lived to old age; consumption still more common in other branches of father's family; patient had whooping-cough when a child from which she recovered with difficulty, and was always subject to a harassing cough of a dry provoking character; after her marriage was somewhat better, but after bearing her second child she showed evident signs of decline, losing strength and flesh for six weeks with cough growing steadily worse. At this time she took Arsenicum 30, being led to it by peculiar numb sensations in the upper extremities, soreness and pain in apex of right lung, the cough being worse immediately after lying down, accompanied with titillation in the larynx. She soon improved and got on very well till the next spring, when she was taken down again; this time she was tried on her old remedy, but to no purpose, but Calcarea did arrest the cough and other symptoms, which were, as will he seen, more conformable to its pathogenesis.
"Cough was very dry and harrassing morning and evening, especially with tickling, as from feather dust, in the throat; if any sputum was thrown off it seemed as if it had to he torn from the larynx; tongue would often protrude from the mouth so violent was the cough, and with such difficulty was anything detached. Calcarea carb. had the effect to finally control the worst of these symptoms and restore patient to her usual health.
"The old cough, however, never quite left her for any considerable time, and was always worse from a little exposure. This lady, however, managed to live and raise a family of three children besides losing two in infancy. When she reached her climaxis she died of a tubercular affection of the left lung. Her three children showed signs at puberty of having enlargement of the thyroid."
We quote the following for the dietetic hint which we have often found of great value in phthisical cases, and have italicised.
"A lady, aet. 35, and married, consulted me for catarrhal phthisis affecting a small space in the upper left lung, with a crackliug respiration, audible even to patient when recumbent. Expectoration greenish; dulness on percussion; paleness; emaciation; fever inconsiderable; cough was of some months' standing. Patient had taken cod-liver oil ad nauseam. Prescribed Kali Mur. 30, three times a day, and gave her freely a preparation made of one-fourth pound of finely-cut suet, simmered in two pints of milk down to one pint, fat rising on cooling to be skimmed off. Patient steadily improved for months, when an aggravation of cough took place, which I attributed to my remedy. Gave remedy only every third day subsequently. The green colour of sputa soon diminished under treatment and the crackling sounds in the bronchi. Two months from commencement of treatment patient's weight was nearly normal and she was steadily gaining; slight dulness, however, remained. She went to her friends in another state. She relished her suet and milk well."—J. C. Morgan.
In his presentment of medicines we have found our author generally trustworthy as regards the symptoms he gives. He makes, however, no distinction between those from provings on the healthy and those from the "Chronic Diseases." He also fails to distinguish between symptoms which have been found to indicate a remedy by clinical observation and pure pathogenetic defects. These are defects which should be rectified. We do not say these clinical symptoms should be rejected, but readers should be apprised of their source and left to judge for. themselves of their value.
Before leaving Dr. Brigham there are two points we must mention. One is his peculiar ideas of the English language and the way it should be put together. He treats us to several new words, as " immure," which is twice used (pp. 29 and 30) in the sense of possessed of immunity; "canification," the meaning of which we are quite unable to discover (p. 37); "depreciated corpuscles," probably meaning deteriorated corpuscles, is a new use of an old word (p. 77). "Know as for " know that" is not English at all (p. 138).
The second point is a graver one. We can forgive offences against the living better than against the dead, and dead languages are particularly sacred. But Dr. Brigham does not spare the one any more than the other. We say nothing of spelling the anglified word "haemorrhage " with the "e" instead of the diphthong, that may be conceded to American love of economy. But when it comes to spelling simillimum with a single "1" we must protest. At first we thought our author was actuated by economical motives here, but we came across the word spelt rightly once out of a score of times, and once—Shade of Cicero !—similissimum! We would respectfully recommend this word to the Internationals. After this " Kali Carbonica " for Kali Carbonicwm, "ad" initio for ab initio, and "Silesia" for Silicea, are trifles scarce worth mention.
If Dr. Brigham will confine himself to observing, and collecting the observations of others, he may yet gather together much that the world will thank him for; but we entreat of him before he next writes a book to take lessons in the language he writes in, and the art of composing in it, from some competent professor; to study diligently the art of arrangement, to eschew theories, original and borrowed, and to get some friend who knows Latin to promise to look over the proof-sheets. If he will do this he will save his reviewers and his readers much trouble and loss of temper, and give them a chance, "if he has something to say," of knowing without difficulty what the something is.
Journal of Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases, Vol. I, No. 1. Edited by Henry G. Piffard, A.M., M.D., and Prince A. Morrow, A.B., M.D. New York : William Wood and Co.
We welcome the appearance of this new journal, which has made a good start with its first number. The original matter is valuable, interesting, and well presented. The first article on "Trichophytosis cruris " is very well illustrated by a coloured plate representing a case of that disease. Papers read before dermatological societies, with discussions, are given, also selections from other journals and reviews. One of the discussions was on the report of two cases of acute psoriasis following vaccination, in one of which cure was brought about by Arsenic. In the discussion Dr. Piffard made the following remarks, which have an interest for us:
"With regard to the use of Arsenic in psoriasis, Dr. Piffard had seen remarkable results; he had seen the skin almost entirely clear off, and the redness disappear before the patient took the second dose. But the patient took a large dose—a teaspoonful of Fowler's solution—by mistake. The patient was bloated up, and had a bad time, but the eruption disappeared. He believed such an effect could be often produced if the patients could stand the large doses of Arsenic. . . ." "Experiments made in England by Ringer and Murrell show that the giving of large doses of Arsenic to frogs would cause them to shed their entire epidermis." There is life in the first number of this journal; we wish it—what it promises to have—a long, vigorous, and useful one.
The American Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, compiled and published by Boericke and Tafel, New York, 1882.
The union of the double function of authors and publishers is, of course, not unknown in general literature, several of our best known publishers being themselves the authors of books they publish, but it is somewhat of a novelty to find the combination of publishers and authors in the case of a medical work. The circumstance is accounted for, however, when we find that one of the firm, F. E. Boericke, is himself a doctor of medicine. This Pharmacopoeia, though designated " American," does not come to us accredited by the homoeopathic profession or by any representative body of homoeopaths in America, though this should not prejudice us in any way against it. Messrs. Boericke and Tafel assume the whole responsibility of it and only acknowledge the aid of two collaborators, viz. Mr. F. O. Ernesty, Ph. G., and Dr. Charles Mohr, formerly Lecturer on Homoeopathic Pharmaceutics at the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia.
The first psrt of this volume of 523 pages is devoted to a few pages on general homoeopathic pharmaceutics. Here we have an account of the utensils used, the vehicles for preparing and administering the medicines, directions for procuring medicinal substances, the preliminary manipulation to be employed, the preparation of the attenuations or dilutions and the triturations. Here we may observe that when Hahnemann directs drops our authors say minims, which secures more uniformity. Their method of medicating globules differs from that of Hahnemann, and is, we think, preferable. Hahnemann we know directed that the globules should be placed in a porcelain bowl and enough of the potency poured over them to moisten them, and that when moistened the globules should be poured out on a piece of filtering paper, and put when dry into a well corked bottle. Our authors direct the globules to be put in a bottle two thirds full, the potency poured in so as to moisten them completely, the bottle well shaken, inverted, and allowed to remain so for nine or ten hours; then the cork loosened and the superfluous liquid allowed to drop out. In a few days the globules will be quite dry. We have next directions for making the tinctures in the four several ways recommended by Hahnemann. Our authors make no attempt to get mother-tinctures of a uniform