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Twins, Abortion of One of . 526
What Causes Chilly
ylaxis and in Treatment of. 400
Stomach and Bowels (?), Conges-
Dressing, with Special Relation
Increasing Importance of the.. 75
Reciprocity With Oregon.. 387
Salicylates in Acute Articular,
Rheumatism Questioned, The
14, 49, 54, 111
191, 376, 381, 424
Death Probably Due to. 207
Tuberculosis Communicated by 163
moval of Nitrate of. .388, 425
Ehrlich's. See Salvarsan.
the Urin, With Glycosuria 237
Ulcer After Use of 606, Intract-
Anesthesia, Quinin and.-Re-
Hydrochlorid of Quinin and.. 101
sufficiency and; Treatment Sug.
and Probable Vesical Atony
Aid of a Microscope. A Rapid
for Caustic Application for
tion in Inoperable Cases of
Tabes, Treatment for...
Which Contains No Male Fern. . 203
Information Wanted on... .342
mentation Aggravated By Ex-
394, 441, 491
Sexual Congress in Man and
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Year, The New
The knowledge that a man can use is the only real knowledge; the only knowledge that has
dust about the brain, or dries like raindrops of the stones.-FROUDE.
The Medical World
It was a valuable lesson, worth getting
times to learn. I have never forgotten it.
mighty hand of eternity. Then it is ours,
and only then. It is a new and precious
gift, and it will never return. Its oppor-
While I am writing these lines the cal-
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of the year, and so we have trained our
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time paid for, kindly notify us, as in the absence of The Jewish New Year is early in the au-
tumn; it is observed by the Jews as a re-
ligious ceremony, but it is more conve-
nient for them to adopt our calendar for
Naturally, in our hemisphere, the new
year should begin, it seems to me, on the
day following the shortest day-when the
days begin to lengthen. This is about
December 23d or 24th, or practically
Christmas time. This season, the start-
The year is new because each by the pagans long before the Christian
The date of the birth of Jesus is not
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ness to look forward to (specially impor- an effect in reducing mortality in those tant to the children), and certain events are cases which never manifest an alarmingly imprest upon our minds and possibly into high temperature. Its greatest effect is our lives. And December 25th is just as in the stimulation of the nervous system, good as any, and perhaps better, to cele
in the determination of the blood to the brate as the birth of Jesus. Then our peripheral circulation, in increast digestiv minds are turned to Palestine, because so powers, in checking emaciation, and in much of good came from there. But there adding to the comfort of the patient. is good in every country—let us increase it.
Dr. Thompson's practise is to use the And what a happy world we would have tub bath at 75 degrees whenever the paif Christmas would last all the year round.
tient's temperature reaches 102.5 degrees, “Every land a Palestine, and Christmas insisting on gentle and continuous friction all the year.”
of the skin by two nurses during the entire You see I have not said a word about continuation of the bath. While fifteen New Year's resolutions. If we take proper minutes is the ordinary duration of the care of each new day as it comes, the year bath, he has found it beneficial, in many will be all right. And so with every year. cases, to limit the bath to eight or ten
minutes, and to have the temperature at The Modified Brand Treatment in Typhoid 80 degrees. He gives an alcoholic stimuFever.
lant twenty minutes before the bath. Altho the so-called Brand method of Dr. James Tyson insists on having the treatment in typhoid fever has unques- patient void urin before entering the tub, tionably reduced the mortality of this and usually prefers a temperature of 70 disease in hospital practise, it has never degrees. Brisk rubbing is kept up during proven popular with the profession en- the bath, and an ice cap is kept on the gaged in private practise, nor is it appre
head. If the temperature has returned ciated by the patients who are subjected to a point as high as 102.2 degrees three to it. Brand did not originate the use of hours after the bath, it is repeated. If cold water in typhoid fever. Dr. Robert it is 102 degrees or above 101 degrees Jackson used it in 1774; Dr. Wright, a when taken three hours after the bath, West Indian physician, in 1777; James the bath is given an hour later; if 101 Currie, a ship surgeon of England, in 1797; degrees or above 100 degrees, the bath is Dr. Nathan Smith, of New Haven, in given two hours later; and if below 100 1798; and Dr. Hiram Corson, of Mont- degrees and above normal, it is given in gomery County, Pennsylvania, a graduate three hours. It is given at any time of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1828, when the temperature reaches 102.2 decontinued its use in his prac. ise for over grees if three hours have elapst after a fifty years. Brand, however, popularized previous bath. No more than eight baths it by his writings in 1861, and it was en- are ever given in the twenty-four hours. thusiastically taken up by the hospitals of Dr. Alfred Stengel's rules are: Take the world. Despite the excellent results temperature, pulse, and respiration rate recorded, it failed to gain in popularity every three hours. Use the sponge bath among the physicians in private practise, at temperature of 101.2 degrees; the tub and, in that field, has practically passed bath at 102.4 degrees. Temperature of out of use. The failure to recognize the water, 70 degrees. Ice caps to head confact that the use of water in typhoid fever tinually. The tub is only used in those is a valuable remedial agent which cannot cases presenting definitness of symptoms; be replaced by any other method or drug, those that begin in a mild way are is unfortunate. This neglect has been not tubbed unless some especial manifespartly due to the fact that many physi- tation arise. If the patient is very nervcians saw no further into the effects of the ous, or does not bear the bath well, it is cold bath than the reduction of tempera- discontinued. It is not used in case of ture, and felt that temperature could be children. reduced more easily by drugs. This habit Dr. Musser has the temperature, pulse, led to an abuse of the coal-tar line of and respiration rate taken every two chemicals, with unquestioned harm to pa- hours. He employs the sponge when temtients. Water, properly employed, in ty- perature is found at 102 degrees, and the phoid fever, has a wider range of usefulness tub bath at 103 degrees. The bath is than mere temperature reduction, and has begun at a temperature of 80 degrees, and it is then gradually reduced to 70 degrees. in either of these, sections to indicate that Ice cap to head continually. He takes the the medical freedom of any one is to be temperature during the bath, and again limited? We think no one can, for it is fifteen minutes following.
not there. An effort is being made to Leibermeister, forty years ago, advised enlist rancor on the part of the homeothe warm bath at 90 degrees, gradually paths against the bill, but we feel that cooled. Dr. Reiss, of Berlin, uses the the intelligent and progressiv homeopath warm bath at 88 degrees for several hours will not lend himself to any such chiat a time, or until the rectal temperature canery, for he knows, quite as well as falls to 100 degrees. Many use the ice cap any, how great would be the benefits of to the head as a routine measure when the a Department of Health under the control of temperature reaches 101 degrees.
the Federal Government. It is said that
the dope mixers are back of the finances The Duty of Every Physician Regarding the
of the league"; but we are quite reliably Owen Bill Now Before the U. S. Congress.
informed that the money comes from After many years of hard work by
Christian science sources. The antivivimany good and self-sacrificing men, it is
sectionists will be found opposing this bill, now possible for us to say that there is a
as will all other hysterical “anti's” who bill before Congress looking to the estab
are opposed to everything good and senlishment of a Department of Public sible, unless it is to be brought about by Health. It will not be easy to pass it,
means of their own pet fads. and every physician who loves his profes
Let every doctor write and you better sion and who seeks to do his full duty
drop a postal as soon as you have read to his fellow-man, should put his shoulder
this) to your congressman or senator, to the wheel immediately. Already there
asking for a copy of this bill. When it is determined and powerful opposition to
comes, study it well; and if you approve the passage of the bill. This opposition is of its purposes and aims (and you will), the more dangerous since it has organized again write to both your congressman under the caption of “The National
and your senators urging the passage of League for Medical Freedom," and by
the Owen bill. Don't depend on their this means is making a bid for the
having enuf sense or intelligence to see support of the ignorant. It is amazing to
that it is a good thing. Don't imagin find as officials in this “league" men who
that it is so sound a measure that it have heretofore stood for everything
cannot fail to pass.
You have no conwhich tended to benefit mankind. Their
ception of influences and pressure that, attitude in this instance is only explain
will be brought to bear on every conable on the hypothesis of ignorance, for
gressman and senator to induce him to this bill does not in any way or manner
prove recalcitrant to the interests of the propose to limit medical freedom in any
people and to vote the bill down or to manner. The only parts of the bill which
emasculate it before passage. We know, could be misconstrued into an expression
personally, that the most prominent Reindicating that it might be possible that
publican figure in the House is unalter
ably opposed to any such measure. quackery and charlatanism would be interfered with at some time, are the
radical and unreasonable is he on this second and seventh sections.
matter that he would not even argue it The second section deals with the
with the physician members of Congress. proposition to unify under a Secretary of
It is a source of gratification to many Public Health the various medical, sur
progressiv people of all parties that his gical, biological, and sanitary services,
influence in the next house will not be so which are now working under different
czar-like as it has been. Now, doctors, departments of the government.
get busy; and while you are writing, write The seventh section, which embodies
to the Committee of One Hundred on the main purpose of the bill, is as follows:
National Health, 105 East 22d St., New "That it shall be the duty and province
York City, N. Y., for any information of such a Department of Health to super
they can send you. vise all matters within the control of the Federal Government relating to public
Fifteen drops each of hydrogen peroxid and health and to diseases of animal life.”
glycerin, given every two hours, are of positiv
value in diphtheria (“membranous croup"), Can any one find any intention implied tonsillitis, and anginoid sore throat.
The Brave Stand of the “Druggists' Circular." that it will not. The concerted effort
The Druggists' Circular, in its November being made in many states to enact a law issue, contains as the leading editorial a prohibiting the physician from dispensing, dissertation "As to Dispensing by Physi- and to take from him the privilege of writcians," which we wish our subscribers ing the death certificate, and placing this could read. We do not have space for function in the hands of the druggists, it all, but reprint extracts which bear speaks too plainly to be misunderstood. strongly upon features of weight in the Preposterous and ridiculous as this movecontest now on between druggists and dis- ment is, and suicidal as it is, the drugpensing physicians. The editorial was gists seem determined on it. They seem called forth by a communication from to have learned nothing from their fatal H. Rubin, a druggist of Brooklyn, N. Y., experience with the nostrum makers, and who said, among other things:
to have determined to complete the obWe pharmacists, if we wish to amount to
sequies of the death and burial of all their anything, must unite to have a law passed pro
business interests by this supreme folly. hibiting physicians from dispe ing unless the The repeated publication, in all the leadpatient is not within reach of a pharmacy, or ing pharmaceutical papers, of Beal's scurin emergency cases. The pharmacists must rilous screed referred to on page 440 of understand that they can expect very little help from physicians, and it is up to them to
the November WORLD, proves the animus help themselves. A certain pharmaceutical now actuating them. Scarcely less foolish society has appointed a committee to devise than the pharmacist is the physician who means to help pharmacists. My suggestion to
ignores these activities, and makes no it is to see that we have legislation along the line suggested in this letter.
effort to impress upon his state represen
tativ and senator the fact that the mediThe editor replied with advice which, while intended for the pharmacist alone, facts, and that they will not tolerate for
cal profession is very much alive to the serves to reveal to the physician who reads it that there is a pharmaceutic fering with their rights or privileges.
a moment any legislativ enactment intereditor who knows what is right between
Write to them and insist that they take man and man, and who is not afraid to
a rational stand on this matter, in the urge it, even in the very face of the over
interest of all of the people, instead of the whelming sentiment now rampant among comparativly small class of druggists. the druggists. He says: Notwithstanding the fact that the drugs
Business Talk to Doctors. carried by many dispensing physicians are notoriously of a very low grade, we are of the
My Business Talk mail does not grow opinion that it is not feasible, and would not
Oil stock and mining stock be fair to the public, to have a law passed
have a law passed propositions have almost disappeared (docprohibiting a physician from administering to
tors have at last learned that almost a his patient such remedies as he might see fit, when and where and in any manner his knowl- sure way to throw away their money is to edge and skill might dictate. To speak of put it into such propositions), but many robbing the physician by law of his right to other kinds of propositions have appeared administer remedies to his patient is pueril, and to undertake to put such an idea into
to take the place of oil and mines. Wireexecution would be preposterous. The fact less was one, and many were indignant at that the physician himself is the final human my expressions concerning Wireless many arbiter of what is best for his patient makes it months ago. I wonder how they feel now difficult for the law to assume to say even what
about it. In many communities much quality of drugs he should carry in stock, and, as it seems to us, out of the question for it to money went into Wireless that should try to dictate when and in what dilution or have been used to pay doctor bills. So combination these drugs should be administered. many doctors who did not lose directly Not only does it seem to us to be useless for druggists to antagonize physicians in the matter
lost indirectly. And this is a point that of dispensing or in other matters of common
should be realized by the few doctors interest, but it seems suicidal. It will be a good who say that these Talks are of no benefit to day for the public when physicians and pharma- them, because they never put money into cists get together, and the former agree to throw
But away their stale tablets and low grade supply
such things—they are “too smart. house tinctures and extracts, and pharmacists
they are not smart enuf to know that agree to stop selling morphin-laden cough much money goes into such so-called "insyrups, fake "kidney cures," and quack gonor- vestments that should go into their rhea mixtures.
pockets. So if you don't need these Talks Will his advice be taken? We fear yourself, use them to warn your patrons