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A PAGE OR LITTLE THINGS. IN connection with the epidemic of “la
grippe,” it is well to diagnosticate between - Dr. M. Cazier, formerly of Burlingamie, cases of influenza-phobia and influenza. Slight Kansas, is attending the polyclinic in New disorders, which last year were designated by York City.
patients as a little cold in the head, stimulated by the accounts in the daily press, this
year MRS. ELIZA C. FARNHAM has given $10,000 assumed the dignity of attacks of "la grippe.' to the library fund of the New York academy And the self-diagnostician who comes into of medicine, in memory of her deceased hus- our office announcing that he is billious, now band, Dr. Horace P. Farnham.
proudly raises his head and states, “Doctor, I DR PRIEST, of Concordia, Kas., honored us
have an attack of this new disease, can you do anything for it?"
W. D. B. with a hand-shake and some good advice during the past month. The doctor is a good
DR. OHMAN-DUMESINE says by painting questioner and knows when he gets the prop- powder stains with the following solution
they will turn red : DR. Lewis H. SAYRE, a son of Dr. Lewis
R Amonii biniodidi. A. Sayre, was found dead on a sofa in the re- Aquæ distillatæ, aa 3j. m. ception room of his father's house in New York, By painting the red marks with dilute hyon January 3, 1890. Heart failure is attribut- drochloric acid they will disappear.-Med. ed as the cause of death.
Chips. DR. A. W. SELLARDS, of Scranton, called on The American Practitioner and News says: the mast-fed editor of the JOURNAL in January. “To make a solution of 1 to 1000 prescribe Scranton is an important coal mining town, 72 grains of the bi-chloride to the pint of and the winter thus far, the Doctor says, has water &c." The antiseptic tablet prepared not been favorable to collections, although the by Park, Davis & Co., is so convenient, cheap pluysician's work goes steadily on.
and reliable, with full directions printed on PROF. VAN VOLKMAX, of Halle, died on
the bottle, it would seem unnecessary to carry Thursday, November 28, 1889, at Jena. The
bi-chloride in any other form. British Medical Journal says: “In Volkman, Halle has lost its chief medical attraction, the all round physicians of Kansas, brightened
DR. H. H. MILLER of Rossville, one of the German army one of its foremost surgeons,
our sanctum with his presence in December. and the art of surgery one of its most brilliant
We are pleased to chronicle the restoration of exponents.
his estimable wife to health. She was long "The Medical Library Association of Chica- and dangerously sick. go has been formed, and will put up a build
FROM fashion, or for some better reason, ing for club and library purposes for physicians of all schools." The millenium in
many surgeons are changing from corrosive
sublimate, carbolic acid and iodoform to cremedicine is approaching more rapidly than in
olin. The American Druggist gives formulas theology.
for it in pills, powders, unguents, solutions DR. M. B. WARD, secretary of the Kansas and injections. Medical college, and professor of gynæcology, left Topeka January 2, 1890, to take special
The neatest, pleasantest and surest way to instructions in this branch in Philadelphia. act upon constipated bowels is by the glycerHe will visit, New York before his return. ine suppository. Those of Parke, Davis & Co. The doctor has been taking an unusual inter- are thoroughly reliable. est in dissecting this winter in the home school DR. KAROLINA WILDERSTROM, the first of instruction and thus preparing himself for Swedish lady physician, has begun her practhe superior advantages which a special train- tice at Stockholm. She will give free consuling requires.
tation to the poor.
matter of equipment great improvements
have been made of late years and our best The object of a medical education is to pre- schools in Boston, New York, Philadelphia pare a man to practice the healing art in the and other large cities are supplied with dismost satisfactory manner, and, inasmuch as secting rooms, laboratories of all kinds, lecture the healing art appertains to the whole man,
rooms, operating theatres, museums
and internal and unseen as well as external and libraries, of which one can speak only with apparent, mental as well as physical, it is commendation. Doubtless these will be imobvious that the broader minded a man is, the proved upon, and that too in the not far dismore comprehensive view will he take of his tant future, but they suffice for present needs. patient. And it is the broad-gauge men who But, turning to the methods of instruction we ultimately outrank all others. How can one fail to see those evidences of nineteenth cenbe successful in practice who sees in every tury progress which late scientific methods of case of fever merely an elevated temperature research and recently invented forms of appato be subdued by antipyretics and fails to per- ratus would lead us to expect. ceive in one case an abscess requiring drain- True, there is a change taking place, but it age, in another an overloaded and abused is slow and tried with much misgiving. The stomach calling for emesis or catharsis, and in methods in vogue now are still too much like a third an intermittent fever waiting for its those employed by our ancestors. specifics, quinine and arsenic !!
Two hundred years ago books, newspapers Again, he whose attention is absorbed by and periodicals were far less abundant the large wound he is dressing, may, in his than at the present, hence a good reason endeavor to destroy all possibility of germ de existed for ministers of the gospel, preaching velopment render the wound aseptic, but two or three sermons, each an hour long, on salivate his patient.
Sunday. But to-day, as expressed in a recent No disease or organ can be treated success- number of the Forum, many in the pews are fully, medicinally or surgically, without taking as well versed in theology as the pulpit, and into consideration the patient as a whole, and his office now is to expound some single truth, the physician or surgeon whose comprehen- to drive home a single precept, which can sive mind embraces the whole complex much better be done in a clear concise twenty mechanism without ignoring details is the minute address than in an hour's labored truly successful practitioner.
preaching. Likewise in the medical schools Looking at the matter from this point of a change is needed. There is too much lecview it is evident that the physician who has turing, too little recitation and personal work prefaced his medical studies with a classical on the part of the student. and scientific course, will in a few years, have Of the topics brought up in the average the advantage of his competitor who started medical lecture hardly one a week has the perin practice three or four years earlier without sonal stamp of the lecturer upon it. They such preliminary training.
are all gleaned from text books which the A general education at a scientific school or student is expected to read and refer to in his literary college widens a man's ideas and pre- after life, and how much better for him to study pares him to treat patients, not diseases.
In and recite upon them than to have them read view then of the responsibilities necessarily off from manuscript. assumed by every physician a thoroughly pre- Recitations would not relieve the instructor liminary education should be required by of his work, but they would enable him to every medical school as a sine qua non of ad- employ his time to better advantage by selectmission. Given this prerequisite and a willing the pith of the subject for fullest explaingness to do hard work in the line of medical, nation while any original ideas could be givstudy on the part of the student, what should en in their proper connection. the medical school furnish? The ideal medi- Lecturing induces note-taking, and because cal school exists only in the future. In the the student cannot discriminate between what
is to be found in text books and what is origi- The editor of the Journal of the National nal, he tries to take down everything and fail- Association of Railway Surgeons says: “We ing to digest the subject at the time it is cannot expect to bring out any new theory doubtful whether he ever will. Listening to and have old men accept it.” What antiqualectures the feeling of personal responsibility rian has been hurting brother Stemen's corns? is easily lost for the lecture is addressed to the Some new theories are evolved by old men, class as a whole, and if the thread of the dis- as the action of Brown-Sequard's elixir, and course is lost there is always the consoling some old men accepted the Bergeon treatment. reflection, "I can read it up afterwards." But While minds trained to investigation by long in the recitation this is not so, each one feels years of professional labor do sometimes err responsible, for each is liable to be called on in this direction, they rarely refuse to accept to recite and is impressed with the necessity a new theory unless it is too juvenile for exfor keeping the connection.
perience, facts and science.
Neither youth It is not strange that after hearing six lec- nor age are in themselves sinful, and there tures in one day, each of which required from must always be the new and the old. We four to six hours for its preparation, that the would commend to brother Stemen this quostudent should want two days' vacation to tation from Macaulay, who, in speaking of the digest the mass of facts. Clinical lectures are origin of the great English parties says: well supplanted in many instances by differen- "Everywhere there is a class of men who tial diagnosis made by professor and students, cling with fondness to whatever is ancient, subject to each others criticism. But a cer- and who, even
en convinced by overpowertain amount of clinical lecturing is and will ing reasons that innovation would be benebe desirable.
ficial, consent to it with many misgivings and Laboratory work and dissection are taking forebodings. We find also everywhere another the position which their importance entitles class of men sanguine in hope, bold in specuthem to. Graded courses are being substitut- lation, always pressing forward, quick to dised for the hodge-podge of lectures to which cern the imperfections of whatever exists, disstudents of one two and three years standing in- posed to think lightly of the risks and incondiscriminately rushed through in former times. veniences which attend improvements, and Strange that this change was not made sooner disposed to give every change credit for being when it had been so long and so successfully in an improvement. But of both the best specivogue in other branches of learning, but the mens will be found not far from the common reform is still incomplete. Introduce the frontier. The extreme section of one class element of personal work, by interspersing consists of bigoted dotards; the extreme secrecitations and laboratory work, clinical tion of the other consists of shallow and reckquizzes and dissection and the student will re- less empirics." tire at night with a clearer mind, having fixed indelibly some few facts that will be of
THE Leavenworth Medical Society met value to him so long as he continues in prac. January 8, at Dr. Bidwell's office.
After some tice. He will require a ground work, a solid general discussion of “la grippe,” in which substratum on which to build his medical the sentiment was expressed that if we have education. All that a three years' course can
no epidemic influenza here, yet there is an furnish is merely a beginning, and the longest epidemic influence with varying manifestamost thoroughly active life cannot master the
tion that is very noticeable. Dr. Carpenter whole. Our duty is to construct a solid foun- read the paper of the evening on “A Case of dation and then build as much as our mental Abortion," with exhibition of specimen. The faculties will permit in the time spared from
fætus, supposed to be six weeks' old, was actual practice.
most beautiful to behold, floating in a clear W. D. BIDWELL, A. M., M. D.
fluid, enclosed by a perfectly transparent
pellicle. In the discussion of the case, Dr. SUBSCRIBE for the JOURNAL.
Love stated that the action of black haw in
these cases was due to the sedative influence PROGRAM OR STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY, of the valereanic acid contained in it. Dr. Lane proposed that a pathological museum
As far as Completed. be opened in Leavenworth for the preservation of this and kindred specimens now scat
First-Address by the president, C. C. tered among the various offices in the city. Green, M. D., Topeka. Society adjourned to January 27.
Second—“Some Human Parasites,” by W. W. D. B., Secretary. D. Bidwell, M. D., Leavenworth.
Third—"Crime, Its Physiology and PathoAn Eye Wash.
genesis, and what Medical Men can do for its
Prevention," by R. E. McVey, M. D., Topeka. A safe, cheap and good eye-wash is made
Fourth—“Ununited Fractures and their by putting one drachm of the crystals of Treatment,” by K. F. Purdy, M. D., Wichita. boracic acid into one pint of soft boiled water,
Fifth —“Dilatation of the Cervical Canal for keep in a cool place, and bathe the eyes with the Permanent cure of Dysmenorrhæa and three or four tablespoonfulls of the medicated Sterility with cases," by F. F. Dickman, M.D., water, as hot as can be endured, three
Fort Scott. four times a day, letting some of the fluid get
Sixth-"The Relation of Formative Matinto the affected eye each time. The above is ter to Disease,” by J. S. Foote, M. D., Wichita. applicable in almost every case of inflamma- Seventh--" The Management of Surgical tion of the conjunctiva, acute, subacute or Injuries of the Abdomen," by A. H. Cordier, chronic.
M. D., of McPherson.
Eighth-"Pott's Fracture," by L. J. Lyman, Lucky Kansas.
M. D., of Manhattan.
Ninth-"Recent Advances in OphthalmoloCompetent Russian physicians assert that gy,” by D. F. Longenecker, M. D., Emporia. the sunflower seed is an excellent substitute These papers have been promised upon perfor quinine. A crude' tincture of the flowers sonal solicitation by the secretary and can be of the common sunflower (helianthus annuus) depended upon. Others have been written to made by filling a flask with the dry or fresh ' but have not had time to answer. There will flowers and stems finely cut, covering them be time for volunteer papers, reports of cases, with vodka (aqua vitæ) and leaving the tight- etc. There will probably be no difficulty in ly corked flask in the sunshine or in a warm securing rates for transportation; the railroad place two or three days. It is used for malarial facilities to Salina are good. Hotel accommofever by the Russian, Persian and Turkish dations ample-one hotel can accommodate peasantry. The dose is a wine glass full three one hundred guests. There are several hotels, times a day.-St. Louis Med. and Surg. Jour. besides boarding houses. As before remark
ed, a more beautiful section of country has The University of Cincinnati contemplates not been made. Let us all go to Salina May the establishment of a medical department, 13 and 14, 1890. and proposes to endow it so richly that it shall outrival and absorb the Ohio Medical and Owing to sickness the final proof sheets of Miami. It is easy to talk of absorbing an the last number of the JOURNAL were not corinstitution that has been in successful opera- rected by the editorial committee. Errors oction for over seventy years.
cur in several of the reports which were not
in the original papers. For menorrhagea, the following is a good
EDIT:RIAL COMMITTEE. formula: R Ext. cannabis Ind.
grs. viij. F1. Ext. hammamel.
Tue out-door treatment for consumptives is Tr. cinnamon
the most rational. The patient should live M. S. A teaspoonful.
Needed Pension Legislation.
The chamber-pot used by a woman during In a circular letter issued by the surgeonconfinement may be a means of infection, and general of the G. A. R., Dr. Horace P. Porter, should be rendered aseptic before use. P. J. he calls attention to some of the glaring deR., in a letter to the Southern Medical Record ficiencies in the pension laws, and clearly calls attention to this point by relating a story points out the improvements needed if justice of Prof. T. Gailord Thomas. Dr. Thomas is done those who “preserved us a nation." said: “A few years ago I was summoned to He says: “Whenever a war disability disthe country to attend a lady who was suffer- qualifies an honorably discharged ex-soldier ing from puerperal septicæmia. There was for withstanding the inroads of an acute disno apparent cause for this condition as far as ease, or disables him for or prevents him from, her attending physician could ascertain. avoiding a fatal accident, or incapacitates him Everything had been conducted with due re- for withstanding the shock of a necessary surgard to antisepsis, yet here was the fact of an gical procedure, or whenever under any cirinfection staring him in the face. I made cumstances a war disability becomes the overpersonal investigations, and noticed a closet balancing or determining factor in the causaadjoining the sick chamber. I examined it tion of his death, the war disability should be and found it to be one of those old fashioned credited with the killing, and it should be so pan-closets or 'whitened sepulchers,' fair stated in the death certificate." This is simwithout and foul within. This was the solu- ple justice, and the wonder is that this defect tion of the whole mystery. The patient had has not been rectified long ago. Dr. Porter been in the habit of going to this closet during also calls attention to the fact "that the penher illness, and at each effort of defecation sion bureau is, considering the medical questhe genitals had soaked up, so to speak, the tions involved, out of all proportion in the foul exhalations from this ‘chamber of hor- hands of men who saw no service in the war rors.') Moral: The commode should be for the union." The surgeon-general asks aseptic.
that efforts be made to have "early publication of a large number of volumes of the Medical
and Surgical History of the War of the ReNortheastern Kansas Medical Society bellion.” That a medical man has served in
the war for the union should be a claim the HORTON, KANS., Dec. 16, 1889. government should recognize, in distributing DEAR DOCTOR :—The above society will such valuable records as the Medical and welcome you at its next session at Holton, Surgical History of the Rebellion.” The cirKansas, March 4, 1890. Session opens at 1o cular calls attention to the necessity of more o'clock, a. m.
careful examinations of applicants for penAll regular physicians in Northeastern Kan- sions, especially of the heart. Many soldiers sas are earnestly requested to attend.
have some form of heart disease who have not
known it, and are drawing a small pension Erysipelas--Dr. Linley, Atchison.
for piles or some other disability, when the Abdominal Surgery-Dr. Scott, Holton.
chief cause of their disability is a weak heart. Pneumonia-Dr. Grimwell, Horton.
Justice to the old soldier demands that a record Ophthalmia-Dr. Paddock, Netawaka.
of all disabilities should be made whether New Remedies—Dr. Ralston, Horton. Specific Medication- Dr. Riggs, Muscotah.
stated on his application or not. These are Placenta Previa-Dr. Stivers, Horton.
strictly medical questions, and should be of Membranous Croup-Dr. Lindsay, Horton.
interest to the profession.
CHEWING Gum is an elegant habit. How Joseph Haigh, M. D., President. attractive its victims appear, especially when L. REYNOLDS, M. D. Secretary.
they “chew” with their mouths open. We