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The change from the old system will be Subscription may begin at any time. The safest mode made sooner or later, and the sooner it is made of remitttance is by bank check or postal money order right here in Kansas, the better it will be for drawn to the order of the undersigned. When neither is

all concerned. accessible, remittances may be made at the risk of the publishers, by forwarding in REGISTERED LETTER. Address The change would be much less than that Kansas Medical Journal, of the change made by the German govern

ment in the system of currency, yet that Editor-in-Chief:

change was accomplished without any great J. E. MINNEY, A. M., M. D., Topeka, Kas. Assistants :

friction. W L SCHENCK, M. D., Osage City, Kas. S. G, STEWART, M, D., 'Topeka Kansas.

The new system was taught in the schools Associate Editors :

from 1870 to 1875, and then, January 1, the W. D. BIDWELL, M, D., Leavenworth.

change was made throughout the country and W. A. PHILLIPS, M. D., Salina. W. F. SAWHILL, M, D., Concordia.

the disturbance to business was very slight. T. W. PEERS, M. D., Topeka.

Why is the metric system not more used at

present ? Simply because of indolence and TOPEKA, KANSAS, SEPI EMBER, 1890. ignorance. Indolence in declining to familiar

ize ourselves with the system, and ignorance The Metric System.

of its convenience and value.

The educated representatives of medicine The American Association for the Advance- and pharmacy in this country favor and would ment of Science, through their committee gladly adopt the metric system, but find their composed of Profs. Seaman and Warder of efforts in this direction constantly hampered Washington and Dr. Hoffman of New York, and nullified by the opposition of a large numhave issued an address to physicians and pro- ber of both professions who, through conservfessors of therapeutics, materia medica and atism or lack of education, fail to unite in any pharmacy, in which most cogent reasons are concerted effort for its more general adoption given for abolishing the use of the old system and use. of weights and measures, and they state what It is wholly unnecessary to defer the adopis undeniably true, that physicians and phar- tion of this much needed reform until the macists are in this respect behind the various prejudices, fallacious arguments, or educationarts of engineering.

al deficiencies manifested by a large contingent The metric weights and measures were le- of pharmacists and physicians shall have been galized in this country by Congress in 1866, overcome. Such a period must necessarily be and are now in actual use by most students of remote and indefinite. The proper method is natural history; by many civil and mining en- for all our professional schools to insist upon gineers, and especially by all scientists and the emyloyment of this system alone. No chemists throughout the world, without regard competent professor of to-day is supposed to to their mother tongue. It is nevertheless be ignorant of the metric system, and students greatly to be regretted that a large majority of brought up to employ it will prefer it to any

physicians, pharmacists and druggists still other. continue to ignore their merits or discounte- Again, the Pharmacopoeia does not now renance their adoption.

cognize the Troy system, and if the doses were The advantages of this system are too obvi- taught in metric terms only, the old system ous and have been too often enlarged upon to would die out with the passing off of the require any argument here. It is an universal present generation of practitioners. No inconvenience would be caused to any one; mata, and still the patient refused to accept those who are too old to learn could go on my diagnosis. using their present mode, and the new gradu- In October of the same year he visited my ates would use that which they are taught. office, with the loss of hair, mustache, eye

As the metric system is legal throughout the brows, and his mouth was full of the secondUnited States, any physician is entitled to pre-ary lesions of syphillis. He had come to a sent a metric prescription to the druggist. conclusion of his own when he discovered I All boards of examiners in medicine and was correct, and was ashamed to visit me pharmacy, whether State or collegiate, are again, but finally came and took my advice; justified by law to exact, and should demand became well apparently; moved to Kansas from every candidate for graduation or for a City where he now lives, and never has felt license, a knowledge of the metric system. grateful enough to the doctor to settle his bill.

WM. H. RIGHTER. The pharmacy laws ought to prescribe that all persons receiving a license to sell drugs and dispense medicines shall be required to

The Kansas Medical College. provide themselves with a set of metric weights and measures.

Some changes have been made in the faculThese simple methods adopted at this time, ty of this college during the past month. Dr. when medical education in Kansas is in its in Geo. L. Beers has resigned as a member of the fancy, will indicate our intention to be abreas, faculty and his chair, the Theory and Pracof the times, and if we do not lead in reform tice of Medicine, has been filled by Dr. S. G. we will at least be found in the front ranks.

Stewart. The chair of Physiology, held by
Dr. Stewart, has been filled by Dr. C. C.

Green, formerly professor of Dermatology.
Chancre of the Ear.

The chair of Dermatology has been added to

the chair of Syphilography held by Dr. W. H. In August, 1882, a gentleman came to con- Righter. Microscopy has been added to the sult me with his own diagnosis of “mumps.” chair of Histology and Pathological Anatomy He had an enlargement of the left parotoid held by Dr. W. A. Williamson. In addition gland, resembling mumps. During the ex

to the duties of demonstrator of anatomy, amination I found a sore upon the left auricle, Dr. C. C. Bradley will lecture on Topographwhich was covered with court plaster, which ical Anatomy: Dr. R. S. Magee was elected I removed. He, with a friend, spent three lecturer on Ophthalmology and Otology. weeks together on a drunk in a neighboring city, and while they were drinking, embracing WHILE cross-examining Dr. Warren, a New each other and telegraph poles, and smoking York counsel declared that doctors ought to cigars, this patient received a burn upon his be able to give an opinion of a disease without left auricle; a good Samaritan came along, making mistakes. (the patient never knew who he was) licked a

“They make fewer mistakes than lawyers," piece of court plaster and placed it upon the responded the physician. burn. My diagnosis was at once, a chancre

“That's not so," said the counselor ; " but upon the ear, with bubo of the parotoid gland. doctors' mistakes are buried six feet under

The patient could not believe such a diag- ground, and lawyers' are not." nosis, or understand how an individual could

“No," replied Warren, “but they are somecontract such a disease unless his penis show times hung as many feet above ground.”— ed the first symptom of the disease. I was Montreal Legal Nea's. positive in my diagnosis, and instructed the patient to observe his skin from that time on. BROWN-SEQUARD REANIMATED.--This time I have forgotten exactly, but I will say that by the use of rectal injections of testicular in about three weeks from my first observa- fluid, claiming equally as good results as by tion he returned with the syphilitic exanthe-the sub-cutaneous injection.



LANPHEAR, of Kansas City, in an article in the many terminal nerves of the periton(Medical Review, July 12, 1890) favoring the eum, to sustain the heart and prevent shock. cathartic treatment of peritonitis, says “ that The bowel must be kept free from irritating opium possesses, really, but little curative fæcal matter, by enemata if possible, by a power over the inflammatory process; that it good cathartic if necessary; tympanites must retains within the bowels irritating fæcal mat

be controlled by turpentine, either internally ter that can but increase the trouble; that by or by stupes; and the strength must be maincompletely checking peristaltic movements it tained by milk, whisky, &c. leads to the formation of adhesions; that it

His conclusions are: stops excretion and so prohibits the elimina- The saline treatment should be adopttion of the poisonous products of inflamma- ed early in simple, acute peritonitis. tion; and that by benumbing sensibility it

Small doses of calomel may be given to gives the physician a feeling of (false) security, mild purgation in cases seen after the disease which is undesirable. Upon the contrary, the is fully developed. administration of the saline cathartic has the

3. Cases which fail to be relieved by cathpower of arresting the disease if given in the artic measures should receive early operative

interference. stage of invasion; here the peritoneum is simply congested, or just taking on an inflam

4. Whenever peritonitis has gone on to matory action—the pain is not very severe,

that stage where the formation of pus is the abdomen is not greatly distended, the fever known, or even suspected, to have taken is not high; but the physician is called, recog- place, abdominal section and drainage are imnizes the danger and immediately gives the peratively indicated. saline. If it be the initial stage of a simple

5. When the existence of tubercular periperitonitis; if it be the beginning of a puer

tonitis is diagnosticated, or strongly suspectperal peritonitis, or if it be the sthenic stage

ed, an exploratory incision is justifiable. of a septic peritonitis, the indication for the

6. Opium is only indicated in the second cathartic is clear; in either instance the blood-stage of peritonitis, and then not because it vessels are turgid with blood—the circulation forms a splint” but because it relieves pain, impeded; the taking away of a considerable sustains the heart and prevents shock-thus amount of serum from the abdominal viscera combatting the tendency to death.” must profoundly affect the peritoneal circula- Two Interesting New Drugs. tion and assist in restoring the normal state. Besides, the active peristaltic action prevents Among new drugs recently investigated are the formation of bands and adhesions if the two of much promise, Cocillano and Naregainflammation goes on; and experience at the mia Alata. bedside demonstrates that as the inflamed sur- The evidence thus far obtained from clinical face is relieved from engorgement by the emp- experience would indicate that these remedies tying of the intestinal vessels, the temperature are likely to prove an important addition to and the pulse rapidly decline, while the pain the expectorants and respiratory stimulants disappears almost as speedily as under opium. now employed. In the spasmodic cough of If the disease has gone on to the second stage acute bronchitis, in the hacking cough of where the fever is high, the pain intense, the phthisis, and wherever there is marked intertympanites marked, and the pulse rapid and ference with the respiratory function through wiry, cathartics are not so strongly indicated, accumulation of secretion of the inflamed though small doses of sulphate of magnesia membranes, these remedies are likely to prove and tincture of belladonna may often be given efficient. with advantage; here the danger is collapse, Parke, Davis & Co., who have introduced and as vital force must be conserved, violent these remedies, offer samples of them to phypurgation is not justifiable and opium must be sicians desiring to test them clinically, also regiven--not to check peristalsis, nor to “put prints of articles concerning them, free of the bowels in splints," but to deaden the pain charge.


THE Medical College of Indiana is fixed.

Dr. William Lomax, an aged and wealthy The Indiana Medical Journal bears acquain- physician of Marion, Indiana, has given his

estate, valued at $100,000, to this college. tance.

CHOLERA in the East is getting in its work AMONG the JOURNAL callers last month fairly well.

were Dr. C. E. Nelson, of Kensington, Smith PYOKTANIN, or the pus killer, shows symp- county, and Dr. E. R. Cheney, of Garfield, toms of early decay.

Kansas. They boʻh subscribed for the JOU'RThe Kansas Medical College has joined the NAL. American Medical College Association.

DR. W. E. Ashby, of Quenemo, Kansas, The original package packers have packed was a capital visitor during the month of their packages and pathetically petered out.

August. The doctor was in consultation with

some of the brethren on a case which simulatPURE beech-wood creosote is Dr. R. E.

ed epilepsy. McVey's favorite therapeutic agent in phthisis, Hot water is recommended for ivy poison

“The big headed man,” says Lapthorn ing. The intolerable itching is controlled im- Smith, “and not the strong armed one, has mediately.

the best chance for survival. Art steps in to

save those big-headed children whom nature DR. HUTCHISON of Kansas City, has located

used to exterminate." at 1208 West Twelfth street. We wish him success.

OFFICERS of the Northern Kansas Medical Cactus GRANDFLORUS 'is recommended in Association are: R. Hawkings, M. S., M. D., heart disease where digitalis, convalaria and Marysville, President; Grant Cullimore, M.D., strophanthus fail.

Atchison, Vice President; M. M. Wachter,

M. D., Baileyville, Secretary. ETHER and chloroform produce the same effects of drowsiness upon the irritability of The new medical law of New York, which sensitive plants as upon animals.

goes into effect September, 1890, provides that Andus says that “fifteen grains of resorcin, examinations of medical students will not be in a gill of water, given during an attack of held unless candidates have first taken three asthma, is attended with prompt relief.”

annual courses of lectures. DR. WILLIAM BRODIE, of Detroit, and ex

DR DAYWATT, of San Francisco, (Canada president of the American Medical Associa- Medical Record,) ascribes failure of the creosote tion, died in that city July 30, 1890.

treatment of tuberculosis to the employment

of impure creosote, as determined by direct The American people are anxious to develop the mental powers of their children at the personal investigation of the article used for expense of their physical organization.

the purposes of inhalation.

DR. J. D. VAN NUYS, Professor of Physical Dr. H. Z. Hissem, of Ellsworth, called on Diagnosis in the Wichita Medical College, in us during the last week of July. The doctor attended the New York Polyclinic last winter. company with Dr. J. W. Donaldson of this

city, honored us with a visit last month. The Dr. D. R. Peiton of this city is lying very professor is on his way home from visiting in low with pneumonia. We hope to see the the East. He says the class prospect for the doctor around soon and in his usual health.

Wichita Medical College is encouraging. FANCY DISEASES.-“ Diseases is very va- Quite a number of students have signified rious,” says Mrs. Partington. “Now old Mrs. their intention of attending. Dr. Van Nuys Hayze has got two buckles on her lungs, and and Dr. Donaldson formerly practiced in Mary Simmes is dying of hermitage of the neighboring towns in Indiana, meeting frelungs. One person has tonsors of the throat quently in consultation. It is pleasant to and another finds himself in a jocular vein. meet our old friends in this way and swap New names and new nostrils everywhere!" stories of our earlier professional experience.

Dr. W. D. Bidwell gave a very enjoyable very hot in summer and very cold in winter. private party at his office last evening to a Malaria, rheumatism and pneumonia are comparty of gentlemen friends, in honor of the mon. Leprosy is rife; and the great scourge fifth anniversary of his settlement in the city. is syphilis.- Times and Register. The occasion was also the doctor's birthday In the treatment of the diarrhæas in infants, anniversary.- Leavenworth Times.

remember that creosote is a valuable remedy, Whether it is the doctor's thirtieth or six- also in the looseness of the bowels in typhoid tieth birthday is not stated; but from our in- fever. timate acquaintance with him we would guess DR. C. KLIPPEL, of Hutchinson, was a capthe former.-ED.

ital visitor August 4, on his return from Olathe The International Medical Congress is a where he had been summoned to see his sister thing of the past. About 5,000 physicians at- who was thrown from a carriage and sustained tended the meeting, five hundred from Amer- a Potts' fracture and some other injuries. The ica. The next meeting will be held in Rome. doctor contemplates a Rocky Mountain tour We hoped Chicago, in 1893 would be selected. in the latter part of this month. The scientific proceedings, it is claimed, were How to CURE INSOMNIA.—A very simple interesting and instructive, and that the Amer- method of inducing sleep in cases of perican contributors were not behindhand. Asistent insomnia, and one that has succeeded little fun was sandwiched in amongst the la- where many drugs have failed, is simply to bor, for it is said a constant succession of ban- administer a moderate amount of liquid food quets, balls, receptions, &c., were given. before the patient goes to bed. This diverts

A KANSAS editor has recently been granted theblood from the brain to the abdominal ora pension of seventy-two dollars a month for gans, and takes away the cerebral excitement indigestion.

that precludes sleep. He will soon recover from his indigestion, The obstetric binder is one of the few apnow that he has the means of buying some pliances that has stood the test of all ages. It thing to digest.- Times and Register, (Phil.) is, when properly applied, a comfort; it is not

He has recovered, and is keeping the Penn- detrimental, it is sensible. When we refuse sylvania man who tried to get a pension for to apply a binder we neglect to do all we can straining his back-jumping the bounty. for the comfort and safety of our patient. IT WAS stated in the journals that sciatica

PREVENTIVe Medicine : grew out of a paresis of the ilium, and by the

R. Benzoic acid,

3j. administration of croton oil the ilium became

Bi-borati sodæ

3 ij. so stimulated that the sciatica was cured. The

Aquæ distil qs.

3 vi. above is good treatment theoretically, but not M. Sig. Give one teaspoonful three times practically. Where sciatica is due to consti- daily. pation, unloading the bowel will cure the dis

The above prescription is said to be preease, but where due to some cause other than ventive of scarlet fever. It should be given constipation it is a failure.

those who have been exposed to the contagion., DRESS REGULATIONS. In China these

T. DE WITT TALMAGE says that no one can changes are settled by superior authority. In do with less than six or seven hours sleep per the Imperial Gazette of April 15, is the follow- day; and warns his audience against the fairy ing notice :-Court circular.—The board of

tales of great men who slept but three or four ceremonies requests that a day be fixed for hours per night. Americans need more sleep the change from winter to summer heats. Re- than they get, and the lack of it is one of the script-Let it be on May 2.

elements which render insanity and nervous The VALE OF CASHMERE is not quite as diseases frequent. No man or woman ever nice in reality as it is in poetry. The people yet kept healthy in body and mind for a numare filthy; parasitic skin diseases are common, ber of years with less than seven hours sleep. as well as intestinal worms. The climate is Times and Register.

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