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dom we see such a practical carrying out of Sharp competition is a good thing for busithe idea as is described in the Times and Reg-ness, stimulating each to put forth his best ister of November 8.
efforts, but when a man stoops to underhand There are many men producing abortions, methods to outstrip his competitors, or to and prostituting their knowledge of medicine make a little more money, he is immediately and surgery in other methods under the name compensated by falling in his own estimation, of physicians, and although conscientious phy- and is more than likely to pay dearly in the sicians may suspect them, or even be morally long run for any temporary success he may convinced of the turpitude of these individ- achieve. uals, very few can afford to, or are willing to go to the expense and trouble of exposing and
Blood Pressure in the Brain, convicting these pseudo benefactors of the race under the law.
An apparatus to demonstrate hyperæmia,
or anæmia of the brain, is described in a paper The Times and Register, however, have
read by Dr. William A. Hammond, at a recent done this very thing. Dr. Eastlake, of their
meeting of the New York Neurological soeditorial staff, carefully investigated the caseof
ciety, viz: Dr. Fackenthal of Easton, Pa., charged with
“It consisted of a brass tube, which was procuring an abortion, and besides proving screwed into a round hole made in the skull his guilt in the case charged, received assur- with a trephine. Both ends of this tube were ances from Dr. Falkenthal that he would be
open, but into the upper was screwed another willing to undertake another case, and had
brass tube, the lower end of which was closed frequently performed the operation success
by a piece of very thin sheet of india rubber, fully.
and the upper end with a brass cap, into By some technical defect Dr. Falkenthal
which was fastened a glass tube. This miner was pronounced “not guilty” of the crime charged, but none the less is Dr. Eastlake en- the glass tube a scale was affixed. This second
arrangement contained colored water, and to titled to the thanks not only of the profes- brass tube was screwed into the first till the sion, but of all Christian communities, for his
thin rubber pressed upon the duramater and success in exposing, and his earnest endea
the level of the colored water stood at o, which vors to secure the conviction of a man who was undoubtedly guilty of a crime all too animal went to sleep the liquid fell in the tube,
was the middle of the scale. Now, when the common in this civilized age,
showing that the cerebral pressure had been so-called higher classes.
diminished, an event which could only take Messrs. Wm. Hood & Co., publishers of medical works, figure in a disgraceful role in place in consequence of a reduction in the
quantity of blood circulating in the brain. As a letter from Dr. Wm. Murrell, of London, to the editor of the Times and Register. It The experiment was performed on dogs and
soon as the animal awoke the liquid rose. seems that these publishers have not only
rabbits, and was in every instance the same." pirated the works of foreign authors without consulting them, but have done so in face of
DEATH OF DR. LABATUT.-Dr. Isadore Lathe authors' protest. This is taking an un
batut, the oldest practitioner in the United fair advantage of English writers, and as there is no legal redress possible, all that can be States, died at New Orleans oa Agust 2, in his done is to expose the wrong-doers, and trust ninety-eigth year. He received his education to each physician's innate sense of honesty
at a French medical college, graduating in and fair dealing to rebuke this piracy.
1813. He served in the French army as surOne very direct method of showing dis- geon in Napoleon's later campaigns, and was pleasure at the action of this firm, is to cease
present at the battle of Waterloo. Came to buying their works until they make redress: fession for sixty years. His health was good
New Orleans in 1815, and practiced his proand this method we propose to employ, and to within a few days of his death.- Weekly commend it to our readers.
How Patent Medicine Business is Worked. Dr. W. L. SCHENCK, of Osage City, has
located in Topeka. His morning office will These firms of manufactures of proprietary be No. 7, in 723 Kansas avenue, afternoon at medicines, nine out of ten, live solely by the his home office, corner 7th and Brigham avennewspapers and sometimes are admirably ue. It is not necessary for us to introduce the managed. I know some establishments in doctor to the physicians of Topeka or to the which a regular staff is employed; I know State of Kansas or of the United States, for something about them, because they try to he is probably better known to the profession bribe me to certify to the value of their con- at large than any other Kansas physician. He ·coctions. So I say there is a regular staff has been president of the State Medical SocieThere is the literary man who writes the let- ty, and two years ago was first vice president ters giving marvelous accounts of marvelous of the American Medical Association, and he cases. There is the artist who shows the is one of three selected to deliver a general patient before and after taking twenty-two address before this society at Washington in bottles of the medicine; there is the poet, 1891. He is also a member of the State Board who composes poems upon the subject; there of Health and Professor of Preventive Mediis the liar, who swears to what he knows is cine and Pathology in the Kansas Medical not true, and the forger, who produces testi- College, and associate editor of the JOURNAL. monials from his own imagination. Without exaggeration, I should say that nine out of ten of these proprietary medicines are
Koch's Method. frauds, pure and simple; the real business is advertising for dupes. The medical part of
The public and professional press are full of it is a side issue. I am pretty sure, if I were Koch's method of treating consumption. to pound up brick hats and spend $100,000 in Would it not be well to wait until the grass is offering it at a dollar an ounce, as a sure cure green over the Bourgeon treatment, before we for some disease that cannot be cured, I should adopt a new "fad." Koch proposes inoculaget at least $110,000, thus giving me $10,000 tion. So did Jenner, but he awaited the for my trouble. Nine-tenths of the medicines abundant proof of twenty years before he ansent out in this fashion have no more cura- nounced vaccination as the prophylaxis of tive properties than brick bat dust.
variola, and his fame will grow brighter CHARLES F. CHANDLER, M. D.
through each succeeding century, Koch does Medical Record.
not wait for centuries, but prefers the fleeting
glory of the passing hour. Medical Society of the Missouri Valley. Consumption, unlike variola, is due to here
ditary or acquired tissue degeneration, which, The next meeting of the Medical Society under certain malign influences tends to of the Missouri Valley will convene at Kansas excessive cell proliferation and differentiation, City, Mo., December 18th, at 10 a. m. An to the formation of tubercle, the strangulation interesting programme is promised. This of the circulation through cell accumulation meeting will be well worth attending. Two and pressure, the consequent death of central hundred and thirty members are now on our cells, their cessation or suppuration. rolls and large additions promised at this
Will innoculation with this, or any other, meeting. The society is destined to become diseased matter arrest the tendency to tuberthe best in the west. Programme and arrange- culosis or its development? ments regarding transportation will be sent you prior to meeting. Titles of papers must be sent the secretary before November 20, for Dr. H. B. Callahan one of the oldest physia place on programme.
cians in Leavenworth and a decided prohibiF. S. THOMAS, Sec'y. tionist is a member of the newly organized COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA, Nov. I, 1890. board of police commissioners of that city.
SOCIETY' PROCEEDINGS. Dr. Lindsay after speaking of the many
causes of chorea, rheumatism being one. Said
he differed with the writer in the pathology of Topeka Academy of Medicine and Surgery. the disease. Thought the cause in the len
ticular capsule. Thinks there is not any conThe regular monthly meeting of the Tope-stant pathological condition in the brain in ka Academy of Medicine and Surgery was chorea; it is more of a functional disease. held at Lincoln post hall Tuesday evening, There are many cases of insanity that follow November 4, 1890.
chorea in eaily life. Present, Dr. L. H. Munn, President, and the
Dr. Wentworth spoke of having received a following members, Drs. Wall, Baily, Lewis, letter of inquiry as to the factor of rheumaLindsay, Uhls, McLaughlin, Jones, Bradley, tism in choreic cases of insanity. Thought Wentworth, Righter, Minney, W. E. McVey, many of these cases had a rheumatic diatheWard, Cazier, McClintock, Green, Peers, Pel
sis. ton, Stewart, Sheldon, McGuire, Alexander,
Dr. Pelton thinks chorea generally a funcMitchell
, Hogeboom and R. E. McVey. Visit- tional disease. Has seen chorea in a patient ors, Dr. Limmer.
Dr. H. W. Morgridge, a with bronchitis of rheumatic origin. By regraduate of Keokuk medical class of '90 was
lieving the bronchitis with alkaline remedies elected to membership.
the chorea disappeared." This being the annual meeting for the elec
Dr. Sheldon thinks chorea and rheumatism tion of officers, the election resulted in Dr. T.
have a common origin. Thinks chorea herediW. Peers being chosen for president, Dr. Reid
tary. Has often seen chorea in children of Alexander, vice-president. Drs. D. F. Rodgers drunkards. Spoke of having seen five cases of and R. E. McVey, were elected to the offices chorea in one family, said to have been caused of secretary and treasurer respectively.
by drunkenness of the grandfather. All the Dr. C. C. Bradley reported in writing, a case children recovered. Has had good results in of "Pistol shot wound of the abdomen, with the treatment of chorea by means of full doses laparotomy.”
of blue cohosh. Dr. Stewart thought he would not have giv
Dr. Stewart in closing said mal-nutrition of en so much opium.
the nerve centers was a cause of chorea. Dr. Pelton thought the treatment followed
Heredity also a cause. Where there is a hyathe proper one. Has seen a number of wounds
line degeneration syphilis is the cause. of this character. Related a case of a man
Papers for the next meeting by Drs. Lewis being shot in the abdomen four inches to the
and McLaughlin. right of the umbilicus. Saw him in twenty
Adjourned to meet December 2, 1890, at 8 hours and advised an operation ; was refused. p. m.
D. F. RODGERS, Sec'y. Patient died and a post mortem showed the ball to have penetrated four loops of the intes
Leavenworth Medical Society. tine, cut the ureter and lodged in the pelvis.
another case where a policeman was At the annual meeting of the Leavenworth shot in the abdomen, and in five or six days Medical society held Monday evening, Octothe ball was passed per rectum. The opium ber 27, the following officers were elected for treatment was used in this case alone.
the ensuing year: L. L. Terwilliger, M. D., of Dr. Ward was glad to hear that clear water Lansing, President; W. D. Bidwell, M. D., of alone was used in the case.
Leavenworth, Vice-President; W. W. Walter, Dr. Wentworth spoke of the possibility of M. D., of Leavenworth, Secretary and Treasinsanity being an element in the case.
Dr. Bradley in closing spoke of the use of Dr. Terwilliger read a very practical paper opium in such cases and thought its use on "Hyperidrosis Pedium, its cause and Treatproper.
ment,” recommending as the most satisfactory Dr. S. G. Stewart reported in writing a case remedy, cleansing the feet with warm water, of rheumatism with chronic complications. drying them quickly, putting on a pair of
clean socks and thoroughly saturating them This is a most valuable little work for inwith ninety-five per cent. alcohol, relief was struction and assistance in those points where obtained by this method when all others failed. the average physician is most lacking, i. e.,
A very interesting and spirited discussion the correct and grammatical construction of arose as to the policy for the coming year and prescriptions; giving a thorough and systemit was noticeable that far more liberal and en-atic course in the Latin particularly adapted lightened views were held by the members to the use of physician and pharmacist. than in previous years.
Post-MORTEMS; WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND The society is small and is not encouraged
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MEDICAL MISCELLANY. tacks of a nervous, convulsive character and
his sleep was much disturbed with dreams.
He seemed delirious at times and at those A Case of Poisoning from Cigaret Smoking. times people were after him trying to get in
to the room to injure him. On July 20, of the present year, I was first When I saw him his face was slightly flushcalled to see the young man whose case I am ed, his eyes bright, and there was a nervous about to report.
jerking to his movements, that were choreic The patient is seventeen years of age, in character. His tongue was coated, temperrather slender; tall of his age, rosy cheeks ature normal, and his pulse forty, weak and large red lips. His parents have been and prolonged. His bowels were irregular. dead for a number of years, and he has been He had no appetite, and it was with difficulty living with some relatives for two years past. that they got him to eat at all. His feet and He is rather reckless and willful, and resents hands are cold. He complained of great any suggestions of restraint from them, and weakness. for a year or more he has, from time to time, He had attacks in which he would stretch indulged in the excessive use of intoxicants, himself out in tonic spasms, without cry, or and all the time has been using much tobacco. frothing at the mouth and without loss of His favorite form is cigaret smoking, though consciousness. These attacks came on from cigars and chewing tobacco have frequently one to six times during the twenty-four hours solaced him. Indeed, tobacco tasted better and lasted from three minutes to two hours. than food and he eat very little, and that little While they lasted he was unable to speak. was of the dainties rather than good whole- The symptoms were irregular and not wholsome food. ' His daily allowance of cigarets ly like tobacco poisoning, but I think largely was from fifteen to thirty; but on July 4 he due to cigarets. I gave him a tonic containhad more leisure for smoking and sucked the ing arsenic, strychnia, and quinine. I also smoke out of ninety cigarets.
gave him a diuritic, and aromatic spirits of
Under this treatment and no From July 4 to July 14, he was not feeling ammonia. at all well, but did not call in medical attend- tobacco in any form, his pulse became more ance until the latter date. This physician at- nearly normal, the convulsive attacks dimintended him until July 18. On that day he ished, became less convulsive, and, I thought, called and proceeded to examine his patient. inclined to be hysterical. In about ten days This was åttended with difficulty, as the doctor he began to work part of the day, and by was very much intoxicated, and in his un- August 1, was in average health. steady efforts to catch the pulse, he lost his There were several symptoms and incidents balance and tumbled over upon his patient and of interest, after he was able to be about. the bed. He gathered himself together how
The first day he went down to the office he ever, and began to dilate on the wonderful found a friend had proved false to him. It made virtues of a favorite prescription which he put him so melancholy and distressed that he lockup himself, not daring to risk it in the hands ed himself up in a room, dressed himself all of ignorant druggists. But it was expensive. up, and got a pistol to blow his brains out, Five dollars was his usual price. The pres- but was opportunely prevented. His melanent necessity, however, was so great, that cholia lasted several days. three dollars would enable the patient to avail A few days after this, he became angry at himself of this wonderful compound. They some little thing, and said he was going down gave him some money and he hurried off for town. His relatives tried to persuade him to the drugs with which to make his medicine. stay, but he left about.6:30 p. m., and at 10 p. He may still be at work on it for ought they m., returned, frightened and much exhaused. know, as he has never put in an appearance He stated that he could remember nothing since.
from the time he left the supper table till he During this time, the young man had at- found himself on the outskirts of the city, a