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shocks might have been saved if those at hand had been properly instructed in the methods of reviving suspended animation; and

2. I hope all electrical companies will be impressed with the importance of having their linemen, and other employes engaged in the vicinity of dangerous currents, so instructed and trained that without delay methods of resuscitation can at once be instituted.

thus the giant Electricity will more surely become man's servant, a faithful and ever obedient one, instead of as now, occasionally, through man's carelessness, his slayer. -- Electrical World.

(We are indebted to the Scientific American for the illustrations. Ed.)



Fournier, in giving the points for early recognition of tabes doralis, classifies the diagnostic signs as follows: (1) Westphal's symptom is well known; it consists in the abolition of the pro-rotulian reflex, and is present in two-thirds of the cases. (2) Romberg's sign can be thus appreciated: The eye is an indirect regulator of motion; it helps to correct deviations in walking and maintains the equilibrium. When a patient is suspected of incipient ataxy, it will often suffice to make him close his eyes when in the erect position to verify the diagnosis. In a few instants his body will oscillate, and if the malady is somewhat advanced he will be in danger of falling. (3) The "stairs" symptom. One of the first and most constant symptoms of incipient locomotor ataxy is the difficulty with which the patient will descend stairs. If questioned closely on the subject he will say that at the very outset of his malady he was always afraid of falling when coming up stairs. (4) The manner in which a patient crosses his legs is often significant. In the normal state a man when performing that act lifts one leg simply to the height necessary to pass it over the other, whereas in the affection under consideration he lifts it much higher than necessary, describing a large segment of a circle. (5) Walking at the word of command.


The patient seated is told to get up and walk instantly. After rising he will hesitate as if he wanted to find his equilibrium before setting off. If while in motion he is told to stop short, his body, obeying the impulsion, inclines forward as if about to salute, or on the contrary, jerks himself backward in order to resist the impulsation forward. (6) The patient is asked to stand on one leg, at first with his eyes open, afterward closed. Although man is not made for this position, yet he can balance himself pretty firmly for a little time. The ataxic will experience a great deal of difficulty, and will instinctively call to aid his other foot so as not to fall. If his eyes are closed he will not be able to stand an instant, and if not held would fall heavily to the ground. Such are the symptoms of incipient locomotor ataxy; they will not all be present frequently, but they should be all sought for in order to avoid an error which might have grave consequences.

GOLD AND ITS VARIOUS USES. Gold is a wonderful agent in more ways than one. It has long been known to cure broken hearts and to draw Counts and Princes to our shores. But it was left for the Charles Roome Parmele Co., to show its value as a remedial agent, when presented in an eligible form. As the Bromide of Gold it exists in Arsenauro and Mercauro, preparations which have attracted wide notice. Lately Dr. A. H. Ohmann-Dumesnil, of St. Louis, has been writing of the good effects of these preparations in various forms of skin diseases and syphilis. He reports a large number of cases which show their powerful effects in these diseases. The bromide not only appears to be the most active salt, but it also decidedly increases the action of the arsenic and mercury with which it is combined and, in addition to this, it prevents any toxic effects. The paper concludes as follows: "In fact, I have seen none but good effects from the use of these gold preparations." There are a number of reports of late on the efficacy of these preparations.-National Medical Review.

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Dr. A. A. Herring, of Highland Station, Kansas, was a recent visitor to this city.

Dr. Jas. Brown, genito-urinary surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, is dead.

Dr. J. M. Richmond has returned from an extended visit to his old home in Virginia, refreshed in mind and body.

Dr. I. N. Love, editor of the Medical Mirror, St. Louis, is spending the summer in Europe, accompanied by his charming daughter, Miss Delphine.

Dr. Albert C. Gorgas, Medical Director of the United States Navy, died of heart disease at his home in Germantown, a suburb of Philadelphia, June 20.

Dr. H. W. Westover takes his outing on the shore of Lake Miltona, Minn., where fishing is excellent and the air exhilarating, Wish we could do likewise.

Dr. Grace Chisholm, a pretty English girl, has just graduated in pharmacy at the University of Gattingen, being the first lady in Germany to attach Ph. Ď. to her name.

Dr. George M. Gould, editor of the Philadelphia Medical News, was elected president of the Association of American Medical Editors at the meeting in Baltimore, May 5th.

Our Managing Editor rests his mind with the little ones of the second generation, at Independence, which he hardly prefers to fishing. He thinks, however that he can "kill two birds with one stone."

Dr. Perry Fullkerson (Ensworth 95) is practicing in this city. His address is N. W. Corner Seventh and Felix. Dr. Fullkerson is one of the most promising among the younger physicians who have recently located in St. Joseph. His father was a well known practitioner of Buchanan County who died many years ago.

Dr. John D. McDonald, son of Daniel McDonald, of Kemper, Hundley and McDonald has opened an office at 104 North Seventh Street. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, 1894, and will be a desirable acquisition to the St. Joseph profession. Dr. McDonald was a member of the scientific party that was sent out from the University of Pennsylvania to Central America. He comes of an old and honorable and wealthy family and will doubtless do his share in perpetuating its good standing.

Thomas Henry Huxley, the eminent English naturalist, died June 29, aged 70 years. He was 21 years old when he took his M. B. degree at the University of London, having studied three years at the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School: he took second honor in anatomy and physiology. In 1846 he joined the medical branch of the Royal Navy, after graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons, serving first at the Haslar Hospital, and afterward as assistant surgeon on H. M. S., Rattlesnake, during its four years' voyage to the South Pacific. In 1853 he resigned from the Navy to become the professor of natural history in the Royal School of Mines. From that point in his life, when not quite 30 years of age, his course as a scientific investigator and teacher, especially in the field of zoology, became fixed. Prof. Huxley's rise to eminence was steady and rapid, until he became one of the foremost scientific men of the century. He returned to England in 1850. In the following year he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the next year he received one of the two medals that the society awards annually. By the death of Professor Huxley England has lost one of her greatest scientific inquirers.


Dr. Noeggerath, the noted gynecologist who formerly practiced in New York, died in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he had been living for the past six years.

Dr. Thos. H. Doyle leaves for Hot Springs, S. D., to recuperate his wearied mind and body in the cool breezes of the Dakota hills and the warm baths of the Springs, a wise procedure on the part of all who can do so.

Dr. Jacob Geiger seeks the bracing air of the Rockies and the cool shades neighboring Pike's Peak. Doubtless he will sample the waters of Manitou Springs, and discover that one tasting satisfies for the balance of life. May his stature not decrease. He is accompanied by the autocrat of the breakfast table and a few others.

Dr. Bransford Lewis has resigned his position with the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, and has been elected to the chair of Genito-Urinary Surgery, in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lewis' ability has been still further recognized by his appointment as Genito-Urinary Surgeon to the Baptist Hospital, St. Louis.

Prof. Billroth.-(Subject of Illustration.)-In the death of Billroth, the world lost one of its greatest surgeons. Christian Albert Billroth was born at Bergen, on the Island of Ruegen, April 26, 1829. He was the nephew of Wilhelm Friederick Billroth, who rendered substantial services during the great cholera epidemic. His medical education was received at Griefswald, Goettingen, and Berlin, at which latter place he obtained his degree in 1852, the subject of his thesis being "De Natura et Causa Pulmonum Affectionis Quæ Nervo Utroque Vago Dissecto Extoritur." He afterward pursued his studies at Vienna and Paris, and in 1853 he was appointed assistant at von Langenbeck's clinic at Berlin; in 1856 he became Privatdocent. These positions he held until 1860, when he became Director of the surgical clinic at Zurich, with the rank of professor. In 1867 he was called to the professorship of Surgery at the University of Vienna, where his work was continued up to the time of his demise. During the Franco-Germain war he was in charge of the hospitals at Weissenburg and Mannheim. He has been a prolific writer on medical subjects, chiefly pathology, pathological, anatomy and surgery. His works have been freely translated, notably his "Surgical Pathology," which runs through many editions, and in ten different languages. On April 25th a statue to his memory was unveiled at the Hospital Rudolfinerhaus.


Methylpyridine Sulphocyanate, an Antiseptic.-(Dr. Edinger Med Week, 1895, III, p. 155). In combining quinoline with sulphocyanate (thiocyanic, hydrosulphocyanic, rhodanic) acid, water is separated and methylpyridine sulphocyanate is obtained. With this salt the author made a series of experients at the Friburg Hospital, with special reference to its effect on the diphtheria and cholera bacilli and on the pyogenic microbes. It was found that a 1: 2000 solution kills the cholera bacillus within an hour; a 1 : 1000 solution kills the diphtheria bacillus within an hour; a 3: 200 solution kills the staphylococcus aureus within an hour. The same result was obtained by exposing, during ten minutes, the choleria bacillus to the action of a 1 200 solution of this sulphocyanate, the diphthera bacillus to a 3 : 200 solution, and the staphylococcus aureus to a 2: 125 solution. To kill the same microbes in a minute a 3: 100 solution was required for the cholera bacillus, a 9 : 100 solution for the diphtheria bacillus, and a 3: 100 solution for the staphylococcus aureus. Cultures of the comma-bacillus were prevented by a 1 : 10,000, of the diphtheria bacillus by a 51: 10,000, and the staphlococcus aureus, by a 1; 4000 solution. It is evident therfore, that this substance is an energetic antiseptic: at the same time, it is not in the least caustic and absolutely painless on application. It possesses, consequently, great advantages over both carbolic acid and corrosive sublimate, while it is said to be entirely free from the dangers attending the use of latter substances. Prof. Litten states he has employed a 1 per cent. solution of methylpyridine sulphocyanate in several cases of gonorrhea. The patients experienced no pain and recovered promptly, though not more quickly than with other antiseptic agents. This may possibly be due to the fact that the quantity used was very small. Am. Med. Surg. Bulletin.

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