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at it. We frankly own that we have endeavored to whip others over his back. The direct representation to the eye of the character of pains is of course helpful. If their exact localities and directions are accepted, of course his plan for showing them is a very valuable timesaver. We must, however, condemn his action in patenting his " method of illustrating symptoms and remedies for them, not only for Repertories and Materia Medicas, but for the various other uses to which it may be put in the advancement of medical science." Such action is generally considered a breach of medical ethics.
REVIEWS AND NOTICES
ATTFIELD'S CHEMISTRY. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1879. Boston: A. Williams & Co. Cloth, $2.50. Leather, $3.00.
The eighth edition of this work, which has been so popular as a textbook in England, the home of the author, and which has also been widely circulated in this country, presents the latest phases of chemical science in a very attractive way. It is written expressly for the purpose of teaching the general truths of chemistry to medical and pharmaceutical students, and its design has been admirably carried out.
"From other chemical text-books it differs in three particulars : first, in the exclusion of matter relating to compounds which at present are only of interest to the scientific chemist; secondly, in containing more or less of the chemistry of every substance recognized officially, or in general practice, as a remedial agent; thirdly, in the paragraphs being so cast that the volume may be used as a guide in studying the science experimentally."
ELLIS'S DEMONSTRATIONS OF ANATOMY. Eighth edition. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1879. pp. 716.
As its name signifies, this book is designed to teach anatomy by practical dissections. It has for some time been recognized as the leading authority in England. In one respect at least, it is very much superior to Hodges's. It is plentifully illustrated, and the 249 wood-cuts are very clearly and beautifully executed. Every student knows how to appreciate illustrations, and if they are left out of his dissector, he will carry his Gray or some other anatomical atlas into the dissecting
We have only one unfavorable criticism to make on this otherwise splendid work, and on that point perhaps opinions might differ; but we really wish that Ellis had taken a hint from Gray and had marked the names of the muscles, arteries, ligaments, viscera, etc., plainly on the muscles, arteries, ligaments, viscera, etc., instead of indexing them in a table by themselves by means of a, b, c, d, etc. Oh! how many weary hours we passed in our student days (before Gray's Anatomy came into our hands), poring over the plates of the otherwise valuable Wilson, spoiling our eyes and likewise our naturally sweet disposition, by constantly looking back and forth to find out what a, b, and c meant. A feeling of fatigue comes over us even now as we think of it. It might be impracticable to do this universally, without enlarging the plates too much, but Gray has shown that an immense number of names can be put into a plate without marring its beauty, and to the great comfort of the student.
LEGISLATION ON THE ADULTERATION OF FOOD AND MEDICINE. By Edward R. Squibb, Brooklyn. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Boston: A. Williams & Co.
To aid in the making of a proper law for this worthy purpose, Dr. Squibb, after mature deliberation and after observation of the advantages and defects of similar laws in England, suggests a certain scheme, on which he candidly invites criticism, with the object of securing as perfect legislation as possible. Success to his efforts!
RHYMES OF SCIENCE. New York: Industrial Publication Co. 1879. This is a pleasant little collection of scientific rhymes - we are glad that the compiler did not call it poetry mostly humorous, some by well known authors, like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Bret Harte, and some anonymous. We find here, "De Sauty, an Electro-chemical Eclogue," "To the Pliocene Skull," "The Philosophic Chicken," "A Tail of Long Ago," etc.
THE NURSE; OR, HINTS ON THE CARE OF THE SICK. By Charles T. Harris, A. M., M. D., Chicago: Duncan Bros., publishers, 1879. 60 cents.
We can heartily recommend this little book of about one hundred pages to those who desire to be good professional nurses, and also to mothers, the ex-officio natural nurses. It contains sound, common-sense advice on the sick-room, ventilation, expectant mothers, care of the new-born infant, diseases and accidents of childhood, dietary rules, food for the sick, etc.
NEUROLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. By Prof. William A. Hammond, M. D., assisted by William J. Morton, M. D. Vol, I. No. 1. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. (For sale by Nichols & Hall, Boston.) This is a quarterly journal on subjects connected with the mind and nervous system, although each number is complete in itself, and is sold separately for $1. Those who luxuriate in elegant paper and print will have no cause for fault-finding. All of the articles are by Drs, Hammond and Morton. The first, by Dr. Hammond, is on the "NonAsylum Treatment of the Insane,” and is very interesting; the second, on "Arrest of Development," has three heliotype illustrations of stunted boys, one of whom, though eighteen years old, is only thirtythree and one fourth inches high. Reports of clinical cases make up the most of the rest of this number, which must be interesting to all, particularly specialists.
THE MEDICAL COUNSELOR, Edited by J. P. Mills. Chicago: Wm. A. Chatterton & Co., publishers.
We welcome this new medical journal, the first number of which, for April, is before us, in general appearance very much like the old "American Homœopathist" (not Homœopath), of which Dr. Mills was formerly editor. It promises to be an interesting journal. The paper and type are very nice. We must, however, be allowed to say that we dislike exceedingly the two-columned pages used in both the above-mentioned journals. No room is gained, and the whole appearance of the page is marred, without, in our opinion, adding to the ease in reading, as some claim. We wish the new enterprise success.
NATIONAL BOARD OF HEALTH REPORTS AND PAPERS.
This pamphlet contains the constituting act and contagious diseases act, the by-laws, rules, and committees of the Board, extracts from minutes, and list of members of the Board, with their addresses. We are naturally glad to see Dr. Verdi's name on this list. We hope for great things in the future from this Board.
REPORT OF THE HOMEOPATHIC RELIEF ASSOCIATION, with valuable Papers on Yellow Fever. pp. 89. New Orleans: C. G. Fisher.
The association received in money (besides contributions of clothing etc.) $12,278.16; of which $2,000 came from Boston; $1,250 from Brooklyn; $1,200 from Providence; $1,502.50 from New York; $500 each from Worcester, Pittsburg, Newark, Cincinnati, and Paris ; and the rest in smaller sums from various sources.
VOL. XIV. NO. VI.
On the other hand, $2,388 went for physicians' bills; $2,322 for nurses; $1,086 for blankets, clothing, etc.; $1,103 for carriage hire; $1,066 in cash for charities; $841 for butchers' bills; $809 for bakers' bills.
The total number of yellow-fever cases treated homœopathically under the auspices of this association was 5,640; of this number 3,184 were within the city limits, and 2,456 were in towns, villages, and hamlets in adjacent fever districts, mainly in Mississippi, on or near the line of the Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans railroad.
Of these 3,184 cases treated in the city, 164 died, a mortality of 5.2 per centum. Of the 2,456 treated in outlaying points, 174 died, a mortality of 6 per centum. Of the entire number treated 2.953 were under fifteen years of age, and the loss was 124, a mortality of 4.2 per centum. Examining more into details, it is found that 231 cases of black vomit were treated by the physicians and laymen of the association, of which cases 173 recovered.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE DETROIT MEDICAL AND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. April, 1879.
REFUTATION OF ERRORS IN REV. JOSEPH COOK'S LECTURE ON SWEDENBORG. By Otis Clapp. Boston: H. H. Carter, 1879.
HOYNE'S DIRECTORY OF HOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS IN ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MISSOURI, and Kansas, 1879.
VALEDICTORY ADDRESS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF HAHNEMANN
MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO. By Prof. T. S. Hoyne, with the President's Address, Report of the Dean, and Catalogue of Students and Graduates.
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT THE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGE OF MISSOURI. By J. Martine Kershaw, M. D.
THE YEAR'S PROGRESS. Address before the American Institute of Homœopathy by the President, J. C. Burgher, M. D., June 18, 1879. THE SOFT PALATE. Its value in diagnosis as compared with the tongue, in derangements of the liver, malarial diseases and exanthematous fevers. By Wm. Abram Love, M. D., Professor in Atlanta Medical College, Georgia.
OYSTER-SHUCKER'S CORNEITIS. By W. J. McDonnell, M. D., of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF ERGOT. By J. W. Compton, M. D., Professor in the Medical College of Evansville, Indiana,
First Annual Report of THE AMERICAN Homœopathic PublishinG SOCIETY. C. Mohr, M. D., Secretary, 555 N. 16th Street, Philadelphia. J. M. Stoddart & Co., Publishers, 727 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. With its first publication, Vol. I. of Hering's GUIDING SYMPTOMS, which we shall notice soon.
MEDICAL OBSERVATIONS ABROAD. By C. H. Vilas, A. M., M. D. Chicago: Duncan Bros.
BOSTON HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY.
REPORTED BY M. P. WHEELER, M, D,, SECRETARY.
March 20, 1878. - Dr. W. Wesselhoeft reported a case of vertex presentation in occipito-posterior position. The patient, a young, healthy primipara with ample pelvis, and without history of uterine disease or menstrual irregularity, had reason to expect confinement during the first week in January, Labor did not set in until Jan. 28th, when feeble and irregular pains began, attended by dribbling away of the liquor amnii, and kept up at varying intervals during five days without advancing matters beyond the obliteration of the cervix and a slight dilatation of the os. On the morning of the sixth day, the patient being much exhausted and the os sufficiently dilatable, the long forceps were applied, though not without difficulty. Vigorous traction produced severe pain over the symphysis, and firm contraction of the uterus about the child, but no headway. After repeated fruitless attempts, Dr. Talbot was sent for, and no alternative presenting, it was determined to use the forceps as a compressor, other means, such as expression, attempts at rousing the uterus into action, etc., having failed, and turning being out of the question. A pair of French forceps with strong blades and slight pelvic curve were substituted for the Simpson's forceps used before, and strong traction with these soon caused the head to advance. The uterus afforded but little aid, and the refusal of the head to rotate or adapt itself to the dimensions of the canal made the case one of unusual difficulty and danger. The head descended through the cavity of the pelvis, and even through the outlet, without rotations, either of flexion, which would have thrown the occiput in advance, or lateral, which would have thrown its long diameter into the antero-posterior diameter of the pelvis. After more than six hours' work, with proper intervals to allow of moulding and