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for the reason that it is typical of the remainder of the work. shows that the author brings nothing new of his own experience, and that his book is nothing more than a résumé of better works. Nevertheless, the book contains much useful information.



With commendable celerity we find a handsome volume of the Transactions of the Institute has been placed upon our table. The neat binding, in spite of its metal corners, makes a desirable addition to any physician's library. On opening the covers, the first thing which greets the eye is the strong, manly face of the president in a fine steel engraving. This was presented by our friend, Dr. Walker of Chelsea, and we believe was the handiwork of his talented son. Nothing more appropriate could adorn the annual volume than the likeness of the president, and especially one who has labored so assiduously and earnestly for the success of this session. We hope in the future to see this precedent become a custom.

A careful examination convinces us that this volume is the best in matter and manner that the Institute has ever issued, excepting, perhaps, the bulky and valuable volumes of the "World's Convention," which were as many years as this has been months in seeking the light. Aside from the history of the session, its legislation as the largest organized body of homoeopathists in the world, and its collection and representation of the status of homœopathic medicine in America, it contains upwards of sixty essays, more or less carefully prepared, and the discussions thereon, by leading physicians of our school. The cost of membership in no wise represents the value of such a book, and the possession of it, aside from the many other reasons, should be a sufficient power to increase the list of eight hundred and twentythree actual members till it includes every respectable menber of our school.

We spoke of the essays as "more or less carefully prepared.” Is there any reason why a single one should not be credit to its author? If it is not, if it does not contain something of real value, it should be rigorously excluded from the published Transactions. Take, for instance, an article on page 678, "Icterus: its Relations Anatomically, Etiologically, and Pathologically Consdiered." To say nothing of the absurdity of the title, which provokes one to inquire whether it is "Icterus" or its "Relations" that we are to consider anatomically, etc., and if the latter,

whether they happen to be blood relations, the whole article is not fit for this book. It is enough to say that the first part consists of five pages of description of the liver, probably a poor "relation" of Icterus. Had this description been taken from Gray, we should have recognized it; but Gray, "badly mixed," reminds us of a student's examination paper on anatomy, "too good to be rejected, and too poor to be accepted." The second part of the essay, two pages, and the third, one page, can hardly be called hints upon the subjects named, whatever they are. We are sorry to see a book containing so much that is valuable marred in such a manner. Let us hope that the next session, at Niagara Falls, will not only be the largest ever held, but that its Transactions will show the best work of our school.



A choice between these visiting lists is no easy matter; in fact, the preference must be determined solely by individual taste. They are all attractive, even elegant in appearance, and are all adapted to aid the physician greatly in making his daily records.

Otis Clapp & Sons' enters upon its second year, and has already well established itself in favor. It is found to be particularly convenient in size, and in its arrangement of adjoining columns for recording visits and the prescriptions made.

Faulkner's is an old favorite, and is combined with quite an extensive repertory.

Wood's is very neat and compact, and will be preferred by some because its columns are dated expressly for the coming year, a convenience in making advance engagements.


THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY (New York: Appleto Co.) continues to present to its readers interesting and instructive articles in every department of science. Not only does the physician find in its pages an agreeable change from his own. particular pursuits, but also finds many topics belonging strictly to his profession which are discussed in a manner more entertaining than is customary in medical literature. Thus in the numbers for October, November, and December, 1882, will be found articles upon "Massage: Its Mode of Application and Effects," "Physiognomic Curiosities," "Sewer Gas," "The Law of Human Increase," "Brain Weight and Brain Power," "The Cell State," and an article, which is certainly very striking, on "The Utility of Drunkenness."



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ONE by one the links which bind the homoeopathy of the present with its beginning in this country and State are breaking, and recorded history must soon take the place of personal recollections. To this generation homœopathy is a firmly established and almost an old science, and the bitternesses, rancors, and ostracisms of those days not fifty years gone are an unrealized, almost unbelieved, story. The men whose wonderful successes with the "infinitesimals," whose keen diagnostics, whose perfect appreciation of the correlation of the disease and the remedy have been so potent in establishing not only homoeopathy, but the science of medicine as it is to-day, have nearly all passed away. Of these men Dr. Ira Barrows was one. He was a man strong in his ideas of right, persistent and tireless in his advocacy of that which he considered as right, firm and indomitable in what he felt to be duty, and perfectly intolerant of wrong. It was perfectly wonderful to him that others could not see the beauty of homoeopathy, and that it was not an exclusive thing, but the grand law of the one science of medicine.

Dr. Barrows was born in Attleboro, Nov. 18, 1804, graduated at Brown University in 1824, and received his medical diploma from Harvard in 1827. In 1842 he was practising medicine "after the straitest sect of allopathy" in the town of Norton, and happening to call upon his friend, Dr. P. P. Wells (now of Brooklyn, N. Y.), who had then just commenced the study and practice of homoeopathy in Providence, R. I., his attention was directed to the new method of therapeutics. Obtaining the Organon" and Hull's Jahr he cautiously commenced his experiments. "Verily, I thought," he says in a letter to the writer of this, "that if Dr. Watts had studied the two systems of medicine, and had penned his immortal stanza with reference thereto,


Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrow path,
With here and there a traveller,

he could not have better expressed the reality."

After his adoption of homeopathy his practice extended over a large section of conntry, his rides including a circuit of at least twenty miles. He first introduced homoeopathy into Taunton and the neighboring towns, and into Pawtucket, converting therein the late Dr. Manchester. From Norton he removed to Pawtucket, and soon thence to Providence, R. I., where he was always a trusted exponent of and counsellor in his beloved therapeutic art.

The mode and specialties of his expulsion from the Massachusetts Medical Society was always an unpleasant remembrance to Dr. Barrows. The rank injustice of it, the Janus-like character of his friends, and the impossibility of redress, could never be reconciled with his sense of right. He was one of the first martyrs to the cause that has had its many martyrs since.

Dr. Barrows was one of the founders of the Rhode Island Homœopathic Medical Society. He was its first vice-president, and has been frequently called to its presidency. He was seldom absent from a meeting, and always had either a paper or a most instructive case to relate and discuss. He was an exceedingly careful practitioner, a most diligent student, yet always seeking the advice of others. Genial and kindly, his faults were only those of a broad love of humanity.

He died on Saturday, Oct. 14. His funeral was at the Benificent Congregational Church, of which he was a valuable member, and a large concourse of people were present, among whom were at least twenty-five homœopathic physicians of Providence and vicinity. E. U. J.

DR. GEORGE E. NORCROSS died on Nov. 6, at the residence of his parents in Jamaica Plain. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, in '77 and from the Boston University School of Medicine in '80. He entered at once upon the practice of his profession in Great Falls, N. H., and there resided until shortly before his death. He endeared himself to friends and patients alike, and his loss will be deeply felt.

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DR. MONICA MASON, another graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, has been taken from the work of her profession. The announcement of her death brings sadness to many a friend who remembers the bright happy face which formed the centre of so many groups in the student days which are past. She graduated in the class of '78 and sought her field in the West, establishing herself in North Minneapolis, Minn. Her fine character and the earnestness of her work impressed all who knew her, and those who mourn her loss will long cherish her memory.



DR. MARY A. PAYNE has located at 319 Columbus Avenue, Boston.
CLARA C. AUSTIN, M. D., has located at No. 34 Brookline Street, Boston.
DR. C. P. HOLDEN has removed from Woodstock, Vt., to Windsor, Vt.

S. J. DONALDSON, M. D., has removed his office to No. 36 West 42d Street, New York City.

WALTER WESSELHOEFT, M. D., has removed to No. 391 Harvard Street in Cambridge, Mass.

HOWARD A. GIBBS, M. D., B. U. S. of M., class of '82, has located at No. 23 Kendall Street, in Boston.

E. A. CARPENTER, M. D., has removed from Plattsburgh, N. Y., to Cambridge, Mass.

DR. BENDER, formerly of Quebec, P. Q., has located at the Hotel Vendome Boston.

DR. G. B. CLARK has removed from Windsor, Vt., to No. 124 West 126th Street, New York City,

CHARLES R. ROGERS, M. D., has removed from Westboro', Mass., to No. 754 Dudley Street, Dorchester District, Boston.

SUSAN P. HAMMOND, M. D., has removed to No. 70 West Springfield Street, in Boston.

KATE C. FISKE, M. D., has removed from Medina, N. Y., to Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N. Y.

A. M. CUSHING, M. D., has removed from 116 West Newton Street to 401 Columbus Avenue, Boston.

DR. SAMUEL O. L. POTTER, formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., has been appointed an A. A. Surgeon, United States Army, and is stationed at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, as post-surgeon.

GEO. W. STEARNS, M. D., has removed from Groton, Mass., to Holliston, Mass., having taken the practice of Drs. C. F. Barker and wife, who have removed to the West.

WM. WOODS, M. D., formerly of Dwight Street, has removed to Hotel Byron, Suite 2 (corner Berkeley and Boylston Streets). Office hours until 9 A. M., 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P. M.

F. G. COFFIN, M. D., has removed from Rochester, N. H., to Great Falls, N. H., to take the practice of the late Dr. Norcross.

OBSTETRIC CASES are desired for the advanced students of the Boston University School of Medicine. Physicians knowing of such cases among the poor, particularly at the South End and in the Roxbury District, are requested to send them to the College Dispensary, or to G. R. Southwick, M. D., 626 Tremont Street, by whom assignments will be made.

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