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A HANDBOOK OF THERAPEUTICS. By Sidney Ringer, M. D., F. R. S., and Harrington Sainsbury, M.D., F.R.C.P., Thirteenth Edition, Seven Hundred and Fifty Pages, Octavo. New York: William Wood & Company. Price, $4.00.

In this edition, as in those which have preceded it, the indications for the use of drugs in disease are dwelt on rather than the physiological action. The book is, in fact, a work on Clinical Therapeutics.

A long interval having elapsed since the last edition, the list of new drugs, and of new methods, to be considered, has been proportionately great, and the difficulty has been to select the tried from the untried. The endeavor has been made to do this, however, and at the same time every portion of the work has been carefully revised. On the new departure, Serum Therapeutics, a separate chapter has been introduced, and in connection with the Invalid Dietary, a short section upon the use of digestive ferment. In the earlier part of the work a brief reference is made to the Nauheim (Schott) treatment. For the rest, this, the Thirteenth Edition, continues on the same lines as preceding editions, and essentially, and above all, in its endeavor to make chemical considerations indicate, or contra-indicate, the employment of remedies.

WHAT A YOUNG MAN OUGHT TO KNOW. By Sylvanus Stall, D. D. Vir Publishing Company, 504 Hale Building, Philadelphia. Price, $1.00.

The second volume is a manly, but pure, and invaluable series of books on Self and Sex, adapted to boys and men of various ages. In these pages the author in a plain, practical, and most satisfactory manner, answers the mysterious problems which perplex the mind of every young man. Dr. Stall's books on these delicate, but important personal questions, differ from anything| ever before attempted in English. The information, suited to persons of different ages, is in separate volumes. Impurity and pruriency have no place in these pages. The author thoroughly understands of what he writes, and to whom

he writes. There is no evading or half concealing, but young men are made intelligent in a manly, pure way. The chapters on "Evils to be Shunned, and Consequences to be Dreaded," disclose the dire consequences which attend vice, in a manner nowhere else found, and in language so intelligible to the ordinary reader. The wide dissemination of such information as this book contains, will save multitudes of men from paths of vice, and ruin. No young man can afford to grope his way in ignorance when such valuable help is at hand. This book is commended by men like Drs. Francis E. Clark, J. Wilbur Chapman, by college presidents, and eminent physicians, and, like Dr. Stall's other books in this series to Young Boys, and to Young Girls, this book merits a place in every public and private library. No intelligent young man can afford to be without a copy. STIRPICULTURE; Or, The Improvement of Offspring Through Wiser Generation. By M. L. Holbrook, M. D., Editor of the Journal of Hygiene, Author of "Hygiene of the Brain," "How to Strengthen the Memory," "Advantages of Chastity," Etc. New York: M. L. Holbrook & Company, Publishers. Price, $1.00.

To improve the race is certainly a worthy study. The disciples of Darwin, many of them, have held that natural and sexual selection have been the chief factors employed by nature to bring about race improvement. A work of this nature should be largely read, and its teachings applied.

KLEMPERER'S CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS. By Dr. G. Klemperer, Professor at the University of Berlin; First American from the Seventh and Last German Edition; Authorized Translation by Nathan E. Brill, A. M., M. D., Adjunct Attending Physician, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Samuel M. Brickner, A. M., M. D., Assistant Gynecologist, Mt. Sinai Hospital Dispensary, is announced for early publication by The Macmillan Company.

Dr. Klemperer's work on Clinical Diagnosis is widely known, and all English readers will be rejoiced to find within their reach this very comprehensive, but condensed manual. Its chapters deal with the inspection and examination of the patient, the diagnosis (Continued on page 101).


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BY W. W. GRUBE, A. M., M. D.,

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This is a catalogue of diseases arranged alphabetically, each accompanied by a short description. At the end of the work there is a clinical index, which is really a therapeutic index. The book is printed in large clear type, and is handsomely bound, and on heavy paper. The old system of dosage has been used. The work is elementary, and will no doubt be useful to medical students.-The Journal of the American Medical Association.

This work is designed to present the leading facts and principles of medicine in a brief, clear, and concise manner, so that they may be readily comprehended. The author's chief aim has been to prepare a book of an essentially practical character-one neither so meagre in detail as to be next to useless, nor so overladen with unnecessary matter as to be unwieldy and lacking in precise knowledge. The wants of the student and practitioner have been ever in the mind of the author; he has given them what his skill and knowledge as a teacher has thought to be best, and made his work worthy the effort.-Medical Brief.

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of the acute infectious diseases, diseases of the nervous system, digestive diseases, each under its special symptomatology, diseases of the respiratory apparatus, the heart, and circulation. Two chapters are devoted to urine analysis, and to the diseases of the kidneys. The four concluding chapters deal with the disturbances of metabolism, the diseases of the blood, the Röntgen rays as diagnostic aids, and animal and vegetable parasites including such bacteria as are of clinical importance.

No book so complete, short of a textbook of medicine, is before the American medical public. It has passed through seven editions in its original language (German) in as many years. The German school leads in clinical diagnosis, and this little work is an exquisite example of its methods.

SKIN DISEASEs of Children. By George Henry Fox, A. M., M. D., Clinical Professor of Diseases of the Skin, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, Physician to the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital, etc. With Twelve Photogravure and Chromographic Plates, and Sixty Illustrations in the Text. New York: William Wood & Co., Publishers. Price, $2.50. The articles composing this book were specially written for the American Journal of Obstetrics last year, and to these have been added an unusually large and complete formulary, making the book of increased interest. A work on skin diseases as practical as this one should receive more than a casual notice by the profession.

VADE MECUM OF OPHTHALMOLOGICAL THERAPEUTICS. By Dr. Landolt, and Dr. Gygax. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, Publishers. Price, $1.00.

This work contains the indispensable facts of special therapeutics of the eye, and will serve as a constant companion and friend to the busy practitioner, and to the student preparing for examination. It is a handy and worthy little pocket guide. Do you need one? BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO. Being for the years 1895 and 1896.

The general excellence of the work of the Department during these two years is due in large measure to Dr. F. W. Reilly,

who was appointed Asst. Commissioner of Health by Dr. Arthur R. Reynolds, Commissioner, in January 1895, and was wisely retained through the past administration, and re-appointed by the present.

AN EPITOME OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE. By Roswell Park, A. M., M. D., Professor of Surgery in the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, etc. Illustrated with Portraits and other Engravings. One Volume, Royal Octavo, pages xiv-348. Extra Cloth, Beveled Edges, $2.00 net. The F. A. Davis Co., Publishers, 1914 and 1916 Cherry street, Philadelphia: 117 W. Forty-Second street, New York; 9 Lakeside Building, Chicago.

Owing to the limited amount of literature on the history of medicine, and the many useful hints to be gained through the reading of such works, anything coming from such an authority will be welcomed.

TEXT-BOOK OF MATERIA MEDICA FOR NURSES. Compiled by Lavinia L. Dock, Graduate of Bellevue Training School for Nurses. Third Edition, Revised, and Enlarged. Eleventh Thousand. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, Publishers. Price, $1.50. This work is a very important assistant to a doctor in charge of a case, as the nurse should be well posted in materia medica, in order to thoroughly carry out the doctor's instructions. The more intelligent the nurse, the more successful the doctor in charge. "APENTA." Hungarian Natural Aperient Water, Containing Reports and Opinions of some of the most Eminent Professors in the world. Published by the Apollinaris Company, Limited, London.

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This work contains some very valuable articles on this subject from such wellknown physicians as Dr. John M. Keating, of Philadelphia Hospital, Dr. Carl (Continued on page 106).

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tistical Study, With the Report of an Additional Case, in which the Growth was Successfully Removed by Iridectomy. By Clarence A. Veasey, A. M., M. D., Philadelphia. Reprint.


ALBUMINURIC RETINITIS, Its Value as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Sign. By E. C. Ellett, M. D., Memphis, Tenn. Reprint.


A CASE OF RUPTURE OF THE CHOROID COAT. By E. C. Ellett, M. D., Memphis, Tenn. Reprint.


By Jos.

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Diseases of the Rectum and Sigmoid as a Factor in Constitutional Disturbances.*

BY J. R. PENNINGTON, M. D., Professor of Rectal Diseases, Jenner Medical College; Rectal Surgeon, Harvard Hospital; Consulting Surgeon, Mary Thompson Hospital for Women and Children; etc., Chicago.

The essayist stated that the recent researches of bacteriology and physiological chemistry, the observations of Van Gieson and A. McLean Hamilton, of New York, Daniel R. Brower and H. M. Bannister, of Chicago, and others, seemed to show that a large percentage of mental and nervous diseases, and

* Abstract of a paper read before the Mississippi Valley Medical Association, at Louisville, Ky., October 6th, 1897.

such other ailments, as gout, rheumatism, headache, uremia, chorea, asthma, diabetes, skin and many other afflictions, are due to toxic substances in one form or another, and that often these disorders have their primal origin somewhere in the gastro-intestinal tract; that the experiments of Baumann seemed to demonstrate quite conclusively that the putrefactive process by which these toxins are developed is carried on principally in the colon. He then stated that physicians are beginning to recognize that the principal source of this infection is in the vicinity of the rectum and sigmoid, and that this is evidenced by the increased interest taken by the profession in these diseases, their cure, and in ridding the lower bowel of putrefying fecal matter; that the rectum, including the anus, is the termination of myriads of nerve fibrils of all varieties, that its diseases, as Mr. Allingham says, "are among the most common that affect civilized humanity," that because of its function, position, and intimate relation with other organs and parts, any pathological condition of it must of necessity be in a state of almost constant irritation, and, therefore, he did not see how anyone could conceive of a more typical or vulnerable point for protean reflex neurosis. While he did not wish to leave the impression that rectal and sigmoid diseases, either directly or indirectly, are accountable for all the ills to which human flesh is heir, yet he did emphasize the assertion that because of the peculiarity of the nerve supply to the rectum and anus, trivial affections of these structures were often considered serious, while truly serious and dangerous conditions were treated as if of no vital importance whatsoever, either reflexly or otherwise, and cited cases in evidence of his declaration.

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