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urine than the normal, although its own urine is no longer abnormally toxic. Van de Velve hence argues out the whole question of eclampsia, finally accepting Bouchard's views as to its cause being auto-intoxication by the accumulation in the blood of the "toxins of pregnancy."- Dominion Med. Monthly.
THE ACTION OF SULPHATE OF QUININE AS AN OXYTOCIC. Schwab, in the Journal de Medecine de Paris of November 29, 1896, points out the value of quinine as an oxytocic, thereby emphasizing a fact already well known to American practitioners. He believes that it is of great value in ordinary uterine inertia and in all cases where we have reason to believe that the uterine contractions are or will be feeble. He cites a number of cases in which the administration of full doses of quinine under these circumstances produced the most happy results, and he notes a number of French authors whose experience has agreed with his own. In the discussion which followed his paper the question. arose as to whether quinine administered to pregnant women was capable of producing abortion. That this danger exists seems, however, to be largely imaginary, and the drug can be given whenever indicated in moderate doses to pregnant women prior to full term with perfect safety. This result is also in accordance with what we believe to be the general conclusion of American practitioners.-Therapeutic Gazette.
DOUBLE OVARIOTOMY AT THIRD MONTH: DELIVERY AT TERM.
Perrier read before the Acadèmie de Médecine, Paris, in January, notes of a case in which Mouchez, of Sens, removed both ovaries in a woman three months pregnant, for double cystic disease. The patient made a good recovery, and a live child was born at term. Numerous ovariotomies have been performed on pregnant women, but removal of both ovaries during gestation is unusual, not a dozen cases having been reported. Mouchez insists that operation as early as possible is indicated when double cystic disease is diagnosed during pregnancy. The danger of waiting is greater than the danger of operating.-British Medical Journal.
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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.
The Sixty-fourth Annual Meeting of this venerable State Society will be held in this city on May 11th, 12th and 13th. From the fact that the great Centennial Exposition is now in successful progress it is expected that the attendance of this meeting will be one of the largest in the history of the Society, as well as the most interesting. Every physician in the State should make it an object to be present in order to assist by his presence, if not by active participation, in making this meeting one of the most memorable in the history of the Society. The preliminary programme is herewith appended, as is also a pertinent circular letter from the secretary. Let us have a large and enthusiastic congress at this meeting. The letter is as follows:
As our annual meeting this year is contemporaneous with the celebration of the Centennial of our State, we feel that, with the inducements offered by the Centennial, the reduced fare and opportunity of meeting so many professional brethren, to say nothing of the individual profit each member derives from asso
ciation with his fellow members, our session will be more largely attended than has ever occurred before the history of our Society. We are already assured of a full attendance, and hope that this meeting will be the Banner Session of the Society, and urge that all the members act in concert with us and try to arrange their matters so that they can make their visit to the Great Exposition during the time of the meeting of the Society.
The Committee of Arrangement have selected the Senate Chamber of the Capitol as the place of meeting, deeming it peculiarly fit that the greatest meeting of the State Society should be held in the State building. The meeting will be called to order promptly at 9:30 A.M. on May 11th, and it is urgently requested that all be present as nearly as possible at the hour of opening.
Round trip tickets, good for 7 to 14 days, can be secured at one fare or less. Be sure to ask for Centennial rates.
We can assure you of ample hotel accommodations. A hearty welcome is extended to you by the local profession.
The programme is purposely not as yet completed, and all members who desire to present papers must give in their names and titles on or before May 5th. The programme so far as completed will be found below.
Address all communications to
C. R. ATCHISON, M.D., Secretary,
1. A Paper-Dr. J. H. Atlee, Chattanooga.
2. A Plea for the Better Care of Teeth and Mouth Cleanliness-Dr. F. B. Reagor, Flat Rock.
3. A Paper-Dr. W. C. Bilbro, Murfreesboro.
4. Vesical Calculi-Dr. S. B. Fowler, Gainesboro.
5. Typhoid Fever-Dr. H. K. Edgerton, Lebanon.
6. Obstetric Antisepsis-A. B. Ramsey, McMinnville. 7. A Paper-Dr. J. S. Cain, Nashville.
8. Pregnant, Puerperal and Parturient Women-The ordinary duties and responsibilities of the doctor in relation to them-Dr. I. A. McSwain, Paris.
9. Puerperal Eclampsia-Dr. F. S. McCready, Petersburg.
10. Radical Cure of Cancer of the Breast-Dr. C. E. Ristine, Knoxville.
11. Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis-Dr. M. B. Smiser, Culleoka. 12. Antitoxin Treatment Diphtheria-Dr. R. E. Fort, Nashville.
13. Antitoxin Treatment Diphtheria-Dr. W. H. Willet, Adams Station.
14. Headaches-Dr. Hazle Padgett, Columbia.
15. Acute Intestinal Infection in the Young-Dr. J. B. Murfree, Murfreesboro.
16. Shock-Dr. S. R. Miller, Knoxville.
17. Fact and Theory in Medicine-Dr. G. C. Savage, Nashville.
18. A Paper-Dr. D. H. Williams, Knoxville.
19. The Abuse of Antipyretics-Dr. G. M. Peavler, Bristol. 20. Summer Diarrhoea in Children-Dr. J. T. Graham, Brownsville.
21. Treatment of Purulent Ophthalmia-Dr. F. T. Smith, Chattanooga.
22. Drifting Away-Dr. T. A. Atchison, Nashville.
TWELFTH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CONGRESS.
The meeting of this body will be held next August in MosAmerican physicians who desire to attend will find excellent arrangements for the journey furnished by the plan settled upon by a number of well-known Chicago gentlemen, who have secured reductions on the ordinary steamship, railway and hotel rates, and have arranged an excellent itinerary with the agents, Messrs. Cook & Sons. It is hoped the inducements offered by this arrangement will give America a large representation at this important meeting.
THE Texas Health Journal has been merged into the Texas Medical Practitioner.
SEMI-CENTENNIAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
The semi-centennial meeting of the American Medical Association which will be held in Philadelphia on the 12, 13 and 14 of June, 1897, bids fair to surpass in the character of the entertainment, the scientific papers and the number in attendance any meeting which has heretofore been held. The Committee in Charge have been able to obtain large and roomy places of meeting for the General meetings and the Section meetings, all within a single block and within very short walking distance or immediately adjacent to the largest and most comfortable of the Philadelphia hotels.
For the week preceding and following the meeting the Committee of Arrangements have also arranged for clinical courses which will be open without charge to all physicians who may visit the city at that time. These courses cover every branch in medicine and its specialities, and will afford visitors the opportunity of seeing the active clinical work of all the great teachers of Philadelphia, which is now, as it has been for so many years in the past, in every respect the medical center of the United States.
THE banquet of the American Medical Editors' Association will take place at the Aldine Hotel, Philadelphia, on Tuesday, June 1st, during the session of the American Medical Association. It is confidently expected that this will be a most enjoyable occasion.
The Medical Record is responsible for the statement that the Johns Hopkins Medical School is the only one in the country that requires an academic degree for admission to its school; also, that Harvard will make the same requirement after 1899.