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Annual op the Universal Medical Sciences. A Yearly Report of
the Progress of the General Sanitary Sciences throughout the
World. Edited by Charles E. Sajous, M. D., and seventy asso-
ciate editors, assisted by over two hundred corresponding editors,
collaborators, and correspondents.. Illustrated with chromo-litho-
graphs, engravings, and maps. Five volumes. The F. A. Davis
Company, Publishers, Philadelphia, New York. Chicago, and Lon-
don. Australian Agency : Melbourne, Victoria. 1893.

The sixth issue of this great annual comes to hand somewhat
later than usual. This, however, is not remarkable when we con-
sider the immensity of the work and the great labor that is
required to put it out. The delay is probably due to the fact that
the editor has temporarily removed to Paris and the necessary
complications which would grow out of such a radical change of
residence. This, however, will be more than compensated for, we
presume, by the fact that Dr. Sajous will be brought into closer
touch with the European publications and authors who are drawn
upon for contributions and editorial work.

The Annual appears this year without essential change in any
of its departments, which we think is wise. The method of publi-
cation has already become familiar to the American profession,
and the purposes of the work are well served. There is no under-
taking in all the literature of medicine that compares with it, and
we consider that the price of the volumes is fixed at an astonish-
ingly low rate, considering the vast deal of time and money requi-
site to prepare them for distribution. We hope the enterprise
will be well sustained by the profession of medicine throughout
the world.

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PsrcHOPATHiA Sexualis, with Especial Reference to Contrary Sexual
Instinct A Medico-Legal Study. By Db. R. von Kbafft-Ebino,
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Vienna.
Authorized translation of the seventh, enlarged and revised, Ger-
man edition. By Charles Gilbert Chaddock, M. D., Professor of
Nervous and Mental Diseases, Marion-Sims College of Medicine,
St. Louis ; Fellow of the Chicago Academy of Medicine, Corres-
ponding Member of the Detroit Academy of Medicine ; Associate
Member of the American Medico-Psychological Association, etc. In
one roycd octavo volume, 436 pages. Extra cloth, $3.00, net; sheep,
$4.00, net. Sold only by subscription. Philadelphia: The F. A.
Davis Co., Publishers, 1914 and 1916 Cherry street.

This book, from its size, should be complete. Nothing pertain-
ing to the contrary sexual instinct should be left ont in such a
work, and we look for something that is new as an excuse for its
publication. We look in vain. There is nothing in it that adds
to our knowledge. The conditions described in it have been well
written up by Hammond, B. Ball, and other writers, on Folie Ero-
tique, which is the name given by Ball, of Paris.

We doubt if the book will do as much good as it is sure to do
harm in a moral sense. As far as establishing psychopathic sex-
nalis as a distinct form of insanity, we think the distinguished
author has failed in his purpose. We still believe these erotic
feelings, and sensations, and delusions, to be, in a large proportion
of cases, symptoms of various and well-recognized forms of
insanity. J. W. P.

Transactions op the American Association op Obstetricians and
GiTNECOLOGiSTS. Volume v.. for the year 1892. Edited by Wil-
liam Warren Potter, M. D., Secretary, and published by the
Association. Octavo, pp. 529. Philadelphia: William J. Dor nan.
Printer. 1893.

This is one of the volumes that it is a pleasure to possess and
to notice in the columns of a medical journal. This association
has shown itself to be possessed of great vigor and cohesiveness.
It has risen above a systematic and well-planned adverse criticism
and detraction so completely as to conquer all opposition. There
is no more handsome volume of society transactions published
anywhere than this association annually puts forth, and the present
one is fully up to its high standard of excellence in every particu-
lar. It contains a number of excellent illustrations ; but we
should be pleased to see this part of the book improved upon very
materially. Authors of papers should remember that society
transactions are in reality text-books that often go into the hands

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of general praotitioners of medicine ; hence it is greatly to their
Individ aal advantage, as well as to the credit of the associ*
ations to which thej belong, to bring out illustrations of their
topics wherever practicable. This book is printed on tinted paper
with clear type, and commends itself to the study of every thought-
ful gynecologist, obstetrician, and abdominal surgeon.

Elements OF Human PHYsioLOGr. By Ernest H. Starling, M. D.,
Lend., M. R. C. P., Joint-Lecturer on Physiology at Guy's Hospital.
London ; Member of the Physiological Society, etc. With 100 illus-
trations. Small 8vo, pp. 437. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston, Son &
Co. 1892.

Here is one of the little volumes that it is a pleasure to examine.
Not all condensations of medical literature are such as to com-
mand the favor, not to say the praise, of the reviewer ; but when
physiology is correctly taught in a condensed and compact form,,
we have no hesitation in according to the successful author his full
meed of praise. The fact is, that students cannot be taught toa
much physiology, and all should adopt a systematic method of
acquiring a knowledge of this subject. That is the real purpose
of hand-books and other more elaborate treatises. The illustra-
tions of this volume are carefully drawn, for the most part,
although their number might have been increased with propriety.
We think there is great value in accurate drawings and photographs
for the illustration of an author's meaning. We feel disposed to
encourage artistic and truthful illustrations, especially in this
department of science. This book will command a large sale by
reason of the valuable nature of its contents.

Elementary Physiology for Students. By Alfred T. Schofibld.
M. D. , M. R. C. S. . Late House Physician to the London Hospital ;
Special Lecturer, National Health Society. In one handsome 12aia
volume of 385 pages, with 227 engravings and two colored plates.
Cloth, $2.00, Philadelphia : Lea Brothers & Co.

In this small manual, so the author states in his preface, is
made an attempt to present to the student of physiology the lead-
ing facts of the science in a fuller way than is generally found in a.
work of this size, and a somewhat critical examination of the book
leaves us with the impression that the author has accomplished,
at any rate in a large measure, what he started out to do. There
is very much need for the study of physiology in our public
schools, and this would be a good text-book for educators to adopt

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for that purpose. It is well printed and exceedingly well illus-
trated. The figures, for the most part, illustrate in a very satis-
factory manner the portions of the text to which they apply. We
have not seen so much accurate physiological information presented
in the same number of pages as we find in this treatise. Without
an attempt at an analytical review, which is scarcely necessary at
this time, we beg to commend the book to the study and examina-
tion of all students of physiology.

KoTES OF THE Neweb REMEDIES, their Therapeutic Applications and
Modes of AdmlDlstratioD. By David Cebna, M. D., Ph. D., Demon-
strator of Physiology in the Medical Department of the University
of Texas, Galveston ; formerly Assistant in Physiology. Demon-
strator of, acd Lecturer on Experimental Therapeutics in the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania; Fellow of the College of Physicians of
Philadelphia ; Corresponding Fellow of the Sociedad Espanola de
Hygiene of Madrid ; Associate Editor of Sajous^ Annual of the
Universal Medical Sciences, etc. Duodecimo, pp. viii. — 177. Price,
$1.25. PhUadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 913 Walnut street. 1893.

In this book will be found a record of the newer remedies that
have been introduced since the last revision of the pharmacopeia.
Each remedy is briefly treated, giving after its name, its synonyms
and chemical composition ; then its physical properties, solubility,
therapeutic applications, and mode of administering, are mentioned
in their order. This is not considered a work on therapeutics in
any sense, but the author says that one of his objects in preparing
the book is to keep brief records of the therapeutic applications of
the newer remedies, especially of those whose usefulness has been
more or less ascertained by clinical investigation. It is an excel-
lent book of reference, and will be found convenient for educators,
students, and practitioners.

Transactions op the Kentucky State Medical Society. New ser-
ies. Volume I. Thirty-seventh annual meeting, held at Louisville,
May 4. 5, and 6, 1892. Octavo volume, pp. x. — 340. Louisville :
Printed by John P. Morton & Company. 1892.

Among the valuable scientific work done by State medical soci-
eties, that of Kentucky must take the first rank. We are pleased
to see that this ancient and honorable organization has returned
to the fashion of publishing an annual volume of transactions.
This custom has not obtained in this society since 1877 ; conse-
quently, most of its valuable work has been lost, or, at least, has
not formed a substantial addition to the medical literature of the
country, as it should have done.

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252 BSViEWS.

Last year, under a resolution introduced by Dr. McMurtry, a
committee of publication was appointed, of which he is the chair-
man, and the present book is the product of the committee's first
labor. It is handsomely printed and bound, and makes a decided
addition to a physician's library. We do not understand how any
physician in Kentucky could possibly do without it, and it is use-
ful reading for physicians outside the boundaries of that State.

A Chapter on Cholera, for Lay Readers. History, Symptoms, Pre-
vention, and Treatment of the Disease. By Walter Vought, Ph.
B., M. D., Medical Director and Physician-in-Charjfe of the Fire
Island Quarantine Station, Port of New York ; Fellow of the New
York Academy of Medicine, etc. Illustrated with colored plates
and wood eng^ravings. In one small 12mo volume, 110 pages.
Price, 75 cents net. Philadelphia: The F. A. Davis Co.. Publish-
ers, 1914 and 1916 Cherry street.

Hardly had this book issued from the press before its talented
author succumbed to an infectious fever, said to have been con-
tracted from a patient. There is an especial sadness connected
with the death of so brilliant and promising a young physician as
the author of this little brochure.

Cholera is a disease which the masses need information upon,
and in this monograph may be found ample information con-
nected with its history, symptoms, prevention, and treatment. We
think it would be wise to provide Boards of Health with copies
of the work to be distributed in their discretion, and to be espec-
ially studied by their subordinates who are not medical men.

Medical Pocket Atlas. Obstetrics. Part I. Labor delineated in
ninety-eight plates. By O. Schaeffer, M. D., Assistant at the
University Frauen-Klinik, in Munich. Translated and published
under the supervision of J. Clifton Edgar, M. D., Adjunct-Professor
of Obstetrics in the University of the City of New York ; Attending
Physician to the New York Lying-in Hospital ; Assistant Obstetric
Surgeon to the New York Maternity and to the Emergency Lying-in
Hosp^itals. Formerly Volunteer Interne in the Universitv Frauen-
Klinik, of Munich. New York : L. Hydel, Publisher, 212 E. 60th
street. 1893.

The plates in this work are excellent expositions of the mech-
anism of .labor, and serve to refresh the memory in regard to many
of its perplexities. This atlas is to be especially recommended to
those who cannot afford to purchase larger works, and it is
furnished at such a low price, that hardly any physician desiring
such an aid, need deny himself thereof. There is ample need for

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improvement in the study of obstetrics by physicians, especially
those remote from the centers, and such accurate plates as these
serve to refresh the memory on many doubtful points, with very
little expenditure of time or labor.

Manual of Practical Medical and Physiological Chemistry. By
Charles S. Pellew, E. M., Demonstrator of Physics and Chemistry
in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, (Medical Department of
Columbia College, ) New York. Honorary Assistant in Chemistry
at the School of Mines, Columbia College, etc. With illustrations.
Pp. 314. New York : D. Appleton & Company. 1892.

Taken in its entirety we consider the work before us an e:tceU
lent guide for a laboratory course in medical chemistry. We also
consider the arrangement of the subjects as not quite logical. We
believe that Part IV. and V. should precede Part I.

On page 215, the author says : *< Living animal membranes act
in the same way as dead ones, or as parchment paper." To a cer-
tain extent the statement is true, but we believe that it is mislead-
ing, as the living membrane does not act in every respect like a
dead one.

The author has supplied a needed manual and is to be congrat-
ulated over his success. The publishers have gotten the book up
in excellent manner. The plates are splendid and typography
fine. J. A. M.

A Manual op the Practice op Medicine, prepared especially for Stu-.
dents. By A. A. Stevens, A. M., M. D., Instructor of Physical
Diagnosis in the University of Pennsylvania, and Demonstrator of
Pathology in the Woman's Medical College, Philadelphia. Illus-
trated. Philadelphia : W. B. Sanders, 913 Walnut street. 1893.

The author of this book in his preface quotes Pope as saying,
" Half of our knowledge we must snatch, not take." We presume
Dr. Stevens has followed this precept in his professional life. The
fact is evident at a glance that knowledge or information is fired
at us in this book in the most laconic manner. The title-page
announces that the work is prepared especially for students, but
of what avail is it to students to have such snatches of the prac-
tice of medicine taught them as they will glean from this work ?
The only purpose the book can serve is to prepare students through
the brain-cramming process, for final examination. A knowledge
obtained in this way is generally of a very poor order, and while
we have nothing but kindness for the author, we still think he has
made a mistake in publishing such a work on such a subject.

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Thb Chronic Disorders of the Digestive Tube. By W. W. Vak
Valzah, a. M., M. D., formerly DemoDstrator of Clinical Medicine,
Jefferson Medical College. Octavo volume, pp. iv. — 161. New
York : J. H. Vail & Co. 1898.

This monograph has, for the most part, appeared in some of the
medical journals within the past year. The author has grouped
his contributions in a single volume, which makes them more
readily accessible to those who desire to pursue the study of this
subject and to possess all valuable literature thereupon.

Diseases of the digestive tract are constantly increasing, and
command more attention than formerly ; hence, all literature of
excellent quality is hailed with delight. But we cannot commend
this book as containing anything new or that has not been said
before, perhaps, quite as well.

Materia Medica and Therapeutics. By L. F. Warner, M. D.,
Attending Physician St. Bartholomew's Dispensary, New York.
Being Vol. V. of the Students' Quiz Series. Pocket size. 244 pages,
$1.00. Philadelphia : Lea Brothers & Co. 1892.

The author of this compend announces that it is based upon
the works of such acknowledged authorities as Brunton, Bartholow,
Wood, Bruce, Edes, and Biddle, and upon the compiler's own notes
of the didactic lectures of Professor Peabody, of New York.

Materia medica has to be obtained largely by memorizing, and
sometimes a little work of this kind becomes useful in that direc-
tion. It furnishes some excuse, at all .events, for the publication of
a quiz-book like the one before us, which is one of the best of its kind.


Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office,
United States Army. Authors and Subjects, Volume XIV. Sutures-
Universal. Quarto, pp. 14 — 1016. Washington : Government Printing
Office. 1893.

Sander's Question Compends, No. 12. Essentials of Minor Surgery,
Bandaging, and Venereal Diseases, arranged in the form of ques-
tions and answers, prepared especially for students of medicine. By
Edward Martin. A. M., M. D., Clinical Professor of Genito-Urinary
Diseases ; Instructor in Operative Surgery and Lecturer on Minor Sur-
gery, University of Pennsylvania ; Surgeon to the Howard Hospital ;
Assistant Surgeon to the University Hospital, etc., etc. Second edition,
revised and enlarged, seventy-eight illustrations. Philadelphia : W.
B. Sanders, 1893.

Transactions of the Medical Association of Georgia : Forty-fourth
Annual Association, 1893. Octavo, pp. 426. Atlanta, Ga. : Published by
the Association. 1893.

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Hernia : Its Palliative and Radical Treatment in Adults, Children,
and Infants. By Thomas H. Manley, A. M., M. D.. Visiting Surgeon
to Harlem Hospital ; Consulting Surgeon to Ford ham Hospital ; Mem-
ber of the New York Academy of Medicine, American Medical Associa-
tion. New York State and County Medical Associations, International
Medical Congress, Pathological Society, National Association of Rail-
way Surgeons, etc., etc. Octavo, pp. 231. Philadelphia: The Medical
Press Company, limited. 1893.

A Treatise on the Science and Practice of Midwifery. By W. S.
Playfair, M. D., F. R. C. P., Professor of Obstetric Medicine in King's
College, London ; Examiner in Midwifery to the Universities of Cam-
bridge and London, and to the Royal College of Physicians. Sixth
American from the eighth English edition. Edited, with additions, by
Robert P. Harris, M. D. In one octavo volume of 697 pages, with 217
engravings and five plates. Cloth, $4.00; leather, $6.00. Philadel-
phia : Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.

A Handbook of Ophthalmic Science and Practice. By Henry E.
Juler, F. R. C. S., Ophthalmic Surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital ; Sur-
geon to the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital, London. New
(second) edition, revised and enlarged. In one handsome octavo vol-
ume, of 562 pages, with 201 engravings, seventeen colored plates, test-
types, and color blindness test. Cloth, $5.50 ; leather, $6.50.

Supplement to the Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences.
By Various Writers. Illustrated by chromo-lithographs and fine wood-
engravings. Edited by Albert H. Buck, M. D., New York City. Vol-
ume IX. Imperial octavo, 1084 pages. Cloth, price, $6.00 ; sheep,
price, $7.00 ; half morocco, price, $8.00. New York : William Wood
& Company.

Minor Surgery and Bandaging. By Henry R. Wharton, M. D.,
Demonstrator of Surgery in the University of Pennsylvania. In one
12mo volume of 529 pages, with 416 engravings, many being photo-
graphic. Cloth, $3.00. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.

A Text-Book of Ophthalmology. By William F. Norris, M. D.,
Professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Pennsylvania, and
Charles A. Oliver, M. D., Surgeon to Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.
In one very handsome octavo volume of 641 pages, with 357 engravings
and five colored plates. Cloth, $5.00 ; leather, $6.00. Philadelphia :
Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.

Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical. By Henry Gray, F. R. S.,
Lecturer on Anatomy at St. George's Hospital, London. New Ameri-
can from the thirteenth enlarged and improved English edition. Edited
by T. Pickering Pick, F. R. C. S., Examiner in Anatomy, Royal College
of Surgeons of England. In one imperial octavo volume of 1100 pages,
with 635 large engravings. Price, with illustrations in colors, cloth,
$7.00 ; leather, $8.00. Price, with illustrations in black, cloth, $6.00 ;
leather. $7.00. PhiladelpKIa : Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.


Opbk competitive examinations for the positions of junior
assistant physicians and apothecaries in the State hospitals, will

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be held at the office of the Civil Service Commission, Albany,
Thursday, November 16, 1893, at 10 o'clock a. m.

Applicants as janior assistant physicians must be residents of
the State of New York, graduates of a legally incorporated medical
college, and have had, at least, one year's actual experience on the
staff of a public general hospital. Salary, $800 to $1,500 per
annum and board.

Applicants as apothecaries must be residents of the State of
New York, at least twenty-one years of age, and must have a
license from the State Board of Pharmacy. Salary, $500 to $600
per annum and board.

For application blank, address New York Civil Service Com-
mission, Albany, N. Y.


Albany, N. Y., October 20, 1893. Chief Examiner,

Messrs. William Wood & Co., medical publishers of New York,
announce the early publication of a System of Medical Jurispru-
dence and Toxicology, by R. A. Witthaus, A. M., M. D., Professor
of Chemistry, Physics, and Hygiene in the University of the State
of New York ; and Tracy C. Becker, A. B., LL. B., Professor of
Criminal Law and Medical Jurisprudence in the University of

This work will be sold by subscription only ; muslin, $5.00 per
volume ; leather, 16.00. There are seventeen associated authors,
three of whom are legal, and fourteen are medical. The plan of
the system is such as to adapt it to the courts of the various states
of America. Practically speaking, it is proposed that this work
shall be so thorough as to supplant the requirement for any other
text or guide-book for American practitioners of medicine or law.
The system will consist of four octavo volumes, of about 600 pages
each. These volumes will be printed in the best manner, from
new type, and illustrated wherever desirable, by line and half-tone
engravings and chromo-lithographic plates. In paper, press-work,
and binding, it is promised that they will be specimens of the best
work. The first volume may be expected to issue soon, and sub-
scriptions should be placed at an early day. The prospects are
that the first edition will be exhausted at an early day, as the pros-
pectus is attracting the attention of doctors and lawyers in all
English-speaking countries.

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Buffalo Medical .-Surgical Journal

Vol. XXXIII. DECEMBER, 1893. No. 5.

©riginaf dfommumcatioriA.


By THOMAS H. MAN LEY. M. D., of New York.
Surgeon to the Harlem Hospital.

Thb question of prompt and effective suppression of hemorrhage
is an all-important one to the surgeon, whose duties often hring
him in contact with such serious railroad traumatisms as entail an
extensive mutilation of the soft parts, with more or less destruc-
tion of the larger vascular conduits. Hence, as an elementary
study, as it were, that concerning the subjugalion of hemorrhage
occupies a position of paramount importance to one dealing with
this department of surgery. Therefore, both by study and
practice, a full and useful knowledge of the principles which
underlie hemostasis should be sedulously cultivated by us.

As our art is one without finality, he who would keep abreast
of the times, and give his patient the benefit of the latest and the
most effective therapy, must needs continue in a ceaseless search
for that on which the least improvement can be made.

Recent advances in wound treatment, aseptic measures,
absorbable ligatures, the elastic constrictor, and improved material
for dressings, have all contributed to radically revolutionize views
and methods which, until recently, had the support of dogmatic
principles. Cellular-pathology, the studies of bio-chemistry,
morphology, and histology, have struck a smiting blow at former
doctrines on the definite occlusion of arteries. Animal experimen-
tation has been an enormous aid in this line of investigation. It has

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