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

The editor announces in the preface of this work that this
volume is the outcome of a decision to bring the reference hand-
book of the medical sciences fully up to date. He says that it
was at first contemplated to revise the volume of the work and
issue a new edition ; but, as this would practically make obsolete
a great number of sets of the handbook now in the libraries of
physicians all over the world, it was considered preferable to pub«
lish a supplementary volume, which could be added to those already
issued, completing rather than destroying the original edition, and
at the same time enabling present possessors of the work to obtain
the new matter at a comparatively small cost. This has been
done at great expense and after an unusual outlay of money ; for
it soon became evident that the volume could not be kept within
the limits set beforehand, and the publishers were appealed to,
who generously came to the rescue, and authorized the editor to
publish all the extra material in its entirety, notwithstanding the
great increase in cost to which the Messrs. Wood would thereby
be subjected ; hence this volume far exceeds any of its predecessors
in the number of pages which it contains. It is well illustrated
in many parts, and its type, presswork, paper, and binding are
beyond criticism. It contains a vast amount of information that
can nowhere else be found, and fulfils the place to which it is
assigned — namely, that of a reference handbook — to a more com-
plete extent than any similarly named work.

To indicate something of its scope, let us select at random one
title — namely, that of Influenza. This title is written by Dr. W. J.
Conklin, of Dayton, Ohio, and begins with its definition. Dr.
Gonklin states that influenza is an acute, self-limited, infectious
fever, occurring in widely distributed epidemics, and characterized
by catarrhal inflammation of the respiratory and gastro-intestinal
mucosa, by profound nervous disturbances and by extreme debil-
ity. Its synonyms are then given — towit : febris catarrhalis,
epidemic catarrhal fever, la grippe, grip, tac, horion, la dando-
ziep, epidemischer husten, epidemischer schnupf en, schaf husten ,
blitz catarrh, mOdefieber, mal russe, snufsjuka (Swedish), qual-tong

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A page is devoted to a historical sketch of the disease, which
is most interesting reading ; then the etiology of the malady is
described in another page ; next its morbid anatomy is considered
in a few short paragraphs ; then its symptoms are detailed at
much length, and, afterward, its complications and sequelsB are
described ; then its prognosis, diagnosis, and, finally, its treatment
are considered. A bibliographical index is added, which com-
pletes the article, the whole requiring about six pages of space.

This is a sample of the thoroaghness with which the articles
are prepared for this work, and each article is signed by the
aathor, who thus becomes responsible for any inaooaracies of

It is a valuable addition to the literature of the period, and
will easily find a place on the book-shelves of progressive phy-

The Medical News Visiting List for 1894. Weekly (dated, for
thirty patients); Monthly (undated, for 120 patients per month) ;
Perpetual (undated, for thirty patients weekly per year) ; and Per-
petual (undated, for sixty patients weekly per year). The first
three styles contain thirty-two pages of data and 176 pages of
blanks. The Sixty-Patient Perpetual consists of 256 pages of
blanks. Each style in one wallet-shaped book, pocket, pencil, rub-
ber, and catheter-scale, etc. Seal grain leather, $1.25. Philadel-
phia : Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.

This regular annual is one of the most compact and useful of
all the visiting lists in the market. It is neatly bound in seal
morocco, with gilt edges and thumb-index. It contains, besides
the usual record of practice, which in the book before us is
arranged for thirty patients per week, the following :

How to keep accounts ; how to keep a visiting list ; dentition ;
to find the day of confinement ; thermometric scales ; ordinary
weights and measures ; the metric system ; examination of the
urine ; important incompatibles ; artificial respiration (Sylvester's
method); list of poisons and antidotes ; table of doses of remedies
most frequently administered ; and therapeutic reminders. In
addition there is a clinical record, a consultation record, and a
record of obstetrical engagements, a practice and vaccination list,
a death register, a list of addresses, and a cash account.

It is published in four styles, namely, weekly, dated for thirty
patients; monthly, undated, for 120 patients per month; perpetual,
undated, for thirty patients per week per year ; perpetual, undated,
sixty patients per week per year (without text). The first three

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Styles contain thirty two pages of text and 176 pages of blanks,
and the sixty-patient style contains 256 pages of blanks. It is
made in wallet size, with flexible leather cover, and contains a
pocket with pencil and catheter scale. Price, in any style, 11.25 ;
to subscribers of the News, 75c. Thumb-letter index for rapid
use of visiting list, twenty-five cents extra.

Reactions. A Selection of Organic Chemical Preparations Important
to Pharmacy Id Regard to Their Behavior to Commonly Used Re-
agents. By F. A. Flueckiger, Ph. D., M. D. Translated, revised,
and enlarged by J. B. Nagelvoort. Analytical Chemist to the Phar-
macal Chemical Laboratory of Parke, Davis & Co. Authorized
English edition. George S. Davis. Detroit. 1893.

This work gives the physical properties and chemical reactions
of 152 compounds. About one-half of this number are alkaloids.
The compounds obtained from opium and cinchona are quite
exhaustively treated. The author gives full directions for the
preparation of the reagents which are to be used, and the. tempera-
ture at which they are to be employed. This is very important, as a
variation in the strength of the reagents of ten produces an entirely
nnlooked for result, and may lead to error in identification.

We consider this work as an excellent collection of reactions
of the substances treated, and congratulate Mr. Nagelvoort upon
having given to English readers an excellent translation of Prof.
Fluckiger's book.

We do not doubt but that this book will fill a want long felt
by pharmacists and others.

The publisher has gotten the book up in splendid shape.

J. A. M.

Outlines of Practical Histolooy. A Manual for Students. By
William Stirling, M. D., Sc. D., Brackenbury, Professor of Phy-
siology and Histology in the Owens^ College, and Professor in the
Victoria University, Manchester, etc., etc. With S68 illustrations.
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Pp. 419. Price, $3.00.
Philadelphia : P. Blakiston, Son & Co., 1012 Walnut street. 1893.

The first edition of this work was primarily intended for the
students of Owens' College, but as its value became recognized, a
second edition was speedily called for. The first few chapters are
devoted to a study of the microscope and accessories. There is,
however, no mention of any of the American makes, which equal,
if not surpass, the majority of foreign instruments. The remain*
ing chapters of Parti, are devoted to the technique of microscopy.

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We know of no place where all the varioas staining, fixing, hard-
ening, and decalcifying fluids are so accurately given ; also the
formulse for preparing the thousand and one different staining
fluids, clearing fluids, mounting media, and injecting fluids. The
chapters of Part II. are devoted to the study of the histological
elements of the animal system. The manner of preparation for
each tissue is described. The staining fluid which stains it to best
advantage, and the characteristic of each tissue is then noted.
Following the description of a tissue are exercises for advanced
students. This work should be a vade mecum for beginners in
histology, also for those who wish to refer often to the various
methods. The illustrations are not as good as would be expected,
and the description of the various tissues is somewhat slighted.
The book, however, is worthy of careful study, but more in the
laboratory and at the working-table than in the lecture-room or

The typographical work is nicely executed. W. C. K.

Cholera : Its Protean Aspects and its Management. By Dr. 6. Archie
Stock WELL, F. Z. S. (Member New Sydenham Society, London).
Id two volumes — Vols. I. and II. **Respice, aspice, prospice."
Physicians' Leisure Library. Price, twenty-five cents. Detroit,
Mich. : George S. Davis. 1893.

Recent Developments in Massage— Historical, Physiological, Medi-
cal, and Surgical. By Douglas Graham, M. D., Boston, Mass.,
Fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society ; Member of Alumni
Association of JelTerson Medical College, of the American Medical
Association, of the British Medical Association, etc. Physicians^
Leisure Library. Second edition ; illustrated. Issued monthly.
Price, single copies, twenty-five cents. George S. Davis, Detroit,
Mich. 1893.

Electro-Therapeutics of Neurasthenia. By W. F. Robinson,
M. D., Physicians' Leisure Library. Issued monthly. Subscription
price, $2.60 ; single copies, twenty-five cents. George S. Davis,
Detroit, Mich. 1893.

These three books are among the latest issues of the Physi-
cians' Leisure Library, and treat upon subjects that are of interest
and importance. This kind of literature is so cheap, that we can
hardly understand how it is easy to do without it. It is conven-
ient for railway travelers, and furnishes an opportunity to beguile
the hours that would otherwise hang heavily. The enterprise that
supplies so much literature at so little cost, is certainly highly

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dunglibon: ▲ diction aby of mbdical science. 311

A DicnoNABT OF Medical Science. Containing a Full Explanation
of the Various Subjects and Terms of Anatomy, Physiology, Medi-
cal Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Medicine,
Hygiene, Dietetics, Pathology, Surgery, Bacteriology, Ophthal-
mology, Otology, Laryngology, Dermatology, Gynecology, Obstet-
rics, Pediatrics, Medical Jurisprudence, and Dentistry, etc., etc.
By Roblet Dunolison, M. D., LL. D., late Professor of Institutes
of Medicine in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia.
Edited by Richard J. Dunglison, A. M., M. D. New (twenty-first)
edition, thoroughly revised, greatly enlarged and improved, with
the pronunciation, accentuation, and derivation of the terms. In
one magnificent imperial octavo volume of 1181 pages. Cloth,
$7.00 ; leather, $8.00. Philadelphia : Lea Brothers & Co. 1893.

When Danglison's Medical Dictionary was first published, it
-contained all that was essential for a dictionary to contain for
students and practitioners of medicine. It is more than likely to
be found, in some edition or another, on the book-shelves of nine-
tenths of the medical men of the United States. It is sixty years
?ince the first edition was pat forth, daring which time twenty
t>thers have been issued, — an average of one in three years. The
present edition is one of the most complete that has ever been
published, and is a monument to the distinguished editor, who
has spared no pains to bring the work down to the present time,
tip to 1869, the editions had mainly been the work of Robley
Dunglison, the father, bat since that time Richard J. Dunglisoni
the son, has assumed the entire editorship of the book.

It is a difficult task to make a single volume contain the neces-
Tsities of the present as a reference word-book. The addition and
multiplication of medical terms have been so rapid within the past
-decade, that no single dictionary has proven sufficient for the num-
ber of definitions, pronunciation, and other requirements of philo-
logical science. When, however, a dictionary is divided into two
t)r more volumes, it becomes exceedingly cumbersome and awk-
ward to handle. Taken all in all, we think that Dungli son's Medical
Dictionary is the best single volume word-book on medicine in the
English language.

Jndex-Catalogdb op the Library of the Subgeon-General^s
Office. United States Army. Authors and subjects. Volume
XIV. Sutures-Universal. Quarto, pp. 14 — 1016. Washington:
Government Printing Office. 1893.

Another annual addition to this colossal work is lately made,
«nd in every way it compares with its predecessors. The four-
teenth volame includes 10,124 author titles, representing 6,426

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YOlnmes, and 8,850 pamphlets. It also includes 9,867 special
titles of separate books and pamphlets, and 38,461 titles of articles
in periodicals. The total number of titles in the index-catalogue,
as far as published, is as follows : Author titles — titles, 7,453 ;
volumes, 77,494 ; pamphlets, 135,656. Special titles — book titles,.
161,649 ; journal articles, 462,165 ; portraits, 4,335.

This will give an idea of the stupendous nature of the under^
taking, and the perseverance and industry that has been required
to make the work a success. It is still in the hands of that emi-
nent bibliographer. Dr. John S. Billings, who will most likely con-
tinue the work to a finish. While nothing is said on the subject,
we presume that another volume will complete the series.

The Physician's Pocket Day-Book. Designed by C. Henri Leon-
ard, M. A., M. D., Professor of Medical and Surgical Diseases of
Women, and Clinical Gynecology in the Michigan College of Medi-
cine, etc. Contains daily charges for twenty-five or fifty families
weekly ; has complete obstetric record for ninety-four cases, and
monthly memorandum for debit and credit cash account Price,
$1.00; your name and year on the outside, in gold leaf, $1.25;
name, town, state, and year, $1.50. Issued annually by the lUus*
trated Medical Journal Company, Detroit, Mich.

This day-book, which is also a visiting list, has been tested by
fifteen years of publication and use. It is good for thirteen
months, from the first day of any month in which it may be begun,,
and there is space for the diagnosis of each case, or for brief
records of the treatment adopted, following each name. It has,
among other things, the usual printed matter, such as a dose list,
poisons and antidotes, urinary diseases, exanthematicse, disinfect
tants, and weights and measures. The book is seven and one-half
inches long, by three and one-half inches wide, so that it will hold
bill-heads or currency bills without folding. It is bound in flexi<^
ble cover, and weighs five ounces ; hence it can be easily carried ia
the pocket.

Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of the
State of Maryland. Semi-annual Session, held at Cambridf^re,
Md., November, 1890, and the Ninety-third Annual Session, held
at Baltimore, Md., April, 1891. Octavo, paper, pp. 397. Balti-
more : Griffin, Curley & Co. 1891.

We have before stated that we wished the annual volume of
this society were bound in cloth, so that it might have better
preservation, for its contents is always of a character well worthy

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of more enduring covers. In the volume before us are several
attractive papers, and we may be pardoned if we speak of one or
two in particular. Obstetrical Antisepsis, byJ. Edwin Michael^
M. D., is an intelligent setting forth of an important subject, and
one that deserves full and elaborate discussion on all suitable
occasions. The Revival in Physical Education and Personal
Hygiene, by Edward M. Schaeffer, is another paper of great inter-
est, and Dr. George H. Roh6's contribution, entitled, One Hundred
Consecutive Cases of Labor at the Maryland Maternity, we note
contains much material for thought, and deserves careful study.
This society always distinguishes itself with creditable work.

Tbansactions op THE TEXAS STATE Mbdical ASSOCIATION. Twenty-
fourth Annual Session, held at Tyler, Texas, April 26, 27, and 28,
1892. Edited by Hamilton A. West, M. D., Secretary. Galves-
ton : J. W. Burson Co., Printers and Publishers. 1892.

TbansacTions of the Texas State Medical Association. Twenty-
fifth Annual Session, held at Galveston, May 2. 3, 4, and 5, 1893.
Edited by Hamilton A. West, M. D., Secretary. Octavo volume,
pp. 448. Gralveston : Knapp Brothers, Printers and Publishers.

The lone star State has an excellent medical society that pub-
lishes its proceedings in good form. The two volumes before us^
— namely, the Transactions for 1892-93, are full of excellent papers^
and some of the discussions are most creditable in character. This
association commits the same error that do several others, in not
paying sufficient attention to the question of illustrating the sub-
jects that are treated of in its pages. This, of course, is largely the
fault of the authors, and not of the secretary or editor, and will,
undoubtedly, be corrected to a great extent as time advances.
Otherwise, we have nothing but words of commendation for the
appearance of the books in question, for they f&e a credit to the
society and especially to the accomplished secretary who edits the

Transactions of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Asso-
ciation. Volume V. Fifth Session, held at Louisville, Ky.,
November 16, 17, and 18, 1892. Edited by William E. B. Davis,
M. D., Secretary, and published by the Association. Pp. zl. — 434.
Philadelphia : William J. Dornan, Printer. 1893.

The fifth volume which this active association puts forth is
in keeping with its predecessors, and shows also improvements in
material and method. This association is doing a vast work for

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the profession of medicine, especially in the South and Sonth-west,
where its constituency chiefly lies. We wish that the authors
might take more pains to illustrate their papers, because such a
work easily becomes a text-book, and should have all of the advan-
tages that well-illustrated articles may afford it. We hope the
future volumes will present an improvement in this respect. We
have nothing but praise for the character of the work done at the
fifth annual meeting, as recorded in this book. It was of a very
high order, and the volume deserves to have a wide circulation.

A Manual op Jurisprudence and Toxicology. By Henry C.
Chapman, M. D.. Professor of Institutes of Medicine and Medical
Jurisprudence, in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia ;
Member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, of the Acad-
emy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, of the American Philoso-
phical Society, and of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia. With
thirty-six illustrations, some of which are in colors. Price, $1.25.
Philadelphia : W. B. Saunders, 913 Walnut street 1892.

This work embraces a course of lectures delivered by the
author on medical jurisprudence to the students of Jefferson
Medical College during the session of 1891-92. It was prepared
at the request of the students, and the author hopes that it will
assist them, as well as others, in the study of this most important
branch of medicine. It is a handy little book for the student,
but it is not sufficiently comprehensive for the use of experts and
teachers. It contains a few illustrations, some of which are very
good, but their number might be increased with benefit to the
reader. It is to be regretted that authors do not pay more atten^
tion to this important branch of book-making.

Cholera : Its Causes, Symptoms, Pathology, and Treatment. By
Roberts Bartholow, M. D., LL. D., Emeritus Professor of Materia
Medica, General Therapeutics, and Hygiene, in the Jefferson Medi-
cal College of Philadelphia. In one 12mo volume of 127 pages,
with nine engravings. Cloth, $1.25. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers
& Company. 1893.

Cholera is a disease on which the public needs much enlighten-
ment, and the profession, likewise, will bear additional informa-
tion on the subject. This present period may be considered that
of the renaissance of cholera literature. In the light of recent
investigations, showing the relationship of the cholera bacillus to
the disease, and of the fact that it is a malady in which filth fur*
nishes the principal avenue for its propagation, it becomes inter-

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mating to study all the newer literature on the subject. This con-
tribution of Bartholow is an interesting one, and deserves an
appropriate place amongst modern writings. The modesty of the
book is commendable, and it deserves a careful reading by every
physician interested in the subject.

Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of North
Carolina. Thirty-eighth Annual Session, held at Asheville, N. C,
May 26, 27. and 28, 1891. Octavo, paper, pp. 206. Wilmington,
N. C: Jackson & Bell. 1892.

The esprit de corps of the medical profession of the old North
State is admirable. It has one of the best medical examining
boards, and its medical society publishes an admirable volume of
transactions that ought to be bound in cloth for permanent
preservation. Dr. Earl von Ruck has an interesting paper in this
volume, entitled, The Present Status of Pulmonary Tuberculosis,
which is a valuable contribution to this important subject, and
deserves careful study by every physician. Dr. J. W. Long pub-
lishes in this volume a syllabus of three lectures delivered before
the society on Urinalysis, which is an exhaustive setting forth of
the subject. The society gave Dr. Long an especial vote of
thanks for his great and useful work. This volume could be
improved by illustrations, which we hope to see in future numbers.

Proceedings of the Philadelphia County Medical Society.
Volume XIII. Session of 1892. Louis H. Adler, Jr., M. D.,
editor. Philadelphia. Printed for the Society. 1893.

We are not familiar with any county society in the country
that does any better work than the Philadelphia County Medical
Society ; nor do we know of one that keeps its records as well.
Many of the papers published in this volume, together with the
discussions of the same, have appeared in some of the medical
journals ; indeed, a few of them have been published in the Jour-
nal. This society takes pains to put in type the articles of its
contributors beforehand, and galley-proofs are sent out to the
members and medical journals, so that the first may be prepared
to discuss the paper intelligently and the second may be enabled
to print it promptly. We commend this example to other
medical societies who would make their work substantial and

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Transactions of the Association of American Physicians. Eighth
Session, held at Washington, D. C, May 30-31, and June 1, ^893.
Volume VIII. Edited by I. Minis Hays. M. D., Recorder. PhUa-
delphia : William J. Dornan, Printer. 1893.

This volame of society transactions appears with more prompt-
ness than that of any other national association. It is, as asaal,
filled with interesting papers that are handled in a scientific
manner. Dr. W. Oilman Thompson's paper on A Stady of
Addison's Disease and of the Adrenals, will attract attention, and
the paper by Dr. A. C. Abbott, on The Results of Inoculations
of Milch Cows with Cultures of the Bacillus Diphtheria, is an-
other one that is full of interest. But we must not specify in-
Tidiously where the whole product is so valuable. This is one
of the society transaction volumes that every physician ought to

The Essentials of Histology, Descriptive and Practical. For
the use of Students. By E. A. Schaefer, F. R. S. , Jodrell Profes-
sor of Physiology in University College, Lohdon ; Editor of the
histological portion of Quain^s Anatomy. Third edition, revised
and enlarged. Philadelphia : Lea Brothers & Co. 1892.

Schilfer's Histology has been before the profession too long to-

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