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of the Abdominal Incision, Methods of its Closure and its Subset
quent Management, William Warren Potter, M. D., Buffalo ; Opera^
tive Procedure for the Relief of Obstruction of the Common Duct,
W. E. B. Davis, M. D., Birmingham, Ala.; Two Cholecystotomiea



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SOCIETY MEETINGS. 441

for Gall-Stones with Reoovery, with Remarks on Operative Meth-
ods Based upon Five Cases, William Wotkyns Seymour, M. D.,.
Troy ; Gail-Stones, the Exciting Cause of Malignant Disease,
Rufus B. Hall, M. D., Cincinnati, O.; Appendicitis, Charles McBur-
ney, M. D.,New York ; An Analysis of 150 Personally Observed
Cases of Appendicitis, George Ryerson Fowler, M. D., Brooklyn •,.
A Conservative View of the Treatment of Appendicitis, William
S. Tremaine, M. D., Buffalo ; Some Observations Relative to the
Treatment of Suppurative Appendicitis, with Report of Cases,,
Willis G. Macdonald, M. D., Albany ; Palpation of the Vermiform
Appendix, G. M. Edebohles, M. D., New York ; The Inch and a Half
Incision, and Week and a Half Confinement in Appendicitis, Robert
T. Morris, M. D., New York ; Report of a Case of Post-Peritoneal
Abscess from Duodenal Ulcer, with Presentation of Specimen, L^
S. Pilcher, M. D., Brooklyn ; Intestinal Perforation in Strangulated
Hernia, William B. DeGarmo, M. D., New York ; Remarks on the
After-Treatment of Abdominal Section, Carlton C. Frederick, M. D.>
Buffalo ; The Unexpected as Sometimes Oberved in Abdominal
Surgery, A. Vander Veer, M. D., Albany.

Papers, — Recent Methods of Gastrostomy for Stricture of the
Esophagus, Willy Meyer, M. D., New York ; The Influence of Physi-
ological Rest on Prolapse of the Rectum, Joseph D. Bryant, M. D.^
New York ; A Contribution to the Subject of Excision of the
Larynx, Charles A. Powers, M. D., New York ; Observations on
118 Cases of Cancer of the Breast, with Especial Reference to its
Radical Cure by Operation, William T. Bull, M. D., New York ;
The Treatment of Hernia (supplement to paper read last year),.
Alexander Dallas, M. D., New York ; Some Cases of Brain Sur-
gery, Herman Mynter, M. D., Buffalo ; The Needlessness of a
Mydriatic in Adjusting Glasses to the Eye, D. B. St. John Roosa,
M. D., New York ; The Action of Scopolamine on the Eye, Thomas
R, Pooley, M. D., New York ; The Treatment of Nasal Hemor-
rhage, John O. Roe, M. D., Rochester ; Report of a Case of Injury
to Cauda Equina, Hermon C. Gordinier, M. D., Troy ; The Treat-
ment and Prevention of Epilepsy in the Young, Graeme M. Ham^
mond, M. D., New York ; The Practical Workings of the Law for
the Care of the Insane, Carlos F. Macdonald, M. D., New York y
Lunatics in Public Places, Wallace J. Herriman,M. D., Rochester ;
The Subfrontal Gyre (Broca's Convolution) in Man and Apes,
Burt G. Wilder, M. D., Ithaca ; Acromegaly, Floyd S. Crego,
M. D., Buffalo ; Report of a Case of Acromegaly, with the Exhibi-^



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442 REVIEWS.



tion of the Subject, Frederick RemiDgtoo, M. D., Rochester;
Uremic Hemiplegia, Reynold W. Wilcox, M. D., New York ; Gly*
cosuria, W. B. Vanderpoel, M. D., New York.



i^ooiC S^e^piecoA.



Hernia : Its Palliative and Radical Treatment in Adults, Children
and Infants. By Thomas H. Manlet, A. M., M. D., Visiting
Surgeon to Harlem Hospital ; Consulting Surgeon to Fordham
Hospital ; Member of the New York Academy of Medicine, Ameri-
can Medical Association, New York State and County Medical
Associations, International Medical Congress, Pathological Society,
National Association of Railway Surgeons, etc., etc. Octavo, pp.
281. Philadelphia : The Medical Press Co., L'td. 1893.

An inspection of this book does not convince as that it
contains enough that is new, or even that is better said
than in the many works on hernia which are now aoces.
sible to the medical profession, and, hence, we do not see
that it will do much else than annoance the existence of the
author. This does not mean that Manley's treatise has not some
good features. There is much sound sense in what the aathor
has to say on the subject of trasses in infancy, but the general
plan adopted by him does not show the consistency and apprecia-
tion of the relative importance of the various portions of the
subject that one has a right to expect in a book placed before the
profession, the majority of whose readers are not competent to
separate the wheat from the chaff. In short, the inference is clear
that the writer is not a teacher or experienced as an aathor.

For instance, on pages nine and ten it is stated that " a general
impression prevails that the detection of hernia, its diagnosis and
recognition, are simple." This is anything but correct. Thus, in
a few words replete with tautology, the author affirms an opin-
ion that he evidently believes worthy of emphasis, and yet, one
may hunt his book through without finding anything tending to
throw light upon the difficulties acknowledged. Again, he asserts
that << we must catch the hare before we can cook him." This
particular hare does not get cooked, because he is still running
when the book is concluded.

Still again, a considerable improvement can be made in the
construction of sentences, such as, for example, '< if we wish to



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cocainize withoat inflicting, bat the minimmn of pain, etc." (p. 119),
and the use of terms like " herniated area," " hypodermize tissues,"
"hypodermication," and the like. Until one can write grammati-
cally, he has no right to pose as the author of a book intended for
circulation only among the members of an educated and scientific
profession.

Another peculiarity to be found in this book is the method of
reaching conclusions. We need only call attention to the author's
remarks upon the Kocher operation (pp. 181-182), where in a few
paragraphs one will find all the rubbish that could possibly be
condensed into such a measure of space, and, to cap the climax^
after stating the most positive (the author says fundamental)
objections to the method, he admits that these objections *< may
be and rather visionary than practical."

Our advice to the author is to wield the knife and not the pen.
With the former we have no doubt he is judicious and skilful;
with the latter he can only bring ridicule upon himself and undo
a reputation as a surgeon that he may really deserve.

J. P.



New Truths in Ophthalmology : As Developed by G. C. Savage,
M. D., Professor of Ophthalmology in the Medical Department of
the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University. With
thirty-two illustrations. Small 8vo, pp. viii. — 162. Published by
the Author. Price, |1.60. Nashville, Tenn. 1893.

In the main, this book is a collection of the principal contri-
butions which the author has made to ophthalmic literature during
the past five years. Muscular anomalies of the eyes, and refrac-
tive errors and their correction, occupy the larger part of the
work. That portion treating of the insufficiencies of the oblique
muscles is especially interesting, and traverses a field heretofore
unexplored. << Rhythmic exercise " of the ocular muscles is also
of interest, and is worthy of practical consideration. The author
writes in that forcible and earnest style native to himself, which
impresses the reader with the genuineness and strength of his con-
victions ; and while all that is here presented as truth may not be
accepted fully by others, yet there is so much that is instructive
and so much that is pertinent to the hour, that all interested in
anomalies of the ocular muscles, and of refraction, should read

the book.

A. A. H.



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444 BOOKS BBCEIYED.



BOOKS RECEIVED.



Internatdonal Clinics. A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures on Medi-
cine, Neurology, Pediatrics. Surgery, Genito-Urinary Surgery, Gyne-
cology, Ophthalmology, Laryngology, Otology, and Dermatology. By
professors and lecturers in the leading medical colleges of the United
States, Great Britain and Canada. Edited by John M. Keating, M. D.,
LL.D.. Colorado Springs, Col.; Fellow of College of Physicians, Phila-
delphia ; formerly Consulting Physician for Diseases of Women to St.
Agnes' Hospital ; Gynecologist to St. Joseph's Hospital ; Visiting
Obstetrician to the Philadelphia Hospital, and Lecturer on Diseases of
Women and Children, Philadelphia ; Editor Cyclopedia of the Diseases
of Children. Judson Daland, M. D., Philadelphia, Instructor in Clinical
Medicine, and Lecturer on Physical Diagnosis and Symptomatology, in
the University of Pennsylvania ; Assistant Physician to the University
Hospital ; Physician to the Philadelphia Hospital and to the Rush
Hospital for Consumption. J. Mitchell Bruce, M. D., F. R. C. P.. Lon-
don, England, Physician and Lecturer on Therapeutics at the Charing
Cross Hospital. David W. Finlay. M. D.. F. R. C. P., Aberdeen, Scot-
land, Professor of Practice of Medicine in the University of Aberdeen ;
Physician to, and Lecturer on. Clinical Medicine in the Aberdeen Royal
Infirmary ; Consulting Physician to the Royal Hospital for Diseases of
the Chest. London. Volume II. Third series, 1893. Royal octavo,
pp. xii.~368. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co. 1893.

Twelfth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of New York.
Transmitted to the Legislature, February. 1892. Octavo, pp. 558.
Albany : James B. Lyon, State Printer. 1892.

Thirteenth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of New
York. Transmitted to the Legislature, March 9, 1893. Octavo, pp.
736, with maps. Albany : James B. Lyon, State Printer. 1893.

Proceedings of the Sanitary Convention, held at Stanton, April 27
and 28, 1893. Supplement to the Report of the Michigan State Board
of Health for the year 1893. Lansing: Robert Smith & Co., State
Printers and Binders.

State Board of Health of New York. Local Boards of Health in
the State of New York. Albany : The Argus Company, Printers. 1893.

An American Text-Book of Gynecology, Medical and Surgical. For
the Use of Students and Practitioners. By Henry T. Byford, M. D.,
John M. Baldy, M. D., Edwin Cragin, M. D., J. H. Etheridge, M. D.,
William Goodell, M. D., Howard A. Kelly, M. D., Florian Krug, M. D.,
E. E. Montgomery, M. D., William R. Pryor, M. D., George M. Tuttle,
M. D. Edited by J. M. Baldy, M. D. Forming a handsome royal
octavo volume, with 360 illustrations in text, and thirty-seven colored
and half-tone plates. Price, cloth, |6.00 ; sheep, |7.00 ; half Russia,
$8.00. Pp. xxiv. — 713. For sale by subscription. Philadelphia : W.
B. Saunders, 925 Walnut street. 1894.

Manual of Physical Diagnosis for the Use of Students and Physi-
cians. By James Tyson, M. D., Professor of Clinical Medicine in the
University of Pennsylvania, and Physician to the University Hospital ;
Physician to the Rush Hospital for Consumption and Allied Diseases ;
Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia ; Member of the
Association of American Physicians, etc. Second edition, revised and
enlarged. Duodecimo, pp. 241. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston, Son &
Co., 1012 Walnut street. 1893.



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An Outline of the Embryology of the Eye. With illustrations from
original pen drawings by the author. By Ward A. Holden, A. M.,
M. D., Assistant Surgeon New York Ophthalmic and Aural Institute;
Clinical Assistant Vanderbilt Clinic. The Cartwright Prize Essay for

1893. Duodecimo, pp. 69. New York : G. P. Putman's Sons. 27 West
Twenty-third street. London : The Knickerbocker Press, 24 Bedford
street, Strand. 1893.

How to Use the Forceps, with an Introductory Account of the
Female Pelvis and of the Mechanism of Delivery. By Henry G. Landis,
A. M.. M. D., Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and
Children in Starling Medical College, Columbus, O. Revised and
enlarged by Charles H. Bushong, M. D,. Assistant Gynecologist and
Pathologist to Dewitt Dispensary, New York. Small 8vo, pp. 203 ;
illustrated. New York : E. B. Treat, Publisher, 5 Cooper Union.

1894. Price, |1.75,

A Practical Treatise on Nervous Exhaustion (Neurasthenia) : Its
Symptoms, Nature, Sequences, Treatment. By George M. Beard,
A. M., M. D., Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, of the
New York Academy of Sciences ; Vice-President of the American
Academy of Medicine ; Member of the American Neurological Associa-
tion, of the American Medical Association, the New York Neurological
Society, etc. Edited, with notes and additions, by A. D. Rockwell.
A. M., M. D., Professor of Electro-Therapeutics in the New York Post-
Graduate Medical School and Hospital ; Fellow of the New York
Academy ; Member of the American Neurological Association, of the
NewYork Neurological Society, etc. Third edition, enlarged. Small 8vo,
pp.262. NewYork: E. B. Treat. 6 Cooper Union. 1894. Price. |2. 76.

Annual Report of the Postmaster-General, of the United States, for
the fiscal year, ending June 30, 1893. Octavo, lix— 744. Wash-
ington : Government Printing Office. 1893.

A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System. By W. R. Gowers,
M. D., F. R. C. P., F. R.S.. Consulting Physician to University College
Hospital ; Physician to the National Hospital for the Paralysed and
Epileptic. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Volume II. Diseases
of the Brain and Cranial Nerves, General and Functional Diseases of
the Nervous System. With 182 illustrations, including a large number
of figures. Octavo, pp. xvi — 1069. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston, Son
& Co.. 1012 Walnut street. 1893.

A Manual of Practical Hygiene. Designed for Sanitary and Health
Officers. Practitioners and Students of Medicine. By W. M. Coplin,
M. D., Adjunct Professor of Hygiene, Demonstrator of Pathology, and
Curator of the Museum, Jeflferson Medical College ; Adjunct Professor
of Pathology in the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates
in Medicine ; Surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital ; Pathologist to the Phila-
delphia Hospital ; late A. A. Surgeon, U. S. Marine Hospital Service ;
and D. Berau. M. D. Instructor in Hygiene and Clinical Microscopy,
Jefferson Medical College ; Bacteriologist to St. Agnes' Hospital, Phila-
delphia ; Assistant Pathologist, Philadelphia Hospital ; Assistant
Pathologist. Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in
Medicine. With an introduction by H. A. Hare, M. D., Professor of
Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Hygiene in Jefferson Medical
^College, Philadelphia. With 140 illustrations, many of which are
printed in colors. Octavo, pp. xvi — 456. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston»
Son & Co., 1012 Walnut street. 1893.



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446 LITERARY NOTES.



One of the prettiest calendars of the season is issued by the New
York Engraving and Printing Co., of 320-322 Pearl street, New
York City. It is mounted on a cardboard panel, 7:Jx 14 inches, of
dark heliotrope color, with margins decorated in silver. The calen-
dar proper is one inch less in dimensions than the panel, and each
leaf, besides containing the almanac for the month, displays a
photogravure of a prominent actress. The execution of the
whole work is exceptionally tasteful, and makes a pretty decora-
tion for a physician's office.



Decidedly the most artistic calendar of the year is published and
issued by Messrs. Lee & Shepard, 10 Milk street, Boston. It is
entitled, " All Around the Year," and is designed in color by Mrs,
Pauline Sunter, whose fame in water colors is world-wide. It is
printed on heavy cardboard, with gilt edges, and is equipped with
chain, tassels, and ring. Its size is 4^ x 5^ inches, and makes a
neat and useful wall decoration when hung by its silvery chain
and tied with its dainty white-silk cord. The designs are made
up of quaint little figures in grotesque attitudes, that give piquant
significance to the verses that they illustrate. Each figure has its
own peculiar individuality, that strongly suggests an interpretation
of the relationship of figure to word. Furthermore, "All Around
the Year" has a calendar for each month of 1894. It makes a
tasteful and acceptable gift for a friend, and each comes in a neat
box at the nominal price of 50 cents.



The Transactions of the American Association of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists, Volume VI., 1893, is now ready for delivery.
It is a handsome octavo volume, illustrated, and is printed by
William J. Dornan, Philadelphia. Non-members of the Associa-
tion desiring this book should promptly address the Secretary,
Dr. William Warren Potter, 284 Franklin street, Buffalo, as the
edition is limited. Price, cloth, $5.00 ; half Russia, $6.00.



The Epitome of Medicine has been discontinued. The publishers,
Messrs. 6. P. Putnam's Sons, anounce in the December issue that
they have decided to consolidate the Epitome with Braithwaite's
Retrospect, and they now ask the attention of the readers of the
Epitome to the value of the Retrospect as a comprehensive reper-
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£. B. Tbbat, medical publisher, annoances to issue shortly A
System of Legal Medicine, a complete work of reference for
medical and legal practitioners, by Allan McLane Hamilton, M.D.^
of New York, and Lawrence Godkin, Esq., of the New York Bar,
assisted by thirty collaborators of recognized ability. In two
royal octavo volumes of about 700 pages each. Fully illustrated.
The great need of a standard American work on medical juris-
prudence has long been felt ; and this work gives abundant promise
of being just what the medical and legal profession have so long
wanted. Every department will be thoroughly and reliably treated.



Mathbws's Mbdical Quabtebly, a journal devoted to diseases of
the rectum, gastro-intestinal disease, and rectal and gastro-intes-
tinal surgery, has made its appearance. Its first number, Janu-
ary, 1894, is an exceedingly handsome magazine, standard octavo
in size, printed on tinted paper, in long primer type, and contains
188 pages of interesting reading matter. It is owned and edited
by Dr. Joseph M. Mathews, professor of surgery and diseases of
the rectum in Kentucky School of Medicine, who has associated
with him Dr. Henry E. Tuley as assistant editor and manager. It
is printed by John P. Morton & Co., Louisville, and will be pub-
lished on the first of January, April, July and October in each year.

It has no rival in the field that it proposes to occupy, and
nothing but success can crown the efforts of its distinguished
editor in his useful and masterful enterprise.

We regret that an advance notice of this journal in our Janu-
ary number inadvertently became attached to Mr. E. B. Treat's
book announcements.



New Edition op the National Dispknsatoby. — Physicians and
pharmacists will be interested to learn the fact that the new edition
of The National Dispensatory is almost ready for publication.
Upon its first appearance fifteen years ago, a very large edition was
exhausted in six months. The characteristics which secured this
immediate recognition were its authoritative accuracy, its com-
pleteness, and the convenience wit questions arise:

1. Is such union feasible?

2. If so, is it desirable?

3. How can it be effected?

Regarding the first question, from what has already been said,
it will, I think, be apparent that but few differences between us
really exist, and these by no means vital, and this means harmony.
I have already quoted the resolutions of the New York State
Homeopathic Medical Society, and I repeat them right here, that
they may be firmly fixed in your minds:

. . . . The belief in the law of similars does not debar us
(homeopathic physicians) from recognizing and making use of the
results of any experience, and we shall exercise and defend the invio-
lable right of every educated physician to make practical use of any
established principle of medical science, or of any therapeutic facts
founded on experiments and verified by experience, so far as in his
individual judgment they shall tend to promote the welfare of those
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PABMBNTEK : PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. 455

What difference, I ask, is there, then, between the members of
the above mentioned society and ourselves ? Any homeopathic
physician subscribing to the resolutions just quoted is eligible for
membership in any medical society composed of members like
ourselves. This means, to my mind, that so far as common ideas
and practices can make it, the amalgamation is feasible.

Is it desirable ? In every other function in our lives we meet
and work together. In the church, in politics, in philanthropy,
we unite our efforts in friendly spirit to bring about necessary or
-desired ends ; we meet as equals in the drawing-room and all of us
number some of them among our best and most respected friends.
When in one or the other of the above-mentioned causes we band
together, we hasten and render more certain the accomplishment
•of these causes, because in union there is strength. So it would
be in our life-work for medical science. Here, too, union would
be strength and our united efforts would the sooner make us as a
profession better in every way. The regular school by no means
knows it all. Homeopathy has taught us many valuable lessons.
It has taught us the curative power of unaided Nature, the use of
•diet and regimen in treating disease, and the uselessness, even
harm, of giving powerful drugs in many instances, and the unde-
^irability of " shotgun " prescriptions which combine many and
nasty medicines upsetting alike to stomach and health. And we
have learned these lessons, too, not as friendly counsel from
•co-workers in science, but because it was true and we were forced
to adopt the practices advised as a child takes bitter medicine, not
for its sweet taste, but because it does good. If this be so, how
much time and knowledge might we not have gained had these
acquisitions to our knowledge come from friends instead of com-
petitors. Again, is not the man himself a better man ? Is he not
more tolerant and liberal-minded to his brethren ? Is he not a
better physician to his patient when willing to accept from any
authoritative source any useful additions to his professional knowl-
•edge ? My answer then is, it is desirable because by union we
make our profession stronger and better, we make ourselves as
men more liberal and tolerant with all that these adjectives mean,
and, finally, we subserve the best interests of our patients.

Do not misunderstand me as defending homeopathy as such.
I have nothing but contempt for doctrines which teach that the
rule aimilia similibus curantur should be elevated to the dignity of
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and that this power increases as the dose of the drag decreases.
What I do say is that, incidentally, homeopathy, so-called, has done
good as above stated and that we have adopted some of the lessons
and that it is not unlikely that there are some more for as to learn.

Now to oar third question : How can we bring this about ?
Inasmuch as we are the older and the numerically stronger body,
it would, it seems to me, be a graceful and proper act for this
society to ask the Erie County Homeopathic Medical Society to
join with us in making one large, strong body of physicians, who
should be co-workers in medicine, disclaiming all 'pathy, united in
action for the betterment of their science and for the alleviation of
mankind. To attain this end, one thing, at least, is essential. Our
neighbors must discard the name homeopathic. From what I have
read, some quotations you have already heard, and from conver-
sation with members of the homeopathic profession, here and
elsewhere, I am convinced that but few true disciples of Hahne-
mann remain. Anyone who regards the rule similia similibus
curantur as of partial and not universal application is no longer
a homeopath and has no right to call himself as such. I hazard
the conjecture that the very great majority of homeopaths,
so-called, in this city are not such, and that to put aside the name
would not necessarily tug hard at their heart-strings. At any
rate, if we make the offer under the limitations stated, we have
shown our desire to throw away the narrow and belittling tradi-
tions of the past and to do our utmost to promote universal
brotherhood. This is an opportune time. A new year and a new
era together would be added to the history of this venerable and
important society.

116 NoBTH Pearl Street.



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