Looking Back

1904 The Lancet  
a sample of an invalid's nightdress made according to a pattern designed by Mrs. E. Francis of Crediton, Devon. The nightdress opens entirely down the front, from the neck. band to the shoulder, and also down the dorsal surface of each arm, thus enabling the nurse to attend to any portion of the patient's body or limbs without uncovering the other parts. If it is the back of the patient that requires attention the whole nightdress can be removed without the usual struggles to get the patient's
more » ... get the patient's arms in and out of their armholes and without drawing the garment over the head. The nightdress would obviously be of service in many caes of illness. The medical man or the nurse is enabled easily and quickly through its various openings to get access to any spot that has to be examined or treated and with the minimum of fatigue to the patient. It can be removed by being unbuttoned and drawn, as a sheet is drawn, from under the patient's body and a clean dress can be substituted for a soiled one in the same easy manner. The garment is made in different materials and sizes and is sold at different prices by Messrs. J. and J. Cash. The illustration which accompanies this note bas a fashion-plate appearance which our pictures do not often present, but this must be justified by the fact that the construction of the nightdress is well shown by the artist. -A TABLET CRUSHER. SEVERAL of the compressed forms of pharmaceutical preparations which are now in such common use are dissolved in water or some other suitable fluid before being taken. hotographic chemicals, weighed quantities of common s a l t for making " saline solution," and many other substances may be treated in the same way. The process of solution is much facilitated by previously powdering the solid and for this purpose Messrs. C. ) Biker, of 244, High Holborn, London, ,/ W.C., have just brought out what . they call a "tablet crusher." " It is a metal cup or mortar about 0'7 inch in diameter, having cylindrical sides and a rounded bottom. The pestle entirely fills it, not unlike the pestle of the diamond m rtar used by mineralogical chemists. It fulfils the purpose admirably. The illustration represents it in the natural size, partly in section. The price of the tablet crusher in a cloth-covered box is 2s. Looking Back. FROM THE LANCET, SATURDAY, Dec. 23, 1826. Deltoid mazcle. If there is any part that surgeons should be acquainted with, it is the gap between the deltoid, and the clavicular portion of the pectoral muscles. I put my finger into that gap in my own person, and I stop the beating of the pulse at the wrist. Suppose a man has got a bleeding in his arm, which there is a difficulty in stopping, how are you, as a surgeon to stop it ? ? By passing your finger over the first and second ribs, pressing the artery, and you stop it at once. When I talk about this sort of thing, and hear a medical man say he can't do it, I always say there are others that can. And I tell this story of a lady who was examined by a great number of learned doctors; they could not tell what was the matter with her; they had never met with such an intermittent pulse in the whole course of their lives, nor anything at all to equal it, and they pronounced their opinion that she could not live a moment, and left the room ; and, egad, all this time she was tneedling with this artery at the shoulder.
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