Reports of Medical Societies

1859 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
a lino of steamers to be established from New York to the Mediterranean, touching at Madeira, the facility of reaching here will be much increased. The comparatively moderate temperature of the summer at Madeira renders it suitable for a residence the whole year round, which none of the resorts in Italy are. By ascending to the higher parts of the island, any oppressive heat is avoided. Some of the keepers of boarding houses in Funchal have summer houses on tho mountains in the neighborhood, or
more » ... he neighborhood, or accommodations can be found in a village to the north of the island. The climate of Madeira has had many eulogists; perhaps it would be well if it had had less. It is indeed a, delightful exchange of fogs and east winds, of snow and sleet, for the air of spring and eternal verdure; but if the invalid expects to find tho fulfilment of a dream, " a land without a shower and without a cloud," as Madeira has been extravagantly described by some, he will be disappointed; or if he thinks to throw off all care of himself and find a panacea for all his ills in the climate, he will be wofully mistaken. But if he comes with the rational idea that no sky is invariably fair; that, the world over, he will find days and hours when exposure will be dangerous; if he looks upon the change of climate in its true light, as-a powerful adjuvant to all that proper care on his part and medical skill can do, and acts accordingly, he may find tho reward of his pains in restoration to health or lengthened days. of Wilmington, Mass., aged 18 months, suddenly became strangled, while being washed, as if from some foreign substance in the pharynx. The mother's finger, introduced as a curved probang, soon brought out of his mouth tho round extremity of a custard-squash seed, being about two fifths of its original length. The symptoms of strangulation ceased, but immediately the child suffered from an oppressed and wheezing respiration, and severe paroxysms of coughing directly supervened. This state of things continued, with but little apparent change, for some months. At times the cough would become more teasing, and the respiration more oppressed. Small emetic doses of ipecacuanha would then give some relief. Thus ho lived along between hope and fear, on the part of his parents, for three quarters of a year. A severe cold at length increased the symptoms. They assumed a graver type. The little patient lost his appetite, refused his toys, would not got upon his feet, grew palp and much emaciated. Distinct rules wero
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