Reports of Medical Societies

1856 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
was eminently urbane in bis manners, ardent in his attachments, and honorable in all bis intercourse with bis professional brethren. He enjoyed an uncommon flow of animal spirits -he was kind find affectionate in bis intercourse with bis patients, true to those who confided in him; an indulgent husband and father, and highly esteemed, not only as a physician, bul as a man, by all who knew him. From early life till his death he suffered much from obesity, and occasionally from dyspepsia,
more » ... dyspepsia, accompanied with functional difficulty of the heart. For several years before his deal h his obesity became extreme, and for a year or two previous lo that event, he was occasionally afflicted with attacks of most urgent dyspnoea, sometimes threatening immediate suffocation. During ihe last few months of his life, he suffered extremely from pain in the region of the thorax, and on the slightest motion of the body, or ihe least emotion of ihe mind, he would often be thrown into a slate of perfect agony, which seemed to threaten instant death. For the last few days of bis life, he became in a great measure insensible, yet he manifested, occasionally, great bodÜy distress. On examination of ihe body after death, no adequate cause for so much suffering was manifested. 60.) Dr. Williams was called upon by the President to relate his experience in the treatment of Iritis without the use of mercury. Dr. Williams replied, that as he was preparing a paper on the subject, for another society, he would only say a few words upon it at this time. He bad treated some fifty or sixty cases without mercury, and with excellent results. His chief reliance in these cases had been upon tonics, and especially upon quinine and the iodide of potassium. For the removal of any effused lymph, he considered iodide of potassium as good as mercury. He did not, however, reject mercury in all cases. A cardinal point in the treatment of iritis was to dilate the pupil early. This he was in the habit of effecting with belladonna or atropine. When this was done, he was comparatively confident of a pood result. In answer to Dr. Durkee, he said he had used a non-mercurial treatment in syphilitic iritis, as well as in other forms of the disease, and with success. Dr. Durkee said syphilitic iritis was extremely rare, and when it occurs is an indication of excessive depression of the system. He had lately seen a case in which he opposed the use of mercury, which was, notwithstanding-, administered by an oculist, and for weeks, with no amendment. Dr. Durkee then put the patient upon tonics, after which recovery took place ;
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