Recent Literature Malignant Diseases of the Larynx . By Philip R. W. DeSanti, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to the Throat, Nose and Ear Departments, Westminster Hospital, London, etc. New York: William Wood & Co. 1905

1905 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
panzees proved absolutely negative. It was also found that when glycerine was added to syphilitic virus the pathogenic power was impaired. On the ground that infectious material deprived of its virulence is often capable of preserving the organism from the corresponding disease, it was asked whether the syphilitic virus after filtration or subjection to heat of 51°could not be transformed into a vaccine. Two experiments with champanzees which had been treated with filtered virus and with virus
more » ... rus and with virus heated to 51°demonstrated that syphilitic virus inoculated upon these animals was followed by positive results, showing that the virus in these conditions is incapable of vaccinating the organism. It was found by experimentation that different species of the lower orders of monkeys react differently to the inoculation of syphilis. In some of these experiments it would appear from the text that the proof that the lesions produced in the inoculated animals was not sufficiently clear. Many attempts have been made to obtain an antisyphilitic serum, but only negative results have so far been recorded. It is considered that perhaps the study of experimental syphilis on monkeys will be able to throw more light on this question. The writers conclude by asserting that the study of the disease in animals is only in its infancy, and that there is a vast field of experimentation to be covered, (To be continued.) Recent Literature. The Surgical Treatment of Bright's Disease. By The attention which the subject of the surgical treatment of Bright's disease, and especially the work of Dr. Edebohls, has attracted will insure for this volume a careful perusal. For although it is too soon to present a complete statement, the writer has tried in this volume to meet, as far as possible, the demand of the medical profession for such facts and information as are now available. Two fifths of the work represent the contributions of Dr. Edebohls to the literature of this subject, the most recent of which have appeared almost contemporaneously with the inception of his book, and which he believes embody, with reasonable completeness, the present knowledge of the surgical treatment of Bright's disease. These publications are arranged in chronological order. The remaining three fifths present to the reader entirely new material never before published. The book is a very interesting history of the subject and is well told. The sequence of events by which the " Edebohls " treatment was sug-gested is related. Renal decortication versus nephrotomy, resection, or nephrectomy is the subject of one of the chapters. The changes following decapsulation and the formation of a new capsule are described. The indications and contra-indications for decapsulation are stated. The condensed histories of 72 patients and results are presented and make very interesting reading. The volume concludes with an analysis of these 72 cases and their results, followed by the conclusions of the author. A bibliography of the literature of the subject and an index are appended. The book is an important contribution to the subject which is one claiming careful consideration by all.
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