Recent Literature Hypnotism: Its History, Practice and Theory . By J. Milne Bramwell, M.C., C.M. London: Grant Richards. 1903

1904 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
This chart is designed to show graphically the I origin and insertion of muscles of the upper extremities of the body. To accomplish this end a diagram of the skeleton is reproduced with the various muscles represented diagrammatically, simply as lines. The chart itself is liberally supplied with explanatory text, and in addition there is a considerable amount of information on general anatomical points. The front of the body is represented on one side of the chart and the back on the other.
more » ... ck on the other. Anything which helps to fix muscular attachments is certainly of value, and this should accomplish, in a measure this result-. Elements of Surgical Diagnosis. We welcome an old friend in this little redcovered book on the elements of surgical diagnosis. We have long wondered why Mr. Gould did not bring the book out again with the additions of modern surgery. This he has done and in a very satisfactory manner. We are very sure that it is a book which will serve a most useful purpose and will be greatly valued by students, physicians and surgeons. Hypnotism: Its History, Practice and Theory. By J. Milne Bramwell, M.C., C.M. London: Grant Richards. 1903. Dr. Bramwell has produced a practical book on the theory and practice of hypnotism. He calls attention to the fact that, although many books on the subject have been published in foreign languages, few have as yet appeared in English. He therefore discusses the topic from a geneial point of view as well as from the standpoint of wide personal experience extending over twelve years. The general aim has been to draw attention particularly to those points which may be of practical value to those desiring to practice hypnotism as a means of treatment. Theories arc discussed, but not at great length, and the pitfalls of hypnotic practice are dwelt upon in considerable detail. The value of the book lies largely in its appeal to personal experience. Many cases are reported of the most varied affections with the outcome of suggestive treatment. The discussion is judicial and the book is certainly worthy of warm recommendation to physicians in general, as well as to those concerned particularly in the use of hypnotism as a therapeutic aid. The book is admirably printed and attractively bound. It contains no illustra- tions. An excellent systematic bibliography is appended which should prove of value to students of the general subject. The Blues (splanchnic neurasthenia); Causes and Cure. By Albert Abrams, A.M., M.D. 12mo. pp. 240. With 27 illustrations. E. B. Treat & Co.: New York. 1904. The writer calls attention to a special form of neurasthenia, characterized by paroxysms of depression, popularly called the " blues," which he terms splanchnic neurasthenia. This he believes to be due to a congestion of the intraabdominal veins, and the chief abdominal symptoms are abdominal sensitiveness, tenderness and enlargement of the liver and intestinal flatulence. This form of neurasthenia can be cured by relieving this congestion by various physical methods, such as abdominal massage, exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles, respiratory exercises, electricity (especially the sinusoidal current) to the abdomen, abdominal supporters and cold douches to the abdomen. The author's theories are interesting and they may prove of some assistance in the treatment of certain cases of neurasthenia. Scheme for the Differential Testing of Nerves and Muscles for use in Diagnosis. By J. Montgomery Mosher, A.M., M.D. 8vo. pp. 58. With two cuts, five charts and six plates. Brandon Printing Company: Albany. 1903. This little volume gives the essential rules for testing the electrical reactions of nerves and muscles, a specimen chart for electro-diagnosis, and a description in the text of the anatomical position of the various motor points of the nerves and muscles, with a series of new plates of the motor points drawn from original investigations. These plates are superior to those in ordinary use, being larger and clearer and more helpful to the student by the use of color, the motor points of the muscles supplied by a given nerve being of the same color as the motor point of the nerve. The volume will be useful to all who use electricity for diagnosis. The Nose and Throat. Chicago: The Year Book Publishers. 1903. The selections from current literature in this little volume are well chosen and instructive. They are evidently intended for the use of the general practitioner who does work in these specialties and has not time to follow the literature of the subjects through the thousands of pages which appear in the ophthalmic and aural journals yearly. The printing and paper are good and the volume of handy size.
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