Record of Mortality
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
February 27, 1899. Wk have had Röntgen light for three years, and even 1, whose motives in experimenting with it have been little above a desire to distract my mind, have learned enough to know that many eminent men, whose duty it has been to master and employ the method, have neglected it. Also, when a surgeon is shown a Röntgen image of hones he usually says, " I can't tell anything from that: it isn't clear enough." The time has therefore come for some one who is indifferent to censure to
... nt to censure to speak the truth, saying the present attitude is one of culpable negligence and ignorance. The remedy is simple, consisting of a darkened room, a Röntgen light, a skeleton, a piece of greased ground glass, a luminescent screen, and eyes willing to see. Place the skeleton in the same relation to the Röntgen light that the patient is to occupy, with the ground glass in a supporting frame in the position the sensitive plate or luminescent screen is to he held. Then examine the bones with the eye through the ground glass, comparing them with their shadows on its surface and the Röntgen images on the luminescent screen held against the supporting frame. The event which has overcome my inertia sufficiently to cause me to write this note is the experience of a friend who has been treated for a broken arm where no break existed, the real fracture in another place having been overlooked. This condition was afterward discovered by Röntgen light, too late to admit of proper treatment for the real injury, too late to save her the prolonged strain of the unnecessary treatment. Friends are not so common that one can with patience see them suffer unnecessarily. William Rollins, M.D. SENSATIONALISM IN MEDICINE AND MUR-PHY'S TREATMENT OF INJECTING OXYGEN Milwaukee, Wis., March 8, 1899. Mit. Editor:-I had to have some title to say what ought to be said over and over again. I have not the time or present inclination to mince matters and must speak pointedly and briefly. The average doctor is too good-natured, and the rapid progress made in many lines of late years has made him willing to allow without protest many experiments along illogical lines. There is the point illogical lines. If a proposed method can he shown at the start to offend the very basic elements of logic, then in the name of humanity fight it at that very start. If a coin be spurious stamp it " counterfeit " at the mint and prevent its initial circulation. Any such contest is the very antithesis of personal. The proposed is the object of attack, never the proposer. Conceded that Dr. Murphy's claims are modest and all that. They arc. He mentions six dangers belonging to the operation itself. But how about the dangers after the operation, all as clearly able to he shown up then as now V To mention a few: the crippled lungs and the probable death of any patient if the lung "in commission" be attacked while the rest of the lung space is out of commission ; the danger, unknown, of how long the compressed lung is fo remain unavailable. Months arc mentioned as possible.