Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1867 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
the most minute account of the symptoms and lesions produced by each hind of poison. Thus, for example, we find twenty-three cases of poisoning by phosphorus recorded at great length and with the most accurate attention to the clinical history of each from day to day, and fifty pages of the closest print devoted to similar observations in connection with arsenic. In addition wo find in the introductory portion of tho book a treatise on poisoning in its general relations to legal medicine and
more » ... lic hygiene, such as could only emanate from so distinguished an authority on these subjects. The third volume on our list is quite an elaborate manual of the chemical reactions of the most important poisons with the tests usually employed in their examination, to which is appended an atlas of their microscopic appearances. Unlike the beautiful copying after nature, however, by the delicate hand of a lady, we have here the outlines and shadings as caught directly by the sensitive plate without the intervention of the artist. Although wanting somewhat in the distinctness which marks the illustrations in Prof. Wormley's book, we feel on examining these photographs that we are looking at the crystals themselves as they appear in the microscope, and that there is no possibility of inaccuracy in tho figures, which is of course of the utmost importance in the purpose of comparison for which they are "designed. The subjects are better chosen too, we think, being chiefly representations of tho alkaloids uncombined in most instances with reagents, as in the plates just alluded to. Thus we have 12 microscopic photographs of morphine, 16 of strychnine, 4 of brucine, 4 of veratrine, 4 of atropine, 2 of aconitine, 2 of solanine, 4 of digitaline, 2 of coniine, and 2 of nicotine. It is a valuable contribution to Toxicology.
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