Medical Miscellany

1869 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
the most tender age, in our changeable and rough climate, are left with bare arms and legs and with low-neck dresses. The mothers, in the same dress, would shiver and suffer with the cold, and would expect a fit of sickness as the result of their culpable carelessness. And yet the motjiers could endure such treatment with far less danger to health and life than their tender infants. " A moment's reflection will indicate the effects of this mode of dressing, or want of dressing, on the child.
more » ... g, on the child. The moment the cold air strikes the bare arms and legs of the child, the blood is driven from these extremities to the internal and more vital organs of the body. The result is congestion, to a greater or less extent, of these organs. In warm weather, the effect will be congestion of the bowels, causing diarrhoea, dysentery, or cholera infantum. We think this mode of dressing must be reckoned as one of the most prominent causes of summer complaints, so called. In colder weather, congestion and inflammation of the lungs, congestion and inflammation of the brain, convulsions, &c, will result. At all seasons, congestion, more or less, is caused, the definite effects depending upon the constitution of the child, the weather, and various other circumstances. " It is painful, extremely so, to one who reflects upon the subject, to see children thus decked like victims for sacrifice, to gratify the insarte pride of foolish mothers. Our most earnest advice to all mothers is to dress the legs and arms of their children warmly, at all events. It would be infinitely less dangerous to life and health to leave their bodies uncovered than to leave their arms and legs bare, as is the common custom." Prompt Action.-At the hôpital Cochin laryncotoiny was recently performed on a workman. The membranes obstructed the tube, and the patient was on the point of expiring. The interne, M. Bailly, snatched away the instrument, and applying his lips to the wound forcibly drew into his mouth the sanguinolent matter which obstructed respiration. The patient was saved. Muriate of Ammonia.-Dr. W. L. Atlee repeats that he has settled down upon the muriate of ammonia as the only agent deserving of any confidence for the dispersion of uterine fibroids. Ergotine in Galactorrhcea.-M. Le Gendu, in the Gazette des Hôpitaux, gives three cases in which galactorrhcea ceased promptly under the use of ergotine. Chloral.-Mr. Markoe, the well-known pharmaceutical chemist of this city, has manufactured a specimen of chloral.
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