Bibliographical Notices The Diseases of the Stomach. Being the third edition of the "Diagnosis and Treatment of the varieties of Dyspepsia" . Revised and enlarged. By Wilson Fox, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.S. etc. etc. London and New York: Macmillan & Co. 1872. pp. 236

1873 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
acid and chloride of sodium in a fluid ounce of urine. The second is a table for the conversion of the degrees of the Fahrenheit and Centigrade thermometric scales into each other. The third is for the conversion of the millimetre scale to that of the English inch. It is much to be regretted, that Dr. Piffard, who is eminently well qualified for the work, did not extend his volume so as to include an examinatiou of urinary sediment (of which nothing whatever is said) together with the
more » ... with the physiological and pathological significance of variations in the amount of normal constituents, instead of confining it,.as he. virtually does, to quantitative analysis. He could thus have given to the profession a complete guide to urinary examination, which is so sadly needed by the medical student, who is now obliged to resort to foreign works. Any carefully written work regarding indigestion will always meet with favor, so constantly is the stomach brought to the notice of the physician by direct and indirect complaints. Those individuals who pass through life unaware of the presence of this important organ are comparatively few, though many of them are pleased to be called " bilious " rather than dyspeptic. The present edition of Dr. Fox's work is in part enlarged by the addition of chapters concerning gastric ulcer and cancer, originally written for and published in Reynolds's System of Medicine, and revised by the insertion of numerous references and observations relating to recent investigations. The first part of the book describes the symptomatology purely, objective and subjective, the second and greater portion being devoted •to special diseases, among which the neuroses occupy a prominent position. The evidence of system is pronounced, in consequence the book will yield rapid results to the physician who seeks an explanation of unfamiliar phenomena. Where Dr. Fox speaks with positivcness regarding the effect of remedies, the reader may be assured that a critical comparison has been made between antecedent and consequent. The first edition presented the results of a large amount of original work done in part, if we are not mistaken, in Virchow's laboratory several years ago. And referring more particularly to the pathological anatomy of the walls of the stomach, the reader will notice that the present edition does not lack in the treatment of this subject. The book has evidently been written for the benefit of medical men, and is not likely to become the table-ornament of the fashionable parlor or the frequented club. Though the subject, not the name, is popular, its treatment is thorough and detailed, a fact well worth observing at a period when pseudo-medical treatises seem to be written as advertising media for the author's benefit. The
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