Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1845 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
riedly called to the wife of a clergyman, who had been suddenly taken in labor of her second child. She had been sewing, and occasionally reading, in the parlor, for an hour before, but without suffering any pain or uneasiness to lead her to suppose that labor had commenced, or was even threatening, when in an instant she experienced a strong bearingdown pain, which induced her to get upon her legs, and endeavor to walk into an adjoining bed-room. But before she had proceeded more than a few
more » ... more than a few yards, another pain threw the infant upon the carpet. The cord was ruptured close to the umbilicus, but fortunately did not bleed from the foetal portion. The placenta was partially detached, and the most alarming flooding immediately followed. By introducing my hand, irritating the uterus, and carefully extracting the after-birth, administering brandy freely, and applying cold water and well-adjusted pressure to the abdomen, my patient soon rallied, and made a good recovery. This newly projected institution is to be located at Providence. Funds exceeding $130,000 were received for the purpose the past year, including a legacy of $30,000 from Mr. Brown, and $40,000 from Mr. Cyrus Butler. The proposed institution takes its name from the last-mentioned donor. Three miles from the city of Providence, 120 acres of land have been purchased. With a desire of having the very best contrived edifice -one that shall embrace all the advantages known either at home or abroad-Dr. Bell was induced by the Trustees to visit Europe for the exclusive purpose of ascertaining what was best, most convenient and tasteful in this kind of architecture. " Dr. B. sailed early in January last for London ; after examining the various public and private metropolitan asylums, and the larger public ones to the south, he passed over to the Continent-remained a fortnight at Paris and its vicinity, and thence through Belgium, intending to visit the institutions on the Rhine. Receiving, however, such information as led him to the opinion that his short stay would not be most profitably expended in that direction, he returned to England and visited a very considerable proportion of the most recent and best asylums in Great Britain.
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