Medical Miscellany

1870 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
February number it will, in our humble opinion, hardly attain its " aim-the improvement in human health-the lengthening out of human life." No amount of eminent names, and able papers within its covers could atone for such stuff. We are tempted to regret the qualified commendation we once gave of that Journal. We show our appreciation of our Dublin cotemporary-The Medical Press and Circular-in expressing our regret that it did not credit its extract from Dr. Clarke's address to this Journal.
more » ... to this Journal. The extract related to the medical instruction of females at the same time and place with males. Relapsing Fever is said to have appeared in New York. Take down your Watson and you will find the story of this disease tersely told in Lecture Lxxxv. Turpentine as an Antidote to Poisoning by Phosphorus.-M. Curié has performed a very comprehensive series of experiments on this subject, which go far to disprove the theories announced some time since, and to show that the recoveries in certain cases were not due to the influence of turpentine as an antidote, when patients who had taken phosphorus, and were seriously imperilled by it, were saved, as supposed, by the administration of turpentine. M. Curié selected both rabbits and dogs. The rabbits were given phosphorus dissolved in oil, and immediately afterwards the supposed antidote of turpentine ; but all died in from six to thirtysix hours. Dogs, also, were experimented on with like result, and in one specially an injection containing phosphorus and turpentine together was used, and a sponge introduced to plug the orifice ; the dog did not die on that occasion, but, as believed, from an insufficient quantity of the poison. On a repetition of the experiment the animal died. In another case a dog was given phosphorus ; no remedy was used, and the animal finally recovered. M. Curié therefore believes that it is fallacious to suppose that turpentine is an antidote to phosphorus poisoning, but simply acts by causing vomiting.-Dublin Med. Press and Circular. Treatment of Hemorrhoids.-M. Riebet has published, in L'Union Médicale, a clinical lecture " On Haemorrhoids," in which he advises the use of forceps, brought to white heat, to cauterize piles in several sections. The Professor gives a history of the various modes of operating which have been proposed, but omits to mention Houston's nitric acid plan, and the manner of seizing hoemorrhoidal tumors with a clamp, cutting them off, and arresting the haemorrhage either with nitric acid or the actual cautery-an operation successfully practised by many British surgeons.-London Lancet. With regard to the intermingling of the sexes in clinical teaching the London Medical Times and Gazette says :-"We are glad that the medical men of Pennsylvania have come forward to protect at least the modesty of their own sex. We hope that their example will not be lost on the other, and we commend the whole position to the consideration of the Universities of Edinburgh and Paris." To Correspondents.-Communications accepted :-
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