Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1842 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
In the British navy there is an express law in regard to the age of a medical candidate for office, and we have an impression that in the United States naval service, the candidate for an assistant surgeon shall not be over twenty-six years of age. Admitting this to be the fact, then it is useless to seek a commission if the applicant happens to be one or two years older. But it behooves the Government to modify such a requisition. The newspapers have lately been ringing abroad the
more » ... ad the mortifyingintelligence that there are not surgeons enough attached to the service to equip the outward bound government vessels, and one is well known to have been detained a whole week for the want of a medical officer, and finally sent to the Coast of Africa with only one surgeon on board. There is no reason why a surgeon of competent qualifications, even if he should be forty-five years old, should not be gladly received by the naval department, if he is willing to lake up with its scanty fare and poor compensation. We speak of the service in this light, in reference to the exposition made in a pamphlet some few weeks since at Baltimore, by one who seems to know every rope in the ship of State. As it now stands, a young, inexperienced tyro, who can sustain himself in an examination according to the precise letter of the textbook, is thankfully received by the Government; while a learned, experienced man, of mature judgment and skill in the practice of medicine and surgery, is cast off, if he is past, even by a month, the precise period at which wisdom is supposed to shine transcendantly-six and twenty, for example. University of New York.-A circular for the next lecture season of the new school of medicine is circulating. The cost of erecting the Stuyvesant Institution, which has been recently purchased by the Faculty at their own expense, was $120,000. It will, of course, be called hereafter the Medical College. The success of the school thus far has equalled the most sanguine expectations, and the prospects for the future are represented to be highly flattering. Iodine and Sulphur Baths.-An apology should be made for having inadvertently neglected to apprise the profession that Dr. Durkee, who, as will be seen by an advertisement, has a private Hospital for Invalids at No. 26 Howard street, has succeeded admirably in constructing the iodine and sulphur baths. The estimation in which they are held in Europe is well known to medical readers; but there were certain difficulties to be overcome, that were feared might operate against the use of iodine as a bath on this side the Atlantic. The proprietor, however, with the aid of ingenious mechanics, has obviated any apprehended obstacles, and may well be gratified with the results of his persevering efforts to
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