Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1835 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
to those which occur in some cases of intestinal rupture. The prominent symptoms, such as sudden pain succeeded by great prostration, universal collapse, coldness, inverted peristaltic action of the stomach and intestines, suppression of ihe urinary secretion, with constipation and a diffused and extreme soreness over ihe whole abdomen, suddenly supervening on the first attack, are identical in both cases. The only diagnostic symptoms which can be relied on, are such as supervene from excessive
more » ... vene from excessive loss of blood. From this cause there would be less inflammatory irritation of the peritoneal surface, and consequently less tension and heat of the abdomen. Slanslead, L. C. August 5, 1835. NARCOTIC SUBSTANCES.* A?í octavo pamphlet of twenty-nine pages, in double columns, by Dr. Allen, of Middlebury, Vt. extensively known as an industrious, conscientious writer, has been recently received at this office, which treats in a learned, yet popular manner, of the effects produced on the human system by distilled spirits, wines, and tobacco. In the commencement ofthe Essay, the author discovers the mildness of his character and his earnestness in the great temperance reformation of the age, by a candid, philosophical examination ofthe actual properties of the several narcotics which, for several centuries, have been making melancholy devastation in all ranks of society, and extending their baneful influences into the remotest countries of savage life and barbarism. Satisfied ofthe correctness of Dr. Allen's deductions, and viewing at the same time the philanthropic object by which he must have been actuated while pursuing the series of investigations embodied in his essay, we congratulate him on the success of his judicious and well-timed labors. This thesis was not written exclusively for medical men, and yet we cannot doubt that it will hereafter be regarded by them as one of the most concise and practically valuable dissertations on the true nature of the several narcotic substances in common, and therefore destructive use Under the direction of those benevolent institutions which are endeavoring to regenerate our beloved country, and ward ofT the curse of intemperance, it should be immediately stereotyped and circulated extensively, and rapidly, too, throughout the union. Upon the subject of wines, we are furnished with some historical memoranda, probably new to the majority of readers. After explaining Paul's advice to Timothy, in relation to taking a little wine for the stomach's sake, the writer gives an account of ancient wines, which appear to have been very unlike most of the vile stuff palmed off upon modern purchasers. " The oriental fermented wines," he remarks, " were less obnoxious than^our best imported pure wines. And it is evident that the best and
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