Book Review Laboratory Manual for the Detection of Poisons and Powerful Drugs . By Dr. William Autenrieth, Professor in the University of Freiburg, i. B. Authorized translation of the completely revised fourth German edition by William H. Warren, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry in Wheaton College. With 25 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son and Company

1915 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
discs show a slight pallor and there is a well marked bitemporal hemiachromatopsia with a small defect of similar character for form. His cranial nerves are otherwise normal, and beyond an inability to obtain the ankle jerks there do not seem to be any abnormal neurological signs. A test of 250 grs. of leviculose failed to produce any glycosuria. X-ray examination of the skull shows marked loss of the outline of the sella turcica, which was very much broadened nnd shallow. His cerebrospinal
more » ... s cerebrospinal fluid is normal. Wassermann reaction in blood is negative. A diagnosis has been made of tumor of the pituitary body. The question of whether or not to perform a decompression operation of the sella turcica is broached, but it is the opinion of the staff, that unless very definite signs of progression appear and considerable ndvance tnkes place in his symptomatology, it would be inadvisable to operate at this time. Experimentation towards discovering if posterior lobe feeding will produce changes in his bitemporal hemianopia goes forward. (Lond.), This fourth revised and enlarged edition makes again available a convenient pocket formulary which had, for some time, been out of print. It is adapted to the British pharmacopeia and is intended to afford concise and convenient information on the treatment of diseases of children by drugs. The text is alphabetically arranged and adapted to the British pharmacopeia. An appendix contains a table of poisons with their symptoms and treatment. References are also here included to von Pirquet's test and the tuberculin treatment for tuberculosis. This manual is naturally of greater value to British than to American practitioners. of Chemistry in Wheaton College. With 25 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son and Company. The work of Autenrieth has been so long a standard in forensic chemistry that we welcome its introduction to the English speaking world in this translation. The work is well done and many shrewd comments by the translator make it even more valuable than the original. There is an absolute absence of circumlocution, and the simplicity of the language employed brings every statement home to the seeker for information. The Stas-Otto method for the isolation of organic, non-volatile poisons is employed, rather than the more cumbersome one of Dragendorff, and the newer medicinal agents, phenacetin, veronal, etc., are included in the scheme. Too much stress is laid on the methods of isolating minute, almost infinitesimal quantities of arsenic, for, though the translator insists that there is no such thing as normal arsenic in the body, yet Emerson was obliged to go outside of our city to find individuals whose urine would not show a trace of this poison by the very delicate method which he employed, and coarser and less searching means are more suited to toxicological examinations for forensic purposes. Attention is called to Lloyd's reaction, the similarity of hydrastin and morphine together to strychnine when treated with sulphuric acid and potassium bichromate, which Lloyd made the motive of his novel, "Stringtown on the Pike." Ptomaines, those bugbears to the inexperienced toxicologist, particularly when working with decayed material, are treated very briefly and dismissed with the assurance that they are easily distinguished from the alkaloids which they so closely resemble, without giving more than superficially the reasons for this assurance. There is also an excellent description of the quantitative estimation of alkaloids in crude drugs and their preparations.
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