A NEW SPLINT FOR COLLES' FRACTURE OF THE FOREARM

J. Gallagher
1890 The Lancet  
622 proof here adduced of mischief wrought by alcohol is by no means equal to the demand made upon it in support of a prohibitory liquor law. Some useful information is afforded respecting the prevalence of drinking in different European countries, and the measures employed for its control. The chemistry of alcohol and its behaviour in the body are treated, on the whole, with a fair degree of care and intelligence, though the views of the writer on physiology and pathology occasionally strike
more » ... casionally strike one as being more original than accurate. Thus we learn that the carbonic acid in the blood is carried by the red corpuscles, that nerve roots convey sensation and motion to nerves, that when gout spreads from joints to internal organs death is imminent, &c. The ordinary letterpress likewise will, in some passages, bear careful revision. Some practical remarks on temperance from an economic standpoint are worth reading. But the book as a whole, notwithstanding a certain substratum of scientific evidence, is to be regarded rather as a popular and somewhat extreme presentation of total abstinence views than as a dispassionate study of the alcohol question. What Cheer, 0 or the Story of the lrIis8ion to Deepsea Fishermen. By ALEXANDER GORDON. London : James Nisbet and Co. 1890.-Under this encouraging title we are introduced to a brief but very readable account of the past, present, and probable future of the mission to deep-sea fishermen. The fisher of less than twenty years ago-a nearly forgotten man by those on shore, and therefore a bad citizen-and his crafty foe, the " coper," " are shown as they then existed. The history of a genuine effort of humanity which has caused the disappearance of the latter, and has raised his former dupe to the level of intelligent, moral, and useful manhood and to the fellowship of his countrymen, is detailed with faithful care. In this account of the Mission's work all matters of essential interest relating to that work may be studied through the medium of a light and attractive literary style. The needs, the dangers, the deservings of the hardy east-coast fishermen are emphasised by descriptions of the life on board the smacks, and by yarns of the grim storm-battles fought in former years. Medical readers will peruse with special interest the details given of the floating hospital and the working of the ambulance system. Men of business will find matter for approval in a statement of shrewd and honest financial management, and all who care to take part in an enterprise worthy of their best efforts will in these pages discover their opportunity. Let us not forget to mention that the illustrations, by well-known artists, are unusually good. AFTER the impaction of the fractured end of the radius has been reduced, this splint, previously suitably padded, should be applied along the flexor side of the forearm. The patient may then be directed to grasp in his hand the transverse portion of the perforated end of the splint. A plain wooden splint, padded, should now be applied on theextensor side, reaching from the back of the wrist to about two-thirds up the forearm. The chief object of the splint is to allow full freedom to the hand and fingers, so as to avoid the painful stiffness and helplessness which usually follow when fixed up in other various form of splints, and all of which necessitate the hand and fingers being confined in an abnormal position by a bandage. It is made bv To the Editors of THE LANCET. SIRS,-This case is an interesting one to the medical pro* fession as illustrating the extreme difficulty of getting a, knowledge of simple medical facts into the minds of a. judge and jury. Matthew Bennett was a soldier on sentry duty at Wel. lington Barracks, carrying, as is usual, an unloaded riffe. Suddenly he crouched down into a kneeling position, loaded" and discharged his rifle, striking a passer-by whom he had' never before seen, and began to reload. He was at once: arrested, and was found to be pale, dazed, and shaky, and when spoken to he made no reply. He was taken to the guard-room, and subsequently asked what he was under arrest for, and denied all recollection of the occuryence.
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