Recent Literature First Lines in Midwifery . By G. Ernest Herman, M. B. (London), F.R.C.P. 16mo, pp. 191. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co

1893 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
eased tissues ; in the second part, general pathology, including tumors; in the third part, the pathological anatomy of the organs ; and in the fourth part, a description of the lesions in general disease, in poisoning and in violent deaths. One of the most valuable chapters in the book is that relating to the animal and vegetable parasites. We have little hesitation in saying that this book will prove the most valuable work which has appeared iu English, to both the medical student, and the
more » ... student, and the practitioner. It is written throughout in a clear and concise manner. The value of a book on pathological anatomy depends largely on the plates which are given. In this book many of the plates are excellent. Others, while showing evidence of a great deal of work in the preparation, give but little idea of the actual appearance when under the microscope, and are misleading. The reproduction of the photo-micrographs in the book is exceedingly poor. We think that the time has not yet arrived when this method can be used for illustration, although its results are valuable to the more advanced students. Exception might be taken to some of the ideas expressed in the book. We do not think, for instance, that a sharp distinction can be made between what the authors call cellular and exudative inflammation. In the article on inflammation, no sharp distinction is made between the poly nuclear leucocytes and the cells of the granulation tissue. We do not think that the distinction between croupous and diphtheritic inflammation cau be given up, and the latter tenu used only in describing the lesions of diphtheria. The article on tumors is an excellent one, although a little more space might have been given to their consideration. The author makes some good suggestions in this work, but in his attempt to touch upon so many drugs in a limited space, misses the clearness of many of the smaller and certainly the thoroughness of the larger books on these subjects. Nor is the writer altogether happy in his classification. To separate two remedies so similar in their action and uses as digitalis and strophanthus simply because one of them is not officinal, is allowing a pharmacopocial que.Btiou to control in therapeutics. This is not well judged as the pharmacopoeia is made to advance, not hinder, therapeutic ends. Further to class opium and morphine as hypnotics is pernicious teaching. These questions of classification are of importance, especially to the student, as a good arrangement assists him greatly. The work of tho American editor has been well done and note has been made of the most recent remedial agents. This small book is intended to afford physicians and others information about the newer remedies which are offered to the profession in such large numbers. The arrangement is an alphabetical one, and the author gives briefly and well something of the sources, properties, uses and administration of several hundreds of the newer drugs; this word is more applicable than remedies, as many are not entitled to rank as the latter. The book bears evidence of care and labor ; its value would however be enhanced, had the writer pointed out the danger accompaning the use of certain drugs. Many of the more useful remedies mentioned in this volume may be found in the later works on therapeutics.
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