1858 The Lancet  
664 and at the same time as effectual as the method in vogue in the time of Celsus. For this purpose, I propose to have a small brass tube inserted into a perforated cupping-glass ; ' , one end of the tube is closed, and the glass made air-tight. The tube is for the reception of a small wick. A few drops of spirit of wine are then poured upon the wick, and a light applied, and the glass is ready for use. By this method the glass is more effectually exhausted than by any other means I have seen
more » ... means I have seen tried. The larger the wick is, the greater will be the vacuum. The length of time the spirit of wine keeps alight enablesus to choose the exact position we wish for the glass, and to place it slowly and deliberately over the part. The moment the glass touches the skin, the flame is extinguished, and the glass remains firmly adherent. I have had ;tn apparatus of this kind made, and find that it answers the purpose perfectly. The advantages gained by this are as follow :-1. We get rid of a large cumbersome box, or rather cbest, which, although very complete as a cupping-case, contains some articles which I think might very well be dispensed with. The three glasses, with the apparatus I have described, fit into each other, and occupy the room of one only. The wicks are inside the innermost glass, and the only other implement we require is a small phial of spirit of wine, which is carried in the waistcoat pocket. 2. Cupping can be performed with great ease. 3. The glass is certain to adhere. 4. The adhesion is powerful, and alike in all the glasses. My object, Sir, in requesting a corner in THE LANCET for this my first communication to the public, is to ascertain whether the modification referred to in the preceding paragraphs is likely to prove of any service either to practitioner or patient. If this should prove to be the case, I shall consider myself amply rewarded. I am, Sir, yours, &c., with the other members, took part in the discussion. Dr. Hawkins expressed his satisfaction at the formation of the Registration Associations throughout the country, irom which he should expect much valuable information. The deputation having thanked the Registrar for the courtesy with which he had received them, withdrew, after a protracted interview. Medical News. APOTHECARIES' HALL. -Names of gentlemen who passed their examination in the science and practice of medicine, and received certificates to practise, on Thursday, December 16th, 1858.
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