1870 The Lancet  
691 for a limit must no doubt be reached in the Government expenditure in this direction, and the great body of the people can only be reached by their own native physicians. It would be well if this movement of the Hakeems were watched and fostered, and some plan originated by which the medical practitioners of India should form themselves into societies, or guilds, for the advancement of medical science and the establishment of medical schools for the granting of diplomas, as in Europe. What
more » ... as in Europe. What has contributed most to the increase of attendance at our dispensaries in India is the success of our surgical operations, the fame of which has spread far and wide through the country. Ignorant of anatomy, the native surgeon dare not put his knife under the skin without the dread of fatal hemorrhage ; and, as late as the time of the last Serkh war, they had adopted no better mode of staying the flow of blood from an amputated limb than by thrusting it into boiling oil. There were many who believed that the Hindoo would suffer anything rather than submit to the knife. Now, however, that chloroform has been introduced, this dread has been greatly removed; and from the records of the North-West Provinces alone we find that, in 1867, 3832 capital or important operations, and 41,090 minor operations, were performed during the year. This very large number of operations must have been a means of relief -from suffering that cannot but have told favourably on the people.
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