New Inventions IN AID OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY

1850 The Lancet  
8vo,pp.104. London: Orr. THE motto chosen by Dr. Holland to preface this work is "Res non verba." We were unconsciously asking ourselves, on looking at this sentence -Can it be possible that the author of this work is the Dr. Calvert Holland lately so industriously advertised as one of the physicians to a homœopathic hospital ? ?, Our inquiry was rendered the more necessary on perusing the work itself, than which nothing could be a stronger proof of the allopathic tendencies of the writer. This
more » ... of the writer. This physician to a homosopathic hospital recommends, in the treatment of consumption and indigestion, that his patient should swallow tar-water by wholesale, and cod-liver oil ad libitum. Bishop Berkeley was not a more complete allopathist, in respect to tar-water, than is Dr. Holland; nor did the clerical enthusiast give a higher character to this medicine than does his medical imitator, the allopathic-homceopathic physician, Dr. Calvert Holland. But, seriously, are these outrages on the profession to be permitted ? Is the pirate to be allowed to sail under respectable colours, and while he calls himself a homoeopath, relies for his cures and his success on allopathic treatment ? The case of Dr. Holland is not a solitary one, for we are well informed that many of the unprincipled men who have forsaken the scientific and respectable path of their profession, to pander to the love of quackery which pervades certain classes of people, still cling in the hour of need to the principles and practice of allopathy. We promise some of these unprincipled renegades to expose their iniquitous proceedings. The sensible man who becomes a homœopath must necessarily possess but a small modicum of honour; the fool, it is true, may be honest in his convictions, but he is a homoeopathist because he is a fool, and a fool because he is a homceopathist. We have been charged with using strong language respecting the practitioners of that delusionhomoeopathy. Can any words of ours be so strongly condemnatory of the whole system, so completely destructive of the tissue of frauds and absurdities on which it is founded, as the book whose title heads this article? Well may the author have chosen for his motto—Res non verba ! Treatise on the Etiology, Pathology, and Treatment of Congenital Dislocations of the Head of the Femur. By JOHN HENRY CARNOCHAN, M.D. New York: Woods. 8vo, pp. 233. THE object of Dr. Carnochan in this practical volume is to I show that congenital dislocations of the head of the femur are of more frequent occurrence, and more completely under the control of the scientific surgeon, than has been heretofore acknowledged. He shows that in America and England this species of deformity has not received that attention which its importance deserves; whilst in France, Dupuytren, though he acknowledged that he understood the pathology of the disease, confessed that the cure was, as a general rule, beyond the reach of surgical treatment. Dr. Carnochan joins issue with this dictum, and insists that, when properly managed, these cases are capable of cure. Taking advantage of the present improved state of tenotomy, and of orthopædic surgery generally, he proposes, in the treatment of congenital luxation of the femur, the division of some of the smaller muscles surrounding the joint; after the division, the patient is placed under mechanical treatment, which has the effect of fixing the head of the bone in the cotyloid cavity. The process of reasoning by which the ingenious author has arrived at the somewhat startling mode of practice which he advocates. is too long to extract ; but he appears to have been guided throughout by a sound knowledge both of physiology and pathology. In conclusion, we cannot but express our surprise that the author of this work has not made reference to the very clear statement of Mr. Lonsdale on the form of disease to which he refers.
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