Book Review The Clinics of John B. Murphy, M.D., at Mercy Hospital, Chicago, April, June and August, 1916 . Edited by P. G. Skillern, Jr., M.D., of Philadelphia. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Company. 1916
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
spoke of the relation of gastric ulcer and cancer and showed microscopic specimens of a border-line case. Dr. C. A. Porter demonstrated a case of enchrondroma of the shoulder, with resection of the upper third of the humérus and implantation of the fibula in its place. demonstrated a case of Madura foot. Dr. H. P. Moshcr demonstrated a number of esojihageal instruments devised for the purpose of cutling the septa of esophageal pouches, and related three cases in which this operation has
... successfully. He spoke of the tests for labyrinthine disease and demonstrated a revolving chair used for this purpose. Dr. E. G. Bra eke tt spoke of tho operative treatment of unimited fracture of the neck of the femur, and demonstrated oases. Tho following operations were performed by members of the Surgical Staff of the Hospital: Dr. Porter. Excision and curettage for Madura foot. Da. Scudder. Excision of ulcer of the lesser curvature of the stomach, with posterior gastroenterostomy. Dr. Brewster. Exploratory laparotomy in a case with symptoms suggestive of gastric ulcer: cirrhosis of the liver was found. Dr. Conn. Cholecystectomy in a case of cholecystitis with gall-stones. Dr. WILLIAMS. Cholecystectomy in a case of persistent sinus following a previous cholecystotomy. Dr. Greenough. Radical excision of tho breast for carcinoma, with dissection of tho axilla. Dr. Davis. Closure of caecostomy wound in a caso in which caecostomy had been done for relief of acute intestinal obstruction. Later an excision of a carcinomatous stricture of tbe lower sigmoid, with end-to-end anastomosis had been performed. Murphy is the first which is edited by Dr. P. G. Skillern, Jr., of Philadelphia; it cannot be examined without awakening thoughts of the dead surgeon. Dr. John 13. Murphy was undoubtedly one of the most able clinical teachers of his generation. He was moreover possessed of a mind of quite unusual perceptive power, and was a man singularly unlimited in the variety of mental attributes which lay behind his surgical work. His mind was essentially many sided. This peculiarity enabled him to jump from the Murphy button to the use of nitrogen in the thoracic cavity; to appendicitis; to the reconstruction of joints; to bone surgery, etc., bringing to each a viewpoint which was characterized by the marks of something closely approaching genius. This brilliancy of his mind was greater than his ability as an operator, and much beyond the results of his laboratory work. John B. Murphy had the characteristics which it has been the custom in this country to attribute to the Middle West; very great energy, ceaseless activity, and a perfectly innocent inability to hide his light under a bushel. He was a powerfully stimulating personality, and his too early death is a very real loss to surgery, both in and outside of America. It is a little difficult to conceive of the continuance of the "Clinics of John B. Murphy" after he has gone. The April number includes, among many other chapters, an extremely interesting talk on the surgery of tendons and tendon-sheaths; a series of cases of bone surgery of all parts of the body; tendon transference in infantile paralysis; perforating ulcer of heel, etc., It is essentially a number devoted to the surgery of bones and tendons and, as such, is particularly appropriate at this time. The June number, also edited by Dr. Skillern, includes a brief talk by Dr. R. C. Coffey of Portland, Oregon, on certain abdominal operations; besides this, a series of chapters upon surgery of the abdominal cavity for conditions both malignant and infectious, and certain other chapters on the female pelvis and the bladder. As usual, the pictures are numerous and excellent; some of the colored plates being particularly good in the moderation of the colors used. There is, as yet, no obvious change in the essential character of the book. The August number is a little larger than the two previous numbers, consisting of 120 pages, and not less than 30 chapters, many of them with sub-headings. There are again a large number of chapters upon bone surgery; two upon biliary surgdry; an occasional plastic; two or three chapters on surgery of the nerves, and two interesting cases of bone infections metastatic from furuncles; including a series of 16 illustrations showing certain phases of gall-bladder surgery (modified from Kehr). The Clinics continue to show the numerous characteristics of Dr. Murphy's style.