Editorials and Medical Intelligence
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
Thus, we see that, in other places as well as this, the disense often bafRes the most sltilful physicians. It is true that the mortality occasioned by this bane of infancy dul.ing the past yedr in St. LOUIS was most alarming-amouhting to 238, wl~icli was in the ratio of 1 in every 126 inhabitants. But the cause of this I sincerely believe' to be the want of proper merlical attendance. '1 neither desire nor intend to insinuate aught agninst my follow practitioners; on the contrary, our city has
... rary, our city has reason to be proud of her physicifins. It is not to them, nor to their mal-practice, t l~r~t this gteat mortality must be attributed. Mothers! it is bccnrlse you neglect to seelr their aid ; it is because you do not employ; or employ them too ldte, that so ninny of your offspring are torn from your embraces. Every boat brings us a rnul~itude of poor families unable to fee a physician. True, no man deserving that title, and the respect due to it, would refuse his advice and attendance because a suffering being could not show the rice of the consultation. Often money cannot pay the physician. J i g reward-dle greatest, the noblest, is in llis heart-in his conscience. A pllilnnthropic institution llas been established in this city-nn institution consecrated to the poor-the dispensary. But either they know it not, or neglect to avail tllemselves of' its aid. Old nurses and charlatans are resorted to; substances injurious, perl~aps poisooous, for the infant inviilid R I~Q administered in repeated doses, and tbe poor baby dies, less the victim of disease, than of unwise remedies employed for its relief.