A VISIT TO NETLEY HOSPITAL

1868 The Lancet  
592 onslaught upon the unclassical character of many of the recent terms introduced into medical nomenclature is made in this new and ninth edition of Hoblyn's Dictionary. The author takes the opportunity of discussing the subject at a time when the tendency to coin and to introduce into general use fresh terms is very marked. Mr. Hoblyn refers not only to errors in words of recent appearance, but to those which have gradually arisen in regard to the euphony and meaning of oldestablished terms;
more » ... and he has made certain changes in the spelling of various words in these two classes, which he feels ought to be generally adopted, as being altogether more classical, and consonant with our advanced medical knowledge. In the first place, the employment of the letter c instead of k in words of Greek origin has led to confusion, not only of spelling, but also of sound, more particularly when c is followed by the vowels e and i, which suggest to the English ear the soft sound of s instead of the harsher sound of k. The letter k is used in the present edition of the Dictionary in its proper place, and we now have a batch of words commencing with k which were formerly placed with those beginning with c. The importance of using the terminations sis and ma in a proper manner-the one as representing cause, and the other effect (for example, "glucosis," and "glaucoma")-is pointed out. Mr. Hoblyn remarks that medical terminology is overrun with hybrid terms, of which he gives a list. Those ending in (o)id, (o)icle.s, admit of easy correction by using the Latin word forma in place of the Greek suffix in those terms which are not cognate; as in cancri-form, furunculi-form, lumbriciform, ovi-form, &c. The term vitiligoidea "sets all rules of terminology at defiance." The definition and compositon of words are fully given, in accordance with our most recent knowedge of medical matters, and are of great utility to student and practitioner. Pennsylvania Hospital Reports. Vol. 1., 1868. Imp. 8vo. Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston. -The recent active movement amongst hospital staffs in this country to give to the world in an independent form some of the choicest results of their experience has extended to the United States. These closely packed volumes of articles on many subjects, medical and surgical, are the despair of the reviewer. At the best, even if he print index and synoptical table of contents in detail, he can only hope to indicate the nature of the material to be found within their pages. vVlaolesonze Fare, or the Doctor-and C;'ool. By EDmuwn T. and ELLE::-f J. DELAMERE. London : Lockwood and Co.-The leading conception of this book is good. It aims at making the work not a mere collection of receipts, but a readable and interesting as well as instructive treatise. The writers have succeeded only in part. They write with a freedom which too often degenerates into coarseness. Thus, citing Dumas's method oi making a winter salad-"Then, and then only," writes the novelist, " I restore the salad to the bowl, causing it to be well stirred by my domestic, "the authors add in a parenthesis, "The bumptious bone in the great man's arm prevented his stirring it himself." Again, desirous to display great familiarity with knowledge not coming under their own immediate ken, they are apt to become pretentious and to blunder. They are to be complimented in attempting a popular account of the trichina spiralis and trichiniasis, added to the chapter on Pork; but when, writing of poisonous sausages, they say, "As a natural consequence, a German physiologist, gifted with a lively imagination, coolJy invented ham-poison (schinkengift) and sausage-poison (wurstgift)," they convict themselves of ignorance as well as impertinence. Still again, when the writers include in a book of "Wholesome Fare" a chapter of so-called wrinkles which contains receipts for furniture-polish, bandoline, the cure of whooping-cough and of coughs pure and simple, &c., they commit an egregious inconsistency, and subject themselves to the suspicion of swelling the size of the book at all risk-a suspicion not diminished by a foolish chapter of "conclusions" respecting sedentary, professional, and literary persons. As we have said, however, the conception of the book is good, and if the volume were subjected to severe criticism and much curtailment, it would prove a useful work. But we must add that some of the receipts should be subjected to the test of trial before being again given to the world. It would be a good work to pro. mote the use of rice amongst our labouring population, but the directions given for making pillaw in " Wholesome Fare," we imagine, if followed, could only result in dishes which would create disgust. Tlaonason's Conspectus, adctpted to the British P7tarmaeopaia. Edited by E. LLOYD BIRKETT, M.D. New Edition, pp. 248. London : Longmans, Green, and Co. 1868.-A more general and full account of the classes of substances employed in medicine precedes the description of individual drugs in the present edition. Various additions and emendations enhance its value as a useful guide for the practitioner and student. It is one of the little works which may be used with advantage in mastering the recent changes in the Pharmacopoeias. A VISIT TO NETLEY HOSPITAL. THE Royal Victoria Hospital for military invalids is an institution which must always interest a medical visitor, if only as an asylum for many hundreds of sick and maimed soldiers, most of them invalids sent home from distant quarters of the globe. At the present moment, however, when it is proposed to institute a Naval Medical School at Greenwich, the hospital at Netlev possesses peculiar interest as the seat of the Army Medical School which has done, and is doing, so much to improve the special or military knowledge of the surgeons of the army by instructing in the most perfect manner the candidates for the army medical service, who are then drafted off to active duty in the various regiments. The Netley Hospital is placed on the margin of the Southampton water, about three miles below Southampton, and is readily reached from that town by a branch railway. It possesses a bold façade as seen from the water, though the original design by Barry was marred by a piece of economy on the part of the authorities which necessitated the curtailing of the central dome and clock tower, which is therefore out of proportion to the rest of the elevation. The building is in the classic style, with red-brick walls and stone dressings; and is built on the corridor plan, which, whilst having the advantage of affording a promenade under cover, exposes a large surface of glass to the full action of the south-west gales, which must render the corridors excessively cold in winter, since there is no hot-water apparatus for heating them, but only open fireplaces at considerable intervals. Opening out of the corridors are the wards, containing twelve beds each; and to each ward
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