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he is up to tell him how to keep so: BOSTON, TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1827. To hold themselves in readiness to

raise him again after tie next fall, The Boston Medical Intelligencer, they are willing to suppose is all

devoted to the cause of physical that belongs to them. In the meaneducation, and to the means of time nobody doubts, that prevention, preventing and curing diseases.

so far as it goes, is better than cure, Such is our Title, such our objects. - where is the barm then of atThe Editor of the American Farmer tempting to make it go further than in a late favorable notice of this pa- it has yet done? Besides, sickness per, makes one remark which re- when curable, which is far from bequires a little explanation. He ob- ing always the case, is attended with serves, - We are at some loss to suffering and danger, loss of time know how this journal can be useful and of money; while prevention is to a town practitioner.”

not commonly or necessarily attendIn the first place, in order to less. ed with either of these evils. Preen the doubt in the intelligent edi- vention and preservation, though far tor's mind, we remark that this pa- the most valuable part of medical per will contain annually 3 or 400 science for the public, are, among pages of strictly medical matter, the physicians, comparatively new and most interesting and practically use. neglected and undervalued subjects ful which can be gathered and se- of thought and occupation. This lected in this country and in Europe. will continue to be the case till pa

betThis ought to be worth something. rents and the people generally, The other 432 pages, for the vol- ter understand their own wants and ume contains 832, will treat of phy. what constitutes a good physician. sical education and the means of Parents, teachers and intelligent inpreserving health and preventing dividuals must take a part in this diseases. Different individuals will work of improvement, before the estimate the value of this part of the physical wellbeing of the communivolume differently. Mr. Skinner ty can be greatly meliorated. may not know how little physicians The medical Faculty itself will attend to these departments of their never become what it is capable of professional acquirements and duties. being made, till the public are preHow little they do in regard to the pared to judge of professional charight management of infants and racter and qualifications,-till the children, and to the means of pre- people are sufficiently well informed, serving and improving health in the on these subjects, to discriminate besubsequent periods of life. Most tween the medical friend who de medical men think they discharge serves their confidence and cooperatheir functioos sufficiently well if !ion, and those ignorant and unprinthey take the patient from his bed cipled pretenders who deserve only and place him on his feet; they do to be driven from society. For the not deem it incumbent op them when want of this information, these pre

tenders are every where triumphing clusively to the people, -cure, in over the health, property and lives truth, belongs to both, in common, of their de luded followers. It is so the one to devise and direct, the in all the professions,-the clergy- other to assist and administer. man and lawyer will never be faith It is not pleasant to say so much ful and pure so long as they can of one's own affairs, but in this case prosper equally well without these we were disposed to introduce one qualities which it costs so much to or two new ideas into a mind too well earn and to preserve. General so- filled to admit many, and also to lay ciety, with the aid of government, open and vindicate the plan of this make all the professions what they paper to a few of our medical subare. In what region of the earth, scribers who have not been quite in what period of time have the mi- pleased with our pages, because they nority been unwilling to assume and thought them not sufficiently medical; exercise for their own advantage, and to a few more non professional that portion of authority which a subscribers who have thought us too sluggish and degenerate majority medical for common readers. Perhave been careless about retaining ? haps the two classes of readers when What church has done this? what they reflect how useful they may be state? what class of men ?

to each other, and how essential It is for these reasons that we their joint efforts must be to accomhave chosen, as an experiment, to plish the good work of improving address ourselves to the public, to their own and the public health, families and individuals, as well as they will better understand our plan to physicians. We are desirous that and be more fully inclined to coopeboth bodies should understand them- rate in its execution, selves and each other better than they have done, and be prepared and disposed to meet and

We presume our readers will be cooperate

pleased to see one more Medical for the preservation, improvement Essay." These essays have so far and restoration of health, with more been exceedingly well written ; they information, mutual confidence and

give evidence of much observation cordiality. We would gladly too and good sense ; and are besides of persuade the individual who is so

general application and utility. far advanced as to believe that health like other blessings can by neglect and abuse be lost, or preserved by the proper use of proper means,

Subscribers are desired to address that he can much more profita

all orders and communications for bly employ himself in keeping him- this paper to the Editor, coaformaself well when he is well

, than in bly to the terms at the end of each attempting to cure himself when he

number. is sick. If prevention has been thought to belong somewhat ex Dictionary omitted till next week.

NOTICE.

ADVERTISEMENTS. man Body. By V. L. BRERA, Professo!

of Clinical Medicine in the University of JOHN BEATH'S PATENT IMPROVED Pavia, &c. TRUSSES.

BICAAT on the Membranes.
FR. BEATH invites those who de.

Discourses on Warm and Cold Bathing.

A Dissertation on Medical Education, dangerous and distressing disease of Rup- and on the Medical Profession. ture, to call at his office, 672, Washington Remarks on the Dangers and Duties of Street, where he is in constant attend- Sepulture. ance, to adapt his trusses to the particu

The LANCET, a weekly London pubtar case of the patient.

lication. Among the variety of trusses made by Mr. Beath, are Patent Elastic Spring

RETAIL DRUG STORE. Trusses, with Spring Pads :--Trusses HEriends and the public

, that he has without steel springs; these can be worn day and night. Improved Hinge and Pic now established himself as a retail drugrot Trusses, Umbilical Spring Trusses, gist, at No. 188, Washington Street, opand Trusses with Ball and Socket Joints posite the Marlboro' Hotel, where PhysiTrusses for Prolapsus Ani, by wearing cians and Families may depend on the which, persons troubled with a descent most strict and personal attention to their of the rectum, can ride on horseback with orders.--No Medicines will be put up unperfect ease and safety. Mr. B. makes Icss of the first quality. also Trusses for Prolapsus Uteri, which

N. B. Medicines delirered at any hour have answered in cases where pessaries of the night. have failed. Suspensary Trusses, Knee Caps, and Common Trusses, are kept al JOSEPH KIDDER, 70, Court St., on O'

FFERS for sale a full assortment of prices. Machines for remedying deformie Drugs and Medicines of the best ties, Artificial Legs, &c.

quality. Confining himself principally to Surgeons' Instruments and Trusses re- the retail business, every attention will paired at the Manufactory.

be given to meet the wishes of Physicians We have often witnessed Mr. Beath's suce and others in the preparation and delivery cess, and have been personally benefited by of medicines. Prescriptions will receive his ingenuity.-Ed. Med. Intel.

constant personal attention.

Rochelle and Soda Powders carefully A

VAPOR or SULPHUR BATH can prepared as above.

be had at any proper hour of the Also, constantly for sale, Black Curday, at 3, Central Court. The proper rant Wine, prepared by Mr. Pomeroy. hours are before breakfast, dinner, and

The best time is between 11 and DR. HULL'S TRUSS. 2 o'clock.

A portable bath may be taken to the Terwery great superiority of this inpatient's house, if ordered by the attende invented, as to convenience, ease, and ing physician, and administered under comfort to the wearer, and its curative his direction.

power, is shown by the testimony of re

spectable physicians, and the formal apTHE Collowing medical works are for probation of Medical Societies

, but more THE Boston MEDICAL INTELLIGENC- formed. For a more particular descripER, devoted to the Cause of Physical tion of this Truss, see the last Edition, Education, and to the Means of Prevent: 1826, of Thacher's Modern Practice. ing and of Curing Diseases, Vol. 4th,

EBENEZER WIGHT,Apothecary, Milk bound or unbound.

Street, opposite Federal Street, has just A Treatise on Verminous Diseases, received an assortment of Umbilical and preceded by the Natural History of Intes- Joguinal Trusses. tinal Worms, and their origin in the Hu

March 6th.

tea.

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JOHN G. COFFIN, EDITOR.

THE BEST PART OF THE MEDICAL ART, IS THE ART OF AVOIDING PAIN.

VOL. 5.

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1827.

NO. 7.

TREATMENT OF PROTRACTED

CASES OF INDIGESTION.

Previous to, entering on the first

essay he has made some observaOn the Treatment of the more Pro- tions on the misinterpretations of

tracted Cases of Indigestion. By Dr. Paris and Dr. James Johnson, A. P.W. Philip, M.D., F.R.S. with regard to some part of his L. and E., being an Appendix doctrines.

It is unnecessary, to his Treatise on Indigestion. however, to follow him here, 8vo. London, T. and Ĝ. Un- though it certainly seems that derwood. 1827.

these authors have perused his It is well known that Dr. Wilson former treatise with very little Philip has published a very useful attention. book on indigestion, in which,

The word indigestion,'as emthough little novelty is contained, ployed by Dr. Philip, has a much there is a considerable improve- more extensive import than what ment in the general view of the has commonly been assigned to it, affection. Dr. Philip gives him- and comprehends not only the self credit, indeed, for an im- first inconveniences experienced proved plan of treatment;' but in the primæ viæ, and the tempoas we were familiar with the rary symptoms conjoined with principles he has laid down, and them, but the whole constitutionhad frequently seen them acted al disorder, from mere functional on, long before his work was pub- derangement to its termination in lished, we apprehend that he la- morbid change of structure. bors in this respect under some thus extending the signification of mistake. We nevertheless have indigestion, he has trodden in the always regarded the volume on same path with Mr. Abernethy, indigestion as very valuable, be- in his Essay on the Constitutional cause it has made the proper me- Origin of Local Diseases ; and thod of treating this disorder more the observations of these two emextensively known than it was be-. inent men reciprocally confirm fore; and has particularly im- the opinions of each other. pressed the necessity of attention Indigestion, thus explained, is to the inflammatory stage. To divided by Dr. Philip into three this work, which has now gone stages: the first being that simple through five editions, he has add- disorder which has always been ed an appendix, in the form of se- acknowledged as originating in veral distinct essays on the dif. imperfect digestion, as flatulence, ferent points to which he con- eructation, languor, emaciation, ceives the attention of the prac- &c., without any organic disease ; titioner ought to be directed the second being characterized

by tenderness or other uneasiness There appears to be some mison pressure in the part of the apprehension in some of those auepigastric region, and a degree of thors who have remarked on the hardness in the pulse, often ac- phenomenon; and they seem to companied by other febrile symp- imagine that the tenderness is the toms; and the third stage is when consequence of severe pressure, organic disease is already estab- originating in fact from the mode lished.

of examination, and forming no For a detail of the symptoms part of the real disease. We in each of the two first stages, speak of course under some limwe must refer to the work itself; itation. What may be the deand in the present review we gree' of pressure employed by shall confine ourselves to the con- Þr. Philip, we have had no opsideration of some of those points portunity of ascertaining ; but we which are noticed in the appendix. can scarcely think it possible that We shall only premise, that regi- any practitioner can confound the men and diet are of more efficacy inconvenience arising from pressin the first stage of the disease ure with the tenderness dependthan medicine ; and that a strict ent on local disorder. That maattention to them will frequently ny patients may shrink on even suffice alone for the restoration slight pressure, is true, but the of health. The observations on countenance exhibits very differdiet in the Treatise on Digestion, ent appearances, according both we believe to be tolerably accu- to the nature and the degree of rate ; and our own experience tenderness. Moreover, if but a abundantly confirms the doctrine little patience be employed, we of Dr. Philip respecting broth : shall find that should the inconve

all kinds of broth are apt to be- nience proceed only from prescome sour on a weak stomach.' sure, it will disappear by continuSome fluid is of course necessary, ing it ; whereas, should there be but dyspeptic patients very ill a morbid sensibility, the pain rathbear even a small quantity ; any- er increases, never diminishes. thing beyond what is sufficient to To this, it may be added, that moisten the food, has often ap- unless the tender spot be very peared to us injurious. We are deeply seated, slight pressure ondisposed to impress this point the ly will be necessary, such more, because we have known it could by no means, under a heala common practice among medi- thy state of the parts, produce cal men to withdraw solid food the slightest inconvenience: and entirely in cases of indigestion ; another observation also to be and this has been continued so made is this, namely, that the long, that a return to solid food is tenderness is confined for the of very difficult accomplishment, most part to a particular spot, the smallest portion exciting while the pressure may be emmuch uneasiness, and sometimes ployed over other points of the even pain.

abdomen, without causing any unThe first essay in the Appendix easiness, which could scarcely is entitled, “On the Examination be, were the pain attributable to by Pressure on the Regions of the pressure merely. Dr. Phithe Stomach and first Intestine.' lip has observed, that the expe

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