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mend it to our medical readers. On the whole, the pamphlet is creditable to its distinguished author, and if it should not increase, will at least derogate nothing from bis well earned fame. Or the same subject we would recommend to our younger brethren, the excellent “ Lecture on the duties and qualifications of a physician" by Dr Gregory.
MUSTARD SEED. We have lately received from a valued friend and correspondent in London, a minute account of the efficacy of white mustard seed, given whole, in the cure and prevention of numerous diseases. We will at present only remind our friends that this remedy was held in repute by Dr Cullen, bas been used and recommended by several distinguished physicians since his day, and is now the most popular object of attention among the faculty of Great Britain. The incdicinal virtuce of the mustard seed are a subject of common research at the present moment, and we are encouraged at every step of the investigation, by the conviction that this article is a most valuable acquisition to our materia medica. In our next, we shall speak more particularly on this subject.
LUNAR CAUSTIC IN LEUCORRHEA. Many lives are sacrificed by a concealment of this disease. It exists in many more individuals than apply for its relief, and in great numbers, even, who carefully avoid a disclosure of their trouble. The morbid discharge being allowed to continue, sooner or later produces a prostration of strength and constitutional derangement, which, united to the obstinacy acquired by the local affections, resists every means resorted to at this late hour for the recovery of health.
We have not been ignorant of the nature, more than of the ravages of this complaint, and a proportional degree of industry has been given by the faculty, to ascertain the most effectual remedies and the surest method of cure. Tincture of Cantharides was, a few years ago, a popular medicine in the treatment of Leucorrhoea. It was doubtless effectual in many instances, but required, in all, so much care and attention, that a remedy of equal efficacy and more easily applied, became a desideratum. We think that such is found in the Nitrate of Silver. This we have found uniformly more effectual in removing the symptoms of the disease, than any other medicine, and it has the additional advantage of giving tone to the stomach, and improving the state of the system generally. We have usually advised one tenth of a grain, four times a day, until the disease yields. For the first week, a blister over the sacrum should be enjoined, and a good nourishing diet and fresh air recommended.
By the late English journals we find the medical world rejoiced by the success of a new remedy in this obstinate and common disease. A physician,” say they " who pays particular attention to the diseases of females,
informs us that he bas found the fo wing mixture uniformly successful in the cure of Fluor Albus in leuco-phlegmatic habits and elderly subjects. Take of Tinct. of Cubebs and Tinct. of Rhatany Root, each 6 drs.-Infus. of Buchu, 8 ounces-mix. Three table-spoonsful to be taken three times a day. He paid attention to the state of the intestines, and when not properly relieved, he prescribed aperient pills, composed of extract of rhubarb and jalap with a little ginger powder. When there were symptoms of visceral obstruction, he also prescribed the blue pill, in doses of four grains at bed time every other night for a fortnight.”
Now we have two objections to adopting this plan of treatment although it may be very good in itself. One is, that we are so shamely deficient in medical zeal that we have sover been able to obtain Rhatany Root or Buchu in this country, and the other is, that the disease may be effectually cured by the nitrate of sliver in less than a “fortnight"—that is—before the patient across the water had done taking his blue pill. Besides, we think Fluor Albus is one of the diseases which is always accompanied by a loss of strength, and never occasioned by plethora. Burns says in this, as in erery other of the numerous complaints he treats of, that if there be too much excitement, bleed, blister, and purge,-if too little, give tonics. This is an epitome of his work as far as treatment is concerned. There are few cases, however, if any, in which depleting remedies are useful in leucorrhæa, and we can recommend the lunar caustic as serviceable in every case,-it may be given without exception.
VARIETIES. EFFECT OF Porson UPON VEGETABLES.—M. F. Marcet, of Geneva, has lately published the result of some curious experiments respecting the effect of both mineral and vegetable poisons upon the system of vegetables. From the whole of his experiments he concludes, 1st. That metallic poisons act upon vegetables nearly as they do upon animals. They appear to be absorbed aud carried into different parts of the plants, altering and destroying the vessels by their corrosive powers. 2dly. That vegetable poisons, especially those which have been proved to destroy animals by their action upon the nervous system, also cause the death of plants. Whence he infers, that there exists in the latter a system of organs, which is affected by poisons nearly as the nervous system of animals.
CALORUET OF LIME AS A DISINFECTING AGENT.-M. Deslandes has published an observation upon the use of chloruet of lime in destroying the odour arising from putrid animal matter. In a case in which the placenta was retained aud came away in shreds, producing such effluvia that the chamber could hardly be borne, this preparation completely succeeded. It was injected in the proportion of an ounce to a pint of infusion of marshmallows. The putrid odour disappeared after the second injection ; and this being frequently repeated, it did not again return.-London Medical Repository, January 1826.
GYMNASTICS.-Gymnastic exercises have been introduced at Harvard University, under the authority of its govemment, and superintended by a competent director ; for the purpose of promoting that great desideratumshe health of students.
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TO CORRESPONDENTS.-Our acknowledgments are due to Dr Miner and to Dr Wallace for their recent communications—to a correspondent for an interesting report of a surgical operation, by Dr Flint, of this city-also to the Publishing Committee of the N. H. Med. Soc. for a report of a singular case of Lusus Naturæ: these shall be published soon. Some papers by Dr Codman, of Philadelphia, are received, of which further notices will shortly be given.
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SINGULAR CASE OF LUSUS NATURE
In the intervals of severe pain, he Communicated in a letter of April 3d, had restless sleep and occasional vo
1826, to one of the Publishing Com- miting. After 6 or 8 hours from the mittee, by Dr LEANDER Gage, of first attack, bis skro assumed a more Waterford,, Me.
natural and healthy feel, and bis S. D. H., aged 9 years, bad been countepunce, (except when he was slightly affected with diarrhea a few in pain) was remarkably natural and days previous to the 30th of July, healthful, his pulse also now became 1820; though he had cot been so far almost natural, and continued so uniodisposed as to need medical atten- til a short time before bis decease, tion, or to take him off from his ordi- when it was somewhat accelerated pary food and exercise. At 4 o'clock, in the eyening. His intellect was P. M. on the 30th of July, he was clear until the 7th or 8th day of his suddenly attacked, when in the act confinement, after which he had, ocof taking food, with most severe pain casionally, fits of violent derangement in the right lúmbar region, and the and distress. His temper was calm, contents of the stomach were soon patient, and uncommonly complying, rejected by vomiting. I was called even to his last moments. Whatepimmediately, and was alarmed, when er he swallowed seemed to undergo within a few rods of the house, by but very little change, before it was the peculiar sharpness of the little rejected by a kind of spasmodic vosufferer's sbrieks, wbich remiuded miting, like that which attends me of the cries of a patient under strangulated hernia. Pain aod tenthe knife. I found his extremities derness in the right lumbar region, cold, his features sunk, and his skin, uniformly referable to the same particularly on his extremities, mois poiot; inviacible vomiting, and a diftened with sweat; and his pulse fused tenderness and tension of the small, frequent, and contracted.' Be. whole abdomen, were very constant tween the paroxysms of exquisite symptoms. In fine, the appearances torture, he had short intervals of so exactly corresponded with the ease, which gave bis afflicted friends symptoms of strangulated hernia, moments of bope. When requested that I did not hesitate to ascribe to inform me of the seat of his pain, them to a permanent constriction of be uniformly applied his hand to the some portion of the intestinal canal, same point in the right lombar region. situated in the right lumbar region.
I directed fomentations to the bow. A persevering aod modified course els and extremities, and administered of anti-emetics, anti-spasmodics, foan opiate, wbich, however, was soon mentations, warm bathings, injections, rejected. I then gave an emetic, vesications, &c. was continued and which, after being retained a little varied with untiring assiduity, withtime, produced vomiting, by which out, however, the least apparent efsorse uodigested food was ejected. fect upon the immediate cause of his
danger, from the time of his attack, which it seemed to be a portion. until his exit on the morning of the This process seemed to bave sent off 8th of August, being the 9th day of from its most depending point, a vashis disease.
cular, membranous cord, about the On examination of the body, 24 size of a crow.quill and about three hours after dissolution, in which I was inches in length. This cord, three assisted by Drs Farnsworth and Hay, inches long, was wholly unconnected the abdomen was found very much excepting by its two extremities, one distended with flatus. The stomach of which was attached to the dependwas empty, and had a natural ap- ing extremity of this process of the pearance, as had also its neighbouring ileum, and the other was firmly rootviscera, the pancreas, spleen, and liced in the cellular tissue upon the ver.— The gall bladder was distend. right side of the body of the last ed with bile, and its transfusion had lumbar vertebra, a little above the culuured the surrounding peritoneal sacro-iliac symphasis. This cord coverings. The small bowels were was wound around a double of the filled with feces and fatus, and ap- jejunum, and had firmly constricted peared to bave a greater capacity it in such a manner as totally to inthan is common at the age of 9 years. terrupt the passage of the freces, apd The mesentery was relaxed and in a great measure the circulation of broader than usual, and some of the the blood. The portion of the intesmesenteric glands were indurated. tinum jejunum which was cut off, (ag In dissecting the ileun we came :0 a it were) by this cord firmly twisied bag-like process, like the finger of a around it, was about two inches long, glove, sent off from this intestine, and in
state of gangrene.
The about 12 inches above its termination large intestines were empty and very in the caput coli. This process was much contracted, except the arch of about two inches long, and contained the colon. Their contraction and some feculent matter, it had the natu- emptiness were probably owing to ral appearance of the intestine of the frequent use of warm injections.
REPORTS. EXTIRPATION OF A TUMOR. about three inches in length, and the Communicated by a Gentleman who assisl- tumor cautiously dissected from its ed at the Operation.
attachments on all sides until its base An interesting operation was per was obtained, which was the fold of formed a few days since in the the theca on the tendon of the semiHouse of Correction, by Dr Joshua membranosus muscle. The tumor, B. Flint, of this city. The patient then, consisting of this distended thehad been annoyed for some months ca, filled with a gelatinous substance, past by a rapidly increasing tumor in was cut up from the tendon and rethe left ham.
moved. On examination it was found to The tumor being restrained in a be an encysted tumor, and probably backward direction by the strong a ganglion. It had now become fascia which covered it, had buried about the size of a pullet's egg, and itself deep in the cavity of the bam, its rapid growth, together with the on one side lay in immediate contact occasional pain and interference with with the sheathe of the popliteal the motion of the joint which it caus- artery. Its contiguity to this large ed, induced the patient to desire its vessel, together with the resistance removal.—The integuments and fas. of the fascia, somewhat embarrassed cia were divided by an iqcision and prolonged the operation. It was