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In a science which teaches the before been seized with it. As I godlike art of preserving and restor- before observed, his eyes were much ing the health, he who keeps se- distorted io appearance, the pupils cret the knowledge of that which be were dilated to almost the full exbelieved might prove beneficial to tent of the iris, his appetite was exothers, forfeits all claim to esteem, cessive; bis attendants informed me by preferring his own sordid inter that he manifested a disposition to est to the duties of humanity. eat double the quantity of food that Mr Alcock's Lecture. he had been wont to do in health
they assured me that he had always For the Medical Intelligencer. been remarkably temperate in every EPILEPSY CURED BY TART. EMET. OINT- respect, except eating, and thal he
ate no more than hearty men usually MR EDITOR— Thinking the follow- do who are kept at constant and ing case may not be unacceptable to hard labour as he was. He had some of your readers, 1 give it you, been very healthy from an infant in order that should you deem it until the present time. I think his worthy a place in the Intelligencer, master informed me he never cost it may be inserted. The subject of him a dollar for medicine or altenit is a negro man, aged about thirty dance until this seizure. When askyears, who in the early part of the ed what was the matter, he would month of December last, was at- reply, “potbing;” this even at bis tacked, for the first time, with a best moments, which sufficiently exparoxysm of epilepsy. He was treat. hibited a constantly disordered state ed by the physician who first saw of the mind. I tried to impress him him, with venesection, brisk cathar. with the idea that he was sick, but tics, and epispastics to the back of that what I should do for him would the neck and inferior extremities, certainly cure him, in order that the which afforded but a temporary re means used might have some effect lief, for in spite of his abstemious on the mind also. manner of living, and every other I had his head shaved, and made effort to the contrary, :he fits return- an immediate application of the ung. ed at short intervals, with unabated antimonii tartarizati, over the whole violence. I eventually saw him, surface of it, and as far down the the first of March. When I entered spine as the first dorsal vertebra. In the sick chamber, I found him, to forty-eight hours it had produced an my surprise, performing on a violin. eruption. I continued the use of it But there was every appearance of daily for sixteen days. He took duran approaching fit. Although freeing the time sulpb. magnes. 3j. eveand copious venesection had just ry other day, made use of no animal been used, assisted by cathartics, his food, and as little stimulus of any pulse were preternaturally full, and kind as possible. Of the food which slow, though soft; and receding con- he did take, he made use of but siderably on pressure ; his eyes and about half allowance. He lived io his whole countenance distorted in this abstemious maoner, using the appearance. I must here mention sal epsom for one month, at the end that several of the family had simi- of which time be began to use a lar strange appearing features; this more nourishing diet, and is a shor circumstance caused me to be more time returned to his old habits. H doubtful whether or not I could re- has never since the commencemen lieve him, as I feared there was an of this plan of treatment had a fit, o hereditary predisposition to the dis- been threatened with one. He no ease, though none of them had ever eats, drinks, and works, as he former)
did, and I indulge myself with the By the same principle of the reaction hope that he is radically cured. of the living powers against extraneous
This case I think evidently shows impulsions, it seems to follow that those the superior utility of the tart. emet. remedies.which are capable of producing oint. in epilepsy. If there should be in a bealthy subject phenomena similar a return of the disease in this case, to the symptoms of disease, must, by exyou sball be made acquainted with citing an effort in the system to counterthe same.
JOS. AUG. BEALL, M. D. act the impression, tend to the radical Piscataway, (Md.) June, 1826.
cure of the disease.-On this subject, the
author lays down the following laws.-THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HOMÖOPATHIA. First, that the susceplibility of the living
This is a pamphlet which purports to organism for natural diseases is incomparbe an abstract of a German pathological ably less than its susceptibility for the efwork by Hahneman, translated by H. B. fects of medicine. Causes of disease are Gram. The main scope of the work is to constantly in operation, yet men continue prove that diseases can be radically cured healthy. Disease is an exception to the only by such remedies as are capable of general state of man, and a concurrence producing in healthy subjects symptoms of various circumstances and conditions similar to those which characterize the is necessary before morbific influences gediseases. To establish this point, he ar nerate disease. But the effects of medigues that all other remedies may be divi- cine are comparatively uniform and cerded into two classes. First, such as pro- tain. They may almost be said to operduce in a healthy subject a different state ate unconditionally; no peculiar concurfrom that which constitutes the disease to rence of circumstances being necessary be cured; and, secondly, such as produce to secure their operation. The second a state directly contrary to it; and that general law laid down by the author is, the first of these, which he terms allopath- that the organism as a living integer is onical, cannot possibly be useful ; because ly capable of receiving one general impresotherwise any disease could be cured by sion at once. This is evidently the celeany remedy, since all remedies except the brated doctrine of Hunter on the incomhomoopathical, produce effects more or patibility of different coexisting diseased less unlike those which characterize the actions.-A third general law, as expressdiseases to be cured. Whereas, the facted in the peculiar language of our author, is, that diseases can only be cured by is, that a stronger dynamical affection of such remedies as are proper to produce the organism annihilates 'a weaker similar the necessary alterations in the living affection. From these principles the aupowers, and not per quamlibet causam. thor infers the curative process to be as
The second class of remedies or those follows. Homoopathical remedies excite which produce in a healthy subject effects a similar but stronger affection of the liv. directly opposite to the phenomena of disc ing powers, than that which constitutes ease, he considers as only palliative, the disease to be cured. In so doing they These, he contends, cannot effect a perma- do not add to the morbid impression, but nent cure of disease. For though they they supersede it. The morbid affection tend to counteract it by inducing an op- is annihilated, and the system is left to posite condition of the living system, yet struggle with the artificial disease. The the system re-acts against the impression, author, however, has only left us to conand strives to produce an affection contra- jecture how and why the constitution ry to it. So that by the reaction of the comes out of this last contest victorious, system, the consecutive effect of palliative If it be said that it is by the reactiou o remedies must be to perpetuate and con- the liring powers, the answer is very ob firm the disease, rather than to remove it. vious that, as this reaction was incapabl.
of destroying a weaker morbid affection
DAVID AND GOLIAH. (that of the disease), it is difficult to con Simplicity is the great excellence of a ceive how it can overcome the more power- medicine. If the same benefit can be deful artificial one, produced by the remedy. rived from a simple remedy as from a pow
A great defect in this tract is the ab- erful dose, it is far more desirable, and sence of all illustration. It cannot be ne conscience as well as good judgment cessary to point out the fallacy of all ab- should induce us to give it the preference. stract reasoning in such a science as med- Because in one case the patient's comicine. Whether this defect be owing to plaint may be removed without harming the difficulty of procuring satisfactory il- his constitution, and in the other there is lustration of the doctrine of the pamphlet great danger of injuring the general stafrom practical medicine, we do not pre- mina, though the temporary disease is retend to judge. There seems at least to moved. But this practice is bad for the be no difficulty in adducing facts in abun. Doctor. People will not think very highdance, which have an opposite bearing. ly of a Physician who gives little mediWe have not time to go into the discus- cine, and that of the simplest kind. They sion at length ; but would only instance say he is too simple in his practice. They the extensive and most important class of like
man who will give them a powerevacuating remedies; and would ask ful dose, which will either kill or cure. whether it is by substituting a stronger Even if such doses cure for the time, they but similar impression upon the living invariably kill in the end. They impair powers in place of the weaker morbid one, the constitution, render it less able to rethat these remedies cure diseases of ex- sist future attacks, and thus shorten the .citement. Does the abstraction of 30 or life of the patient, though they lengthen 40 ounces of blood cure a pleurisy, by ex that of his doctor, by affording him that citing a similar but more powerful inflam- comfortable reputation which tends more matory action in the pleura? Or is the than any thing to increase as well as ensame remedy capable of exciting pleurisy liven our years. in a healthy subject? Do squills and di Another advantage; physician ofgitalis cure hydrothorax, by inducing a ten acquires a name by curing diseases more violent hydropic action in the his own remedies have induced. Debilipleura, in consequence of which the mor- ty is the parent of a thousand disorders. bid effusion is superseded and cured by a Let this be produced by a powerful dose greater artificial one? Or will the exhi- of medicine, and the offspring are as sure bition of these remedies produce hydro- to follow as if it were the effect of famine thorax in a healthy subject? Questions or fatigue. of this kind in abundance might be stato We cannot express the full share of our ed; and not to confine ourselves to evac- displeasure when we see a sick chamber uant remedies, is it by virtue of any pow. loaded with phials and pill boxes. It is er of causing fever and ague in a healthy a remnant of barbarism thus to drench person, that bark cures the disease in a the primæ viæ with drugs, and no good sick one? Does arsenic cure periodical and intelligent physician can, in this day diseases from the power of exciting them, of light in medicine as well as the other or any thing similar to them, in healthy sciences, look on these things but with subjects? These questions we conceive the most heart-felt abhorrence. We have are fatal to the doctrine, which is attempt simple remedies which effect with a mild ed to be supported in this tract; still we hand all that was formerly considered the should be glad to see what can be addu- especial province of powerful compounds, ced in its defence. The pamphlet is write and every day brings intelligence of some ten in broken English, and is evidently more agreeable, but equally efficacious the work of a foreigner.
substitute for those antiquated doses.
By diet and regimen, for example, more it,jboth would have been ruined together. may be done for a dyspeptic than by calo. The coachman may turn a corner with a mel, bark, or brandy; and if we can find, gradual sweep, and proceed safely on his by actual experience, any article of diet, rout, or he may give his horses a sudden however simple and apparently inert, twist, and get round his corner quicker which will remove the troublesome affec- and with more apparent skill, but his tions which combined are denominated coach is wrenched, and although he goes dyspepsia, it is as much our duty to pre
on for miles, perhaps, without perceiving scribe that article, as if this salutary re his injury, the bext turn brings his carriage lief had been procured from the most for to the ground; and he averts the blame midable of the materiæ medicæ.
from himself by having proved his skill in
the former instance! Which is the wisest These remarks have been immediately
of the two? which entitled most to our conoccasioned by finding in an European fidence? Yet which acquires the greatest Journal some very singular cases of the reputation in his business? As the most salefficacy of fat boiled bacon in indigestion, utary and powerful influences are producaccompanied by constipation. A gentie- ed on our moral sentiments, by the still man who had long suffered from these
small voice, so is our corporeal structure troubles, and had gone without success
more powerfully and more permanently, through the usual courses of physic, was
as well as more safely affected, by a perled by some accidental circumstance to
severing use of simple remedies. relinquish the use of butter, and substitute fat boiled bacon for it. A slice of this he
At a meeting of the Counsellors of the put between his slices of bread, morning Massachusetts Medical Society, holden and evening, and soon found his symp- June 7th, 1826, the following gentlemen
were elected officers of the Society, viz :toms of dyspepsia began to disappear, his James Jackson, M. D. President-Abrabowels became regular, and his health ham Haskell, M.D. Vice-President- John was restored. Naturally enough, he re- Dixwell, M. D. Corresponding Secycommended this to his complaining friend, Jacob Bigelow, M. D. Treasurer
George Hayward, M. D. Recording Sec'y and it was followed by the same resalt. Enoch Hale, Jr, M. D. Librarian. Afterwards it was recommended by his At the annual meeting of the Newphysician to a number of his dyspeptic Hampshire Med. Soo' holden at Concord,
June 6, 1826, Dr R, D. Mussey was electpatients, and he had the satisfaction to ed President-Dr A. Crosby, Vice-Presisee them mend under its use, and finally dent-Dr Peter Bartlett, Secretary-Dr all symptoms of disease vanished. Thus Josiah Crosby, Treasurer. Drs Josiah did the fat of bacon, the salutary effects Crosby and Peter Smith were appointed
delegates to attend the medical examinaof which we cannot trace to any cause be- tions at Dartmouth College. yond the portion of nitre and culinary salt The society resolved, that every canit contains, do more than the blue pill sys- didate, before he can enter upon the stutem of Abernethy, or the stomach and liye evidence that his education is sufficient
dy of medicine, shall produce satisfactory er speculations of Dr Wilson Philip. Nay, to enter the freshman class in Dartmouth more-it not only removed a disease those College, that he shall sustain a good mo
ral character, and that he shall read mesystems could not conquer, but remov
dicine four full years, attend two full ed also the consequences of their previous courses of medical lectures, or if he has a trial.
college education, he shall read medicine The most important events are usually three years ; this law to go into effect
after 1829. brought about by slight causes. A single word or look often causes a man a life of WEEKLY REPORT OF DEATHS IN BOSTON. misery or of enjoyment. A trifling ma
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Jenckes' Patent Alleviator. fractured the right thigh bone at the neck. THE subscriber having made an ar
The usual reduction and dressings were able Instrument in the city of Boston, any It was then discovered that by the continrangement for introducing this invalu. attended to, and during the first two
weeks the patient appeared to do well. family who may have one of their number so sick as to require the exertions of their ued pressure on the back and hips, inflamfriends to lift them for any purpose, can
mation had taken place and gangrene and be accommodated with the use of the Al mortification were rapidly succeeding. leviator by calling on Mr William HAN. The state of the fractured limb, the size Cock, No. 39, Market-street, or on Mr Ed- of the patient, and the nervous excitement MUND Parsons, No. 10, Portland-street, under which she laboured, precluded or who has undertaken to put them up when rendered extremely inconvenient, the neand where they may be wanted, and at- cessary dressing to those diseased parts. tend to the use of them. Any person the opinion of an eminent surgeon who
The patient was rapidly sinking and in wishing for further information, will plcase to apply as above.
was called in consultation, there was but JOHN C. JENCKES. a faint prospect of her recovery.--At this Mr JENCKES has many Certificates, critical period Mr JENCKEs visited Lynn, from the Medical Society, and from many bringing with him one of his machines, eminent surgeons in the U. S. recommend which was immediately employed, and to ing them to the public, among which are
the facilities afforded by this in the frethe following, viz:
quent dressings now become necessary, I Cerlificale from John C. Warren, M. D. am ready to attribute the rapid recovery
of Boston, Principal of the Massachu of the patient from her dangerous situation. setts Hospilal.
That the advantages of this invention Mr J. C. Jenckes having requested my may be widely extended, and suffering opinion of his Machine for raising the sick humanity be relieved from many of its' and wounded from bed, I have examined burdens is the ardent desire of it, and found it well calculated for the
Your obedient servant, purpose. In order to test its practical util
JOHN LUMMUS, M. D. ity, I desired him to convey it to the Massachusetts General Hospital, and have re
Philadelphia, Nov. 8, 1825. peatedly employed it there ; particularly I have within the last few weeks in in a case of fractured thigh, accompanied two cases of compound fractures, near the with delirium, and found it highly useful. ancle joint, used with the most decided Considering it therefore a valuable inven- benefit the “ Alleviator" of Mr Jenckes.. tion, I very heartily recommend it for the Without hesitation I pronounce it a very use of hospials, and for all private patients valuable contrivance. who may be in need of it.
WM. GIBSON, M. D., Professor of SurJOHN C. WARREN, Principal Mass. gery in the Universily of Pennsylvania. Hospital. Boston, June 16, 1823.
Cerlificate from the Physicians and Sur
geons of the New York Hospital. Lynn, 251h Feb. 1825. The undersigned Physicians and Sur. DR CHATE,- This comes to you by geons of the New York Hospital, having the hands of MR JENCKES, the inventor of examined and witnessed the application. an apparatus for raising from the bed, of Mr John C. Jenckes' new invention of persons whose infirmities or injuries from a Machine for raising the sick from their fractures or other causes have usually beds, unite in recommending the same as rendered a long confinement necessary. peculiarly useful for the purposes for
MR JENCK Es is furnished with numerous which it is intended. certificates from eminent surgeons, respec.
DAVID HOSACK, M. D. ting the advantages of his machine, and JOHN NELSON, M. D. in justice to his mechanical ingenuity JOHN C. CHESSMAN, M. D. and philanthropic character, I subjoin an JOHN WATTS, JR, M. D. account of an important case, in which I VALENTINE MOTT, M. D, feel assured, the patient's life bas been pre
WRIGHT POST, M. D. served by the assistance of this apparatus.
THOMAS COCK, M. D. R. T., a respectable lady, aged 55, un ALEX. H. STEVENS, M. D. usually corpulent, by a fall on the ice New-York, July 15, 1823.
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