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laughter, he instantly hid his face, air was thus allowed access to the head, conscious of his ridiculous appear- evaporation went on freely, and the matance. Under this functional derange. ter of perspiration not being confined, was ment, the soft parts on this side not compelled to concrete and accumuof the face had lost nothing of their late around the roots of the hair. This sensibility,—the slightest touch being commendable practice no doubt derived as distinctly felt as upon the sound its origin from the just and admirable docside ; and ihe muscles of mastication trine of one of the Fathers of Medici pe which derive their nervous influence who comprised the great rules of hygiene from the fifth pair, were as much un

in these three-KEEP TAE FEET WARM, der the control of the will as ever.

THE BOWELS OPEN, AND THE AEAD COOL. By the advice of a physician, the

These wonderfully comprehensive and sapatient had washed his face daily in a decoction of oak bark, but with. lutary directions were followed implicitly out receiving any benefit. I pre

until our own day ; but we, in the phrenscribed bloodletting, cathartics, and zy of fashion, have fallen from the faith a blister to the cheek. In a few

of our fathers. Instead of the thick-soled days, voluntary motion commenced shoes and home-knit stockings of former and gradually increased, till, in about times, silk and prunella are the only prothree weeks the function of the part tection allowed to the feet. Ice creams was nearly restored; but even at the and cognac are a sore deviation from the present time, as the patient informs second and not the least important of the me, there is a slight diminution of rules, and to complete our apostacy the power in the muscles, especially af. hair dresser has entirely abandoned the ter exposure to cold and damp air. small scissors, and it is the universal fashHanover, N. H. July, 12th, 1826. ion to have the hair as thick as it will

grow. It is frequently shortened only to HAIR-CUTTING.

make it grow the thicker, and the macasStare not, gentle reader, at seeing this sar oil and many other such nostrums find word at the head of an article in a medi- a ready sale for the purpose of effecting cal journal. We have been accused of the same object, using terms unintelligible to common read

By this mode of dressing the hair, it ers; we venture to assert that no such ob- must be evident to every one that a dejection can be urged to the term hair-cul- gree of heat is maintained in the head

which is unfavourable to health. The ting. Every body understands its meaning, though most persons are not aware in

matter of perspiration concretes around it can affect every body's

and fills up the pores, and the cooling efhealth.

fects of a free evaporation of the secreted In a previous volume of our paper, we

fluids are entirely lost. Add to this the bave spoken of the effects of the hair on

uncleanliness of the practice and the mathe animal spirits; a word or two at pres

nifest disadvantage which must result ent on the influence it exerts over the from any occasional exposure, and which body. In hair-cutting, as in every thing might have been prevented by keeping else, there is always a fashion at whose the head habitually cool, and no observshrine health may be easily sacrificed. ing or sensible man can be induced to subOnce it was customary not only to shorten mit to the present style of hair-cutting. the hair, but to thin it out, and to the dex- We would gladly say more on this subterity with which this operation was per- ject if we thought by so doing we could formed, we looked for the evidence of restore the good old practice of thinning skill on the part of the artist. For a long out the hair : but our readers will be led, series of years this fashion prevailed. The by what we have already remarked, to

what way

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nervus vagus

of the right side, each one exerts his individual influence, in entering the thorax, crossed the we may hope ere long to close up this av- subclavian artery without giving off edue to disease.

the recurrent nerve in the usual
manner. The office of this nerve,

however, was performed by several It is said that by adding a drachm of branches arising from the inner side cream of sulphur to two ounces of pitch of the trunk of the nervus vagus, the ointment, we can make an effectual local highest of which, being the largest, application in cases of scrofula. We have separated from the trunk opposite never tried this remedy, but should think the cricoid cartilage, crossed inwards it might be useful, in combination with behind the carotid artery imbedded the internal use of iodine or iron.

in its sheath, and, getting under the
edge of the inferior constrictor of the

pharynx, became, by its distribution, Tar and cream simmered together form ihe inferior laryngeal nerve. The a useful local application in this disease. branches below this were much Tar water should be drunk freely, and smaller, and supplied the thyroid perseverance enjoined.

gland, trachea

and esophagus.

These also crossed behind the carotCASE OF IRREGULAR ORIGIN AND COURSE id; but the branches which go to join THE RIGHT SUBCLAVIAN ARTERY the cardiac perves were given off to

INFERIOR LARYNGEAL gether at the lower part of the neck, NERVE; WITH REMARKS. BY JOHN and got in front of the arch of the HART, SURG. DUBLIN.

aorta, in their course to the cardiac Early in the present winter, an plexus. old female subject was brought into As gestation advances, the head the dissecting rooms of the New. becomes more distinct, and the neck School, Park-street, in which I dis- begins to be formed after the second covered that the right subclavian ar- month, which, as it lengthens, has tery arose from the aorta direct. It the effect of removing the brain upcame off from the extreme left part wards to a greater distance, and of of the arch, after the origin of the drawing out the laryox from the subclavian, at the left side of the bo- chest, in accommodation to which dy of the second dorsal vertebra. It the nerves of the par vagum and then crossed the spine obliquely, be- their recurrents become elongated, hind the thoracic duct and esopha- and hence the circuitous route the gus, and, coming out on the right latter are found 10 take afterwards, side in front of the first dorsal verte- . forming loups in which the aorta and bra, ran across the apex of the pleu. subclavian are, as it were, suspended. ra, and reached the place it is usu Somewhat analogous to this elon. ally found to occupy on the upper gation, is that which the spermatic surface of the first rib, between the vessels undergo, which, having been scaleni muscles.

derived from the source most conveThe situation of the innoininata nient to the original situation of the was occupied by the right carotid, testicle below the kidney, are drawn which, coming immediately from the out and lengthened in proportion as aorta, ascended directly in front of this organ descends through the abthe trachea, nearly as high as the dominal rings to occupy its place in lower border of the thyroid gland, the scrotum. before it took up its visual lateral po. Had not the great blood-vessels sition in the neck, being thus in dan- beeu originally thus interposed beger of the edge of the knise in tra- tween the brain and larynx, the incheotomy.

ferior laryngeal nerves would not

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have been entangled by them, and animals were decidedly mad, and died in we should find them in the adult ta. that state. king the nearest route to their desti

STOMACH PUMP.-A servant maid in nation. Such in fact was found to London, in a fit of jealousy, took a large be the case, on the right side, in the dose of laudanum.-Various remedies present instance, as well as in the were tried to relieve her, but to no effect. case of Dr Stedman, in both of which Mr. Weiss, of the Strand, was sent for and the right subclavian artery had lain arrived in a few minutes with one of his behind the trachea and esophagus; troduced into the stomach, and large

stomach pumps the pipe of which was inand I will venture to assert, that ev- quantities of warm water were injected ery case in which this vessel is so and thrown off by the pump, until it ceascircumstanced, will present an ex

ed to have any smell of laudanum. The ample of the same kind of accompa- ing the laudanum, but owing to Mr We

girl had eaten a hearty dinner before taknying deviation from its ordinary iss's instrument being made to act withcourse, in the inferior laryngeal out a valve, the solid contents of the stonerve of the same side.

mach were made to pass through without A knowledge of this occasional va. difficulty. The girl was kept constantly riety should teach the surgeon to be. in motion, and her head and face wetted

with cold water and vinegar. She was ware in exposing the right carotid left out of danger. for the purpose of tying it, above the crossing of the omohyoid muscle,

THE SMALL Pox-has made its aplest, in drawing the nervus vagus out: pearance in Glastenbury, Con. Several wards with the internal jugular vein, persons exposed to the disease. It is said

persons have been attacked, and many as usually directed, and separating to have been brought by a coloured man the artery from the back part of its from New York.- Norwich Courier. sheath, the inferior laryngeal nerve having taken the irregular course

TREACLE POULTICE.--The treacle poulabove described, should happen to which is poured some treacle ; it is a stim

tice is simply made of linseed meal, over be cut across.

ulating application, and in many cases of Such an occurrence, we are led sloughing sores, it has been of decided to infer, from the experiments of M. benefit, Majendie, would affect the functions of the larynx to a serious extent. Brain Fever, 1-Consumption, 4-Com

plaint of the heart, 1-Canker, 2-ChildHYDROPHOBIA.—This opprobrium me- bed, 1-Dropsy, 2-Dysentery, 1-Fits, dicorum, has become at Lyons, a mere 1-Hooping Cough, 1-Infantile, 1-Livbagatelle, and has completely lost its ter er Complaint, 1-old Age, 2-Typhus rific character by nipping it in the bud. Fever, 1-_-Unknown, 2-Stillborn, 1. It appears that about a year ago, a man Males, 11-Females, 10. was bitten by a dog who afterwards died raving mad; but that his wife without delay extracted the poison by sucking the

Materia Medica. wound: this was afterwards repeated at THE following are the general outlines drophobia supervened in either. She af- States, which has been written by Wilterwards went by the name of La Chien LAM ZOLLICKOFFER, M. D. &c. &c. and Suc, and her example was this year fol- which will, without any farther delay, lowed by three women who go by the be published in the month of September. same name, and whose business it bas The cause of its not having emanated been during the hot months to suck the from the press last fall, may be attributed wounds of all who were bitten by any to the intention that the author had in mad animal. Ten francs is their charge view, of enlarging it, in order, if posssifor the first sucking, and five for every ble, to render it more useful and acceptasucceeding one. Of 38 cases which oc- ble. The work alluded to will contain curred since the 1st of June, not one ter- 240 pages, octavo, instead of 180, as was minated fatally nor even experienced the formerly contemplated. It will, theresymptoms of hydrophobia, although the fore, be perceived, that the matter cona

WEEKLY REPORT OF DEATHS IN BOSTON.

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tained therein has been increased in con- actions, as when the body is in a recumsequence of the delay.

bent posture. CHAPTER 1. Treats of the improve Thirdly.— The graduating power and ments of the Materia Medica.-2. Modus fixture of the pad to the spring, rendering, Operandi of Medicines.-3. Classification as will be readily perceived, the position of Medicines,

of the pad perfectly controlable, even to Division 1 - Chapter 4. Treats of Nar- perfect minuteness. Also resulting from cutics.-5. Antispasmodics.-6. Tonics. this mechanism, is the advantage of ac-7. Astringents. The four last chapters commodating a large truss to a small perare included in the first division of gene son : bence the facility of supplying wiihral stimulants.

out disappointment, persons al a great DIVISION 2-Chapter 8. Treats of Eme- distance. tics.-.-9. Cathartics.--10. Emmena Fourthly.—The Double Inguinal Truss ; gogues.-11. Diuretics.–12. Diaphore- being simply the addition of another pad, tics.--13. Expectorants.--14. Siala- attached to a short elastic metallic plate; zogues.-15. Errhines.-16. Epispastics. this plate with its pad moves on the main -17. Escharotics. The chapters includ- spring by the same power of adjustment ed in the second division are such as treat and fixture as the first pad, the pressure of local stimulants.

of the pads being graduated at pleasure Division 3—-Chapter 18. Treats of by an intervening cork wedge. Refrigerents. The articles that are in Thus, dismissing all the complicated troduced in this division belong to the mechanism of straps, belts and spiral chemical remedies,

springs hitherto used, and but too often Division 4--Chapter 19. Treats of De- ineffectually used, is this distressing class mulcents.-20. Anthelmintics. These of hernia managed with the same ease and two last belong to the mechanical reme- certainty of success as the single rupture ! dies. The classes of Antacids, Lithon

In the investigation of the virtues of this triptics, Diluents, and Emollients, have instrument, it is with the utmost assurance been omitted, from the circumstance of that we advert to several years successful their not being materials that properly experiment, the only true basis for asserbelong to these classes.

tion:The price of the work will be two dollars.

And hence the Patentee hesitates not DR. A. G. HULL'S PATENT HINGE to affirm, that, in combining its qualities, TRUSS.

such advantage has been taken of mechaTHE great desideratum in all improve

nical principles, as to leave neither necesments of mechanical instruments, is 'sity nor possibility of improvement. Late to make a paramount combination of sim

accounts from professional men, as well plicity of structure and facility of effect.

as my numerous agents, together with my The Patentee respectfully invites the

own experience, warrant the highly interattention of all persons versed in the sur

esting and auspicious conclusion, that the gical anatomy of the parts concerned, to complete cures which are effected on persons the following exposition of the distinctive from 40 to 75 years of age-may with merits of the Truss.

safety be computed al an arerage of 1 in 3

-AND UNIVERSALLY ON CHILDREN! Firstly. The concave internal surface of the rupture pad; from its pressure be

The Patentee is truly gratified that the ing greatest at the circumference, tends success of his Truss has given them an inconstantly to approximate the hernial pa- troduction to the navy and army of the rietes, affording them rest and mechani- United States. The approval and recomcal support.

mendation to general use by the Medical Secondly. The combined hinge and pi- Societies of the state of New York, and vot mode of connection between the spring þy many of the most respectable Medical and pad, by means of a tenon and mortice Institutions, as well as medical practitionso constructed as to preserve a double

ers in this and most other states, should hinge and limited joint, acting in every

be sufficient. direction, thereby securing the uniform The above Truss is sold by EBEN EZER pressure of the spring on the pad, and sus- Wight, Druggist, Milk, opposite Federal taining the same nice coaptation of the Street-where may be had a general aspad and rupture opening, as well under sortment of genuine Drugs and Medicines. the varied ordinary desultory muscular Boston, July 25th.

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Published weekly, by John Cotton, Proprietor, at 184, Washington-St. corner of FranklinSt. to whom all communications must be addressed (post-paid). Price two dollars per annum, if paid in advance, but, if not paid within three months, two dollars and a half will be required, and this will, in no case, be deviated from.-ldvertisements, $ 1 per square.

MEDICAL INTELLIGENOER.

“NON EST VIVERE, SED VALERE VITA.”

VOL. IV.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1826.

NO. 19.

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ON HYPOCHONDRIASIS.

not mean to assert that any hypoThat a deranged condition of the chondriac may not aggravate his digestive organs may produce low. complaints by intemperance in his pess of spirits is too obvious to diet, indulgence in his caprices, or admit of denial, or to require any indeed any irregularity in his mode illustration. But this kind of mental of life ; but I do assert that his comdepression bears a direct relation to plaint sometimes comes on notwiththe state of the stomach, and as this standing the most rigorous bodily regains its tone, the mind recovers temperance and mental discipline; its hilarity. Such, however is not yet all the doctors lay the onus of the case in hypochondriasis, in which this miserable complaint upon the there is, for the most part, a convic- stomach, and direct their remedies tion pressing on the mind of the against its sapposed delinquencies. patient, that he labours under some I am myself one of the ill-fated race incurable disease--an impression of hypochondriacs, and therefore, which no vigour of his digestive sys- speak from personal knowledge. . I. tem can remove, and which becomes consulted Mr A and was beginthe constant object of his solicitude- ning to describe my feelings to bim, paralyzes every mental exertion, and thinking, "good easy man,” that a poisons every rational enjoyment. ' knowledge o! the symptoms was neNeither does the idea that hypo- cessary to a discovery of the remedy, chondriasis depends upon the indul. -not at all. He cut me short with gence of fancy or caprice appear “don't tell me of feelings ! you're better founded. A man is laughed hipped, Sir, that's all; take a blue at who complains of pain in the great pill every night, and read my book.” toe of the leg which he left on the Not quite satisfied with this off-hand, field of Waterloo some ten years ago; method of prescribing, which looked yet, however ridiculous it may ap- as if he had made up his mind bepear, it is literally true that he feels fore hand of giving me the blue pill, the pain there, because the nerve whatever my complaints were, I rewhich went to the toe conveys to the solved to consult Dr P-; he too brain precisely the same sensation ordered medicines for the stomach, it was wont to do before the limb but luckily, without enjoining the was amputated. In such a case no perusal of his book, which I am reasoning can alter the nature of the told is more difficult of digestion impression, nor any argument blunt than all the drugs at Apothecary's the acuteness of the suffering. So I Hall. The idea of reading medical imagine it is in hypochondriasis; we books having been suggested to me may know perhaps that the sensa. by Mr A, I speedily collected tions do not-cannot correspond with all which seemed likely to throw any the reality-in a word, that they are light upon my complaints, and it is but sensations, yet we cannot, either from the result of this inquiry that i in the one case or the other, shake have formed my opinion that hypooff the inconvenience by exertion, chondriasis does not depend so much or drive it off by ratiocination. I on the state of the digestive system beg not to be misunderstood—I do as upon the irritation of certain,

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