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be exhibited every six hours. The took nearly half an hour, because report made on the 20th states, the lad, too deeply affected by that the patient is much better; he his new sensation, could scarcely is quiet during sleep, and can hold contain himself.” objects more firmly. On the 28th, he was still improving, and on the TAPPING THE PERICARDIUM. 15th of December there was

A girl named Skinner, fourteen scarcely any disease remaining. On years of age, residing in White the 25th of December he was re- Street, Cartergate, in this town, ported as quite well, and left the had this operation performed on Hospital shortly after.

Wednesday, the 14th ult. She .The improvement which took was attacked with rheumatism in place in the boy's countenance and January last, at which time Mr. bulk, during the exhibition of the Jowett, the parish surgeon, detectcarbonate, was very striking, and ed by the use of the stethoscope, its effect in controlling the disease that the pericardium was inflamed. was no less remarkable. When By the adoption of very active the boy was admitted, he could measures, the severity of the disscarcely walk or stand, and the ag- ease was subdued, and she appearitation of the whole body was very ed to be recovering for sometime ; great, continuing, as we before ob- but the stethoscope, conjoined with served, even in sleep. During the other signs, indicated that considertime that the patient was taking the able effusion or dropsy had taken carbonate of iron; he took aperient place into the pericardium. On medicine only three times. We the 13th of February she became had an opportunity of seeing the much worse, and on the 14th was boy about three reeks after he left so bad, that it was evident she the Hospital ; he was then living could not survive the night, unless as servant in a family, and was in some relief was afforded. The perfect health

operation having been previously

proposed, was then consented to, CURE OF THE DEAF AND DUMB.

and performed the same afternoon, “ Dr. Andre, of Brussels, whose by Mr. Jowett, in the presence of fortunate cures of three children Dr. Manson, the consulting physiborn deaf and dumb, have already cian, an assistant, and the patient's been mentioned, has just operated friends. It was at first intended to with the same success on the son have drawn the fluid out by means of M. Maurus, baker, at Bruges, of a syringe pump, fitted with proaged fourteen years. We find in per apparatus, but an accidental the Gazette of West Flanders, circumstance occasioned what has the details of this operation, which since proved a material improvetook place on the 26th of Dec., ment, namely, the evacuation of and for which the lad came to the fluid into the left cavity of the Brussels with his father. The chest, which being in a healthy perforation of the left ear was state, absorbed it in a very short effected in less than five minutes, time. Within twelve hours aster and, at the same moment, the the operation, there was a manifest boy heard the ticking of a watch improvement, and we are happy to and the barking of a little dog. say, that though she still remains in The operation of the other ear a very exhausted state, considera

ble hopes of recovery are entertain- facts it contains, and as comprising ed.-It is with great pleasure we the information which is scattered announce, that this important and through many voluminous works. dangerous operation has been per. The subject which it embraces is formed, for the first time, by a

such as to entitle it to the attention townsinan. Desault, an eminent French surgeon, attempted it twen- of every medical practitioner. It ty years ago, but discovered, after seems to us to fill a space which is the patient's death, that he was not occupied by any single work in mistaken in the complaint. M. the English language. The accuLaennec and several others, have rate plates annexed to it must be since proposed it, but no one, till the present instance, has hitherto considered as adding greatly to its

value." ventured to perform it ; and should it prove successful, it will redound This work is so clear and instincto the credit of our ingenious and tive, that it will be of great utility skilful townsman. —Nottingham, in every family where there are Eng. Review.

children, by enabling those who

have charge of them, early to susBOSTON, TUESDAY, MAY 22, 1927. pect or to ascertain the presence of

these unpleasant inmates, and in maBRERA.

ny instances to obviate the causes We beg leave to call the attention which favor their prodaction. To of our readers, professional and do- the practitioner it is almost indispenmestic, to the treatise on worms, sable in enabling him seasonably to which is advertised in this day's pa. perceive their influence in occasionper. The first part of the work ing a number of the disorders to contains the natural history of all the which we are subject, and in renderprincipal worms which inhabit the ing others more complicated and obhuman body ; in the second the au. scure, and more difficult to relieve. thor treats of their origin in the hu- All these circumstances, and others, man system; in the third he de in favor of the work, have been scribes the various diseases, general more fully pointed out and acknowand local, produced by worms; the ledged both by English and Amerifourth and last division of the work can reviewers, than can be repeated is devoted to the best methods of here. Those physicians who have curing these diseases. In five ex. felt the aid to be derived from Brecelleot plates all these worms are ra, in their attempts to destroy hurepresented of their natural size, and man worms and to cure the singular the engravings exhibit also dissected and dangerous complaints which and magnified views of them. The they often produce, would feel that medical Professors of Harvard Col- their efforts and resources would be lege have expressed the following comparatively nothing without his opinion of the work.

facts and remedies to work with. “ This book appears to us highly An opinion has sometimes been ex valuable on account of the numerous pressed that all children have more

or less of worms, and that some of pelling these worms beiore they

these animals are even conducive to bave done the mischief they are cai health. This idea of the barmless- pable of effecting.

ness of worms, we hold to be altoge " To decide the uncertainty where ther false and of dangerous tendency. worms are suspected, and effectually

It is not uncommop for the physi. to expel them where they are known cian to be called to a child in a state to exist in the human body, is not of insensibility, apparently lifeless, the least embarrassment of the physiperhaps in fits; it canoot be made to cian's occupation," and that this book swallow, and nothing is done, or can will materially aid him in such an be done, to relieve the patient; the attempt, no one will doubt after sufferer dies, --no cause can be assign- reading it. ed for this sudden illoess and death

Brera's Treatise has appeared of a child, who was just before in successively in the following latperfect health to all appearance. guages; the Italian, the German, the On examining the body after death, French, and the English. The Amea number of large and still living rican edition is considerably enlarged worms have been found in different with new matter. parts of the stomach and bowels. No other cause than the presence

Lee's Pills. It seems that five of worms can be given for this unex. pecks of these articles are manupected and painful event ;-bence no factured a minute, by steań. child who has many or few worms

Where, in the name of all that is is safe till they are expelled from found for such a consumption ?

, are be the system. We say fexe, because Consumers must be manufactured we have seen this fatal event to fol- by steam also, or pills will become low, as far as could be ascertained, as cheap as they ought to be.-from the preseoce and irritation aris- N.Y. Courier. ing from one or two worms only. It is certain that from the want of The annual report of the Vaccine grateful food, from something taken Establishment in London, states, that

within the last twelve months, only into the stomach which disturbs

503 deaths occurred from smallpox worms, or from some other voknown within the bills of mortality; those cause, they are capable by their of the year preceding were 1,299. movements, or by compressing, pricking, or in some mander not sat The late Dr. Horne, Bishop of isfactorily explained, -in some of Norwich, among his collection of these ways, they are capable of ir- anecdotes, has the following :-In

one of our universities there were ritating and paining the nerves of

six physicians; of two, their breath the alimentary canal so as to bring on

was very offensive, one was remarkinsensibility, or fits in so sudden and ably slender, two were exceedingly powerful a manner that no remedy quarrelsome and turbulent, and one can be interposed, io time to save the was very ignorant of his profession.

They were called plague, pestilence, victim. Much of the preservation and famine, battle, murder, and sudthen of children must consist in ex- den death.---Mirror.




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VOL. 5.

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 1827

NO. 2.



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MR. ABERNETHY, ON EDEMA, AND melancholy profession. I next go

AFFEC- to speak of diseases arising from TIONS, ULCERS, &c.

deficient absorption. Mr. Hunter Now the last local affection I speaks of interstitial absorption have to speak of is edema. In and progressive absorption : by every surgical book you read that progressive absorption, I presume edema rises from too great depo- he means the passage which is sition, or too little absorption. made for the exit of foreign boNow the question is, which ? dies. A woman swallowed some That edema rises from too great pins by accident, the number was deposition, is probable. Mr. Hun- exactly known; in six months they ter remarks that edema disap- all came out at different parts of pears frequently before death. the body ; during that time there

In books of Nosology this is di- was the greatest irritation and disvided into edema aquosa, edema turbance to the constitution. solidum, and edema erythemata. Some of these pins came out beThis is merely saying that some- fore, and some behind ; when the times you have watery affusion in- last pin came away, she lost all to cellular substance, sometimes her irritation, and got well. matter, &c. It is almost con I say these cases are curious, stantly connected with a bad state and ought to be borne in mind. I. of health, and reducing measures remember the case of a man who are contraindicated. It will not had an ulcer in the leg, and the do to use depleting remedies ; in surgeons in the country could not short, gentle friction and bandages heal it; he therefore came up to are what we rely on for the cure London, and I perceived a black of edema. A woman had this dis- substance, which with my probe ease attack half of her face, in I took hold of, and drew out a the same way paralysis sometimes long black thorn. The ulcer soon affects one half. Some said it healed. On my questioning him was erysipelas; but it was not. he said he recollected, a year and Many people die of diseases, a half before, while getting over when on dissection you cannot a hedge, a thorn got into the calf discover anything particularly of his leg. These extraneous wrong, and it only shows the defi- bodies travel in a very odd way. ciency of our knowledge, and the A surgeon, in using a catheter, necessity of your deeply studying let it slip into the bladder; an everything connected with your abscess in the hip formed, and a profession; it is a very useful, black, rustylike metallic subthough at the same time a very stance presented itself; it was

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