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impulse given to the vice of in- of drachms, as he conjectures it temperance, by the vending of should have been. The recipe is this: ardent spirit, has relinquished this R. Acid. Nitrosi, one drachm, part of his business.

Mist, Camphoræ, 8 ounces,

Mix and add, Tinci. Opii, 40 drops. The Jacob Street Spring in Mark, one fourth part to be taken New York promises to become a

every three or four hours. great blessing to the inhabitants The American testimony in favor of that city. It is mentioned in of the grateful and beneficial effects the Commercial Advertiser, that of this remedy is very considerable the well belongs to the city. A in addition to what Mr. Hope says, committee of the Common Coun- and to what may be found in the 4th cil has been appointed to examine the subject, and report what shall vol. p. 582, &c. of the Med. Intellibe done, to make the use of the gencer. water convenient to the citizers. Mr. Hope further says in the Edin.

Med. and Surg. Journal, vol. 26, P.

39, “ the first dose was frequently SHOCKING.

rejected by vomiting, along with a On the 4th inst. near Detroit, in considerable quantity of green, gelaa quarrel occasioned by intemperance, Levi Willard killed his bro. tinous fluid,--but I remarked that all ther Abner by stabbing him with a such cases were the most rapid in butcherknife. Heretofore the bro. their recovery. Flannels wrung out thers bore a good character for in- of hot water and laid on the abdodustry and sobriety,--now one is dead, leaving a widow and five chil-men, and bottles of hot water apdren, and the other in prison await- plied to the feet, procured, in geneing the consequence of bis dreadful ral, a profuse sweating, and the seact,-another victim to the accursed cond dose of the medicine caused babit of drinking to excess.-N.P.A.

them, for the most part, to fall into a sound and refreshing sleep.

In BOSTON, TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 1827. certain cases, I have found two

ounces to produce headache, though A Barnstable county subscriber is the quantity of laudanum has been informed, that not being able at this only ten drops. On these occasions, moment to obtain the N. Amer. Med. the pain of the bowels having been and Surg. Journal, from which Mr. found considerably relieved, the meHope's formula was copied, we are dicine was ordered to be taken at unable to decide whether the devia- longer intervals, unless the griping tion from this formula is chargeable pains and purging returned.

A few to us, or to those from whom we of the patients complained of hardtook it. We have, however, the ness of the belly after the purging Edin. Med. and Surg. Journal for was stopped, which was always reJuly, 1826, by which the error can lieved by thirty drops of sulphuric be corrected, wherever it may have ether in peppermint water. I have originated. The campborated mix. administered the remedy to patients ture was expressed in ounces instead of both sexes, and of all ages, with

equal success, in dysentery, cholera, of the Society the sum of one hunand diarrhea.

dred dollars to pay for the instruc

tion of such number of pupils as Dr. The article on Venous Absorption Lieber will receive.

The Committee decided that a in this day's paper, is an interesting

communication of the above act of essay and worthy of attention. The

the Trustees should be made to the author of it regards it as perfectly School Committee, and an invitation conclusive, and as fully answering given them to request the several the objection to those experiments of instructers of the public schools to Magendie and others, founded on the designate the scholars to be benefited

by the above appropriation so soon supposed communication of the ex

as the number to be admitted should treme veins and absorbents. These be made known. experiments are also strongly in favor FRANCIS J. OLIVER, Rec. Sec’y. of the absorption of alimentary sub

Dr. Lieber, desirous of giving all stances by the veins.

the aid in his power to the benevoAt a regular meeting of the Tru- mane Society, and in expression of his

lent object of the Massachusetts Hutees of the Humane Society, on fri- deep sense of the approbation beday, 3d intstant—the following pro- stowed on his undertaking by so resposition was submitted, and unani- pectable a body, has determined to mously approved, and a Committee, appropriate foor hours daily, nameconsisting of Dr. Wm. Spooner, Pre- ly from past 5 to i past 7, and sident of the Society, Dr. Warren from 10 to il o'clock, A. M.-and and the Recording Secretary, was from past 4 to 1 past 5 o'clock, appoioted to adopt such measures as P. M., to the instruction of the benethey should deem expedient in fur- ficiaries of the Humane Society, and therance of the object.

he is now ready to receive four puConsidering the numerous cases pils from each of the public schools which are presented to the notice of in this city. this Society, of men and boys who adqually lose their lives from their

DICTIONARY. ignorance of the art of Swimming, and believing it to be fully within Cardiac and pyloric extremities of the objects of the Society to aid the the stomach, are the pylorus, or lowmeans of preventing death by drown- er, and cardia, or upper.extremities ing, as well as to resuscitate those in of this organ. whom animation is suspended,

Crusta lactea, an eruption affecting The Trustees view with peculiar some part of the face of infants. pleasure the establishment of a Stein Duodenum, the first portion of inming School in this city, under the testine commencing from the stoimmediate charge of a gentleman of mach. high literary and scientitic acquire Hepatic and pancreatic secretions, ments, and who has shown himself the fluids secreted or separated from to be peculiarly well qualified to in the liver and pancreas; the latter is struct in every branch of the Gym- a glandular viscus of the abdomen, Dastic art.

With these impressions, situated under the stomach. It conit is unanimously voted, to recommend veys a fluid, similar to saliva, into to the inhabitants of Boston to avail the intestines. themselves of the opportunity now Herpes, tetter; an eruptive disoffered to acquire the practical know. ease of the skin. ledge of so important an art; and the Vena portce, the great vein which Trustees appropriate from the funds carries blood to the liver.

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The nerves resemble medullary

pulps ; the muscles are pale, soft From the Medical Recorder.

and fragile; their contractions are ON THE CONVULSIONS OF INFANTS.

quick, frequent and feeble ; and Practical Observations on the Con- the body being covered by a very vulsions of Infants. By JOHN thin cuticle, possesses a high deNorth, Surgeon_Accoucheur,

Accoucheur, gree of sensibility. In tropical Member of the Royal College climates, as the sensibility to of Surgeons. London, 1826.

mental and corporeal impressions This work is offered to the me- is augmented, we find a corredical public as the result of ex- sponding prevalence of convulsive perience and observation. From diseases. the importance of the subject on Numerous instances might be which it professes to treat, and adduced to show that a predispothe highly respectable source sition to convulsive affections may from whence it emanates, we are be transmitted from parent to offinduced to believe its analysis spring. Many writers consider it will be acceptable to our readers. as an established axiom, that chil

On the frequency, the causes, &c. dren born with large heads, or of Infantile Convulsions.—That whose heads increase in size disthere exists in children a peculiar proportionately to their bodies, susceptibility to convulsions every will have convulsions. Our auone must admit, since by "a re- thor has met with convulsions freport of Dr. Clarke, made in the quently in children with small year 1792, out of 17,650 child- heads; but surely, the inference ren, born in the Lying in Hospital is by no means conclusive, that of Dublin, a sixth part died dur. convulsions may not also occur in ing the first year of their exist- the former. He also adverts to ence, and that nineteen out of a fact which, if established by twenty fell victims to convulsions. general observation, may lead to Dr. Lange has recorded, that at much curious research, and beCopenhagen, during a period of come very important in prosecutthirteen years, no less than 12,769 ing the study of our species. He children perished from epilepsy.” states that “ the children of paIn infancy the slightest impres. rents who marry at too early, or sions are productive of very pow. too advanced an age, are more erful and sudden effects in conse- susceptible of convulsions, than

the progeny of those persons who inclined to think that in every marry in the prime of life.” case of convulsion, the disturbance

Mr. North proceeds to define of the sentient and intellectual the term convulsion : " when,” functions corresponds in degree he says, p. 15, “there is either with the intensity of the paroxan alternate and involuntary con- ysm. This is frequently attendtraction and relaxation of the ed with a total suspension during muscles, or a permanent contrac- the attack, and if the disease contion of the muscles, convulsion tinues its course, may ultimately exists. The contraction may be induce a state of permanent idiocy. so trifling as scarcely to attract After confessing much difficulty attention; or it may be exerted in establishing clear distinctions in the highest possible degree between the various species of which the muscular structure is nervous affections, Mr. N. goes capable of supporting without on to state, that “there is a strict rupture of its fibres.

When the analogy between epilepsy and muscular contraction is perma- simple convulsions : the muscular nent, it is then termed a tonic con- system is, in each disorder, affectvulsion. In this species, the in- ed in a very similar manner.” voluntary contraction of the mus- But he makes this obvious excepcles renders them motionless, and tion, that in the former the senses incapable of renewing their mo- and intellect are for a time detion till the entire cessation of the stroyed. In illustration of the convulsion. When there is an al- periodical return of many nervous ternate contraction and relaxa- diseases, our author relates two tion, a rapid succession of irregu- cases, and after some general oblar action and rest in the muscles servations on the violence of conaffected, the term clonic convul- vulsive action, quotes Dr. Clarke sions is employed."

for a description of the phenomeIn describing the disease, Mr. na that occur in a common case North remarks, that its usual seat of convulsions ; and, after a slight is the eyes, features of the face, notice of subsultus and palpitation, superior and inferior extremities, he proceeds to consider the proxiand the respiratory muscles ; at mate cause or nature of convulsions, p. 19 he continues in positive lan- of which he thinks we shall proguage that “neither fever norbably ever remain in doubt. Mr. disturbance of the intellectual func. N. questions the propriety of the tions, forms a part of the symp- usual division into idiopathic and toms of a paroxysm of simple con- symptomatic, and maintains that a vulsions. A child may not be very great majority of cases are able to hear during the paroxysm; purely symptomatic, and thinks it but this is not a proof that its fa- probable they are never idiopaculties are destroyed." We con- thic.

We con- thic. His arguments in support ceive that our author had not evi- of this position, appear to be the dence sufficient to warrant him in result of sound reasoning and legidrawing this conclusion, since it is timate induction. On education, so difficult to ascertain at an early as a fruitful source of convulsions, age, whether or not a child enjoys we transcribe the following just in perfection, the exercise of its remarks, p. 32: “ It is undoubtintellect. And further, we are edly too much the custom of the

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