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latter be inferior to that of the plication of the liniment or of spimorbid action, this will be only rit of turpentine alone, at bedaggravated by their application ; time, will often perform a perfect hence if we commence the treat- cure before morning. But when ment of these diseases by inferior the disease has been of some days' means, and depend on raising their standing, it will be necessary to power as we proceed, we shall premise an emetic, or in full habe foiled, for the morbid process bits bleeding also, after which the will rise in proportion, or the sys- turpentine liniment will succeed. tem will become habituated to On my first trial I entertained their action and no cure will be ef- some fears of applying turpentine fected. We should therefore insti- to a red, angry face, covered with tute, at once, an action superior blisters with fiery margins. On to that of the morbid process, and my next visit, however, I found maintain it till the latter is com- the redness all gone, and the blispletely eradicated.
ters converted into black scabs. From this view of the theory There are persons whose skins of irritation I have been led to the do not admit of the use of turpencure of many diseases purely from tine in any manner. Such will principle, and that too very speed- find a complete substitute in a deily and satisfactorily; and among coction of the leaves and stalks of the rest, the shingles and all ery- the Helianthus trachelifolius, a sipelatous inflammations.
wild plant growing in old hedges Treatment of the Shingles.- and resembling, in miniature, This affection is universally at- common artichoke or sunflower. tended by some inflammatory or This plant is deemed a specific increased action of the part, and by many people, in poisons, and it of the system generally ; hence certainly, to my knowledge, apthe cure consists, first in reducing proaches very nearly to this chathis excitement by an emetic, or racter. It may be readily distina moderate bleeding; and second- guished from the other species of ly by instituting a new and per- helianthus by the extreme roughmanent action on the part capa- ness of its leaves on both sides. ble of supplanting that constituting the disease ; this is to be ac OBSTINATE CONSTIPATION. complished by the application of Dr. Whaley, a scientific and a liniment composed of equal experienced physician of London, parts of spirit of turpentine and has found the galvanic fluid, apaqua ammoniæ. It is on this plied by the scientific M. La same principle that lunar caustic Beaume, to succeed in a case of cures the disease. The plan I obstinate constipation, which had have adopted I have never known resisted the usual remedies. Afto fail of removing it in two or ter a few applications of this acthree days.
tive agent, which clearly inCuticular poisons from the dif- creases the power inherent in ferent species of the rhus, the muscles termed irritability, the swamp sumach, poisonous ivy, &c. lower intestines regularly permay be cured at once by the same formed their office, and the genecourse. When the inflammation ral health gradually improved, and or redness first appears, one ap- these effects continued many
months after the remedy had been bia, though we do not profess to discontinued. The galvanic fluid know what are the symptoms by applied to the region of the liver, which the disease is characterand in the course of the eighth ised in the rabbit.-Ib. pair of nerves we have known to succeed in a variety of cases of BLINDNESS FROM PALSY OF THE indigestion and hepatic obstruction, from an indolent condition of The following case of blindness the lower portion of the intes- from a paralytic affection of the tines, after the blue pill and oth- optic nerves, gutta serena, has er medicinal remedies had failed. been lately published by the editIt is probable that the medicines or of an Italian medical journal:which had been administered to A female, about ten years of bring the digestive organs and the age, was, after an attack of fever, lower intestines into action, put affected with paralytic tremors of the system in a favorable state the whole body, which, in the for the operation of the galvanic course of two months, were folfluid ; but without this agent we lowed with acute pains in the orare satisfied the patients, soon af- bit of the right eye, soon after ter the remedies had been discon- which the tremors ceased, with tinued, would have relapsed into the loss of the power of seeing their former state. Galvanism is with the affected eye. The pain therefore a most valuable auxilia- in the orbit of the eye continued ry to blue pill and stomachic me- for eleven years, when a copious dicines in those cases of obstinate secretion of mucus from the nosindigestion and constipation which trils took place, and the pain will not entirely give way to the ceased. After a short period the usual alterative, stomachic, and left eye became similarly affectaperient medicines, and a proper ed, and she was soon so blind as regimen.—Lond. Gaz. of Health. not to be able to distinguish day
from night. Local abstraction of HYDROPHOBIA.
blood, active aperient medicines, Mr. Wakley has published the and blistering, proved unavailing. following experiments, made on a The patient was sent to an Italian dog and a rabbit :
hospital, where she was admitted A dog was inoculated with the an in patient, and the only morbid saliva of a hydrophobic patient, appearances the eyes exhibited but the animal to this period has were dilatation of the pupils, and continued healthy. At the same slight squinting. A seton in the time an incision was made in the nape of the neck was recommendskin of a rabbit, at the back of ed, but the patient objected to it. the neck, and a portion of the cic. The surgeon then prescribed a atrix, on the patient's hand, im- simple vegetable infusion, with a planted in the wound. The ani- grain of tartarised antinony. On mal sickened and died a few days the following day the dose of tarskice, which is somewhat curious, tarised antimony was increased to as regards the time from which two grains, which excited vomitthe inoculation was made, but it ing. The next day the patient was not considered, however, could distinguish various objects that the rabbit died of hydropho- with her left eye. This treat
ment, gradually increasing the ounces after the same number to dose of tartarised antimony to the neck. The quantity of blood three grains, was continued a few must of course vary according to days, when the left eye recover- the vascularity of the part, and deed its power of vision, and with gree of inflammatory excitement, the right eye she could discover to which the leeches were applied the buttons on a coat. In cases As the size of the punctures must of gutta serena, from the pressure also make a considerable differof an effused serum on the optic ence, Mr. Lawrence recommends nerve, vomiting or nausea, excit- large leeches to be employed. ed by tartarised antimony, may This mode of abstracting blood is prove very beneficial, by occa- certainly less terrific than that of sioning absorption of the affected cupping, and less troublesome than serum; but in cases attended with the usual method of promoting the a congestion of the vessels of the discharge of blood from the wounds brain, or general plethora, com- of leeches by warm water. mon causes of gutta serena in fe- hausting the air, care must be takmales from the age of fifteen to en, as in the operation of cupping, twenty, vomiting in general not to do it forcibly, for in this proves very injurious. Indeed case the edge of the glass will have cases of gutta serena following the effect of a ligature in preventobstinate vomiting in females, be- ing the free escape of blood. When tween the ages of fifteen and it is necessary to abstract ten or twenty, are not uncommon in this twelve ounces of blood, either the country, particularly when the scarificator, or a greater number of vomiting is sympathetic of ute- leeches, and two or three glasses, rine obstruction or disorder.—Ib. should be employed. When the
part has been dry cupped, we have LEECHES.
observed the suction of blood by Mr. S. G. Lawrence, assistant leeches to be much more rapid. surgeon to the Royal Military Asy The method of increasing the lum, Chelsea, has lately communi- flow of blood from the punctures cated a method of increasing the of leeches, recommended by Mr. discharge of blood from the punc- Lawrence, is not new. It has for tures of leeches, which he has for many years been common among some time employed with great suc- the surgeons of Paris, and very frecess. It simply consists in apply- quently adopted by Dr. Hassell ing a cuppingglass, with an ex- and M. Goree, of Boulognesurmer. haasting syringe fitted to it, over-Ib. the bleeding punctures, immediately after the leeches have fallen off. From the London Mechanics' Magazine. When the air is pumped out, he says “the blood will flow as freely Mr. Editor - herewith send into the glass as it does in the ope you an ague receipt, which I have ration termed cupping.'” By given with great success. this plan Mr. Lawrence has ab Best bark half an ounce ; salt of stracted in a few minutes from wormwood, two drachms ; annithree to four ounces of blood from seed water, four ounces. the punctures of six leeches to the Mix the whole together, and ditemples, and from two to three vide it into three doses, which are
ONE MORE CURE FOR THE AGUE.
BLESSINGS OF RUM.
to be taken the morning after the All these births were premature. fit, at six, seven, and eight o'clock, The lady and her husband were fasting. This for an adult. Chil- healthy, fresh, young looking, peodren according to age and strength. ple, and only two years married. I have given the sulphur with
Press. success, as mentioned in No. 190 of your entertaining work, with this difference; I give it in white A man by the name of Daniel wine, and order the patient, when Peck, has killed himself, in a fit of in bed, to drink warm tea as often intoxication, at Raleigh, N.C., as agreeable.
and at Hillsborough, in the same The best receipt, certainly, I state, a man by the name of John have ever given, is the quinine pills, Cheek, has been killed by another which I purchase at the chemists, named David Hobbs. Both were giving a dose of salts frst, and a pill drunk. By these events three lives every three hours, when the fit is have probably been sacrificed, and off.
But this medicine is much twice the number of families rentoo high in price for a poor man.
dered miserable,—all in conseI am, &c. J. N.
quence of the intoxicating cup.
Can it be denied that crime is inMEDICINE AND SURGERY.
creasing in our country with awful The Académie des Sciences has strides. adjudged a prize of 10,000 francs to Messrs. Pelletier and Caventon for their discovery of sulphat of
True courage never exerts itself quinine ; and another prize of 10,- so much as when it is most pressed; 000 francs to M. Civiale, for hav- and it is then we most enjoy the ing been the first to practise litho- stand in the greatest need of its
feast of a good conscience, when we trity on the living body, and for
support. having successfully operated by this method on a great number of
He who is without a patients afflicted with the stone. without friends, without coin, with
dame, Several smaller prizes have been out country, is still at least a man ; given to various individuals for im- and he who has all these is no more. provements in the art of healing.
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
Whilst we live, let us live well: A lady, the wife of Mr. John for, be a man ever so rich when he Kelly, now residing in Wolf creek lights his fire, death may enter his township, in this county, Mercer, door before it be burnt out. Penn., recently from Ireland, yesterday had five living children at Though we like to keep up a one birth! They all died shortly bright, living, and mutually profitaafter, as we are informed by the ble intercourse with our subscribers, physician who attended her. Pre- yet if it should be more convenient vious to her leaving Ireland, this for any who take this paper, in the same lady had two at once ; and on her way hither, while in the state City or State of New York, to pay of New York, she had also five at their bills to Charles S. Francis, one birth,-making, in all, twelve 252, Broadway, N.Y., he is our children, within about 18 months! agent for this purpose.—EDITOR.
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