Doubtless it is the duty of the true physician to endeavor to eradicate the chronic condition before it gives rise to the violent attack of acute trouble which we all dread to see. No physician, however skilful he may be, is always able to do this. Many times his first call to the patient is made, when an attack of terrible pain has made the attendance of a physician necessary.
The older methods of Roentgen therapy, though in many cases beneficial were, in their mode of action, purely mechanical and could often have been substituted by the cheap and most effective applications of the cherry-red soldering iron, for the ultimate goal in the past has been the destruction of the mass by the rays; often accompanied by undesirable, uncontrollable and fatal reactions.
Unfortunately, the natural drainage from the accessory sinuses is defective. The subsidence of the superficial nasal infection is frequently not accompanied by a similar subsidence within the accessory cells; especially is this true in cases where the swelling of the mucous membrane of the nose due to circulatory disturbances may completely obstruct natural drainage from the air cells.
Histologists tear and tease organic tissue to tatters, and under the microscope scan its cells and fibers, but never succeed in bringing their formative principle into view nor in gaining any knowledge of its nature. Lacking imagination, the see connective tissue but are blind to connective principle. They clutch at the shadow but do not find or see the substance.
In this connection, it may be illuminating to many to know that at the recent annual meeting of the Alumni Association of the New York Homoeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital, a vote previously taken among the alumni of this institution, showed a large majority in favor of dropping the title “homoeopathic.”
The significance of the width of the gastric angle is too well known to require special mention. The wide angle is invariably found in those with a voluminous abdomen and the narrow angle in those with the long and tubular abdomen. It is a point that should never be overlooked in the examination; yet it should never be made the sole point on which a conclusion is based.
Unquestionably this widespread health propaganda campaign is not unmixed with grave danger to the public. Putting aside the old- fashioned scare headlines in health articles, written to promote the sale of all manner of worthless nostrums, a vast amount of pathological misinformation is being assimilated by the innocent and ignorant seekers of knowledge.
In our laboratory rabbits were also shown to develop a rash after an injection of throat secretion taken from early cases of measles. Some two and one-half years ago work done in the Research Laboratories of the Department of Health showed that the culture fluid, inoculated with the filtrate of the nasal secretion of an early case of measles, developed a toxin which, when injected subcutaneously, seemed to be somewhat diagnostic of the absence or presence of immunity. A green streptococcus similar to that studied by Tunnicliff was found.