EDITORIAL. From the dawn of recorded history to the present moment there have been either wars or rumors of war, and every major conflict has been followed by pestilential disease. Cholera, bubonic plague, typhus, typhoid and influenza are some of the well known epidemic maladies, but there are many other which have been associated with deeds of valor in ages past and present.
The practice of using either sugar or salt on melons is merely the expression of a perverted taste acquired through habit. Like other useless or harmful habits it can be broken and forgotten. New tastes and preferences can be acquired in a surprisingly short time.
It is conceded by the proponents of this method that not much dependence can be placed on it when the disease is more than forty-eight hours old. Another way of stating this is to say that after the third day of the disease there is less and less likelihood of successful results from the use of specific sera or sulfapyridine.
As reliable as any other symptoms or rubrics, It is remarkable how frequently an old patient returns for treatment on or about the anniversary of his very first visit. Everyone on the average has his best time or season of the year and his worst. Some people dread February, and with reason based on experience, others dread August. The springtime aggravation of ophidia patients is well recognized.
REPERTORY ON THE HAND. Heat of: Acon.f., Acon. (feet cold), Bell., Berb., Cad.s., Colch. (resting), Carb.v., Card.b., Cast. (veins), Ced. (fever), Chin.b. (feet cold), Cin. (child), Clem., Cocc. (after numbness), Crot.t., Cyc., Eug., Eup.per., Gels., Gran., Grat., Ham., Rhus, Sep. (feet cold), Verat.
The antiperistaltic contractions of the stomach play only a secondary role in the mechanism of vomiting; the expulsion of matter is the result of the energetic compression of the stomach due to contraction of the abdominal muscles. Magendie demonstrated this with his well known experiment in which he provoked vomiting with an intravenous injection of an emetic in an animal whose stomach had been removed and a bladder used in its place.
This proposition is based on the fundamental conception that as an organization is the indispensable prerequisite for function, symptoms of a morbid process alone are logically inadequate to account for all that is involved, and in a proving inadequate to account for mode of development of the reactions or to definite the limits of the drugs action.
At one time an anti-tumor- cutting society was organized to contend against the gentlemen who wield the instruments. It was hoped that it might become the fashion to have more regard for the constitutional and imponderable elements of medical art; that medicine would create more individual investigation, therefore more humanistic interpretations and methods.
Vaccination performed once, if it took badly, or failed wholly or partially, falls into the same category. Even if it ran a normal course, yet if the history is given that the patients health was in any degree affected thereby, the antidote must be applied. There are several remedies to choose from, and it is not easy to say which should be preferred from, and it is not easy to say which should be preferred in any case