ALBUMINURIA in children is frequently overlooked, especially in private practice, in cases presenting none of the well-known characteristic symptoms usually accompanying the disease. The oversight depends upon a lack of frequent and systematic urinary examinations. It is now axiomatic that the younger the child the less dominant the “old time” symptoms.
SOME STATISTICAL FACTS CONCERNING INSANITY. BELIEVING that, as Homoeopathists, we are all interested in the work done by our public institutions, I have brought together, in the following paper, certain statistical facts concerning one of the most prominent Homoeopathic institutions in the State of New York -the Middletown State Homoeopathic Hospital. Your attention is invited to the results, along certain lines, of insanity under Homoeopathic treatment, as seen at the above-named hospital during the last nineteen years.
THE STUDY AND CORRECTION OF HETEROPHORIA. HETEROPHORIA may be defined as that condition in which binocular vision, being temporarily suspended, the visual lines of the two eyes do not intersect at the point of fixation. It is characterized by a change in the innervation of the ocular muscles when the binocular fusion of images is prevented. Under normal conditions, binocular vision for a given point is, maintained by the co-ordinate action of the entire group of these muscles, and in the ideal eye, at least within certain limits, the innervation of these muscles is not a necessary function of the binocular act.
NEW SUGGESTIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF CONSTRICTION OF THE OESOPHAGUS. The first variety belongs to the nervous, and is found most frequently a among debilitated women whose nervous systems have been wrecked to a greater or less extent by the habits and customs of the present generation, or by having inherited a constitutions without any vital stamina. Then general appearance of the patients is pale, anaemia, nervous, leaving a poor appetite for proper food, or a capricious one for unnatural articles.
SURGICAL SHOCK. THANKS to anesthesia and antisepsis, pain and poison have been eliminated from operative surgery, and the most formidable complication now remaining for the surgeon to cope with, is shock. Its paramount importance, and the meagerness of the subject, make its further study eminently advisable. As here considered, the subject has nothing to do with “railroad spine” or “litigation symptoms,” but is no deal with the immediate constitutional phenomena produced by local traumatism, and will be used synonymously with collapse.
THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC RHINITIS BY THE HOMOEOPATH. IN this paper I will treat of two forms of chronic catarrh- those in which there exist permanent hypertrophies; and those which are characterized by intermittent swellings of the Schneiderian mucous membrane. These two forms are the most frequent of all varieties of chronic rhinitis. In the treatment of chronic catarrh, where there exist obstructions of any kind, the first step to be taken is, to remove these obstructions; then; with Homoeopathic remedies, we may expect favorable results. These results we would not obtain without this preliminary treatment.
THE TREATMENT OF MENINGOCELE, ENCEPHALOCELE AND HYDRENCEPHALOCELE, BY MEANS OF A COLLODION CAP. IT has been my misfortune to meet with several cases of meningocele, encephalocele, and hydrencephalocele. Most of them died in the course of few weeks or months; convulsions preceding death. Of the three forms of tumor, hydrencephalocele may be considered the most unfavorable. These tumors consist of brain substance, the meninges, and fluid. Encephalocele consists of cerebral substance only, while a meningocele contains the membranes of the brain. These protrusions have been mistaken for polypi, abscesses, vascular growths, and cephalhaematoma.
THE VALUE OF SPECIALTIES IN MEDICINE. WHILE we are gathered together from widely separated parts of the world in this fair city where so much that is of interest is now centered, I am not insensible to the honor you do me in pausing even for a few moments to listen to the thoughts I have to offer upon the general subject of “Specialties in Medicine.” Though the occasion is not one to warrant us in entering largely into details, both the time and subject are too important to permit superficial consideration.
THE RELATION OF SURGERY TO GYNAECOLOGY. SOME years ago there appeared in Madison Square, New York City, a colossal hand; neither its functions nor relationship was readily discerned. It projected above the greensward as though some mighty Titan had been poorly buried, or as though some mythical creature were again emerging from the dreamless sleep of an ancient sculpture. Though bared to the wrist only, it towered high above the head of the observer who gazed with awesome curiosity upon this emblem of marvelous skill and power and wondered at its significance.
THE SCIENTIFIC CLINICIAN. THE average meeting of local, or even of national, medical societies is given up, as a rule, and justly and wisely enough, to the discussion of themes of immediately practical interest, and to the relation of personal experience in medical fields. “In a short hour, a short journey,” says the proverb. The hours which the busy practitioner can give to friendly meetings for mutual counsel are short indeed, and it is quite natural that the object of the short journeys these short hours make possible should be the reaping of practical hints as to how to meet every- day perplexities.
SECTIONAL ADDRESS IN PAEDOLOGY. The successful persistent advance, which has been our watchword ever since the master expounded our law of cure, is the one cause of jealously to our medical opponents. If we would stand still in the very footprints where Hahnemann left us, and not attempt to further the great truth he discovered and outlined for us, there would be little to disturb their envy, and the field of advance would be left to their own ambition.
OPHTHALMIC THERAPEUTICS. IT is quite unnecessary, as it would be inappropriate, for me to present to this audience, composed as it is of representative Homoeopathic physicians gathered from all parts of the civilized world, any arguments to prove the superiority of Homoeopathic therapeutics over all other methods of healing. On the other hand, in this Columbian year, when all religious, educational, and scientific bodies are holding congresses, it is fitting that we should show to the world what Homoeopathy has accomplished, and what it has to offer in contrast to Old-School teaching and practice.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SYMPTOMS OR THE OPPOSITE ACTION OF LARGE AND SMALL DOSES. MUCH confusion exists among medical men for want of a proper comprehension of our subject; and false claims as to principles of selection and the modus operandi of cures are often made when primary and secondary symptoms of drugs are used as guides in determining the seize of the dose.
PUERPERAL ECLAMPSIA. HAPPILY both for the doctor and his patients this disease is of rare occurrence. It is a violent convulsion, epileptiform in character, followed by coma, occurring during the latter months of gestation, and during and after labor. Although it is a condition of great peril to both mother and child much can be done in the way of prevention alleviation, and cure. Many are the causes which in the past have been assigned for this malady but later research narrows them to two or three
PUERPERAL FEVER. EACH journal that has been placed upon our desk during the last six months has told us of the World’s Homoeopathic Congress, and now we stand before this body of representative men, and are reminded that the eyes of the physicians of the world are upon us, and that they are asking why we Homoeopathists are given this special auxiliary Congress.
PUERPERAL INSANITY. THE most fearful calamity which can possibly befall the puerperal chamber, not excepting death itself, is insanity. The term puerperal insanity, likes many expressions in medical nomenclature, has been used in a most careless and elastic manner, and has been made to do service in describing every variety of mental alienation connected in any way with child- bearing, from the mental disturbance sometimes seen in neurotic subjects during the early stage of pregnancy to that which follows the exhaustion of prolonged lactation, two years after delivery.
RACHITIS. Here we have a disease common to all nations, climes, and kindred, with symptoms, phases, and features that are plainly recognized the world over; a disease which, while rarely fatal, produces serious and irreparable ravages in the framework of the organism, which in its advanced stages affects every organ and every tissue in the body; stunting the growth of the young, a blemish upon the beauty of the mature, a serious menace to maternity from distortion of the pelvis; a disease whose effects we are powerless to overcome, and yet one which is conceded by all authorities to be easily preventable.
SECTIONAL ADDRESS IN OBSTETRICS. WHILST in the enjoyment of a grateful pride for the very distinguished place assigned me before this learned body- representing the ablest practical and scientific activities of the entire civilized world-I confess to a sense of distrust as to my ability to meet the requirement of this distinguished occasion. I appreciate it as the opportunity of my lifetime-not attained in the past, and with no reasonable expectation that it will be duplicated to me in the future.
SOME OF THE CLINICAL ASPECTS OF SEPTIC INVASION. I DO not doubt that you will all be prepared to admit that the most elevating conception of the highest and noblest of all profession is that which views it as a means of preventing disease. Because this is so, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of establishing aetiology on a sound and scientific basis. So swift have been recent strides towards this excellent consummation of our desires that it is quite impossible for a single intelligence to keep pace with them.
SOME RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN OTOLOGY. THE aim of this paper is to pass in review the more notable advancements in otology, in the departments of anatomy, physiology and bacteriology during a period of about five years past. In the time allotted little can be done but to summarize, and this mode of treatment leaves little room for criticism and none for originality. It is hoped, however, that it will serve its purpose in stimulating discussion, and perhaps, in some instances, encouraging or guiding subsequent reading in some particular direction.
THE STUDY OF HOMOEOPATHY AS A DISTINCT AND COMMANDING DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE. The special field of homoeopathy, viz., Chronic Diseases, owing to insufficient obedience to the tenets of the Founder, having been largely relegated to surgery, we are being hurried along to practical oneness with the palliative school; and our testimony to curative medicine grows, I fear, more and more feeble. “Distinct and commanding1” Less than this, I cannot for one moment admit, as the true status of our God-given system; and must demand for it, and for its study, universal recognition as such.
THE TREATMENT OF PHTHISIS. Heinze in his classical work on laryngeal phthisis published in 1879, in his third and final conclusion says,” a cure of laryngeal consumption will most probably never be made.” Although since this was written the progress of fourteen years has introduced new methods and new remedies, but few cures have been reported, and some of these must be taken sub judice as sufficient time from the apparent recovery had not been allowed to provide for the occurrence of relapses.
THE FUTURE OF HOMOEOPATHY. IN proceeding to the discussion of the topic assigned for this occasion I pause to remark that expositions of the varied resources and products of nature and of art have been made in one country and another, but nowhere and at no time has there been one organized so well calculated to show the intellectual and moral, as well as the physical possibilities and achievements of our race, as the one which we are now taking part.
THE RATIONAL TREATMENT OF CERTAIN PUERPERAL DISORDERS. IT is related of an ambitions but pretentious lawyer that during his first argument before the Supreme Bench of the United States, it became necessary for the Chief Justice to interrupt him with the suggestion that “This court may be presumed to know something about law!” The admonition of the eminent jurist is not unheeded. I assume that he who takes the time and the trouble to read or to listen to these words is tolerably familiar with the present teachings of the science of bacteriology, the present state of development of the germ-theory.
THE question, “What has Homoeopathy done for Gynaecology?” having been raised and proposed as a theme for one of the essays at this meeting, our honored chairman assigned it to me, and it was accepted with the expectation that an answer to such a question, even if not altogether satisfactory, would be tolerably easy; but the task has proved a much more difficult one than I anticipated.
THE YEARS PROGRESS IN OBSTETRICS. FOR several years progress in the art of obstetrics has been mainly along surgical lines, until so much operative work now pertains to the complete practice of this branch, that he who expects to rely upon himself in the hour of emergency must possess surgical skill. Moreover, requirements for the successful practice of obstetrics are daily becoming more exacting. Midwives and incompetents will ultimately be driven out of the field by the lash of public sentiment.
SECTIONAL ADDRESS IN MENTAL AND NERVOUS DISEASES. The various phases of mental disorder, together with their causes, and the conditions under which they most flourish or decline, have been discussed by the writers already named. Hence, we shall devote the brief space of time allotted to us for a bureau address to a consideration of the general progress which has been made toward an understanding of the nature of insanity, and likewise shall seek to consider the most modern method of treating this malady, and attach to this dissertation a few tabulated statements showing the results attained.
MOIST HEAT AS A THERAPEUTIC AGENT. IN the pathological and symptomatic make-up of sick humanity, fever and inflammation cut such an important figure as to be practically present everywhere in all the forms of disorder that afflict the rage. These so uniformly go hand in hand that we rarely witness one without the other in any given case of disease. No well-marked case of established fever will long prevail without sings of a local inflammation.
OCULAR REFLEX NEUROSES. MEDICAL literature of all ages is full of recorded cases of ocular reflex neuroses. In former times they were recorded more as peculiar and not understood phenomena; as curiosities, rather than in a scientific sense admitting of explanation. Each year as conducted experiment and investigation is carried on, and as the nervous physical and psychical functions and their intricate relationship are gradually unravelled, and become better understood, the curious gives way to the matter of fact, and the former phenomena to natural and fairly well understood laws.
SOME OBSERVATIONS ON NEURASTHENIA AND ITS TREATMENT. WHEN, thirty-five years ago, the writer first made the acquaintance of what is now called neurasthenia, it was known as spinal irritation, and the best of modern researches have been unable to give a better definition beyond a functional disturbance of the spinal and cerebral nerves, dependent on a morbid process, for which “irritation” is as proper a term as any.
OBSERVATIONS ON SOME OF THE AXIOMS, APHORISMS, AND RULES OF HOMOEOPATHY. This definition necessarily implies that if this functional harmony does not exist, in either its organic or spiritual relations, we must have discord. To me, the is law appears almost universal. LIFE is the result of the incessant action of an invisible, immaterial, essential, and dynamic principle, of which the regularity and harmony of the functions constitute health, while their derangement and discord constitute disease.”.
A PLEA FOR EARLY OPERATION IN PLEURISY WITH EFFUSION. TWO articles appearing recently-the one by Dr. Barrs, in the British Medical Journal, dealing more especially with the dire results of pleuritic effusion, the other by Dr. Lindsay, in the Lancet, touching more on the advisability of early interference in such cases-have brought out very suggestive points for us to consider.
THE OCTAVE (SEPTENARY)IN NATURE AND IN MAN AS THE KEY TO PSYCHOLOGY. EVERY school-boy is aware that there is a mysterious power in certain numbers like the seven and the nine, and that in permutations to which such numbers may be subjected the most carious result are continually brought to light. The school-boy, however, is not likely, from such phenomena, to draw the conclusion that pure mathematics and exact geometry underlie every process in nature, and determine also every fact and function of what we call life.
THE EFFICACY OF THE VIBROMETER IN APPLYING VIBRATORY MASSAGE IN AURAL DISEASES. SINCE presenting my paper before the American Institute, in June of last year on “Vibratory Motion as a Method of Massage in Aural Diseases,” I have been using an instrument specially devised for that purpose called the “vibrometer.” This instrument is in shape like a banjo, and has four strings stretched across its length resting on a bridge, which sets upon a diaphragm. On each side, elevated above the diaphragm and supported by posts, are two horizontal bars, which support the mechanical appliances used for producing the various vibratory motions.
OPHTHALMIC SURGERY. MEDICAL history records no more rapid and marvelous advancement than has characterized ophthalmology in the past quarter of a century. During this brief period, spanned even by the professional career of some who listen to me to-day, there has gradually developed a science which excels in its perfection and exactness that of my other department of medicine. From a dark and unexplored chamber the eye has been transformed into a ball of light, revealing not only what is within its narrow bounds, but, like a mirror, much that lies outside it.
THE FURTHER IMPROVEMENT OF OUR MATERIA MEDICA. I HAVE been asked to speak to you on this occasion regarding the “Further Improvement of our Materia Medica.” The term “further” implies that some improvement has already taken place, from which, as a resting-point we may note progress and survey the ground yet beyond us. The reference is obviously to the Cyclopedia of Drug Pathogenesy, and upon this I would say a few words at the outset.
A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE OPERATIVE PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO THE COMMONER VARIETIES AND DEGREES OF PELVIC DEFORMITY. THERE is no subject in the whole field of obstetrics which receives so little attention in our Society discussions as that of pelvic deformities. To the relative infrequency of these abnormalities as compared with other obstetrical may be attributed the neglect which this subject receives.
THE HABITUAL DEATH OF THE FOETUS IN UTERO. Turning my attention to the possibility of the husband’s health as a factor in the child’s death, I could not discover that he had ever had any disease that could have accounted for parental influence causing immature children. In detail, let me say that the mother had conceived and carried without inconvenience, up to the time of the foetal death in a perfectly natural manner.
PHYTOLACCA-LEAF, FRUIT, AND ROOT THE VALUE OF EACH. WHEN we have found a use for anything not before fully known, or developed that which was but partly understood, some investigators would be tempted to make further search for other more hidden beauties of features that may prove of greater service in the cause of humanity. Thoughts such as these have led me to the study of this very valuable plant, as well as a desire to see its history and usefulness properly enrolled in our World’s Congress meeting.
SOME NOTES UPON HEADACHE IN CHILDREN. The Homoeopathic treatment of headache in children is subject. I think that the therapeutic treatment of headache, either in adults or children, is a point where Homoeopathy has most signally triumphed over Old-School treatment. In treating adults for headache, we have an instance of the great value of purely subjective symptoms, and at the same time we are obliged to run the risk of being led astray by our patient’s account who can accurately describe and locate his headache, with all its attendant effects, is even more rare than the man who, in proving a drug, can give a true account of the head sensations produced.
PLASTIC SURGERY OF THE VAGINA. THREE is, probably, no branch of surgery that requires more thought, ingenuity, and operative dexterity, than do the plastic operations for the restoration of the pelvic structures in women. A study of the anatomy, physiology, natural and acquired relation of parts, immediate and remote effects of injury and their reflex influences, is essential to a correct understanding of the subject.
HISTORY OF HOMOEOPATHY IN GERMANY. AT an international meeting, like our Congress in Chicago, I cannot, nor dare I, discharge the duty allotted to me, to give the “Historical Development of Homoeopathy in Germany,”in the ordinary manner as is customary with such retrospective work. You may read in all newspapers, of the numerical increase or decreases of the adherents and the representatives of Homoeopathy.
PRE-NATAL MEDICATION. THE education, evangelization and more through civilization of the world demands strong, healthy people. A large percentage of all children born cases to live before the fifth year. Of those surviving, many are suffering from disease which unfits them for usefulness. If by any means we may increase the standard of health among children such efforts make us public benefactors.
Before going into the details of the progress of Homoeopathy in India, I take this opportunity of speaking a few words about the state of the medical profession generally in that country before the advent of the Europeans. I purposely take this responsibility, as it has some bearing upon Homoeopathy in India. You are all aware, gentlemen, that india is a very ancient and magnificent country. It had attained its highest state of civilization long prior to all the civilized countries of the world at the present day.
PROPHYLAXIS OF CHOLERA. THE prevention treatment of diseases is of supreme importance not only to the physicians but to the whole world. We all knew the great boon which Jenner’s discovery of vaccination has conferred on the world at large. Vaccination, properly speaking, is a true Homoeo-prophylactic. The ill effects of vaccination are solely due to its abuse. Prophylactic treatment of small-pox was long in vogue in India, and the system is known as inoculation. That inoculation is a surer prophylaxis than vaccination is beyond all doubt and cavil.
BRIGHT demonstrated the existence of a morbid species characterized by inflammation of the kidney, albuminuria and oedema. He deemed the different clinical forms which this disease presents different phases of the same morbid condition. Physicians, after him, struck by the difference which these forms assume, subdivided Bright’s disease into two distinct diseases: parenchymatous nephritis and interstitial nephritis.
THE HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF TABES AND PSEUDO-TABES. Transmission of disease from generation to generation, the mild form begetting the severe, tends also toward the emphasis and establishment of these conditions, until in this deteriorated soil the rank growth, syphilis, strikes firm root, and upon the central nerve trunk growth, syphilis, strikes firm root, and upon the central nerve trunk are grafted the various forms of disease.
PSYCHIATRY AND THE HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGES. To-day there are five. In that years there was no Homoeopathic member of the National Society of Asylum Superintendents; to-day there are six. In that year decided action was taken by that Association, which makes it almost a starting point in the newer methods of instruction in psychiatry. As none of the members of the Institute were then members of the Association, it seems to me desirable that its action and the subsequent changes in teaching should be brought to the attention of the Institute, for information and for directing our course in the future.
The public health is the counterpart of the commonwealth. That a system of medicine which has sustained itself independently and grown in a compound ratio for a hundred years; which has its own literature and its schools, its clinics, societies, and hospitals, as well as its pupils and practitioners in every civilized community, is closely related to the health of the people is self-evident. To doubt this proposition would be like questioning whether Protestantism is related to Christianity, charity to benevolence, or the sunlight to the evolution of plants and flowers.
PUERPERAL INSANITY. In my belief, the first and last of these varieties should not be classed as puerperal, as they are usually due to some cause other than the puerperal state, which latter stands in the relation of precipitating cause only. There is an inherited predisposition, neurotic or hysterical foundation, syphilitic taint, or and exhausted devitalized state, and the puerperal state is no more an aetiological factor than any non-puerperic cause of exhaustion, mental or physical.
THE CAUSES OF AN INCREASE IN MELANCHOLIA. This wail of despair, borne to us from the earliest pages of the world’s history, is re-echoed to-day in the cry of every melancholiac. This cry has swept through the centuries. However much brightness and sunshine, joy and gladness, there may be in the world, there are always thousands who, living continually in the shadows, respond only to the minor keys of the diapason of the universe. Many are born pessimists. They behold everything through darkened glasses. Mentally astigmatic, they are incapable of obtaining a correct view of any subject.
THE HOMOEOPATHY OF AURAL THERAPEUTICS. IT is a cause for extreme regret and deep disappointment that the one man in our school peculiarly fitted, by his long training, his patient study and observation, and his extensive clinical experience, Professor Henry C. Houghton, should have been prevented by illness from the preparation of the paper on this subject which had been originally assigned to him.
FOR convenience of describing the medicine in the treatment of cholera it is usual with authors to divide the disease into various stages. It is not exactly true that these stages appear one after the other in regular succession as described in the books. O the contrary, we often find one stage merging into the preceding or succeeding stage. We cannot always expect to see the disease phenomena occur in regular successive order.
THE LEVATOR ANI AS RELATED TO PARTURITION. THREE seems to be a general misconception concerning the anatomical structure and functions of the normal levator ani, and little appreciation of the influence it may exert on child-birth, and of the accidents to which it is liable. Being generally disregarded when normal in character, it naturally follows that it is often overlooked when abnormally developed, and the evil consequences resulting from its injury not generally understood.
The committee on public property inspects the same, making sure of their safe structure, and that egress according to size is sufficient in case of fire.The dangers of modelling in clay are obviated in my schools by excusing children with sore or cracked hands from the exercise. Those of syphilis by sending those with noticeable symptoms to myself or to the superintendent of health for examination. Those of tuberculosis are practically nil. Children do not get books as described.
A DUE appreciation of the importance and results of intra- nasal surgery, and the duty incumbent upon us as practitioners of medicine to render to our patients the most efficient service in the most efficient way, prompts me to say a few words in reference to the reduction of hypertrophied tissue in the nasal cavity and pharyngeal vault. The methods heretofore employed have been those of the snare; actual cautery, or chemical cauterization; and while useful, and in many cases necessary, they do not fill the requirements of all cases.
THE CURATIVE ACTION OF HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES IN CASES OF ORGANIC DISEASE OF THE HEART. THE common notion that disease of the heart is incurable should be in every way discountenanced by Homoeopathists. Many forms of heart disease are completely curable, and the sooner the popular ideas on the subject are corrected, the better it will be for those who suffer fro any kind of heart affection. It is true that old-established valvular disease cannot be altered, destroyed valves cannot be restored, but even in these cases much maybe done by remedies to restore the power of the heart when it is defective, and to bring about proper compensation, which is practically a cure.
MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE HOMOEOPATHIC HOSPITALS AND COLLEGES OF THE UNITED STATES. At the fourth Quinquennial Session of the Homoeopathic Congress held at Atlantic City in 1891, I had the honor to present a paper on “The Duties and Responsibilities of Homoeopathic Colleges as Leaders in Medical Progress.” This easy met with the approval not only of the Congress but of the American Institute of Homoeopathy and of its Intercollegiate Committee and some of its suggestions have been adopted by those bodies. The four years’ course of required study has been made the rule for all our recognized colleges.
NASAL SURGERY-ITS USE AND ITS LIMITATIONS. ADVANCE, in the material world, is always gradual and permanent. A rock adds to its size by constant accretions; a tree increases in bulk by new growth each year; everything moves slowly and surely; each advance is perfect in itself, and remains for all time or until changed into other forms of matter.Per contra, advancement in the mental world is seldom, if ever, slow, gradual, and permanent.
RECENT DISCOVERIES IN THE TREATMENT OF DISEASE BY THE USE OF DISEASE-PRODUCTS, AND THEIR RELATIONS TO HOMOEOPATHY. In the Homoeopathic school this activity is displayed not so much in the addition of new therapeutic agents to our already extensive list, as it in a movement to systematize our present records of drug pathogenesy, to expunge that which is faulty, and to place what remains in a shape to be efficiently used. Faith in Homoeopathic methods was never stronger than it is to-day. It is this very faith that inspires the demand that the source of our therapeutics shall be reliable and authoritative.
SOME OF THE DISEASES PREVENTING AND COMPLICATION PREGNANCY. This cause of sterility I pass by, as also sterility due to mechanical obstruction, incomplete ovulation and the numerous other causes of this condition, too manifold for mere enumeration, to consider obesity as a causative agent in this condition. I need not say that the advocates for surgical interference for the relief of this condition are legion. Sims makes the assertion that sterility can be cured by surgical means only. That, of course, is Allopathic arguing pure and simple.
ALBUMINURIA IN CHILDREN. My line of thought for some time past has been turned rather persistently in the direction of albuminuria. At the present time medical opinion appears to me to be in somewhat of a transition stage in regard to the pathology of diseases of the genito-urinary organs.
WHAT Dr. Sterling has written in his admirable paper is correct. The lesson cannot be enforced too strongly. It will be needed as long as our colleagues prescribe potencies, low or high, to meet simple, mechanical conditions. As the devout Moslem, who said he would turn his camel loose and trust God,” was rebuked by his Master’s reply, “tie the camel and trust God, so we must use every means that modern science has brought to our hands, and then add that greatest vito-chemical factor, the Homoeopathic remedy.
THE AWKWARD GAIT OF CHILDREN. The general belief is that the child will outgrow the trouble, and to a great extent, as he grows older and becomes more self-conscious, he does manage to conceal it,. but neither the cause nor the difficulty itself becomes entirely removed. As the child grows older, he becomes ashamed of his crooked legs and awkward gait, and makes an effort to correct them, but he does it at the expense of unusual fatigue and a strain upon weakened muscles.
BILIOUSNESS. THERE is probably no term designed to express an abnormal condition, that greets the eye or the ear of the physician more frequently than does the vague and nondescript one of multifarious signification “biliousness.” Like the ubiquitous “cold,” which is said to have been “taken,” it is the cause of, or is combined with, a large portion of the extensive list of ailments which afflict humanity.
Caesarean section with its perfection in detail of operation and splendid results is of modern date. It is true that it has a history dating back no Numa Pompelius who “forbade the burial of pregnant women in whom the operation had not been performed.” We have no early authentic statement that Caesarian section was performed upon living women.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL SCIENCE THROUGH HOMOEOPATHY. THE true scope of medical science is the healing of the sick, the relief of human misery. Tried by this test, there was no real medical science in the world until it was evolved from the law-similia similibus curantur. Before this all was blind experiment, all disorder and confusion, and to the pages of disease were added the tortures of the damned. Disease was regarded as some evil spirit which had possessed the body. Some infarct, which bad lodged in the bowels and must be driven out by purging or let out by the lancet.