A GUIDE TO THE CLINICAL EXAMINATION OF PATIENTS AND THE DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASE. By Richard Hagen. M.D. Privat docent to the University of Leipzig. Translated from the Second Revised and Enlarged Edition, by G. E. Gramm. M.D., pp. 223, 12mo. Cloth. Price, $1.25.Boericke & Tafel, New York and Philadelphia. 1881.
This neat little volume contains all the most reliable points in diagnosis, condensed into a book that may be carried in the pocket. It makes an excellent elementary text-book for the student, and enables him the better to use the larger standard works on diagnosis. In its arrangement there is some slight suggestion of the tables for analysis of plants or for recognizing minerals. Of course, the subject will not admit of such plan in full; hence the present work is only a suggestion of such a method. The directions for auscultation, percussion, and for urinary analysis are exceedingly good, especially when we take into consideration the small size of the book. It is gotten up in excellent style, with good paper and clear type, so that it is a pleasure to read it. It must ultimately become a handy book of reference for every intelligent practitioner of medicine.
This work comprises a series of three essays read before certain medical societies, and now for the first time printed. In the article on “Biliary Calculi,” there is little or nothing that is not already published in the different textbooks. At the end of the article are given indications for several remedies, the characteristic symptoms being printed in bolder type than the rest of the page.
The essay on “Perineorrhaphy” is a description of the best means of operating for rupture of perineum. These details are all to be found in standard works on surgery. The writer, however, makes a laborious and instructive collection of opinions of different authorities as to the cause and the prevention of rupture during labor, and closes with a statement of thirteen cases upon which he has made successful operations.
The third article is devoted to the usual details of hospital gangrene and to extolling the value of bromine and the sulphite of soda in treatment. As there is not a word said about the possibilities or impossibilities of the homoeopathic method, we are left to wonder why this article should have been written at all, as the use of these two remedies is perfectly well known in the old school and sufficiently published in their journals.
SPECTACLES AND HOW TO CHOOSE THEM. An elementary monograph, by C. A. Vilas, M.A., M.D. Professor of Diseases of the Eye and Ear in the Hahnemann Medical College and hospital, On motion of Dr. T. F. Smith, the President appointed, as Committee on Publication: Drs. Adolph Fellger, George H. Clarke and E. J. Lee. The committee was empowered to revise the papers, presented before the Association, for publication in THE HOMOEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN.
Dr. Pearson moved a committee of five be appointed to select device for seal and style of diploma of membership. Motion withdrawn, as Dr. S. Swan generously offered to have designs prepared, and, if approved of by two-thirds of the Association, to have them executed at his expense.
“Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to procedure from Dr. Allen, the former Secretary, the list of applicants for membership; that the Secretary send a copy of such list, with names of indorsers, to each member of this Association, with the request that they return the same, with their assent or dissent marked opposite each applicant’s name; that all those who receive an unanimous vote of assent be considered elected.
The President-elect, Dr. C. Pearson, was authorized to make all necessary arrangements for the next meeting, which will be in Richmond, Va. The following amendments to constitution and by-laws were proposed by Dr. Pearson, for action at next meeting:
The acting-secretary has given us a brief synopsis of the business meetings of the first session of the International Hahnemannian Association. The meeting was in every way a great success. If the Association pursue the course marked out for it in the President’s address, there will be a great work accomplished. Let us teach and practice the able and pure homoeopathy of Hahnemann, and by so doing we will sooner or later compel all, who would have any standing in our school, to join us. Argument will not do this, but success will.
|Source:||The Homoeopathic Physician Vol. 01 No. 06, 1881, pages 270-276|
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