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laryngology and otology in as concise a form as is consistent with clearness and thoroughness. It gives the details of examination of nose, throat and ear in sufficiently lengthy description to be useful in understanding the usual instruments of diagnostic and therapeutic application. Methods of treatment have been brought up to date and simplified as much as possible, according to the author's experiences. At the end of the book is an excellent collection of formulas, together with detailed descriptions of the use of each, which constitutes an exceptional and suggestive therapeutic system of special medication. The cuts and typographical work are very well done.

Miscellany.

W. M. C.

PRACTICAL FEVER NURSING. By Edward C. Register, M.D., professor of the practice of medicine in the North Carolina Medical Callege. Octavo volume of 352 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1907. Cloth, $2.50 net.

somewhat simplified language. The book, as we said before, is a good one, but its title does not indicate its real character and scope.

This is a work of considerable importance, and there can be no just criticism of the statements contained therein; they are indisputable. Still, the plan of the book is too complicated for the requirements of a nurse, and should rather be called the hygienic management of fever patients. For example, there are 80 pages given to the symtomatology prognosis and treatment of typhoid fever, most of which is unnecessary for the nurse. This is followed by many pages describing the symptomatology course and treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, pneumonia, rheumatism, puerperal fever, smallpox, etc., the only indication that it is for the guidance of a nurse being a

COSMETIC SURGERY: THE CORRECTION OF FEATURAL IMPERFECTIONS. By Charles C. Miller, M.D. Including the description of a variety of operations for improving the appearance of the face; 136 pages; 73 illustrations. Prepaid, $1.50. Published by the author, 70 State street, Chicago, Ill.

A large part of this book is devoted to the correction of malformations of the ears, with the remedies for correction. Deformities of the nose, lips and chin are also described, and the most approved methods of treatment are given in detail.

Many cuts showing the various steps in the operations are given, and the book being the only one of which we have knowledge by a reputable surgeon, is to be commended to our readers.

NURSE'S GUIDE TO SURGICAL BANDAGING AND DRESSINGS. By Wm. Johnson Smith, F.R.C.S., Principal Medical Officer, Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich. 75 cents. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. London: The Scientific Press, Ltd.

This little book has been admirably arranged by the author as a complete reference book for students and nurses in surgical wards. The treatment of wounds, antisepsis and asepsis, the operating-room and its contents, bandaging in all kinds of cases, splints and nursing in cases of injury, are all treated in a thoroughly scientific way, and the book contains many illustrations. It is an excellent book for its purpose.

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ter was a trustworthy analysis. It was a matter of keen disappointment to learn by these new analyses how much mistaken they had been in regard to the chemical constitution of some of their best-known waters. In forming conclusions in reference to the extremely unsatisfactory state of affairs developed by the Bureau of Chemistry investigations certain facts came up for consideration. (1) A great majority of the advertised analyses of our mineral waters were made many years since, when methods were not

so exact as at the present day. (2) Some mineral springs are sensibly influenced by the wetness or dryness of the season both in strength and in volume; the greater the volume of the water the weaker it was in mineral ingredients. (3) While many springs were of deep origin and showed no apparent fluctuations in their rate of flow, there was no positive proof that even these had not become more or less modified in character during the long period since the old analyses were made. The subterranean aqueous current which constituted a spring when it reached the surface could not be counted on continuously to come in contact with earth strata which yielded a uniform product to its solvent power. Underground streams, as well as those on the surface, were liable to change their course, and, while losing certain of their former contents, might acquire new ones. (4) The fact must not be overlooked that the Government analyses were in each case made from samples purchased in the open market. It was, therefore, possible that some of the waters examined by the Bureau of Chemistry were spurious or adulterated. (5) The chemical ingredients set forth in the analyses of mineral springs represented hypothetical combinations only. No chemist maintained that the salts set down

in his analysis existed in exactly that form in the water. With all due allowance for the above considerations, it must be confessed that we were in a state of inexcusable ignorance regarding the chemical constitution of these agents. Mineral water therapeutics must remain in a backward and unsatisfactory state until this was remedied. All of the mineral

springs should be submitted to analysis at least once in 10 years, or until we were able to arrive at a correct estimate of their potency, and whether they were

gaining or losing strength. The decen

nial revisions of the works of materia

medica and pharmacy should present a brief account of the mineral waters, so that the medical practitioner might be in possession of as authentic and authoritative a source of information regarding these as he had in the case of other therapeutic agents.-Medical Record.

The Albany Tuberculosis Conference. For over two hours an audience which filled Harmanus Bleecker Hall, the largest hall in Albany, listened Monday evening, January 27, 1998, to a series of addresses on the prevention of tuberculosis by distinguished medical and lay citizens.

Several hundred people were turned away, unable to secure admission. On the platform were seated probably a larger number of State and municipal officials than have been assembled on any recent occasion other than a strictly public function. The number included the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, leading members of both houses of the Legislature, the Mayors of Albany, Poughkeepsie, Rome, Newburgh and other cities, many members of boards of supervisors and presidents of State boards and heads. of State departments. Many distinguished physicians attended from all parts of the State, including Dr. Alex

ander Lambert, Dr. A. Jacobi and Dr. Alfred Meyer of New York city, Dr. John H. Pryor of Buffalo, Dr. George W. Goler of Rochester, Dr. Totman, health officer of Syracuse; Dr. Vander Veer and Dr. Henry Hun of Albany, and many others.

Many well-known citizens distinguished for their interest in philanthropic work were present from Albany and vicinity, including Mr. Thomas R. Proctor of Utica, Mr. Robert Cluett and Mr. Walter P. Warren of Troy, and Mrs. James E. Newcomb, president of the Stony Wold Sanatorium.

The subject was not one that lent itself to the ordinary methods of entertaining an audience, for a more serious topic could hardly be selected than the ways and means of saving the lives of the 14,000 persons who die yearly in the State. of New York from tuberculosis. The profound interest in the subject indicated by the large attendance was further evidenced by the fact that the closest attention was given for over two hours to the presentation of the subject, scarcely a person leaving the hall until the meeting closed a few minutes before II o'clock. The following letter from President Roosevelt was read:

The White House. Washington, January 18, 1908. My Dear Mr. Folks-I have your letter of the 17th instant. I wish I could be present with you. As I cannot, permet me, as an old friend and member of the association, a former Governor of the State and a very earnest sympathizer with your practical work for social betterment, to tender to the State Charities Aid Association through you the assurance of my interest, sympathy and approval in the work they are undertaking to organize local effort for the prevention of tu

berculosis in the State of New York outside of New York city. Such effort is peculiarly necessary, and I earnestly hope for its success. Sincerely yours, THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

Hon. Joseph H. Choate called attention to the fact that public charitable and correctional institutions have increased in number and size until they now include more than 110,000 inmates, of whom over 32,000 were children, and that while this good work should go on, the State government, and philanthropic agencies as well, should address themselves in larger degree to the question of ascertaining and controlling the cause of public dependence.

Governor Hughes expressed the emphatic approval by the State of the movement for the prevention of tuberculosis undertaken by the State Charities Aid Association. He recommended the early diagnosis by the medical profession, active measures by local health department under the general oversight of the State Department of Health and the development of the State Hospital for incipient cases at Raybrook.

He said that if through the misfortune of war or the sudden onslaught of pestilence, or some terrible calamity, the destruction of life occurred that now takes place each year on account of this disease the community would be appalled, massmeetings would be held and demand would be made that the most urgent measures be put into effect. .

Dr. William H. Welch, the acknowledged leader of scientific medicine in America, assured the audience that the reasonable application of our present knowledge of the subject would result in the diminution of the disease by at least one-half within the life of the present generation.

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KEY TO MEDICAL PERIODICALS.

PRICES OF FOREIGN JOURNALS DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

INDEX MEDICUS.

Alienist and Neurologist.
Q., $5-$1.25.

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18b Annales de Chirurgie et d'Orthopédie.
Paris. M., $3-30c.

18c Annales de Médecine et Chirurgie In-
fantiles. Paris. Semi-m., $4-40c.

18d Annales des Maladies de l'Oreille, etc.
Paris. M., $3.60-50c.

18e Annales d'Oculistique. Paris. M., $6-
50c.

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25g Archives d'Ophthalmologie. Paris. M.,
$6-60c.

25e Archiv für Dermatologie u. Syphilis.
Vienna and Leipsic. M., $5-50c.

25f Archives de Neurologie.

Paris.

$6-60c.

251 Archiv für Augenheilkunde. Wies-
baden. M., $4.75-50c.

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