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Medical Review of Reviews medical library its use as a reference book

is great, and saves needless loss of time in looking through long files of journals for any particular subject, and that without it the literature of any medical question cannot be thoroughly studied.



Edited by DANIEL LEWIS, M. D., LL. D.

Medical Review of Reviews Company

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An editorial note in the last number of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin calls especial attention to the fact that the Carnegie Institution is going to assist in the publication of the Index Medicus, for another year at least, at the increased price of $8 to subscribers. The editor says it is strange that, with the annually increasing numbers of men well trained in scientific lines, this publication should be so poorly supported. In commenting upon the increased subscription price he says it is, however, worth more than its cost to all scientific workers; that even in a small

Now we are wondering if the editor of the Bulletin is ignorant of the real reason for the precarious condition in which this Carnegie journal finds itself. It is because for nearly 14 years the MEDICAL REVIEW OF REVIEWS has published (without any two-year lapses) an Index Medicus that is ample, well classified and up to the first day of the month of publication. This meets requirements of the student of medical literature better than the $8 magazine, for $2 per year. Instead of offering to search out articles wanted from the Army Medical Library, we are sending the original articles by the thousands every year to our subscribers at the price of the journal number containing it, postage free. The average cost to them is about 15 cents a number.

The subscribers to the REVIEW do not need any other Index Medicus than ours, for we publish about 1200 titles every month (14,000 a year), which comprises all articles of any real value published in the world. It is not our purpose to discourage subscriptions to the Carnegie journal, but rather to call attention of our confrères in medical journalism to this most important branch of our work and to bespeak their appreciation of it.



According to the latest report from the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service the work of prevention is still being vigorously prosecuted. For the week ending August 22 the following report

has been received by Surgeon-General ued until there is no probability of a reWyman, although no case of plague has crudescence of the epidemic on the coast. been discovered there since January 30, 1908:

Week ended August 22.

Sick inspected...
Dead inspected.
Premises inspected...
Houses disinfected...
Houses destroyed..
Nuisances abated..
Buildings condemned.

Rats found dead.

Rats trapped....

Total rats taken...

Rats identified:

Mus norvegicus.

Mus rattus...

Mus musculus.


Rats examined bacteriologically..
Poisons placed.......


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Dr. St. John Roosa often deplored the fact that so few laymen ever bestowed 14.471 gifts upon medical schools and colleges, which for the most part have been established and maintained by the members of the medical profession. It is a source of deep regret to Dr. Roosa's friends that he did not live to hear of the bequest of $2,000,000 made by Mr. Hewitt to the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital. which was established and made successful through his devotion to its interests.








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The same thorough work is still being prosecuted at Seattle, where only 20 infected rats have been found among the thousands examined bacteriologically, and where none has been found since July 9, 1908.

We thus find the most thorough and effective work by an existing public health department, which will be contin

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The Irish University Bill.-During the past few months there have been under debate in Ireland two public matters of much interest to the medical profession-the university bill and the tuberculosis bill. The former has now passed both houses of Parliament and only awaits the royal assent to become a law.

The institution was already upon a very sound financial basis, so that this munificent legacy will give it the power to largely increase its usefulness and to add any needed facilities for more effective instruction.

The larger part of this great gift should. be set aside as a permanent endowment which will assure the Post-Graduate School against any and every financial stringency in the future. Upon the wise administration of this legacy will depend the future action of wealthy laymen in a large degree.


Under its provisions two new universities are established in Ireland, one in Belfast and one with its center at Dublin, but with constituent colleges in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The college in Dubin is yet to be started, while the Queen's colleges in Belfast, Cork and Galway take their place in the new universities.

During the 60 years of their existence the three Queen's colleges have had a varied course. For 30 years they together constituted the Queen's University. Then the university was abolished, and for 30 years the colleges have been in the cold, though teaching students for the examining board designated as the "Royal University." Now this board has been abolished, and the colleges are arranged in the new combination.

Dr. William P. Spratling, superintendent of the Craig colony for epileptics at Sonyea, N. Y., has resigned, to take effect next November. Dr. Spratling is to accept the chair of nervous diseases and physiology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore.

Deaths Under Anæsthetics.- Public attention has been attracted to the num

ber of inquests held recently on patients who have died in London under chloroform and other anæsthetics. The Home Secretary has been asked in Parliament whether his attention had been called to the fact that three inquests had been held in one day on persons who had died under anæsthetics. In reply Mr. Gladstone said that he was in communication with the Lord President of the Council, and through him with the general medical council, on the question whether a course of instruction in the administration of anææsthetics can be included in all cases in the course of study required for medical qualification.

New Rockefeller Hospital. Plans have been filed for the main hospital building and isolation annex of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. The main building is to be a seven-story brick edifice, and the isolation wards will

be in a two-story building connected with. the main building by steel bridges. The estimated cost of the hospital is $350,000, the isolation annex $50,000 and the additional power-house $4000.

Tuberculosis Not Admitted.-The regents of the University of Utah have promulgated a decree that no teacher, student or employe infected with tuberculosis will be admitted hereafter to the classrooms or buildings of the university.

Eye Trouble from Public Baths.Dr. Herbert J. Knapp, oculist of the Eastern District Dispensary, says that at present there are a large number of cases of catarrhal conjunctivitis, due to bathing at the public baths in that vicinity. A sewer empties into the river a short distance above the bath. The attention of the Board of Health has been called to the the removal of the bath. existence of this epidemic and has urged

Dr. Charles A. L. Reed of Cincinnati was recently made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the Government of France. Dr. Reed is also a candidate for the United States Senate.

Medical College Merger.- Announcement is made of the amalgamation of the Louisville Hospital and College of Medicine, the Kentucky School of Medicine. and the Medical Department of the University of Louisville, the new institution to be known as the Medical Department of the University of Louisville. The merging of these three medical schools. which has been agitated for several months, gives to Louisville one of the largest and best equipped medical schools in the South. A committee has been appointed to rearrange the faculty for the new institution. ·

The Philippine Agricultural Review, a newly established publication of the Bureau of Agriculture, will take the place of the press bulletins heretofore issued by that bureau. It will not be a technical journal, but rather a popular serial publication on general agriculture. The primary object of the Review is to furnish an educational means of reaching the people of the Philippine Islands with the work of the Bureau of Agriculture. Applicants for the Review should state. whether the English or the Spanish edition is desired. Address all communications relative to this publication to the Director of the Bureau of Agriculture, Manila, P. I.

A New Book by Professor Osler.A volume of occasional addresses by Dr. W. Osler, the regius professor of medicine at Oxford, entitled "An Alabama Student and Other Biographical Essays," will soon be published by the Oxford University Press. The greater portion of the book deals with aspects of the life of physicians in the United States, and Professor Osler is of opinion that in no age and in no land have the Hippocratic ideals been more fully realized than in some of the lives which he portrays. Chapters are devoted to Sir Thomas Browne, Harvey and his discovery, John Locke as a physician, "Keats, the apothe cary poet," and Oliver Wendell Holmes.


ALBRIGHT.-In Hatfield, Iowa, August 31, 1908, Dr. Titus Albright, aged 48


APPERSON.--In Marion, Va., August 8, 1908, Dr. John S. Apperson, aged 64


August 11, 1908, Dr. John Albert Armstrong, aged 47 years.

ARMSTRONG.--In San Marcos, Texas,

BARTHOLOMEW.-In Denver, Col., August 24, 1908, Dr. Haywood B. Bartholomew, aged 38 years.

BISHOP.In Talladega, Ga., August 4, 1908, Dr. Wallace Reverdy Bishop, aged 35 years.

BORDEN.-In Tarrytown, N. Y., August 10, 1908, Dr. John Borden, aged 35


BOWEN.-In Chicago, Ill., August 29, 1908, Dr. Mary II. Bowen, aged 74 years.

BRUNDAGE.-In Xenia, Ohio, August 1, 1908, Dr. Lawrence H. Brundage, aged 43 years.

BUCK.-In Foxcroft, Mass., August 9, 1908, Dr. William Buck, aged 74 years.

BURR.-In South Framington, Mass., August 13, 1908, Dr. Charles H. Burr, aged 53 years.

CHAMBERLIN.-In Frost, Texas, August 23, 1908, Dr. Alonzo Chamberlin, aged 61 years.

CONN. In Akron, Ohio, August 7, 1908, Dr. Eli Conn, aged 70 years.

COOK. In Philadelphia, Pa., August 1, 1908, Dr. Charles N. Cook, aged 65 years.

CORBIN.-In St. Johns, Mich., August 7, 1908, Dr. Gilbert E. Corbin, aged 77


CRELIN.-In Chillicothe, Ohio, August 2, 1908, Dr. William Kenyon Crelin, aged 92 years.

CROWE.--In Ocean City, Md., August 2, 1908, Dr. Emery W. Crowe, aged 25


CROXFORD. In Brewer, Maine, Au

gust 5, 1908, Dr. Russell H. Croxford, August 5, 1908, Dr. William Wilson Hamilton, aged 46 years.

aged 50 years.

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HAMILTON.-In East Liverpool, Ohio, aged 58 years.

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