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ering when she lies down. Otherwise health is good. No menstrual trouble. Parents healthy.

Treatment has been by ipecac syrup and in powder in oliv oil; hypophosfites syrup (quinin and strychnin); also syrup of white pine. Ind.

A. R. (The case is developing asthma. Put her on potassium iodid, 10 to 15 grains, four times a day, and keep it up over several months. When all tendency to dyspnea has vanisht, and does not reappear for several weeks, you may discontinue the potassium iodid, but can expect to have to return to it if she "catches cold,” or if kidneys or stomach become disordered. Fluidextract of quebracho is another drug that will be of benefit to her. Spraying the nasal chambers with a 1 to 10.000 solution of suprarenin is one of the latest and most satisfactory measures of giving instantaneous relief in such cases. It is used in the ordinary atomizer.—ED.)

until maturity and who does not extend his indulgence immoderately. It is a waste of money, certainly—but so is the use of clothing and food-beyond the wearing of the coarsest and cheapest fabrics and the plainest and coarsest diet. Unpleasant to those not accustomed to itlikewise are those who ingest onions, when they come in contact with those who have not indulged. Some rare individuals are injured even by the moderate use of tobacco, just as certain people should never touch coffee or tea, but this is true in only the exceptional case.—Ed.)

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Hypertrophied Prostate. DEAR DR. TAYLOR:-I have a patient 61 years old, with a hypertrophied prostate that causes severe burning pains when he passes his urin. But, as the patient refuses an operation, I would like to know whether or not there is any other source of relief for him.

W. L. Kutz. Weissport, Pa.

[The use of the psychrophore may prove of benefit. Massage, or "milking" with the finger of the physician in the rectum, may do good. Are you positiv that the pain on urination is due to the hypertrophied prostate? We suggest that you get Overall's “Non-surgical Treatment of the Prostate," obtainable from any medical bookseller at $2. Without completer information on the case, we do not feel that we can offer any advice of value.-Ed.]

Adhesiv Plasters. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD -Kindly give in World prescription and detailed method for making an adhesiv mass for a pitch plaster. Also kindly give me the same information for making a rubber adhesiv plaster. What is the most adhesiv mass that can be made-that is, what one adheres the tightest to the body? If you can give more than one process without putting yourself to too much trouble, please do so. F. S.

[Burgundy pitch, 26 ounces; frankincense, 13 ounces; resin, 41/2 ounces; yellow wax, 4172 ounces; oliv oil, 2 ounces; distilled water, 2

Add the oliv oil and the water to the frankincense, Burgundy pitch resin and beeswax previously melted together; evaporate with constant stirring to a proper consistence. This is the formula given in the British pharmacopeia.

The pitch plaster of the U. S. P., 1890, was similar to above, containing 80 parts of Burgundy pitch, 15 parts of yellow wax, and 5 parts of oliv oil, melted together and stirred until the mass thickens on cooling.

Rubber, 20 gm.; petrolatum, 20 gm.; lead plaster, 960 gm. Melt the rubber at a temperature of not more than 150° C. (302° F.); add the petrolatum and continue the heat till the rubber is dissolved. Add the lead plaster to the hot mixture; continue the heat till it becomes liquid, then let it cool and stir until it stiffens. -Ed.)

Use of Tobacco. DEAR DR. TAYLOR:-Can you give a publisht remedy for the cigarette, cigar and all other forms of the use of tobacco ? Tobacco, as our textbooks tell us, is a narcotic poison, and is doing the human race an incalculable harm, physically and morally.

Please point out the evils that result from the use of "the weed" and a remedy to cure the awful habit.

J. P. Ga.

{There is no such a thing as a “cure for the tobacco or cigarette habit.' If anyone accustomed to their use wishes to abandon the habit, all there is to do is to quit. If one accustomed to their use does not desire to be freed from the habit, no drug or combination of drugs on earth will compel him to cease the use of the weed. There is no effect, in the man of youth or medium age, in abandonment of the habit, beyond the temporary inconvenience caused by the interruption of the habit and the nervous irritability incident thereto. We do not think it advisable for the man up in years, who has been accustomed to the free use of tobacco nearly all his life, to suddenly abandon it.

Hysterical writers have frequently assailed the "awful habit” in a very intemperate manner, but no man has yet scientifically proved that it is so very dreadful or that it has any very deleterious effects on the man who does not begin its use

Liquor Habit Cure. DEAR DR. TAYLOR :-Do you know of a remedy for the liquor habit that can be administered without the patient's knowledge? Ostrander, Ohio.

G. E. Cowles. [There is no treatment for the liquor habit that can be administered without the knowledge of the patient that is of any avail whatever. For a satisfactory, cure of inebriety, it is necessary that the victim be willing and anxious to be cured. He must not only have his system toned up, but he must also have his moral powers revivified, so that he will be able to decline or flee from temptation to drink later. Nothing will compel a man to quit the use of alcohol against his will. One may squirt apomorphin into him till his stomach will not retain liquor, and tell him he is "cured," but as soon as he can get alcohol without the apomorphin, and is able to retain it, he knows that he is not cured, and his last condition is worse than his first.

If a man really desires to be freed from his habits, and has not the moral strength to abstain, he may be incarcerated, with or without treatment, till he is free from alcohol. Then, if he be toned up vigorously, and keeps away from temptation, and has the moral stamina to resist it if thrust upon him, he is as much cured as anyone ever is.-ED.)

the amount of pyrogallic acid may be increast. Apply in evening, follow in the morning by a weak water of ammonia wash. -Ed.]

Denatured Alcohol. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD :—What is denatured alcohol? What would be a poisonous dose of same? How does it compare with grain alcohol for external use? What is considered a poisonous dose of wood alcohol? C. D. COMBS, M.D.

Monarat, Va. ["According to an act of the Congress of the United States, approved June 7, 1906, alcohol may be withdrawn from bond without the payment of internal revenue tax, for use in the arts and industries, and for fuel, light and power, provided said alcohol shall have been mixt, under certain prescribed regulations, with specified denaturing material whereby it is rendered unfit for beverage or medicinal purposes. The act went into effect January 1, 1907. Alcohol, to be known as completely denatured alcohol, must be prepared by either of the following formulas: (1.) To every 100 gallons of ethyl alcohol (of not less than 180° proof) there shall be added 10 gallons of approved methyl alcohol and 12 gallon of approved benzine. (2.) To every 100 gallons of ethyl alcohol (of not less than 180° proof), there shall be added 2 gallons of approved methyl alcohol, and 1/2 gallon of approved pyridin bases." ("National Standard Dispensatory.")

Containing, as above noted, one-tenth of its volume of wood alcohol, the poisonous content is the amount of wood alcohol.

No liquid containing wood alcohol should be used about the body on account of possible poisonous effects, even from the fumes, since these, in concentration, have caused poisoning, blindness, etc.

Wood alcohol should never be used in medicin, as there is no evidence of its value and its poisonous possibilities are well recognized. It has been recommended in treatment of “pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic diarrhea, and dysentery. It is sedativ and narcotic.” It would be a courageous man, indeed, who would employ it in any dosage, altho the internal dose is placed at "10 to 20 minims." The minimum poisonous dose is not known, but presumably it would not be greatly in excess of 20 minims.-Ed.]


Towns' Treatment of Narcotic Addiction,

DEAR DR. TAYLOR:- Please tell me the Charles Towns (New York) treatment of opium addiction.

J. C. O'DWYER, M.D. Allen, S. D. [Towns' treatment is given in the Medical Review of Reviews, December, 1914, which we have condenst from a longer article, as follows:

One of the essential factors of the treatment is a mixture of belladonna, xanthoxylum and hyoscyamus which has the following composition: B Tr. belladonna..

...f3 ij Fld. ext. xanthoxyli,

Fld. ext. hyoscyami, äā........f3j In making this mixture a 15% tincture of belladonna must be used or an equivalent amount included if a weaker tincture is employed. If this is not done the craving for the drug often remains as a nagging longing and the eradication of the craving is incomplete. The mixture must be administered to the beginning of the physiologic tolerance of the belladonna, as shown by dry throat, dilated pupils, or a Aushing and a rash, or the beginning incisiv voice of the commencing belladonna hallucinations, tho this latter condition is to be avoided if possible. This remedy is to be given in repeated small doses, rather than in larger quantities three times a day. It is absolutely essential that the morphin patient should have a thoro cathartic action before beginning to take the remedy. Vomiting may occur if this is not done.

It is well to give three-fourths of the total 24-hour dose instead of two-thirds as the initial dose of morphin. The patients thus go thru their first two periods without any distress and they do not begin to have the symptoms of discomfort until the third dose of morphin begins to wear off.

· If but little morphin is given for the beginning dose and the doctor halves it at the second dose and again at the third dose, owing to the insufficiency in the beginning the patient is not really comfortable at any time and has a nagging desire for more.

The detailed treatment for morphinism is given by Dr. Lambert as follows, and we give it here in his own words:

"A patient addicted to morphin is given five compound cathartic pills and 5 grains of blue mass, and six hours later, if these have not acted, they are followed by a saline; after three or four abundant movements of the bowels from these cathartics the patient is given, in his habitual way, by mouth or by hypodermic, in three divided doses at half-hour intervals, twothirds or three-fourths of the total daily 24hour dose of morphin_or opium to which he has been accustomed. The physician should observe carefully after the second dose has been given, as the amount then equals either fourninths or one-half the total 24-hour dose. A few patients cannot comfortably take more than this amount. Six drops of the belladonna mixture are given in capsules at the same time as the morphin. This belladonna mixture in doses of 6 drops (and by drops I do not mean minims: I mean drops dropt from an ordinary medicin dropper, which is about half a minim dose) is



Black Hair Dye. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:- Please give me good formula for black hair dye, something that will do the work and be as harmless as possible.

Atwood, Okla. N. J. JOHNSON, M.D. [R Nitrate of copper.

.360 grains Nitrate of silver.

7 ounces Distilled water

60 ounces Water of ammonia, enuf. Dissolve the salts in the water and add the water of ammonia carefully until the precipitate is all redissolved. This solution, properly applied, is said to produce a very black color; a lighter shade is secured by diluting the solution. Copper sulfate may be used instead of the nitrate. R Pyrogallic acid...

Citric acid..

11 parts

.100 parts If the dye does not impart the desired color,

3.5 parts 0.3 parts

given every hour for six hours. At the end of its power to relieve nervousness and the feeling six hours the dosage is increast 2 drops. The of distress. It should be given, therefore, in belladonna mixture is continued every bour of doses of about 2 or 3 grains or less. Codein or the day and every hour of the night continuously dionin should be cut off as soon as possible after thruout the treatment, increasing 2 drops every the castor oil has acted. It may be given during six hours, until 16 drops are taken, when it is the next succeeding twenty-four hours if necescontinued at this dosage; it is diminisht or dis- sary, but if patients are for any reason taking continued at any time if the patient shows bella- codein for forty-eight hours after they are thru donna symptoms, such as dilated pupils, dry their treatment, they will usually persist in doing throat or redness of the skin, or the peculiar and so and must be broken from this narcotic or incisiv and insistent voice, and insistence on one they will from this return quickly to their moror two ideas. It is begun again at reduced dosage phin or heroin. after these symptoms have subsided. If the pa- “The withdrawal pains or pain in the joints and tient has an unusual sensitivness to belladonna aching in the bones and muscles can sometimes it will usually show itself in the first six or eight be relieved by hypodermics of some form of hours and the hourly dosage can be cut down to ergot and strychnin, sometimes by massage, somefrom 2 to 4 drops and raised by 1 drop every six times by sodium salicylate, sometimes by a salihours. If, on the other hand, even 16 drops cylic compound combined with some of the coalpersisted in for twelve consecutiv hours do not tar products such as antipyrin, phenacetin or give dryness of the throat the dosage should be pyramidon; they can always be eased up by codein raised to 18 or 20 every hour until the dryness or dionin. The addition of codein to these coaloccurs and then the amount reduced.

tar products increases their analgesic effect. "At the tenth hour after the initial dose of These patients have been in the habit of remorphin is given the patient is again given five ferring all their discomfort and distress to the compound cathartic pills and 5 grains of blue lack of morphin and have consequently drifted mass. These should act in six or eight hours into the habit of referring everything to the lack after they have been taken. If they do not act of it. For two or three days after they are at this time, some vigorous saline is given, and off their drug any indiscretion in eating, or any when they have acted thoroly the second dose attempt at too much physical exertion, will bring of morphin is given, which is usually about the a recurrence of their withdrawal symptoms. This eighteenth hour. This should be one-half the is simply due to exhaustion or to indigestion, and original dose, that is, one-third or three-eighths if treated as such quickly disappears without any of the original 24-hour daily dose. The bella- narcotic. Insomnia is often a troublesome sympdonna mixture is still continued, and ten hours tom after the patients are off their drug. This after the second dose of morphin has been given may have to be treated in some patients with —that is, about the twenty-eighth hour-five com- doses of bromids, in others by chloral or by other pound cathartic pills are again given and 5 grains various hypnotics. Veronal has, in my hands, of blue mass, these again, if necessary, followed given so much depression and produced so many by a saline seven or eight hours later. After bad after-effects that it should be avoided. The these have thoroly acted at about the thirty-sixth best hypnotic is muscular fatigue, and these pahour, the third dose of morphin is given, which is tients should begin to exercise regularly and one-sixth or three-sixteenths of the original dose. be built up physically as soon as their condition This is usually the last dose of morphin that is permits. Usually this is within a week after necessary. Again, ten hours after the third dose they are off their drug. of morphin, that is, the forty-sixth hour, the "Patients who have been taking both morfive compound cathartic pills and 5 grains of phin and alcohol should be treated for the morblue mass are again given, followed seven or phin and can be tapered off at the same time from eight hours afterward by a saline, and one ex- their alcohol. They are apt to have an activ pects at this time to see the bilious green stool gastritis, which complicates their ability to retain appear. When this appears, after the bowels their medication or to retain food. Sodium have moved thoroly, about eighteen hours after citrate in doses of from 5 to 10 grains every hour the third dose of morphin, about the fifty-sixth best relieves this condition, with or without from hour of treatment, 2 ounces of castor oil are 10 to 20 grains of cerium oxalate or 5 grains given to clear out thoroly the intestinal tract. of Tully's powder every two hours for one or Sometimes it is necessary to continue the bella- two doses.' donna mixture over one or two more cathartic The treatment for alcoholism and cocainism is periods before giving the oil. During this last outlined by the author as follows: “In treating period when the bowels are moving from the an alcoholic the belladonna mixture and the five compound cathartic pills and before the oil is compound cathartic pills and 5 grains of blue given, the patients have their most uncomfort- mass are given simultaneously at the first dose. able time. Their nervousness and discomfort The belladonna mixture is continued every hour can be controlled usually by codein, which can of the day and every hour of the night the same be given hypodermically in 5-grain doses and as with the morphin patients, and twelve hours repeated if necessary; or some form of the before the initial dose patients are again given valerates may help them. About the thirtieth from three to five compound cathartic pills, and hour of treatment these patients should be stimu- at the twenty-fourth hour after the initial dose lated with strychnin or digitalis, or both, every they are again given the cathartics followed by four to six hours.

salines if necessary, and again at the thirty-sixth "Some patients cannot tolerate codein and break hour. After these last cathartics, the bilious out into an urticarial rash or a fine red punctate stools will appear and by the forty-fourth or rash or swelling and burning of the skin. In forty-fifth hour the castor oil is given. Somethese patients relief can be obtained by dionin, times it is necessary to carry on the treatment which seems about twice as strong as codein in over another period, and the compound cathartic

pills and blue mass are again given at the fortyeighth hour. It may even be necessary to carry on the treatment one or two periods longer.

“Elderly or very nervous patients who have been on a prolonged debauch are tapered off with 2 ounces of whisky for four or five doses thru the first twenty-four hours. If these patients are excessivly nervous it is necessary also to see that they sleep, and a mixture of chloral hydrate, 20 grains; morphin, % grain; tincture of hyoscyamus, 1/2 dram; tincture of ginger, 10 minims; tincture of capsicum, 5 minims, and water, 12 ounce, is the best hypnotic for them. These patients should also have cardiac stimulants, such as strychnin and digitalis, after the first twentyfour hours, or sooner if they are weak.

“The cocainist can be treated like the alcoholic, except that no cocain is given at any time, and strychnin or some such stimulant must be given from the beginning of the treatment.

"To break a man from his tobacco habit alone he should be allowed to taper off the first twentyfour hours, or he can be cut off abruptly and should be treated like the alcoholic.

"If the patient is a victim of both morphin and cocain, then we have a very difficult combination to handle. Usually as the effect of the morphin wears off these patients become delirious, unreasonable, unmanageable and exceedingly ugly. They do not know or realize what they are saying or doing and they make trying patients. Often on the morning following their delirium they will have no recollection of what they have said or done or of any of the suffering which they asserted they were enduring, and will declare that they had a very good night."

The author insists that the treatment is distinctly a hospital treatment and cannot be carried out successfully in the patient's home.—ED.)

bears any date, but it was received by me December 23, 1914. JEFFERSON Wilcox, M.D.

Willacoochee, Ga.

[Dr. George E. Coutant and his methods were described in the April, 1913, WORLD, pages 105 to 168.

George P. Way and his methods were described in the Journal of the American Medical Association for November 1, 1913. It was there stated that

The Way "medicated eardrum" itself is a particularly vicious little device. While there is nothing in the advertising matter sent out by Way to make this clear, it is a fact that the drums are specially de signed for individuals whose tympanic membrane ("eardrum") is ruptured. It is a rubber contrivance enlarged at each end and with a constricted portion in the center. One of the enlarged ends is supposed to be pusht into the middle ear. The drums are recommended for discharging ears ; actually they are about the worst things that could be used in such a condition. The amount of damage a piece of fakery of this kind can do is almost beyond belief. But it furnishes the Way family an income which they are willing to divide with those publications that are not above participating in the profits of quackery.

The American Medical Association, 535 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill., publishes a pamphlet entitled “Deafness Cure Fakes,” which they will send to anyone on receipt of 10 cents. It would be well for doctors to have pamphlets of this nature in their possession for their own information.-Ed.)

Cars and Tires. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:-I would like to ask the brothers if any of them have tried the Colorado Tire and Leather Company's durable treads they recommend to put on old tires ?

I would like also to ask the brothers, thru The WORLD, how they find the motorcycle by this time. Can it be used on gravel roads the year around? And does it make any difference in the eyes of your patients or your fellow practicians whether you run a car or motorcycle? I have just located in a new place and don't want to make a mistake. All my surrounding brothers have cars. I have one, but thought of getting_a_motorcycle for winter use.

L. R. EMERICK, M.D. Conover, Ohio.

Fluid En-ser-ol. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:-On page 503 of December WORLD I observe you were not able to learn of the composition of en-ser-ol. I received the following letter from the J. A. M. A. You can quote from their letter if you desire and inform your readers of the analysis as made by various ones.

R. V. WITTER. Elizabeth, Col.

DEAR DR. WITTER :The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry concerns itself wholly with preparations advertised to physicians, hence your inquiry regarding "En-ser-ol" was referred to this department.

"Fluid En-ser-ol" has been analyzed by various authorities. The Indiana State Board of Health states that the nostrum contains "cinnamon, camphor, water and baking soda." The Agricultural Commission of Ohio reported that the specimen analyzed by it consisted essentially of cinnamon, water and boric acid. Dr. Wiley, on the “Inherent No-Accountness of Patent Nostrums," in the September, 1914, issue of Good Housekeeping, declares that in his laboratory they found "campbor, glycerin and water, and traces of antiseptics, too small in amount to be definitly determined" in Fluid Eoser-ol. Evidently, like most fraudulent nostrums, the composition of the stuff is by no means a fixt quantity.

Yours very sincerely,
Journal American Medical Association.

By A. J. C.

Propaganda Department. 535 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill.


Coutant and Way. EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:-I thought our old friend and fake, Dr. George E. Coutant, had been denied the use of the mails, but from the inclosed you will find he is up to his old tricks again, and I have recently received a number of his follow-up letters. I am also inclosing some literature from another just as bad a fake, one whom I have already been simple enuf to give a fair trial. The one to whom I refer is The George R. Way eardrum fake, of Detroit, Mich. You will note none of Dr. Coutant's literature

Epilepsy and Perkins' Remedy. Dear Dr. Taylor :-Will you give me all you know about “Dr. Perkins' New Era for Epilepsy"? I was called this morning to see a case that has been taking it. She says she does not have the attacks so often since she began taking it. Is there any virtue in it? She is 30 years of age and single. Never had fits until 25. They began during the nights. I find everything right with her except a slight irritability of the heart. Please say a word to me for this poor woman. Can I do anything for her?

Chattaroy, Wash. John L. Smith, M.D.

(The American Medical Association writes us as follows:

We do not know "Dr. Perkins' New Era For Epilepsy" by that name. We have record of one H. W. Perkins, of Red Bank, N. J., who puts out an epilepsy cure that is sometimes called "Re909, Dr. Perkins' Favorite Prescription." This man Perkins has, apparently, been acting as a stool-pigeon for one

A. W. Chappell. Chappell is the man who operated the Waterman Institute Morphin Cure. (See "Nostrums and Quackery,” page 578.) As the operation of the morphin cure became more or less risky, Chappell brancht out, apparently, in a fraudulent epilepsy cure. Advertisements put out by the Waterman Institute, both for the alleged cure for the morphin habit and for epilepsy, were identical with the Perkins advertisement for the same conditions.

We made a cursory examination of Dr. Perkins' Favorite Prescription for Epilepsy, and our chemists reported that it contained about 16.4 gm. of potassium bromid and about 9.2 gm. of ammonium bromid in each 100 c.c. There

also a bitter plant extractiv that was not identified. In other words, Perkins' Favorite Prescription for Epilepsy, like every other fraudulent epilepsy cure on the market, apparently depends essentially for what action it bas on bromids.

It is apparent that the bromid content of this preparation would help the patient. To detail the systematic treatment of epilepsy would be too much for these pages.

Several articles on this subject have appeared in The World during the past few years. Read them. It might be well also to secure a good book on the subject. See reply to W. H. Moorhouse, in this issue.-Ed.]


front page.

As you know, Doctor, limited diet, avoiding fats and carbohydrates, and taking exercise, is the best means of reducing fat. Thyroid will do it, but it must be carefully used.-Ed.)

Capt. Rand and His Lucky Stone. Dear Dr. TAYLOR:-The inclosed "ad" was sent to my daughter by the house that sells the “lucky stones," and it is such a bare-faced scheme to get money out of the silly and superstitious people that I think it ought to be exposed, and it seems to me you can do so better than anyone I know of. You might mention it in The World, and perhaps call the attention of the postmaster general to the method of selling pebbles at a dollar each. Thos. W. MUSGROVE.

Sultan, Wash.

[The booklet tells "The Wonderful Story About Capt. Rand” and bears a halftone picture of what purports to be that estimable gentleman on the

The pamphlet tells of his "good luck” in getting possession of a “lucky stone" in Ceylon when he was "down and out" and of the immense wealth he soon acquired because of it, and many testimonials are printed from patrons of the Captain. No directions are given in the pamphlet for the purchase of the “lucky stones” from_him, but his business address is given as 276 Tremont Street, Boston, and it seems inferable that anyone sending $1 can “lucky stone" and quickly become a millionaire.

A peculiar thing about this matter is: Why should a man who has amast a fortune need to sell these pebbles at $1 apiece? If his idea is to extend good luck and good fortune to many others, why does he not sell them for a nominal sum, such as 5 cents apiece? It is evident that he wants to add substantially to his alleged wealth by selling these stones at an extravagant price. Aside from this, we would like to emphasize the foolishness of "good luck” or lucky talismans, etc. It is a waste of time to consider such ridiculous things.—Ed.)



Burns Belt. DEAR DR. TAYLOR :-Herewith inclosed "literature" of Burns Belt Company, New York. I wrote in answer to his ad in Woman's World and refer to you for investigation and expose, as it looks "fishy". to me. I am willing and anxious to lose eighty pounds of flesh, but I do not like to lose 10.

HAROLD W. BANKS. Brookfield, Mich.

[We have received the following information from the American Medical Association:

The Burns Belt concern exploits a device it calls the auto-masseur. It advertises it by methods common to the obesity cure fakers. The following, quoted from the New Hampshire State Board of Health for July-October, 1909, will probably give you all the information that is necessary :

Auto-Masseur. "A treatment for obesity. Manufactured by Prof.' S. H. Burns, 1300 Broadway, New York. Consists of an elastic belt carrying a metallic spiral ring about five inches in diameter, the latter intended to be worn over the umbilicus. The ring consists of two parts, one-half brass, the other brass, silver plated, the ends being connected by spirals of fine wire soldered together. In addition to this interesting appliance there are two 'accelerating auxiliaries''absorbine' and 'shrinkine.' The 'shrinkine' was not submitted, but the ‘absorbine,' a bit of which is to be 'rubbed over the deepest accumulations of fat for five minutes,' seems to consist of nothing more powerful than 'unguentum aqur rosæ.'. The manufacturer is confident that 'simply wearing my automasseur, regardless of age or sex, will permanently reduce superfluous flesh from all parts-face, chest, back, hips, legs or abdomen.' Nor is this all, for we read that, 'rheumatic and nervous affections, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, female weaknesses, weak circulation and fatty degeneration of the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver yield quickly to its curativ action. It is almost unnecessary to suggest that the dieting recommended in conjunction with the simple massage treatment involved is altogether re. sponsible for any improvement that may be noted."

Soap-Ball Gallstones. Dear Dr. Taylor :-Can you give me any information regarding the “gallstone cure" put out by The Hepatola Company, of Columbus, Ohio?

One of my cholecystitis patients, who is also a probable cholelithiasis victim, was recently told of this marvelous remedy by a neighboring old lady, who was able to vouch for its specific action, having had personal knowledge of cures accomplisht by it. Large amounts of gallstones had been passed and patients had secured lasting freedom from pain, which had formerly made them chronic sufferers.

Not being anxious to undergo an operation, my patient decided to adopt this simple method of disposing of her "stone quarry.' mitted $6.50 for the double course of treatment, since the initial treatment was to be repeated after a three-day interval. The first course consisted of two powders to be taken at 3 p. m. on a day preceded by morning fasting. At bedtime a 6-ounce bottle of an oily substance was to be taken at one dose and coaxt to stay down by frequent tastes of lemon juice. On the following morning two more powders were to be taken.

The lady followed instructions closely, and at about 11 p. m. was taken with severe and re

She re

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