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by Prof. Hemm. The writer straightway be. to be undergone. You are not going to be gan the following day's prescription writing so foolish as to employ hypnotics and you by jotting down a formula calling for “elixir first undertake to subdue yourself by the digestivum compositum,” which, ahem, all employment of some of the forms of light of us recognize as an orthodox National gymnastics which have been tighly recom. Formulary preparation. Within a few hours mended, you discard your pillow and later the telephone tinkled merrily and a voice get two, you count, you read dull books, you purporting to issue from the sanctum sanc. try various unnatural and uncomfortable torum of a prominent down-town drug-store postures and still the nights pass without naively asked, "doctor, we have bere one of giving you more than a hint of the sleep your prescriptions calling for 'elixir diges which has been your due. By the end of a tivum compositum.' Will you kindly tell week you are ready to use almost any somni. us what house makes this proprietary pi facient and you have awakened in you a most Needless to say, this question was answered wonderful admiration for the sleeping sickwith a sharp admonition to read the National ness and a sympathy for anyone wbo bas ever Formulary and learn “which house makes been deprived of sleep. If you have not al. this preparation.”

ready too far abused your nerves you presThe above experience shows conclusively ently find yourself sleeping again and the that this reform needs tbe conjoined action wonder of it is indelibly impressed on you for of both the pharmacal and the medical pro- it comes without explaining tbe why of its fessions; that perbaps the pharmacists coming, but you know that it came just in should call a meeting (and we understand time and that had things been but slightly from Prof. Hemm that such a meeting will different the future would have been black in. shortly be called) and that every druggist and deed. You resolve to treat your body with drug-clerk as well as every physician should due deference from this on and perhaps you buy a copy of the National Formulary and do do it. study it diligently.

There is no joke in this sleeplessness busi. It was said at the meeting alluded to above ness. It is a condition which is especially that perbaps the medical student does not re. liable to be found in the medical camp and it ceive enougb instruotion in prescription is worthy of serious contemplation, it is a writing. It is barely possible that perhaps condition which should be anticipated and the pharmacists in the past have not been hindered. When you find the man who has well drilled in their learning of the official once experienced a season of it you will find preparations of the U. S. Pharmacopeia and one who will tell you that there is no pbysi. the National Formulary. Or, does the aver- cal suffering in the same class. Most of the age drug-clerk fail to recognize the official therapy directed against it is irrational for preparations on a prescription blank because it is direoted against the effeot instead of the of the “dis-use atrophy” brought on by ex. cause and while it is necessary to give yest, cessive reading of proprietary prescriptions even though temporary, and without written by doctors with "proprietarietis hy for the cause still the reason must be found pertrophica (apologies to Mr. Dooley).and overcome. This not infrequently means

R. B. H. G. an absolute change in the manner of life,

and almost invariably in our cities it means

at least a considerable increase in time spent THE balance between fatigue and rest is one out of doors and in play, these sleepless peoof the most wonderful of provisions in the ple have usually forgotten how to play and

scheme for the continu. they simply have to learn again. We have Sleeplessness.

ance of animal life, to gotten a mighty distance from nature these be healthily fatigued days and we know little of good old Mother

and to sleep-can any. Earth and the smell and feel of her soil and thing more beneficent be imagined? The we are having to pay penalties, that's wbat average busy man unthinkingly regrets that these people who cannot sleep are doing and he must spend so much of his valuable time it seems that their salvation lies in discoversleeping, and it is cnly when this privilege is ing their need before it is too late. denied him that he comes to properly appre. ciate the worth to him of the hours he has spent sleeping, for to be fatigued and be un. The local health physicians have lately able to sleep is hell; to be surrounded by completed their annual vaccination camall that should be conducive to rest, to be paign. There has been less objection to vac. properly wearied and ready for sleep and to cination this year than usual, and wbile it be unable to lose yourself to it is an experi. has been nicely effective there have been few ence which can be explained to no one, it has bad arms.

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A MOVEMENT to assemble and make accessi. THE consolidation of the Female and City ble the writings of members of the St. Louis Hospitals is being discussed by the daily profession has been in

press, and it seems worth

pulling for. Conditions augurated by President To Assemble Roman of the St. Louis

The Female

have greatly changed the Literature Medical Society and is

Hospital.

during recent years, and of the Local worthy of the co-opera

there is not the reason Profession.

tion of all who have for a separate institution for females which

· written on medical or once existed. The Female Hospital has beother scientific subjeots. Dr. Homan issued come a lying-in institution, and is doing a the following call to members of the St. Louis work which does not justify so large a force Medical Society:

as is necessary to its administration as now While the maintenance of interest in the conducted; its buildings are dilapidated and current scientifio work of a medical body is must be renewed. Wisdom would point to of prime importance and cannot safely be rebuilding as one of the City Hospital group neglected for a day, the collection and preser and conducting both institutions under a sin. vation of the records of past or of this kind gle administration and with the one office by out members is also a funotion peculiarly force. appropriate to a body such as this one is, and which undertaking, if found workable, cannot The death of Dr. Sylvester L. Nidelet on but redound to the credit of this society and October 30th has removed another of the older prore an additional stimulus to scientific

and more pioturesque effort.

medical characters of It has occurred to me therefore, that a val.

topel Dr. Sylvester

St. Louis. Dr. Nidelet uable and interesting-if not unique-depart. NI

Nidelet.

was born in Philadelure could be made in beginning the forma

phia 77 years ago, bis tion of a collection of reprints—that is each parents were St. Louis people, and he always member who contributes papers on scientific considered himself a St. Louisan by birth. subjects for publication, would be requested He graduated in medicine here and went to donate to the society a complete set of such to Texas. There he entered the army as a reprints, or as nearly sc as possible-a mem- surgeon, and during the years spent on the orandum being inserted to show the date and frontier in that capacity, became well ao. place of publication of the papers that are quainted with the Indians, and learned sevnot included in the collection-and this col. eral of their tongues. lection to be preserved by the society and held When the civil war began be enteered the conveniently accessible to the entire member. Confederate service with Gen. Price, and ship.

later became chief surgeon of the department Comparatively few of our members have of the Gulf under Gen. Lee. He was access to a medical library, and one advantage wounded at the capture of Mobile. The year of the proposed plan would be the ease of after the war, be was sent for by Gen. Sherconsulting a production on any specific sub. man because of his knowledge of the Indians ject of which the seeker had heard or of and again became a surgeon in the United which his own copy was lost, particularly States Army. He was stationed for five years those topics that are treated of by the various at the Whetstone Indian reservation. specialties-as the eye, ear, lungs, heart, etc. Later, he resigned his commission at the

No time would be lost in searching through request of his brother, Dr. James C. Nidelet, files of medical journals, and this advantage and has practised in St. Louis since, except would appear nuore distinctly as such a collec. for two intervals. For one year he was Intion grew in volume and value.

dian agent to the. Sioux and be disappeared There is in this suggestion also an appeal for several years, during which time he was to the natural pride of authorsbip, which in the Orient. should stimulate interest in the undertaking, Dr. Nidelet was elected coroner in 1882 and while the cost involved would be inconsidera- served two years. It was during this time ble, as self-binders of suitable size can be had that the dead body of Preller was found in a at wholesale for fifty cents each, while an ap- trunk at the Southern Hotel, and it is due to propriate case for safe-keeping need not be of the persistence of Coroner Nidelet, and Dr. an expensive character.

J. C. Nidelet, who assisted his brother, that Later, if the project should be well received Maxwell was finally captured and convicted by the members, its scope could be enlarged, of a cold blooded murder. And all prominent medical writers could be Dr. Nidelet was unmarried, and is survived invited to make contributions in kind to the by his sister, Mrs. Charles E. Michel, and his suggested special library or collection.

brothers, Jas. C. and Frank.

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An informal reception was given at the new and closing with a “Deutches Bumperfest' at Frisco Hospital in this oity, on Ootober 20th, the Park hotel on Thursday evening. A more

that institution being delightful series of entertainments has never The Frisco

tbrown open to medical been enjoyed by this society. Railroad

and other friends fur A detailed report of the scientific proceed

their inspection. The ings will appear in our next issue. Hospital,

building is beautifully The nominating committee reported as fol.

constructed and is a lows the list of officers for the ensuing year : vuodel of hospital architecture, embracing so President-H. Horace Grant, Louisville, Ky. much of that which is best in modern hospi. First Vice-President-G. A. Hebert, Hot tal construction that it seems to leave noth- Springs, Ark. ing to be desired. A feature unique to hos. Second Vice-President-T.C. Witherspoon, pitals in St. Louis is the location of kitchen St. Louis, Mo. and dining rooms on the top floor, a change Secretary-H. E. Tuley, Louisville, Ky. which appeals to us tremendously.

Treasurer-S. C. Stanton, Chicago, III. Dr. Geo. W. Cale, chief surgeon of the The next meeting will be held at Columbus, Fricso, bas removed his office from Spring. O., in the fall of 1907. field to the institution, and since October 22d patients have been received, and the work of the hospital moving in its normal groove.

DR. ALBERT ABRAMS of San Francisco is at present in Paris where he is devoting his

time to research work and to the completion The thirty-second annual meeting of this as of the manuscript of his work on Clinical sociation convened in Hot Springs, Ark., on Medicine wbich is shortly to appear from the

on Tuesday, November press of the Rebmans. Mississippi 6, with an attendance of

HOSPITAL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY COLabout one hundred. The Valley Medical sessions were held in the

LECTIONS. — The annual collections for the Association,

benefit of St. Louis bospitals by the Hospi. Eastman Hotel, which is

tal Saturday and Sunday Association will be admirably suited for the

made December 1 and 2. The collection last purpose. Dr. J. H. Carstens, of Detroit,

year amounted to about $30,000. Considerpresided over the general sessions, while Drs. Frank P. Norbury and H. H. Grant occupied

ably more is expected and needed tbis year. the chairs in the medical and surgical sections.

DR. WILLIAM K. Otis, of New York, a The small attendance is partially accounted

graduate of the College of Physicians and for by the fact that the date conflicted with

Surgeons in 1885, died at his home after a State elections in all parts of the country-a

short illness of peumonia, September 22, 1906, mistake which should be guarded against in

aged 36 years. He was a son of Dr. Fessenthe future.

den N. Otis and was following the general The first evening was devoted to the ad

line of practice pursued by his distinguished dress of the president, the orations on medi- father, and in which he bimself was achiev. cine and surgery, and later a reception and

ing fame. He was a member of many local ball at the Arlington Hotel -all of which were and other societies and was professor of thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance.

genito-urinary diseases at the New York The address on Medicine, by Dr.Frank Parsons School of Clinical Medicine. He also had Norbury, and that on Surgery, by Dr. Florus service in several hospitals. F. Lawrence,reflected the progress being made along the lines of psychical therapeutics and SALICYLIC ACID FOOD AS A PRESERVATIVE. surgical principles, and will both be found -As a result of observations on a "poison printed in full in this issue of the FORTNIGHT squad" of twelve young government clerks, LY. Dr. Carsten's presidential address was Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, Chief Chemist of the a forceful argument in favor of unity and fra. Department of Agriculture, bas announced ternalism, in which he paid a glowing tribute that while salicylio acid is not as harmful to the medical profession of the period.

as a food preservative as has been generally The profession of Hot Springs spared no supposed, its use for this purpose is reprepains to make the event a success, both so hensible. Its administration was found to cially and scientifically, and the program in- be temporarily stimulating to the digestive cluded a trolley ride to the Alligator and Os- organs, but in the course of time the pro. trich farms, coach rides up the mountain side, cesses of putrition were interfered with, and receptions at the residences and institutions, a loss of weight was noted in the members of an inspection of the Army and Navy hospital, the squad.

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