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foundation of our fortunes, the bulwark of our hopes, a rock on which to build anew-our country, our homeland, America."-From American Medicine. May, 1917 (National Number.)
Dr. E. F. Robinson of Kansas City, Mo., was The World War News
appointed chief medical officer and commis-
National Guard of Missouri.
These camps of 20 to 80,000 men, where they sponsibility. To support it is a duty, to
are being trained, will be made health resorts and not pestilential areas.
Remember that your country wants you, your taken away, there will still remain the country is calling you, your country needs you
and needs you now.
The government is making an effort to place
every man properly. It is willing to invest a cerTO MY WIFE
tain amount of money in each man, and he is
taught the difference between civil and military "Little you'd care what I laid at your feet, Ribbon or crest or shawl
practice. What if I bring you nothing, sweet,
The officer can live in the field for approxiNor maybe come home at all?
mately $50 a month. Ah, but you'll know, brave heart, you'll know Two things I'll have kept to send:
The equipment in the Medical Officers' ReMine honor for which you made me go
serve Corps is approximately $150. That inAnd my love-my love to the end."
cludes his uniforms and everything.
The following St. Joseph nurses are in Hos
pital Unit No. 28 and they will be sent in groups Capt. Will Wallis of Maryville has been of ten for preliminary training to national army called.
cantonments: Minnie Strobel, Blanche Johnson, Capt. W. T. Elam is to report at Fort Riley
Hazel Richey, Ruth Winegar, Ethel Leonard. about April 1, 1918.
Field, in New York Med. Jour., Dec. 29, 1917, Lieut. Levi S. Long has been called to Fort in an interesting article on the feet, says that Riley March 25, 1918.
those whose duties require them to stand or walk Dr. Charles Greenburg was shaking hands
much also frequently suffer from aching feet due with his friends on a leave of absence visit.
to the tenderness of their feet. The tenderness
may result from infrequency of bathing, from Captain Emmett F. Cook is regimental sur
the formation of callous spots, from blisters, geon at Camp Dodge, Ia. He reports feeling
from excessive perspiration, or from ingrowing fine.
nails. A person who suffers from tender feet Lieut. C. E. Miller of Noyes Hospital and should take a cold foot spray every morning and Lieut. H. O. Whitten of the State Hospital No. 2
every evening, by standing in a bathtub for a will report at Fort Riley shortly.
moment or two and receiving the tonic effect of First Lieut. Harvey P. Boughnou, M. R. C., the full pressure of the cold water from the faunow stationed at Camp Pike, Ark. He is 29 cet. After the spray the feet should be thoryears old and served as interne at St. Margaret's oughly dried with Turkish towel, special attenHospital one year and the last four years has tion being paid to the spaces between the toes. been office assistant to Dr. P. T. Bohan.
Conclude the operation by rubbing the feet with Dr. C. C. Dennie has been commissioned
alcohol and boric acid and powdering them. Cal
lous spots on toes or feet should be removed by and assigned to Base Hospital Unit No. 28. Lieutenant Dennie will start tomorrow night for
rubbing with pumice stone and then softening
the skin with vaseline or cold cream. This will Fort McPherson where he will join the rest of
be found safer and more effectual than the cutthe unit. Lieutenant Dennie was associate pro
ting of corns. Excessive perspiration is caused fessor of dermatology of the University of Kan
generally by lack of personal hygiene and should sas, and on the staffs of the Mercy, the Christian
be overcome not by the use of lotions, but rather Church, and St. Margaret's hospitals.
by careful attention to the cleanliness of the feet Capt. George H. Hoxie has left for Fort and of the footwear. When excessive perspiraMcPherson to join Base Hospital Unit No. 28. tion causes blisters these should be treated with It is expected that the unit will embark for spirit of camphor administered by means of France soon. The hospital organization was pieces of cheese cloth adjusted at the seat of recruited by Maj. J. F. Binnie, chief adjutant un- the trouble. These applications will cause smartder Col. W. B. Bannister. Colonel Bannister ing at first, but will effectively heal all inflamwas placed in command on February 20 when the mations of the feet and the toes not amounting unit entrained for Fort McPherson.
to genuine blisters.
In England the tax on incomes of $1,000 is In England the tax on incomes of $1,500 is 442 per cent, in America nothing.
634 per cent; in America nothing for married A board has been organized to standardize men or heads of families, and 2 per cent on $500 the management of soldiers with remedial de
for an unmarried man. fects.
In England the tax on an income of $2,000 is
778 per cent; in America nothing for a married It is now Capt. J. V. Littig, Davenport, Ia.
· man or head of a family, and 2 per cent on $1,000 The doctor is well known to the readers of the for unmarried men Medical Herald.
The English income tax rate also increases The campaign for the Third Liberty Loan more rapidly with the growth of the income than will be opened on the 6th of April, the anniver- ours, a $3,000 income being taxed 14 per cent, sary of the declaration of a state of war be- $5,000 16 per cent, $10,000 20 per cent, and $15,tween the United States and Germany.
000 25 per cent, while our corresponding taxes The issue of $500,000,000 of United States
for married men are respectively two-thirds of 1 Treasury certificates, the subscription to which
per cent, 1972 per cent, 37/2 per cent and 5 per closed March 5, was oversubscribed, the sub
cent, and only slightly more for the unmarried, scription in every district, except one, exceeding
due to the smaller amount exempted, the rate the quota assigned it
being the same. In comparison with the tax levied in England
Do the members of your county medical soon incomes our own income taxes are moderate,
ciety write regularly to those confreres now in indeed.
war service? Have a committee appointed to at
tend this welcome duty. At the meeting of the Buchanan and Andrew Counties Medical Societies at Savannah, Mo.,
Does your county medical society regularly on March 20, 1918, Dr. J. M. Bell made an elo
forward to brethren in war service moneys colquent plea for the purchase of thrift stamps. The
lected from the latters' patients ? That should ladies of Savannah served a chicken dinner,
be conscientiously done everywhere. everything donated by them free. All the money received was patriotically turned over to the Red Cross. That is the spirit which wins,
From the declaration of war to February 23, the Surgeon General of the army has removed 1,050 officers of the Medical Reserve Corps. In the following table the reason assigned for discharge does not isolate under "inaptitude for the service” all those whose dismissal was in considerable degree due to inefficiency or incompetency, since these reasons had weight in many cases otherwise clasified. Discharged for physical disability, 411; inaptitude for the service, 154; to join other branches, 306; domestic difficulties, 59; resignation, 88; needed by communities, hospitals, schools, 32. During the same period there have been 2,265 promotions, including some officers promoted more than once.
The Red Cross has appointed an advisory Board, headed by Dr. Joseph A. Blake, and has appropriated $100,000 for general military medical research work in France, including special methods of recognition and study of diseases among soldiers.
The United States Army is in need of nurses for immediate assignment to duty and for reserve. According to a recent announcement it is confronted by the task of increasing the en
Feature Photo from Underwood & Underwood, N. Y. rollment nearly 1,000 per cent to procure 37,500
Soldier crippled in war learning to dance with his nurses, who will be needed for an army of 1,
artificial limbs. 500,000. The present strength of the Army C rippled and disabled soldiers commencing life Nurse Corps is but 4,000.
anew in different trades.
We hear that Germany is “surrounded by ene- A Victory to Win—Go back to the simple life. mies.” Why aren't her neighbors friends ? Is it Be contented with simple food, simple pleasures, their fault or her fault?
simple clothes. Work hard, pray hard, play In England and France the military authori- hard. Work, eat, recreate and sleep. Do it all ties are making use of the hydrologic resources courageously. We have a victory to win.-Herof the spas of those countries in the treatment bert Hoover. of convalescent soldiers. Dr. Guy Hinsdale has called attention to the extensive use of these Military Morals—One of the uses of the prospas by the English and the French, and suggests ceeds of the Liberty Loan that will appeal that an inventory of American hydrologic re- strongly to the great mass of American people is sources should be taken.
the care and attention given to the moral welfare Many physicians, though successful in or
and protection of the American soldiers. Heredinary practice, are not qualified for military
tofore with the American army and even now medical functions, some 3,000 physicians have
with some of the armies of our allies the moral been dismissed from the army because of incom
welfare of the soldier was and is a matter largely petence for the special kind of duties required.
ignored. In the German armies provision is even
made for immorality. It is to the glory of AmerScarcity of registered trained nurses, due to
ican arms and American national character that war service, is the reason for a new agitation of the men who wear the United States uniform a that the rule demanding one year of high school high standard of conduct is expected and deeducation be removed from the requirements formanded, and provided for. Kipling's "Single entering on the hospital training course.
men in barracks” are not to find their prototpyes Accused of conspiring to sell to soldiers a in the American army. Gen. Pershing says there drug that would produce symptoms resembling is no cleaner-living body of men in the world Bright's disease and enable them to obtain a dis- than the American army in France. charge from the army, Dr. Philip G. Becker, a New York physician, and Harry E. Walters, a Medical Inspection in the Schools—To me, former soldier, were arrested and arraigned today the tragedy of this earth is a diseased child. The before a United States commissioner. Doctor natural inheritance of a child is joy and strength Becker was held in $10,000 bail and Walters in and growth and freedom. He is robbed of it all $500. The pair are alleged to have effected by disease. To me, the most tragic indictment of Walters' discharge from the Spartanburg, S. C., civilization is a diseased child—civilization that camp by means of the drug. Soldiers at that stands still and lets a little child, through ignorand other camps were to be required, the govern- ance of his parents or his teacher or for any ment charges, to pay preliminary fees of $50, cause, be robbed of this divine inheritance of the with further fees of $100 or $200 upon discharge joy and happiness of childhood—of the strength from the army.
and growth of childhood! Medical inspection is A Bureau of Social Hygiene, to handle the intended to help prevent that tragedy—to help venereal problem on a national or worldwide remove that terrible indictment against our scale, is the latest addition to the activities of Christian civilization. The physician and the the Rockefeller Foundation.
teacher are necessarily the main agencies in this America's prospective army of 5,000,000 men
work. Medical inspection, then, opens a new
door of larger service to childhood, and through or more will require fully 35,000 surgeons, to
childhood, to civilization and posterity.-J. Y. be taken from doctors in civil practice. Then, when medical men are scarce, what a howl will
Joyner, M. D. go up from the nostrum-advertising dailies.
Extreme care should be taken to ascertain TV GummutG ume Gummmm.Gm. before eating canned goods of any kind, whether they are in good condition, advises the U. S.
THE LIBERTY PRAYER Dept. of Agriculture, and if there is any doubt they should not be consumed.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Journals Merge–The Pacific Medical Jour
God bless my brother gone to war nal, the oldest journal on the Pacific coast, which
Across the seas, in France, so far. has just completed its 60th volume, has been ac
Oh, may his fight for liberty, quired by Dr. Wm. J. Robinson and will be con
Save millions more than little me solidated with The American Journal Urology
From cruel fates or ruthless blastand Sexology. The combined journal will be
And bring him safely home at last. published from 12 Mt. Morris Park West, New York City.
The Monthly Song Sermon
Medical Society Calendar 1918
NATIONAL DR. G. HENRI BOGART, Shelbyville, Ills.
Am. Med. Association............Chicago, June 10-14 Redbud and dogwood mass gleaming,
Am. Med. Editors' Assn.......... Chicago, June 8-10 Gold, dandelion spreads far
Assn. American Physicians........ Atlantic City, May Some, with white, downy darts streaming
Am. Med. Psychological Assn.......... Chicago, May Strawberry's silvery star,
Am. Gastro-Enterological Assn Atlantic City, May, 6-7 Violets, purple, hide dreaming,
Am. Urological Assn................ New York, April Plum thickets, cloudbanked, afar
Am, Opthalmological Assn.. New London, Conn., July Dear, from your bleak land of snow,
Am. Orthopedic Assn..................Chicago, May Where Love lies chilled.
Clinical Congress of the American Congress of Redbird and lark answer thrushes,
Surgeons, New York City.........Oct, 21-26, 1918 Song sparrows warble love's lay,
Med. Society Missouri Valley......Omaha, Sept. 19-20 Robin exultingly gushes,
Med. Association Southwest....... Dallas, Tex. Boasting his fledglings: the day
Southern Medical Assn...... Asheville, N. Car. Lacks but Love's artist whose brushes
Am. Assn. of Immunologists....... Minneapolis, April Glamour the spring tintings gay
Mississippi Val. Med. Assn...,.. Louisville, Ky.
Southern Surgical Assn........ Baltimore, Md.
..........Ft. Dodge, May 8-10 You, with your heart chords of soulsong
..........Jackson, May 14-15 Echoing all that is spring:
...Jefferson City, May 6-8 You, with your whispered, “I ache, long
.........Omaha, May Yearn with the love I could bring";
........ Fargo, May 8-9 You, thru whose being brave dreams throng;
... Portland, June 27-29 You, who are spirit of Spring
....... San Antonio, May Come Love, where spring breezes blow,
.......... Tulsa, May Dear Heart, I'm wanting you so,
........... Albany, May 21-23 Free from your bleak land of snow,
...........Springfield, May 21-23 Your love notes trilled,
....Boise City (date not decided) Your soul's self thrilled
Kansas ........ Kansas City, Kas. (date not decided) With love fulfilled.
Secretaries of societies are requested to send us Once upon a time, a poet sang a line about dates of their meetings. a young man's heart turning lightly to love in springtime, when every one had already called
THE RUBICON the turn, when St. Valentine had commemorated
By WILLIAM WINTER the earlier mating songs of the birds, when-oh,
(Written in 1908) well what's the difference, spring and Cupid are synonyms so far back that one so-called scien
One other bitter drop to drink, tist has fixed the date of Adam and Eve in Eden
And then—no more! as taking place in April and his guess is as good
One little pause upon the brink and as poor as a whole lot of other solemn
And then-go o'er! balderdash.
One sigh, and then the librant morn
Of perfect day, Coldblooded science and intellectuality as
When my free spirit, newly born, the beacon of human activity is being well illus
Will soar away! trated, just now with Prussian Kultur, while
II. sentiment of generous heart warmth finds fine definition in the action of the United States in
One pang—and I shall rend the thrall fighting for the liberty of the world.
Where grief abides,
And generous Death will show me all Be all that as it will, the sap is rising in the
That now he hides; maples, the snowdrop and the crocus are rearing
And, lucid in that second birth, their green shoots, defying frosts, chilled robins
I shall discern and bluebirds hold the fort, warmed by the in
What all the sages of the earth
Have died to learn. stinctive fires of seasonal instinct. Too much sentimentality may lead to error
III. sometimes—but cold scientific kultur ever strips
One motion-and the stream is crost, the world of its finest and sweetest note.
So dark, so deep! Each tempered by the other is more reliable
And I shall triumph, or be lost
In endless sleep. than either alone, but if one has to perish, let
Then, onward! Whatsoe'er my fate, the rule of the head give way to the promptings
I shall not care! of bounding heartthrobs, answering the magic
Nor Sin nor Sorrow, Love nor Hate call of the spring fret.
Can touch me there
AMERICAN ADDRESSES ON WAR SURGERY
By Sir Berkeley Moynihan, C. B. Temporary Colonel The Doctors' Library
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acquired by the medical men during the progress A very complete and pleasing little book.
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PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS-By W. D. Rose, M. D., than an absence of unnecessary verbosity in medi Lecturer on Physical Diagnosis and also Professor cal books. This little manual contains not only Medicine University of Arkansas. 294 illustrations. the essentials of orthopedics, but details which St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1917. are essential to a clear conception of this field of Physical diagnosis is an old story. We recall surgery. It is difficult to discover anything lack- it early in our medical course with the difficulty ing, yet it is complete. It is compact, easily car of getting all the rales, sounds, triangles and ried in the pocket, and always ready for refer- physical findings. Today some of our failures ence. It is well illustrated. It appeals to the are due to the indifference in our physical examcivilian as well as the army doctor. J. M. B. inations. Progress has been made in this field of AN INTERMEDIATE TEXT-BOOK OF PHYSIO
10. inquiry as well as in others, and it behooves us to LOGICAL CHEMISTRY, WITH EXPERIMENTS— keep up with its advancement. This work of By C. J. V. Pettibone, Ph. D., Assistant Professor Rose is intended for the busy doctor as much as Physiological Chemistry, University of Minnesota, the medical student. The matter is clearly preMinneapolis. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby, 1917.
sented and the illustrations on almost every page While the book is written for students, it is help greatly to get a clear mental picture of connevertheless equally as applicable for the practi- ditions within the body. The plates on chest and tioner. Few of us get beyond that period in mat- abdominal pathology are particularly illuminatters of chemistry, and when we need such points ive. Liberal space is given to diseases of the we are better enabled to get them from a student face, skin, arm, hands, legs and head, external manual than from a more voluminous source. disease per se, as well as external manifestations Physiologic chemistry progresses so rapidly, and of internal disease. Chapters are devoted to the its application in medical practice more impera- nervous system, gait, tremor, station, muscular tive that it behooves the progressive doctor to- power, reflexes and cranial nerves. The text is day, in keeping abreast in matters of urine, di- clear and to the point. The ambition of the gestion, absorption and food stuffs to have just writer is a determination to make physical diagsuch a work as Pettibone's within reach. It is nosis pleasing and really helpful, rather than surprising in reading the book the number of prosey and profound. Blood pressure methods points obtained which have constant application are not neglected, nor are x-ray findings. The to our every day practice.
J. M. B. work is very complete, interesting and attractive. NOTE-The Medical Herald's Kansas City office will
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