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ing that condition very fast. I wish to add that I made no change in diet. The appetite was good, even when the patient was at the worst. She had a desire for such food as cabbage, kraut and was allowed to have it, but no matter what she ate, it always had caused an aggravation of the pain. I believe the woman will ultimately be completely cured. She is steadily gaining in strength, eats and sleeps well and is restored to a happy state of mind.

THE FARM TREATMENT FOR INSANITY.-The city of Philadelphia is making an interesting experiment. Since Mayor Blankenburg's advent a number of municipal improvements have taken place, but among them none seems more notable than the change in the treatment of the city's insane patients. Hitherto these patients have been herded together, and their malady has only been made worse by the conditions. of crowding to which they have been forced. Fortunately for them, a large farm-known as the Byberry tract—of nearly nine hundred acres, near Philadelphia, was available for colony treatment, the only rational kind of treatment for the insane, the feeble-minded, or defective and delinquent cases. On the tract were several old and dilapidated farmhouses. These were reconstructed. Each became the home of some twenty-five men suffering from a mild form of mania, and harmless, but willing to make themselves useful. Each colony has been supervised by a man and his wife, the latter acting as matron. Each colony is separate and distinct in every particular, having its own farming implements, horses, cows, pigs, etc. A total of three hundred mild insane men have now been transferred from the main institution in West Philadelphia. Although the insane take kindly to farming work, Dr. Neff, director of the Philadelphia department of public health, informs us that they seem best adapted to the care of animals. He adds: "There seems to be some communion between them that is more marked than in those of sound minds." Another interesting fact noted by Dr. Neff is that concerning Sunday, on which day "there is a distinct restlessness not observed on other days." This is doubtless due to the fact that when working the insane are more quiet and sleep better. In general, however, the feeling of dependence and the chafing at the lack of liberty-the inevitable accompaniment of inmates of an institution-have given way to an atmosphere of greater self-respect. The patients have become not only contented with new surroundings, but have gradually learned to forget old grievances.-The Outlook.

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Another Step in the Right Direction.-Now that the Indian Summer of our (pecuniary) discontent is made glorious Winter by our northwest winds (long may they blow and fiercely!) let us emerge from the conservatism of statement so characteristic of our editorial "colyums" and celebrate the present epidemic of coryza with a little extravagance of diction. By the same token thanks are hereby rendered to our unknown and anonymous friend who at his own expense and unbidden must have, we think, mailed marked copies of the CLINIQUE, containing our famous (?) editorial on "Speed Mania" to a number of railway presidents and others high in the councils of the mighty; for strange and unaccountable as it may seem yet nevertheless is it true that our advice, spurned by many thousands for a period of not less than fifty years, has at last been taken-and strangest of all by railway presidents at that. In case the writer is missed by Hahnemann College students from his accustomed post of disparagement this possibly posthumous note will explain that a heart, unconquered by Pike's Peek and Whiteface, has succumbed at last to the unexpected shock of having a railway president accept advice.

For lo! the schedules are revised and the time between drinks lengthened.

If the above airy persiflage be unintelligible to any Epaminondas of veracity we explain it by referring to newspaper articles of recent date which tell us that, beginning Nov. 24th, the eighteen hour trains will

consume twenty hours between Chicago and New York. A list of the accidents which have befallen these trains is appended, in order that a foolish public may be reconciled to a change for the better.

We are told also on authority we deem reliable that slower schedules have been adopted by a number of railroads in preparation for the winter, and that, in one state, certain fast trains on a certain railroad of unsavory record have been ordered taken off altogether.

We are glad to see the public conscience waking up at last to the criminality of railway slaughter, and we are proud to have contributed our mite in urging the reform by editorials in the CLINIQUE.

Now if the railroads will only adopt the few little devices for the rear sleeper suggested by a recent cartoon, the summons to an out-oftown consultation will not cause such a shiver of apprehension along our spinal column as it still does when we receive the telegraphic request to give our life into the hands of some slow and reluctant tailend brakeman.

Again, with reference to the subject of sleeping engineers, does any railroad ever examine the urine of its employes for sugar? How many diabetics of somnolent propensities are there occupying positions where alertness and wakefulness are a necessity? What is the duty of the medical man when he finds a railroad employe suffering from diabetes mellitus or chronic nephritis? Is the professional secret, in other words, superior to the public welfare?

The writer invites a discussion on this subject for the columns of the CLINIQUE.

C. M.

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"STUNG!" Only the rich enjoy life, it is said, and some of them. pursue happiness at the expense of those not so fortunate. At a chance meeting of several physicians the other day the conversation turned upon Oak Park and the cost of telephoning thereto. It so happened that each one of the doctors had a complaint for what he deemed an extortionate charge by the Company for Oak Park calls. As the writer had just been compelled to pay 45 cents by the "soulless corporation" for one or two ineffectual attempts to locate a prosperous Oak Park brother he naturally "sat up and took notice." Strange to say each of the two or three other doctors had been "stung" for the same amount the same month. The result was a wrangle (or as Brother Haseltine puts it an "altercation") with the 'Phone Company in which the writer as usual came out a poor second.

It seems that Oak Park is "long distance," but yet not real long dis

tance. Not being really long distance you must pay long distance prices without getting long distance privileges. In other words the Snark is a Boojum.

Which being interpreted signifieth that the 'Phone Company charge you long distance time for Oak Park calls without giving you the privilege of calling for any one party. Hence, if your party happens to get his 'phone calls from the corner drug store, the 'phone company charges you for the length of time it takes the drug clerk to wash his hands, comb his hair, change his coat, go across the street, come back again and tell you "nothing doing."

All of which is news indeed?

C. M.

Another Telephone Trouble.-One form of petty injustice from which doctors suffer is the implication so often made by the telephone operators that the doctor is not attending to his business. This might, we think, in the right kind of case and with proper evidence, constitute a legitimate basis for a damage suit. For example, a patient calls up a doctor during his office hours and the telephone operator reports that he (the doctor) "does not answer." This is virtually saying that the doctor is not keeping his office hours, i. e., is not attending to his busi


As a matter of fact, however, the shoe may be entirely on the other foot. The line may be out of order and the Telephone Company not attending to its business.

In other words in such a case the doctor, if he loses a patient, virtually pays for the company's neglect, and should be, we think, entitled to two kinds of damages; first, actual in the case in question, and second, for loss of reputation, in that it is implied that he is neglectful of his business.

Presumably, however, there is some "Joker" in the contract that enables the company "to play horse" with the doctor if he tries to stand up for his rights.

It is just such things as this which, in the aggregate, affect so many persons in the United States that we are not at all surprised to find four million voters in four months thinking they would inaugurate reform, in other words vaguely protesting against the thousand and one petty annoyances which we suffer at the hands of mismanaged corporations. Not that we are against corporations or against "big business," but against the bonehead in any business.

C. M.

The Iowa Idea.-One of the most curious developments of political intricacy is now on exhibition in our adjacent State of Iowa. It will be remembered that not long ago one Flexner of New York landed heavily on the Iowa jaw. His blow was the first of a number designed to knock out homeopathy in that state. Later on some more hard knocks were dealt us with the result that our representatives in Iowa are now pretty close to the ropes. Of course this is quite proper! Knock out the Homeopaths-dangerous enemies of medical practice and education, foes of progress, and in Class Q, of scientific education! So says the Council, making here and there certain notable exceptions, where it is policy to do so.

On the other hand Flexner et al have not as yet dealt a single blow to nor adopted a single repressive measure for the healing cults of Iowa, whose legions practice in quiet and serenity.

Hence the recent investigation of Chicago Medical Colleges by an Iowa Committee strikes us as funny without being, however, in any sense vulgar, for which last many thanks.

The investigation of Chicago Medical Colleges by a committee from a state in which the output of chiropractic institutions practice without let or hindrance is a beautiful illustration of the practical workings of the unholy alliance between Macchiavellian politicians and Quixotic dreamers.

At present any medical college which does not require two full years of college (university) work in an accredited college (university) for entrance is not in good standing in Iowa; but according to our Bulletin, p. 753, the Iowa Board is obliged to recognize the osteopathic school, which has no standing before our Illinois board, and the output of chiropractic institutions in Davenport and elsewhere practice without let or hindrance in Iowa. This is one of the numerous reasons why we think all State Board examinations for graduates of reputable medical colleges should be done away with and in their place should be established the proper examinations for those contemplating "healing." Incidentally we advise testing the constitutionality of the Iowa idea. "How long, O, Catiline, wilt thou abuse our patience?"

C. M.

One of Those Half-Truths.-In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume LIX, Number 8, page 643 under the heading "Colleges Closed During the Year," we notice the statement that, in the State University of Iowa, College of Homeopathic Medicine, Iowa

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