A Handbook for Practitioners and Students. By Armand Semple, B.A., M.B.; M.R.C.P., London. Physician to Northwestern Hospital for Children. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1884. Pp. 352.
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The small size of this work and the great extent of the subject it covers, has rendered condensation and brevity of style a necessity. It is true that the whole subject has been traversed in its pages, but in many instances in a fashion extremely unsatisfactory to the reader.
In the discussion of the diseases of the spinal cord and its membranes, all mention of treatment is omitted from the sections devoted to "spinal irritation," " spinal hæmorrhage," "myelitis," "spinal meningitis," and " hydrorachis." For these five affections, the important question of treatment is dismissed with the following brief paragraph at the foot of the last page in the chapter:
" Treatment of Spinal Diseases.
—In acute inflammation of the spinal cord, the patient must be kept in the recumbent position. The prone position is also very useful. Ice may be constantly applied along the spine; blisters, or an issue on each side
The Diseases of Children. JAMA. 1884;II(20):556. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390430024006
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