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SlE,—ADow me a short space to explain a portion of my paperon the canine filaria, which appears from the second paragraphof Dr. Cobbold’s letter in your last issue to be misunderstood-viz., "the hsematozoon in the dog being referred by me to theso-called Spiroptera sanguinis."My intention was to show that the anatomical details of the

worms sent by Dr. Lamprey negatived the idea of their beingspiropterge," and justified me in classing them as "Slarise."

I also mentioned that the canine nematodes hitherto namedapiropterae did not appear to have been accurately determined assuch, while their "recorded features" suggested the linking ofthem with Dr. Lamprey’s specimens-i. e., filarica ; and, con-sidering the concordance in many details between the NetleyMuseum worms and those described by Gruby and Delafund, Inoted the propriety of retaining their nomenclature at least asfar as the genus was concerned.

Dr. Cobbold, however, has shown in his letter that the caninehsematozoon has already received the name abroad of Filariaimmitis, and the felicity of such a designation to embrace themain characters of the nematode cannot be questioned.

Correcting this error in Dr. Cobbold’s complimentary letter,I am, Sir, &c.,

FRANCIS H. WELCH, F.R.C.S.Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, March 29i,h, 1873.


BIRMINGHAM.(From our own Correspondent.)

THE municipal authorities and the magistrates of the boroughhave come to a dead lock with regard to the appointment of asurgeon to the gaol. The late surgeon received .E200 per annum,and that was quite little enough, considering the onerous andimportant duties he was called upon to perform; but whenDr. Hill resigned, the so-called economists in the Town Councilcarried a resolution reducing the salary to .6100. The magis-trates, with whom the election rests, declined to appoint anyoneat so pitiful a remuneration, and requested a conference withthe Town Council, when they pointed out how inadequate theproposed stipend was, and how much more was paid for similarservices in even smaller gaols. Still, argument was of no effect ; Inumbers prevailed, and again the Council has resolved that theywill only give -El 00 a year for a gaol surgeon. It is to be hopedthat the magistrates will not recede from the position they havetaken, and that they will decline to act as the servants of thecorporation.

Dr. Robinson, the vaccination officer, has had a successfulyear :-8052 births were registered during the twelve months,and of these 6702 had been successfully vaccinated ; 714 died pre-vious to vaccination, and only 52 cases could not be accountedfor. Small-pox yet lingers in the district, and a few deaths haverecently occurred from it. The death-rate is 24’4.

" Hospital Saturday " is still bearing fruits : the sum of .64000which you noticed a fortnight ago, as the probable result of thecollections in the manufactories and workshops,has already swelledto jE4700, and the example set at Birmingham has already beenfollowed at West Bromwich, and will shortly be introduced atWalsall in aid of the Cottage Hospital. The older source ofincome, the "Hospital Sunday," has again done good service atWolverhampton, by the addition of X915 to the funds of theSouth Staffordshire Hospital.The people of Dudley are complaining bitterly of the insuffi-

cient and costly nature of the water-supply of their town. Asfever has so recently visited them, it is incumbent on the cor-

poration to see that the inhabitants are supplied with an ampleand pure supply of water, and also that they are not compelledto pay an extortionate price for it by the officers of an irresponsiblewater company.At the recent annual meeting of the "-Midland Counties Middle-

class Idiot Asylum, Dr. J. C. Bucknill, F.R.S., delivered anaddress on the usefulness of and necessity for such institutions,and.made an earnest appeal for increased aid for this charity.

Supra-pubic lithotomy in children is rare, but a successfulcase of that operation is now in the Queen’s Hospital : the

patient is a little girl aged 3, and the stone, which was of lithicacid, rtieasui-ed 8 of an inch in diameter. Mr. Jordan operatedten days ago, and though the urine has since passed through theexternal wound, no peritonitis has taken place. Mr. Jollylately performed resection of the ankle for caries in a young

man aged 27, at the General Hospital, and the patient has donewell.At the last meeting of the Midland Medical Society, Mr.

Gilbert Smith presented a specimen of fracture of the spine inthe cervical region, and a hydrocephalic brain. Mr. West realnotes of an ovariotomy in a lady, aged 32, which had terminatedsuccessfully. The case was complicated with pregnancy, the

patient having been prematurely delivered of twins just twomonths prior to the operation. Dr. Savage exhibited a uterinefibroid, removed by lateral incision, and Dr. Pritchard Daviesread a paper " On Meningeal Neuralgia."Birmingham, March 31st, 1873.

Obituary.J. S. WILKINSON, M.R.C.S.

THE late Mr. J. Sebastian Wilkinson received his professionaleducation at St. Thomas’s and Guy’s Hospitals. He was an

esteemed pupil of the late Sir Astley Cooper, and served theoffice of dresser to the late Mr. Chandler ; later he assisted Mr.E. Granger as Demonstrator of Anatomy. He became a mem-

ber of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1820 ; afterwards en.tered the Royal Navy, and was attached to the Royal NavalHospital at Plymouth, under Sir Stephen Love Hammick, whichappointment he resigned and returned to London, opening aprivate class in Dean-street, Borough, to teach anatomy, physio-logy, and surgery, in which he was distinguished for a very aptmode of conveying a ready insight and clear knowledge, and wasvery successful. The class was largely attended, and amongsthis pupils was the late Dr. Hodgkin, and other distinguishedmen. Whilst holding these classes, the late Mr. R. Granger,who succeeded his brother at the Webb-street School of Ana-

tomy, offered; him the demonstratorship, which he accepted, andheld for a short period, when the late Mr, Pilcher made termswith Mr. Granger for a partnership and superseded him. Thisled to much disappointment among the students, who met andoffered to open a new school if Mr. Wilkinson would consent;this he declined on account of sincere friendship for the Grangers.He contributed several communications to THE LANCET, and wasparticularly distinguished to the last for his remarkable memoryof anatomy, and power and facility of demonstration. Of latehe had settled in the City, succeeding to the practice of an oldpupil and friend. -

HENRY EAMES, A.B., M.D., T.C.D.IT is with regret that we record the death of this gentleman,

which took place on the 24th March, at his residence at UpperFitzwilliam-street, Dublin, from that scourge of our profession,typhus fever, at the early age of 31. The disease was of themost malignant form, and proved fatal after a short illness. Thedeceased was a Lecturer on Medicine in the Ledwich School ofMedicine, Physician to Mercer’s Hospital, and Honorary Secre-tary to the Medical Society of the College of Physicians.Possessed of an ample fortune, and gifted with abilities of a highorder, he would unquestionably have obtained a foremost posi-tion in the profession in the city he resided in, had his life beenspared. He was of a kind and genial disposition, and his lossis felt deeply by his medical brethren. Dr. Eames leaves awidow and three children to deplore his untimely end.

Medical News.ApOTHBCAMES’ HALL. - The following gentlemen

passed their examination in the Science and Practice of Medi-cine, and received certificates to practise, on March 27th :-

Hansell, William Charles, Taunton, Somerset.Lindsay, Wilham Vickress, l!’ulham-place, Paddington.McDonnell, Michael Sweeny, Storringion, Su,sex.

As Assistants in Compounding and Dispensing Medicines:-Currah, George Ingersoll, F:tlmouth.Eagle, John, King’s Colle e Hospital.Severs, Samuel Thomas, Ripon.Stevens, Joseph, Stourbridge.

The following gentlemen also on the same day passed theirPrimary Professional Examination :—

Frederick Hawes Ediott, University College Hospital ; Charles LouisWebb, Guy’s Hospital; John Payne Massingham, Queen’s Hospital.Birmingham.