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Mrs. Potter, of Salisbury-street, Lisson-grove, was ordered to abate anuisance and pay 2 guineas costs at Marylebone police-court recentlyin respect of seven houses, known as East Cottages, belonging to her.The evidence of Dr. E. F. W. Bywater, deputy medical officer of health,showed that the houses each contained eight small rooms, and wereeach occupied by four, five, or six families, four or five persons0ccupying some of the rooms. Roofs and gutters were defective, rainsoaked through into the rooms, the drinking-water was contaminated,the windows were defective, rats abounded, and the backyards werereceptacles of sewage matter. The whole condition of the sevenhouses was declared by Dr. Bywater to be dangerous and injurious tohealth. It is to be hoped that as a sequel to the order which he hasbeen successful in obtaining the disgraceful state of affairs disclosedmay be put an end to.
FREE MEDICAL ADVICE AT KHARKOFF.
ly his report for the past year the British Consul (Mr. Blakey) atKharkoff observes that there was no epidemic, but that infectiousdiseases were, as usual, chronic. An improvement is expected intwo or three years’ time when the drainage of the town is complete.Public hospitals are short of funds, overcrowded, and quite unableto cope with their dnties. A slight relief will be given by the newworkmen’s sick fund law, according to which 12,000 workpeople ofthe town will be treated at the expense of the employers. The town
boasts of a number of competent medical men, and it is very usual forthem to give advice free to the poor. Unfortunately many patientswho are well able to pay take advantage of this and pay nothing.In Russia it is not etiquette for doctors to make charges or send inaccounts except for surgical cases. The fee is regarded theoreticallyas a free-will recognition of good services. The making up of pre-scriptions and the preparing of compounded drugs are in the hands ofapothecaries, who must be distinguished from chemists, and theirprices, though fixed by the administration, are high. Chemists aremore numerous than apothecaries. Chemists trade in cosmetics,simple drugs, patent medicines, &e. The sale of patent medicines is
largely on the increase, partly because of the greater cost of medi-cines made by doctors’ prescriptions and partly through energeticadvertising.
MESSRS. E. MERCK’S ANNUAL REPORT.
We have received a copy of Merck’s annual report which records theprincipal pharmacological advances for the year 1912. The presentissue is the twenty-sixth volume of the series, and, like its pre-decessors, fully maintains its scientific character as a source ofreference on the latest pharmaceutical chemistry and therapeutics.The section on Preparations and Drugs is preceded by an excellentaccount of the chemistry and pharmacology of lecithin. We under-stand that a limited number of copies is being sent to members of themedical profession on application to the London Office, 66, CrutchedFriars, E.C.
COMMUNICATIONS not noticed in our present issue will receive attentionin our next.
A DIARY OF CONGRESSES.
THE following Congresses, Conferences, and Exhibitions are announcedfor 1913 :-
April 26th-Nov. 5th (Ghent).-International Exhibition.May 31st to October (London, Earl’s Court).-Imperial Services
May-October (Leipzig).-First International Building Exhibition.June-October (London, Crystal Palace).-Anglo-GermanExhibition.Oct. Ist-Nov. 1st (London, Shepherd’s Bush).-National Gas
28th-Nov. 1st (London, Royal Horticultural Hall).-Twenty-fourth Universal Cookery and Food Exhibition.
In 1914:-April 14th-18th (New York).-Fourth Congress of the International
S-urgical Society.May Ist-Nov. 1st (Lyons).-International Town Life Exhibition.Aug. 3rd-8th (London).-Sixth International Dental Congress.10th-15th (St. Petersburg).-Twelfth International Congress
of Ophthalmology.Sept. 7th-12th (Berne).-International Congress for Neurology,
Psychiatry, and Psychology.September (Vienna).-Third International Congress for Diseases
of Occupation.(London).-Anglo-American Exhibition.
(Aberdeen).-Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the British MedicalAssociation.
(Auckland, N.Z.).-Australasian Medical Congress.(St. Petersburg). -Third Mendeleeff Congress of Pure and Applied
Chemistry and Physics.(Washington, D.C.).-International Congress of Americanists.(Paris).-Fourth International Medical Congress on Industrial
Medical Diary for the ensuing Week.SOCIETIES.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE, 1, Wimpole-street, W.THURSDAY.
SECTION OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNÆCOLOGY (Hon. Secretaries-T. Watts Eden, C. Hubert Roberts) : at 8 P.M.
Opening Remarks by the President, Dr. W. S. A. Griffith.Specivien :Dr. Macnaughton-Jones: Pyosalpinx of Accessory Tube.
Short Communication : :Dr. Macnaughton-Jones: Case of Complete Absence of the
Internal Genitalia.Papers :
Dr. Frances Ivens : Report of 26 Cases of Adnexal Tuberculosis.Dr. Williamson and Dr. Mackenzie Wallis : The Serum Diagnosis
of Pregnancy, with a Demonstration of Apparatus andMethods.
FRIDAY.SECTION OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE (Hon. Secretaries-Raymond Crawfurd, D’Arcy Power) : at 5 P.M.
Professor Morris Jastrow : Babylonian Medicine.All Members of the Profession, including Students, whether
Fellows of the Society or not, are invited to attend this meeting.CLINICAL SECTION (Hon. Secretaries-W. Essex Wynter, ThomasH. Kellock): at 8.30 P.M.
Dr. J. D. Rolleston: Case Illustrating Local Treatment ofVincent’s Angina by Salvarsan.
And other Cases.
LECTURES, ADDRESSES, DEMONSTRATIONS,&c.MEDICAL GRADUATES’ COLLEGE AND POLYCLINIC, 22,Chenies-street, W.C.MoNDA.Y.-4 P.M., Dr. H. Davis : Clinique (Skin). 5.15 P.M.,
Lecture :-Dr. F. Langmead: Some Points in the Treatment ofGoitre.
TUESDAY.--4 P.M., Dr. E. Pritchard: Clinique (Medical). 5.15 P.M.,Lecture :-Mr. F. A. Juler : Squints.
WEDNESDAY.--4 P.M., Mr. H. A. T. Fairbank: Clinique (Surgical).5.15 P.M., Lecture :-Dr. D. Sommerville : Gastro-intestinålMaladies and Skin Diseases.
THURSDAY.-4 P.M., Dr. E. Wynter: Clinique (Medical). 5.15 P.M.,Lecture :-Dr. A. Latham : Malignant Diseases of the Lung.
FRIDAY.-4 P.M., Dr. D. MacKenzie: Clinique (Ear, Nose, andThroat). 5.15 P.M., Lecture :-Dr. H. C. Miller: Clinical’Psychology-2. The Scope and Limitations of PsychicTreatment.
POST-GRADUATE COLLEGE, West London Hospital, Hammersmithroad, W.MONDAY.-1O A.M., Dr. Simson: Diseases of Women. 2 P.M., Medical
and Surgical Clinics. X Rays. Mr. Armour: Operations.2.30 P.M., Mr. Dunn: Diseases of the Eye.
TUESDAY.-1O A.M., Dr. Robinson: Gynaecological Operations.2 P.M., Medical and Surgical Clinics. X Rays. Mr. Baldwin:Operations. Dr. Davis: Diseases of the Throat, Nose, and Ear.Dr. Pernet: Diseases of the Skin.
WEDNESDAY.-10 A.M., Dr. Saunders: Diseases of Children. Dr.Davis: Operations of the Throat, Nose, and Ear. 2 P.M.,Medical and Surgical Clinics. X Rays. Mr. Pardoe: Opera-tions. Mr. B. Harman: Diseases of the Eye. Dr. Simson :Diseases of Women.
THURSDAY.-2 P.M., Medical and Surgical Clinics. X Rays. Mr.Armour: Operations. 2.30 P.M., Mr. Dunn: Diseases of theEye.
FRIDA.Y.-10 A.M., Dr. Robinson: Gynaecological Operations.2 P.M., Medical and Surgical Clinics. X Rays. Mr. Baldwin Operations. Dr. Davis : Diseases of the Throat, Nose, and Ear.
. Dr. Pernet : Diseases of the Skin.SATURDAY.—10 A.M., Dr. Saunders: Diseases of Children. Dr. Davis:
Operations of the Throat, Nose, and Ear. Mr. B. Harman:Diseases of the Eye. 2 P.M., Medical and Surgical Clinics.Mr. Pardoe: Operations.
LONDON SCHOOL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, DreadnoughtHospital, Greenwich.MONDAY.-Out-patient Demonstrations :-10 A.M. Dr. Singers
Medical. Mr. H. Curtis: Surgical. 12 noon, Mr. G. N. Biggs:Throat, Nose, and Ear.-2.15 P.M., Mr. W. Turner: Surgery.3 P.M., Mr. W. Turner: Operations. 3.15 P.M., Sir DyceDuckworth: Medicine. 4.15 P.M., Mr. R. Lake : Ear and Throat.
i TUESDAY.-Out-patient Demonstrations:-10 A.M., Dr. G. Holmes:
Medical. Mr. Cole: Surgical. 12 noon, Dr. H. MacCormac:Skin.-2 P.M., Mr. L. MeGavin: Operations. 2.15 P.M., Mr.R. Carling: Surgery. 3.15 P.M., Dr. G. Ba,nMn: Medicine.
WEDNESDAY.-Out-patient Demonstrations: 10 A.M., Dr. F. Lang-mead : Medical. Mr. C. Rowntree : Surgical. 11 A.M., Mr. R. E.Bickerton: Eye.-2 P.M., Mr. L. V. Cargill or Mr. Choyce:Operations. 2.15 P.M., Dr. F. Taylor: Medicine. 3.15 P.M.,Mr. Cargill Eye Clinique. 4.30 P.M., Mr. C. C. Choyce:Surgery. ’
THURSDAY.-Out-patient Demonstrations:-10 A.M., Dr. Singer : Medical. Mr. H. Curtis : Surgical. 12 noon, Mr. G. N. Biggs:Throat, Nose, and Ear.-2 P.M., Mr. R. Carling or Mr. W.Turner: Operations. Dr. A. Davies: Pathological Demonstra-tion. 3.15 P.M., Dr. R. Wells : Medicine.
FRIDAY.—Out-patient Demonstrations;-10 A.M., Dr. G. Holmes :Medical. Mr. Cole: Surgical. 12 noon, Dr. H. MacCormac:Skin.-2 P.M., Mr. L. McGavin: Operations. 2.15 P.M., SirJohn Rose Bradford ; Medicine. 3.15 P.M., Mr. L. McGavinSurgery.
SATURDAY.—Out-patient Demonstrations: 10A.M., Dr. F. Langmead :Medical. Mr. C. Rowntree : Surgical. 11 A.M., Mr. R. E.Bickerton : Eye.-10 A.M., Col. Barry : Radiography.
NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR THE PARALYSED AND EPILEPTIC,Queen-square, Bloomsbury, W.C.TUESDAY AND FRIDAY.-3.30 P.M., Clinical Lectures :-Dr. G.
Holmes: Regional Diagnosis.THE THROAT HOSPITAL, Golden-square, W.
MONDAY.-5.15 P.M., Special Demonstration of Selected Cases.THURSDAY.—5.15 P.M., Clinical Lecture.
ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOR DISEASES OF THE SKIN, 49, Leicester-square, W.C.TUESDAY.-6 P.M., Dr. W. Griffith: Parasitology of the Skin.TRURSDAY.-6 P.M., Dr. M. Dockrell: Essentials, Clinical and
Pathological, to the Diagnosis of Diseases of the Skin.
MANCHESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY (MANCHESTER HOSPITALSPOST-GRADUATE OLINICS).WEDNESDAY.-4.30 P.M., Dr. G. R. Murray: Chronic Infective
ANCOATS HOSPITAL (MANCHESTER HOSPITALS POST-GRADUATECLINICS).
THURSDAY.-4.30 P.M., Dr. E. B. Leech : Liver Cirrhosis.
MANCHESTER ROYAL EYE HOSPITAL (MANCHESTER HOSPITALSPOST-GRADUATE CLINICS).FRIDAY,-4.30 P.M., Dr. J. G. Clegg: Subjective Tests for Visual
Acuity.ROTUNDA HOSPITAL POST-GRADUATE COURSES, Dublin.
MONDAY.—10 A.M., Obstetrical Lecture: Eclampsia. 11 A.M.,Examination of Patients and Minor Operations.
TUESDAY.-10 A.M., Major Operations.WEDNESDAY.-10 A.M., Obstetrical Lecture: The Diagnosis of
Pregnancy. 11 A.M., Examination of Patients and MinorOperations.
THURSDAY.-10 A.M., Major Operations.FRIDAY.—10 A.M., Gynaecological Lecture: Gynaecological Diagnosis.
11 A.M., Examination of Patients and Minor Operations.For further particulars of the above Lectures, &c., see Advertisement
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