of complete disability and confinement to bed for severalmonths. While the x rays so generated are not as activein bringing about a dermatitis as are the rays from atube excited by a coil, yet such rays can, and will, produce ,burns that are just as bad as those chargeable to the coil-excited apparatus if proper precautions are not taken.In view of the fact that the static machine is very exten-sively used for x ray work in America, as compared withthis country, these remarks must carry considerable weight.That the rays from a tube excited by a static machinepossess much less tendency to burn has been commonknowledge among x ray workers but it has always seemedto us dangerous to assume that such rays are devoid of anysuch power. As a matter of fact, dermatitis has been pro-duced in London by means of a tube excited with a staticmachine. It thus follows that those who practise radio-graphy with a static machine should be none the lesscareful in their precautions against the production ofundesired dermatitis than when using a coil.
THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF TRINIDAD ANDTOBAGO.
Mr. Hugh Clifford, Colonial Secretary of Trinidad andTobago, in his report on the Blue-book of the colony for1903-04, remarks that the total cost of the medical depart-ment for the year under review amounted to 81,233, ofwhich 34,912 were expended on personal emoluments and