Talk:The Johns Hopkins Medical Journal 10 (1899)

From Embryology BULLETIN





The Dissection and Liberation of the Sphincter Ani Muscle followed by its Direct Suture in Cases of Complete Tear of the Perineum, with a Splinting Suture passing between the Outer and Diner Margins of the Muscle. By H. A. Kelly, M. D.,

Aberrant Portions of the Mtillerian Duct found in an Ovary. By Wm. Wood Russell, M. D.,

The Cause and Significance of Uterine Hemorrhage in Cases of Myoma Uteri. By J. G. Clark, M. D.,

A Study of Sixty-seven Cases of Primary Malignant Tumors of the Suprarenal Gland. By Otto Ramsay, M. D., - - - The Bacteriology of the Cavity of the Corpus Uteri of the Nonpregnant Woman. A Report of 08 Cases. By G. Brown Miller, M.D.,

The Presence of Foreign Bodies in the Vermiform Appendix, with Especial Reference to Pointed Bodies. By James F. Mitchell, M. D., . Origin, Development and Degeneration of the Blood-vessels of the Ovary. By J. G. Clark, M. D.,

Ovarian Cysts in the Negress. By Thomas R. Brown, M. D., On a Hitherto Undescribed Peptonising Diplococcus causing Acute Ulcerative Endocarditis. By W. G. MacCai.lum, M. D., and T. W. Hastings, M. D., Alfredo Antunes Kanthack,

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By H. A. Kelly, M. D., Oynecologist-in-GMef, The Johns Hopkbis Hospital.

Although great progress has been made in gynecological plastic surgery within the past twenty years, there have been few or no changes in the treatment of complete perineal tears, that is, those which extend through the external sphincter ani.

The common symptom of a complete tear of the perineum is the lack of a control over the functions of the bowel, characterized by the involuntary escape of feces and gases. These sequels, however, are not invariably present in the same degree in all cases, and there is a diversity among them varying all the way from the entire loss of function on the one hand to perfect control on the other.

Some surgeons, reasoning upon supposedly physiological grounds, have gone so far as to assert that it is impossible for a woman with a divided sphincter to exercise any control whatever over the bowel function ; I know, however, from repeated clinical evidences that perfect function may sometimes persist; it becomes therefore necessary to discover some satisfactory explanation of the facts rather than to deny them.

I would divide the cases of complete tear, to be investigated from this standpoint, into two groups. First, those in which the tear barely extends through the sphincter and goes no further, and, second, those in which the sphincter ends are separated by a well-defined interval of a centimeter or more.

In the first of these groups, where the muscle is only just divided and the ends lie close together, the cicatrization which follows the injury is a conservative effort on the part of nature, und soon results in the approximation of the ends of the muscle, knitting them firmly together, with only a plug of scar tissue between. In this event the muscle is no longer, in a true sense, a sphincter, as it cannot contract from all directions towards a central point, but is compelled henceforth, by the break on one side and the interposition of a plug of unyielding connective tissue, to contract up to the scar as a more or less fixed point, and this it does with greater or less efficiency. This peculiar effect produced upon the sphincter by the interpolation of a mass of scar tissue was pointed out many years ago by Hildebrandt.

The second group relates to those cases in which the sphincter ends are not bound together; I have at present under my care a patient with a complete rupture of the perineum, with deep, perfectly marked sphincter pits, separated by the entire breadth of the aual orifice, with a relaxed everted vaginal outlet and a uterus in descensus and retroflexion, and yet she has absolute control over fecal movements, whether formed or liquid, and is never disturbed by involuntary escape of gases. What is the explanation of this fact?

A careful physical examination shows that the patient has perfect voluntary control over the internal sphincter muscle, extending from the external sphincter about 2 cm. upwards.

The tonic contraction of the internal sphincter and its response to a voluntary effort can be most readily tested in propria persona. If the tip of the finger is well oiled while sitting in a warm bath and inserted about an inch into the bowel while slightly bearing down to relax the sphincter, then, upon causing a voluntary contraction, a prompt response on the part of the internal sphincter will be noticed. When not voluntarily relaxed, the internal sphincter is in a state of tonic contraction guarding the orifice, while the external sphincter is not always contracted.

I believe, therefore, from repeated clinical observations that the tonic control exercised over the bowel functions resides rather in the internal sphincter ani than in the external, and that the external sphincter muscle is a provision against an emergency and is intended to form a temporary, powerful supplement to the internal sphincter.

The external sphincter is of further use in the act of defecation, in breaking the fecal column at intervals, so tending to prevent prolapsus recti by creating a pause in the act and allowing time for more material to pass down into the rectum before the renewal of the straining.

This physiological fact explains the reason why, when the external sphincter ends lie close together and the internal sphincter is therefore uninjured, continence is always preserved.

I would add, too, to this category of manifest sphincter injuries, a much larger group of cases in which, owing to the fact that control over the bowels is retained, as well as owing to the natural, uninjured appearance of the anus, suspicion is disarmed, and the surgeon, even when he is brought into such close contact as is involved in the performance of a perineal operation, fails to recognize the fact that the sphincter ends are divided. I cannot sufficiently emphasize the importance of this observation, and therefore reiterate my conviction that many women have torn sphincters which are never discovered.

When the ends of the external sphincter muscle are separated by any considerable interval in a recent tear, then the internal sphincter is also torn, and, the wider the separation of the external sphincter ends, the greater the tear into the bowel and therefore of the internal sphincter above. What is true of the recent injury is true a fortiori several months later, when a wide tear is drawn down to a narrow line and an interval of 1 cm. between the pits may represent a rupture 3 cm. in depth. It is therefore to this tear of the internal sphincter that the loss of control over the bowel functions is due.

Operation. — The prevailing operation in this country is the Emmet, which I need not describe in detail as it is so well known. The operations practiced in Europe for the most part are of a similar nature, or flap-splitting or Hegar's method. The important principle in the Emmet procedure consists in the application of a series of sutures, to an area thoroughly denuded, first closing the bowel, then radiating out from the bowel, over the skin and onto the vaginal surfaces. Emmet further lays great stress upon a tension suture entering and emerging at points outside of and well behind the external sphincter ends and traversing the septum, for the purpose of supporting and keeping all the fibres of the sphincter ends together. Dr. Emmet told me on one occasion that the devising of this suture cost him more thought than almost anything he had done in gynecology.

Although this operation, as well as the others mentioned, when well carried out, succeeds admirably in many instances, it still leaves much to be desired in that there does remain a residuum of failures, and a considerably larger percentage of cases in which the function is so imperfect at first that we are obliged to wait weeks or months for the patient to gain a satisfactory control, and sometimes in this latter group there are women who will tell you that when their bowels become loose they always find their clothes more or less soiled, while they are also apt to be uncertain about the control of gases.

In order to meet the various objections to the operation as practiced at present, I have devised several procedures based upon the physiological principles dwelt upon above ; the first important point is the dissection and liberation of both ends of the sphincter muscle, after which they are sutured together with buried cat-gut sutures, end against end.

I can perhaps best emphasize the importance I wish to give this step by citing the first case in which I was led to operate in such a way.

Case I. — The patient was brought to me in Dec, 1897, by Dr. J. A. Sexton, of Raleigh, N. C. She had had six previous operations performed for complete tear of the recto-vaginal septum, and upon inspecting the parts I found perfect union throughout, a pathologically small well-closed anus, and a far better result in the external appearance than is often secured in cases which are deemed successful. In spite of appearances, however, she had no control over the function of the bowel, and the gases escaped audibly at all times, and formed movements were discharged at once without the slightest ability on her part to restrain them (Fig. 1).

I was disinclined from my examination to do anything further to this patient, after all she had passed through, doubting whether I could improve her condition, but through Dr. Sexton's kind insistence I felt at last forced to make at least an earnest effort to better her state. So I operated Dec. 8, 1897, determined to make a clean dissection of the external sphincter, even, if necessary, going so far as to lay the entire muscle bare, so as to make sure of bringing its ends into apposition, and leaving the end of the bowel encircled by a good muscular ring, if one could be found in the neighborhood.

I began the operation by making a semilunar incision with its convexity directed towards the symphysis, half way round the anal orifice and about 1 cm. from the anal margin (Fig. 1). As the dissection through the scar tissue was carried into the perineum, the edges of the incision were drawn in opposite directions, exposing a wide crescentic area. I found now that the sphincter could be beauti

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fully demonstrated anatomically, and that the right end lay nearly in the normal position, but fixed in the median scar, while the left end lay at least 2 '. cm. distant from the right end, and was attached to the tuberosity of the ischium (Fig. 2). After laying bare and freeing 2 cm. of each of the ends, I then trimmed off the scar tissue so as to expose fresh red muscular bundles, which I then united with three interrupted buried cat-gut sutures, simply transfixing the sphincter muscle 5 or 6 mm. from the cut ends. Two buried sutures were also used in the septum in the deeper fat layer of the wound, and the skin wound was finally closed with fine silk sutures (Fig. 3). The result was a perfect union and greatly improved control of the bowel from the first. I examined the patient again two months later, and passing a finger a short distance into the rectum and grasping the sphincter between finger tip and thumb could distinctly isolate it on all sides, and on telling her to contract the muscle I could feel that it was perfect throughout and under complete control.

I do not know of any other instance in which with an apparently well-formed anal orifice the sphincter muscle has been laid bare and the separated ends freed from their attachments and then joined by buried sutures.

Following the initiative of this case, I at once incorporated the dissection, isolation and separate suture of the sphincter muscle as an essential part of the technique of all my operations for complete tears, intending in this way to insure the bringing of the sphincter into the field as well as the exact union of its parts, end to end.

Case II. — The next case was one of the classical sort, a secondary operation for complete tear where the parts had well cicatrized.

She was operated upon towards the end of February, 1898. She had had a complete tear of the perineum in consequence of a forceps labor conducted by myself in the preceding December ; the immediate suture failed, and since that time she had had no control whatever over the bowel function. In place of the perineum there was a boat-shaped cicatrix extending from two lateral prominences marking the former position of the fourchette, extending back to the anus. The recently cicatrized tissue fairly marked out the extent of the original tear in somewhat diminished form. I proceeded by denuding the vaginal sulci and the lateral surfaces as usual. I then exposed the sphincter ends by turning down a triangular flapof uninjured skin lying in front of the anus (see Fig. 4), catching the ends in their pits one at a time, pulling them up and out a little, and snipping with blunt-pointed scissors on all sides of the eminence until each sphincter muscle stood dissected out with perfect distinctness about 2 cm. beyond the surrounding tissue. On lifting the ends up the pull on the posterior part of the sphincter could be distinctly felt with the thumb and forefinger grasping the margin of the anus. The exposed ends were then denuded of the film of scar tissue covering themand brought evenly together with interrupted cat-gut sutures ; the flap which was turned down over the bowel during the dissection was then brought up over the sphincter, and the rest of the wound closed as usual. The result was a perfect control over the function of the bowel from the very first, leaving nothing to be desired in respect to function, and the patient has now, a year later, absolutely normal control.

Case III.— In my third case I was obliged to follow a somewhat different procedure, as the sphincter pits were not well enough marked for me to be sure of their identity. After making the usual denudation I then made two incisions parallel to the sides of the anus and extending downwards from the denuded area about 1% cm. on either side (see Fig. 5). On pulling apart the tissues and dissecting inwards, the sphincter muscle was then clearly exposed, freed from its bed, and the ends cut off (Fig. 6). The rectal part of the tear was now closed by interrupted sutures applied on the rectal side down to the sphincter area, and a short distance out onto the skin surface

(Fig. 7). The sphincter ends were then denuded and brought together with buried interrupted cat-gut sutures passed through them, after which the rest of the wound was united as usual (Fig. 8), and the para-rectal incisionscarefully closed with interrupted cat-gut sutures.

Since then the following cases given in abstract have been operated upon in my clinic by Drs. Russell, Ramsay and

Case IV. — B. D., married, age 23, white.

Diagnosis.— Complete tear of perineum.

Operation. — Restoration of ruptured recto-vaginal septum.

The patient has been married five years and has had two eh i Mien and one miscarriage. The first labor was difficult and instrumental, at the second the child was still-born, while one month previous to admission, the miscarriage had taken place at four months.

Ever since the birth of the first child, three years ago, she has had a descensus of the womb, with bearing-down pains in the abdomen, pain in the back and headache, all of which symptoms have been worse during the past 3 months, the prolapse now being marked. The bowels move regularly every day.

Examination under ether showed : Extensive tear of recto-vaginal septum, through sphincter ani and up left sulcus, the tear apparently extending one inch into rectum.

Operation by Dr. Kelly, March 12, 1S9S. The usual Emmet denudation was made, and, in addition, the sphincter ends were dissected and pulled out on either side, 3 cm. on right and 2}i cm. on left, clear of all surrounding tissue. About 3 mm. of the ends were cut off to remove the white scar tissue and to present an even muscular surface ; the ends were then sutured directly together with 4 catgut sutures and dropped and buried.

The septum was first united down to the sphincter, after which the sphincter was united, and then the remaining portion of bowel and finally the vagina and perineum. A silkworm-gut tension Miture was inserted behind the sphincter ends but not so far posteriorly as usual. Duration of operation, 35 minutes.

Convalescence was uninterrupted ; the healing was per primam and the result perfect; the patient had perfect control of the bowel from the very first. Maximum temperature 98.8° (2d day). Discharged well April 2, 189S.

Case V. — F. G., married, age 26, white.

Diagnosis. — Retroflexio uteri ; tear of the perineum, extending through the sphincter ani.

Operation. — Suspensio uteri ; restoration of ruptured recto-vaginal septum.

The patient on admission complained of pain in the bladder and misery in the back. She had been married seven years ; had had three children and no miscarriages. All three labors were difficult, the first two were instrumental, and in both these the outlet was lacerated with no attempt at subsequent repair. The last child was born two years ago.

The bowels were extremely constipated ; she had hardly any control over them, especially as regards flatus.

Examination under ether showed : Outlet greatly relaxed ; complete tear of perineum, extendingthrough into bowel, the sphincter pits being distinct on either side ; uterus in retroflexion.

Operation by Dr. Kelly, April 13, 1898.— Denudation in sulci and on lateral walls of vagina as usual, extending down to rectum and laterally to sphincter pits; ends of sphincter dissected out and caught with forceps ; rectum brought together in the usual way by interrupted cat-gut sutures, tied on the rectal side ; ends of sphincter muscle freshened and brought together with 4 cat-gut sutures ; a deep silkworm-gut tension suture was also inserted behind the sphincter ends ; rest of closure in usual way. Uterus suspended in usual way. Time of complete operation, 75 minutes.

The convalescence was marked by a partial breaking down of the perineal incision, with some suppuration, but the perineum was

well lifted up, and introduction of finger into rectum showed good sphincter action, except anteriorly, while the patient seemed to have good control over her bowels. The maximum temperature was 100° (on the 7th day). The patient was discharged May 10, 1S98. juent note, Aug. 27, 1S98.— Result of perineal operation is fair; some bulging of anterior vaginal wall, and pressure upon it and upon uterus causes discomfort. Sphincter ani has apparently its full power. Since leaving the Hospital the patient has improved in general health and is free from her old trouble, except some pain in the back and painful micturition.

Cystoscopic examination showed that the bladder was inflamed and infected, especially about the region of the trigonum, while the urine showed a great number of pus cells and a small amount of albumen.

Case VI. — L. E., married, age 30, white.

Diagnosis. — Complete perineal tear.

Operation. — Restoration of ruptured recto-vaginal septum.

Marital history '. — Married fouryears, two children and two miscarriages. The first labor, three years ago, very difficult, although not instrumental ; the patient was lacerated, and the laceration was repaired, but not successfully ; the second labor, one year ago, was not difficult.

Since birth of first child, she has had prolapse of uterus after standing for some time, the uterus returning to its place on lying down. Has absolutely no control over her bowels and but little over urination. Feels as if bladder prolapsed with the uterus. The patient suffers with dragging pain in the back and loins. All these symptoms have been worse since the birth of her last child.

Examination. — Complete tear through perineum and sphincter ani muscle, about one inch of the bowel being seen. Uterus in anteposition, low down in pelvis. Outlet greatly relaxed.

Operation by Dr. Russell, April 28, 1898. — Tear extended 3j4 cm. beyond sphincter into bowel. Sphincter ani ends were dissected out free ; the mucous membrane was united above the sphincter by interrupted catgut sutures; the ends of the sphincter were then united directly with 4 cat-gut sutures, 1 tension silkworm-gut suture going from side to side through the skin and the septum. The outlet was then restored in the usual manner. Time of operation, 50 minutes.

The convalescence was uninterrupted ; the bowels were well moved on the fourth day ; the wound healed perfectly ; the sphincter ani has good power, and the patient has perfect control of her bowels.

The patient's maximum temperature was 100° (2d and 7th days). The patient was discharged May 20, 1898.

Case VII.— M. B., age 32, married, white.

Diagnosis.— Large retroflexed uterus with descensus ; lacerated cervix ; complete tear of vaginal outlet with concealed tear of sphincter ani.

Operation. — Trachelorrhaphy; restoration of ruptured recto-vaginal septum ; suspension of uterus.

Married 13 years ;jhas had three children and one miscarriage ; all three labors w r ere prolonged and very diffici'it, and the perineum was badly torn each time, the worst tear being at the last delivery, three years ago. No one of the labors was instrumental.

Since the birth of her second child, six years ago, the patient has had dragging and bearing-down pains in the lowerabdomen, aggravated by walking or climbing, with progressively increasing loss of strength and loss of weight. Micturition has been increased in frequency and is occasionally painful.

The bowels are generally regular, but, since the birth of the last child, she has had difficulty in controlling the fecal movements whenever the bowels are loose.

Examination. — Uterus is enlarged and retroflexed. The vaginal outlet is so relaxed that the cervix is visible. A tear is seen extending up the median line into the rectum about two cm. in length. Slight lateral indentations indicate the possible position of the

sphincter ends and this is verified by palpation or stimulation; the sphincter retracts on all sides except in front. The lips of the cervix are everted and congested.

Operation by Dr. Kelly, June 18, 1898.

Dilatation and curettage with the removal of abundant endometrial detritus. The lacerated cervix was repaired next, and then the vaginal outlet, including the sphincter ends ; after the denudation of the wound area the sphincter ends were dissected and drawn out to the extent of 1 cm. Some scar tissue was then cut off the ends to make them square and fresh. The rectal side of the tear was then closed with six cat-gut sutures down to the sphincter ends ; the ends were then pulled out and held so, while a silkwormgut suture was passed through the skin, through one sphincter end across the septum and out through the opposite sphincter end and through the skin again. The sphincter ends were then accurately approximated by three cat-gut sutures. The rest of the operation was performed in the usual way.

The uterus was also suspended through an abdominal incision. Time of complete operation, 55 minutes.

The convalescence was uninterrupted; the healing was perfect; the vaginal outlet was well lifted up, with the cervix in good position as well as the uterus and the patient had perfect control of her bowels. Maximum temperature 99.8° (third day). Patient was discharged July 16, 1898.

Case VIII. — E. N., married, age 47, white.

Diagnosis. — Multiple cervical polypi. Polyp of posterior vaginal wall. Rupture of recto-vaginal septum.

Operation. — Removal of polypi; amputation of cervix; repair of perineal tear.

Marital history. — Married at 18, seven children (oldest 25 years, youngest 5 years). Always had normal labors and was never attended by a doctor.

Menstrual history. — For the past six months has had frequent hemorrhages until a few (5 to 6) weeks ago, since then no flow at all. Associated with the hemorrhages were pains in legs and pelvic regions, which have continued up to the present time, occasionally associated with "colicky" pains in left hypochondrium. Bowels were usually regular up to the time of the hemorrhages, since which time they have been constipated. Micturition has increased somewhat in frequency of late. Urine is negative.

Examination under ether showed: Outlet gaping; complete tear of recto-vaginal septum, sphincter pits being definitely marked on both sides, with a bridge of scar tissue holding the ends of the muscles together. Several cervical polypi; one polyp of vagina; uterus enlarged, but in anteposition.

Operation by Dr. Ramsay, June 19, 189S. — Removal of vaginal polyp ; amputation of cervix with its attached polypi ; the denudation of the complete tear was made in the usual way to the sphincter pits ; the ends of the sphincter muscle were caught, drawn out and dissected free. Cat-gut was used to draw together the bowel above the sphincter ; the sphincter ends were then brought together with three cat-gut sutures, with a silkworm-gut suture through the muscle and the septum to relieve tension. The closure of the rest of the wound was performed in the usual way. Time of entire operation, 90 minutes.

The convalescence was uninterrupted ; the healing was per primam, while by rectal examination the sphincter ani muscle could be felt contracting all around. The patient complained slightly of some pain in the left inguinal region which was relieved by enemata of starch water and fluid extract of Hamamelis. The maximum temperature was 100° (on 2d day). Patient was discharged well on July 20, 1S98.

Case IX.— Mrs. C. H., married, age 36, white.

Diagnosis. — Complete perineal tear ; relaxed vaginal outlet.

Operation. — Restoration of ruptured recto-vaginal septum.

The patient has been married 16 months and has had one child,

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born 15 weeks ago ; she was in labor three days, and the delivery was finally completed by instrumental interference, during which she was badly torn, both at outlet and cervix ; an unsuccessful attempt was made to repair the septum. Since the childbirth she has had severe pains in back and pelvis, with partial loss of control of the bowels, especially marked when the movements are loose. As a rule however the bowels are constipated.

Examination under ether showed: Outlet much relaxed, with a tear through the recto-vaginal septum. Sphincter pits are easily seen, the one on the left side being pulled 2,%. cm. from the position in which it is usually seen (apparently by the transversus perinei muscle). Uterus in anteposition and freely movable.

Operation by Dr. Kelly, June 27, 1898. — On palpation sphincter ani muscle felt easily posteriorly and laterally but not anteriorly. A verticle cut 1 to 1.5 cm. long exposed the sphincter ends. The sphincter was dissected out, the ends pulled out to the extent of 2 cm. and splinted by a silkworm-gut suture jxissed through the muscle and up through the septum and left untied for the present. The vaginal wound was closed, doing away with the relaxation; the rectal tear was closed and then the silkworm-gut suture was tied and the sphincter ends united by four cat-gut sutures, with two silkworm-gut sutures to perineum above and the rest cat-gut, making good closure throughout. Time of operation, 38 minutes.

The convalescence was uneventful until July 10, when, on the removal of the external stitches, although the wound had apparently healed well, the sphincter held well, and the patient apparently had perfect control of the rectum, it was found that there was a recto-vaginal fistula, the fistulous opening being around the internal vaginal suture on the left side. On the removal of this a good deal of soft fecal matter oozed through the opening, through which a sound 3 mm. in diameter could be passed.

This of course necessitated as««mdoperation, which was performed on July 14, 1898. The sphincter was found to have held well ; the fistula was just within the vagina and opened into the rectum about 1 1; cm. within the anus. The sphincter was first dilated, and through the sphincter the rectal opening of the fistula was found ; its edges were now pared and freshened on the rectal side ; the vaginal side was then freshened in the same way. The rectal mucosa was closed with fine silkworm-gut sutures, with the knots turned into the bowel, and the vaginal opening was closed in the same way, with the knots toward the vagina. A rectal plug was then inserted.

The convalescence from this second operation was uneventful, except for the difficulty in moving the patient's bowels. Perfect healing took place, and the fistula was obliterated. The maximum temperature was 101° (sixth day after first operation). The patient was discharged on Aug. 2, 1898.

The patient was readmitted Sept. 9, 1898. She complained of pain at stool, which had been present ever since her discharge from the Hospital, with discharge of liquid material at times ; the sinus seeming to heal for a day or two and then at stool to break down again.

Examination under ether showed: The sphincter ani muscle forms a complete ring around the anus, with normal radiating lines surrounding the orifice ; while a sinus, slightly to the left of the median line in the perineum, opens just within the sphincter muscle ; extending also \y z cm. up in the recto-vaginal septum.

Operation by Dr. Eussell, Sept. 14, 1898. — The sinus and the indurated tissue about it were dissected out ; the opening in the rectum wasenlarged by paring the edgesand wasthen closed by five cat-gut sutures, passed on the rectal side. A few buried cat-gut sutures were also introduced on the perineal side. Theperineal incision wasthen closed with interrupted silkworm-gut ami cat-gut sutures. The convalescence was uninterrupted, the healing was perfect, the temperature never rose above 99°, and closure was complete. The patient was discharged Oct. 7, 1898.

Case X.— C. C, married, aged 38, white.

Diagnosis.— Relaxed vaginal outlet. Rupture of sphincter ani muscle.

Operation,— Dissection and direct union of the ends of the sphincter ani. Resection. of the relaxed outlet. Curettage of cervix.

Marital History.— Has been married loyears. Hashad four children, no miscarriages. All the labors were extremely protracted and difficult. The first and fourth labors were instrumental; the third child was still-born. After the birth of the first child she had en vulsions. At her last labor she was badly torn, the tear extending to the anus, but no attempt at repair was made. Phlegmasia alba dolens complicated her last puerperium. The first child is fourteen years old, the last (if living) would be two. The laceration mentioned above has never troubled her. The bowels are perfectly regular and under control, while there is an increase in the frequency of micturition.

Examination under eiher showed : Tear of perineum through sphincter muscle and 1 cm. into the bowels above ; the ends of the muscle widely separated and connected by a narrow band of scar tissue ; a slight bilateral laceration of cervix ; uterus of normal size and in anteposition.

Operation by Dr. Russell, August 1, 1898. The operation was performed in two steps.

(1) A semilunar incision was made at anal orifice at junction of skin and mucosa, the flaps were dissected back and the ends of the sphincter ani muscle exposed ; the mucous membrane was united by cat-gut sutures, and then the muscle ends were drawn together and sutured with five cat-gut sutures. The primary incision was then united from side to side.

(2) The relaxed vaginal outlet was then resected in the usual way. Time of entire operation, 50 minutes.

The convalescence was only interrupted by the inability of the patient to void her urine and the consequent necessity of catheterization for the first week, followed by a mild cystitis, relieved by vesical irrigations.

The maximum temperature was 100° (on the second and eighth days). The wound in the rectum healed per primam ; perfect union of the sphincter muscle was obtained, with perfect control of the rectum. There was a slight infection of one of the vaginal stitches. The patient was discharged well, September 1, 1898.

Case XI. — Mrs. C. W., married, aged 43, white. Private hospital.

Diagnosis. — Complete tear of the perineum.

Operation. — Repair of the complete tear. Dissection and direct suture of the sphincter ani.

The patient has been married 23 years and has had six children, the youngest three and a half years old, and one miscarriage in 1890.

She was badly lacerated at her first confinement, when the delivery was instrumental (22 years ago); this was repaired by Dr. Helmuth, in 1891, and the perineum was ruptured again at the birth of her last child, three and a half years ago.

She complains of general poor health, frequent attacks of diarrhoea, and especially of an escape of gas from the vagina ; she has also noticed fecal matter in the vagina ; and often has great difficulty and sometimes entire inability to control the movements of the bowel.

Examination showed : The vaginal outlet torn through and the sphincter ends widely separated; the perineum boat-shaped, with much scar tissue between the vaginal and rectal openings, and the injury to the sphincter ends might easily be overlooked ; the sphincter ends marked by pits two cm. apart.

Operation by Dr. Kelly, November 22, 1898. Denudation as usual, removing scar tissue over sphincter ends and freshening the torn septum, extending up both right and left vaginal sulci. In including the sphincter ends, the incisions marking out the area for denudation were made differently from the rule by

cutting about three mm. away from the pits. This was done so as to give the sphincter a wider berth, so that when the sphincter ends were united by buried sutures they would not lie so close to the skin surface as they would if the incision was made close to the ends. Both sphincter ends were caught with forceps, pulled up and dissected out with a pair of blunt scissors until they appeared about one and a half cm. long above the surface. The glazed white ends were then cut off, and the restof the denudation completed, and the bowel above freed from the recto-vaginal septum.

The rectal rent was then closed by fine interrupted silk sutures passed on the rectal side, entering and emerging on the mucosa about one em. from the margin of the cut.

After closing the rectal rent, the sphincter was united by two cat-gut sutures and splinted by silkworm-gut sutures entered about one arid a half cm. back of the edge of the cut in the anal margin, and carried up through the septum, piercing the sphincter both on entering and emerging. Another suture was passed well behind this first one, up through the septum outside the sphincter as recommended by Emmet.

The skin margin was very carefully closed up over the sphincter, and the restof the wound in vagina and perineum united as usual, extreme care being taken not to leave any dead spaces. The intelligent patient had perfect control over the sphincter from the first, and at once recognized the great difference in her condition. She made a prompt recovery and returned home entirely well.

The one remarkable and constant fact specially noted after each of these operations was the immediate sense of restored power which was discovered by the patient as soon as she was well over the effects of the anesthesia; there was a sense of natural control over the function of the bowel which had been absent since the injurious confinement.

In conning the literature of this subject I have discovered several interesting references which have a direct bearing upon the method described. In the first place Dr. K. L. Dickinson,* has pointed out in an admirably clear paper devoted to the study of recent injuries to the sphincter ani, the important fact that the rupture of the muscles crossing the pelvic floor, in common with the external sphincter, is never median. The tear takes the direction of least resistance and avoids the aponeurotic web where the structures interlace in the middle line, breaking through laterally and severing the transverse perineal muscles and the sphincter well to one side. Out of sixteen cases ten were on the right, six on the left side, while another involved both sides of the sphincter. A close examination will always reveal an asymmetry, and not infrequently one end of the sphincter is found hanging out free on one side of the rupture, while the opposite side presents a deep pit from which it has been torn out. At the bottom of this pit is the other sphincter end. With the changes which take place during the period of cicatrization and contraction, well delineated by Kuestner and Leopold, this asymmetry is reduced to a minimum so that there finally remains but a slight obliquity in the level of the sphincter ends as a small index of a large difference earlier in the history of the case.

In these recent tears Dr. Dickinson with good surgical judgment used buried cat-gut sutures to bring the sphincter ends together ; he says: "Two buried cat-gut sutures carried through the free hanging end of the muscle and then down into the pit to catch the hidden end, draw the parts into accu

  • Amer. Gyn. and Obst. Jour., May, 1895.

rate apposition. The rest of the injury is then repaired as usual."

Sawaisky in an inaugural dissertation published in St. Petersburg, 1895, describes a method of treatment employed in Prof. Lebedeff's clinic in six cases of complete rupture. The recto-vaginal septum was first split as in performing a flap operation, and then after extending the wound sufficiently up onto the vulva the ends of the sphincter were caught and united with an interrupted suture, after which the major part of the wound was closed with a continuous cat-gut suture, and the closure was completed with four deep and two superficial sutures.*

in an article by Leopold and Wehlef, a method of uniting the sphincter is described by which two or three sutures are passed through the skin close to the sphincter, brought out in the sphincter pit and re-entered on the sphincter on the opposite side to reappear on the skin surface at a point corresponding to the point of entrance. By this means the suture ends are approximated with far greater accuracy and with a degree of certainty unknown in the old operation; this is practically ., the same method I have been practising myself for a number of years past.

Dr. George £. Shoemaker, in a personal letter received January 14th, 1899, states that he operated upon a tear of the sphincter ani muscle in June, 1893, which was referred to briefly in the Medical Neivs of September 22d, 1894. Two previous operations, both unsuccessful, had been performed on the patient for the same trouble which had originated in 1891. Dr. Shoemaker's operation was begun by making a curved incision from over one sphincter end across to the other. The sphincter muscle ends were then dissected otit and clearly defined, after which they were caught up by a strong cat-gut suture which included only the two sphincter ends. The rectal wall was closed in the usual way and the Emmet intravaginal denudation completed, two reinforcing worm-gut sutures being passed through the sphincter, each beginning far out on the skin at the side and ending at a point opposite.

The operation was entirely successful and the patient secured perfect control of the bowel.

Since this operation Dr. Shoemaker states that he has used this method repeatedly with entire satisfaction.

In a brief but suggestive paper Dr. R. G. LeContet describes the direct suture of the sphincter ends by means of a buried cat-gut suture passed after the fashion of a tendon suture; the sphincter ends are hooked up and drawn forward and freshened either by cutting off a small portion with the scissors or by fraying the ends well with a knife, as already advised by previous operators who have insisted on freshening the sphincter ends as essential to secure good union ; two cat-gut sutures are then applied one on each side of the sphincter muscle, and two more on the opposite side; when the opposed sutures are tied the sphincter ends are approximated. Dr. J. M. Baldy skilfully carried out Dr. LeConte's suggestion with remarkable success upon a patient who had been twice previously operated upon with an unsuccessful result each time.

  • See reference in FrommePs Jahresbericht, Vol. 7, p.

fGeburtsh. u. Gynaek., Bd. 2, Leipzig, 1S95, p. 307. JAmer. Jour, of Obst., June, 1895.

Fit.. 1. — Showing the natural appearance of orifice after six attempts to restore the sphincter aud secure control over the bowel function. The dotted line shows where the incision was made to expose the sphincter ends. A and B are pulled apart as shown in the next figure.

Fig. '■'•■ — Appearance afl ends and the closure of tin silk sutures.

e sphincter


PlG. -'. Shows the sphincter ends as they were found on palling Hap A up and Hap B down. The ritrlit end laj near the median line and the left displaced attached close to the tuberosity of the ischium. One of tin- catgut sutures in place read; t" bring sphincter ends together.

Fio. 4. — Showing skin Hap held down and sphinctei ends united bj '■'< Interrupted catgul sutures. This « a a ca e ..r deep injur] oi the sphincter without tear of the skin over the anus and without a tear into the lumen of the bowel.

Fig. 5. — The denudation on vagina] and perinea] surfaces. The tongue of tissue in the middle lifted up and dissected louse from the interna] sphincter (i. s.). The denudation does not, however, expose the externa] sphincter, which is in this case laid bare by the two incisions (Inc) parallel to the anal orifice.

Fig. 7. — Deuudation completed ami rectal sutures tied, uniting the internal sphincter and radiating out into the -kin surface.

Fig. s I lie recta] sutures all in place and the 9]

— l ■ t ends unit. .I ii\ :: inn ii

"i in ^ul hn -nil sutun lugli tin- centre "i the

pbincter mu tele u p around through i he tepl a m

Fig. ti. — Tin- incisions made a- shown in Fig sphincter ends bared by dissection.

Jan.-Feb.-March, 1899.]


My own method of treating the sphincter is similar to those detailed, in so far as the muscle is united directly end to end by means of buried interrupted cat-gut sutures, and I would prefer passing single sutures directly through the muscle to the use of tendon sutures, for the reason that the simple interrupted suture buries less foreign material, and it is therefore less liable to infection, lying as it does close under the skin.

The first essential point of difference between my own method and those of previous operators is a carefully conducted denudation, giving the sphincter a wider berth, so as to separate it from the skin surface, after all the parts have been brought into apposition, by a greater interval. This is done to make the burial of the cat-gut sutures a safer procedure.

The next important point is the dissection and liberation of the sphincter ends until one, or one and a half centimeters or even more are pulled out free on each side. This has not been proposed before. The ends are then cut off so as to remove the scar tissue and three interrupted cat-gut sutures passed through them so as to be ready to bring them snugly together at the proper time.

The rectal wound is then completely closed by a series of interrupted sutures passed close together so as to make it impossible for any minute particles of fecal matter to press between the stitches and cause an infection. This closure is carried down and over the anus onto the skin area, and then, only after this step is satisfactorily completed, are the sphincter ends brought together and the buried cat-gut stitches tied. Another point which I wish to urge, which differs from any previous proposition, is the passage of a silkworm-gut tension suture directly through the substance of the sphincter muscle half way between its outer and inner borders. The purpose of this suture is to take the tension off from the buried cat-gut sutures during the healing process. I prefer this suture to the Emmet tension suture which is passed well behind the sphincter ends on the skin surface, because my suture acts more directly and does not tend to make the anal orifice so small ; it is therefore easier to secure earlier and regular defecation.

I have dwelt thus far upon the method of securing immediate union of the external sphincter muscle; it is my desire now in conclusion toinsist upon the importance of paying equal attention to securing accurate approximation of the internal sphincter muscle. Indeed, if I would establish any comparison between the two, I would attribute more importance to the accurate union of the internal sphincter than to that of the external. This must be effected in the following manner : One or two fingers are passed into the torn bowel and the thin septum is brought slightly forward, while with a knife or a pair of scissors the operator splits the septum on its mucous margin ami then dissects upwards and inwards, separating the vagina and its columna from the septum in such a way as to isolate the rectum in front and on the sides. By taking a little care and observing the tissues closely, the bowel with the muscle is

easily set free, and if the dissection is well done the internal sphincter fibres will be clearly recognized on both sides.

After all the scar tissue is removed the internal sphincter is then united by a series of interrupted fine silk sutures entering and emerging on the mucous surface of I lie bowel about a millimeter from the edge of the cut. These sutures arc passed and tied from above downwards from one and a half to two mm. apart; in a case recently operated upon I used as many as sixteen of them before the bowel was closed down beyond the external sphincter.

I believe it is best to reinforce these rectal sutures by two or three cat-gut sutures buried in the septum above them and grasping the muscular coat of the bowel, that is to say, the internal sphincter, and drawing it together over the line of uniou established by the first set. After doing this the external sphincter is brought together as described above, and the remaining perineal and vaginal portions of the wound united as described in the text-books. The utmost care must be taken throughout not to leave any dead spaces in the septum or about the buried sutures.

Aberrant Portions Of The Mullerian Duct Found In An Ovary

By Wm. Wood Russell, M. D., Associate in Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

The specimen which I present this eveuing is of extreme interest, because it brings up the much-disputed question as to the derivation of the gland-like spaces as well as the papillary and adenomatous tumors of the ovary : whether they take origin from the germinal epithelium, the remains of the Wolffian body, or the Graafian follicle. In the light of our present knowledge of the development of the urogenital system I am actuated, from the study of this specimen, to add another possibility to these just mentioned.

Accepting the studies of Nagel, that the epithelial elements of the Miillerian duct are derived from the germinal epithelium, as correct, I believe we are able to explain the condition found in this instance as due to an anomalous point of development of portions of the Miillerian duct in the germinal epithelium.

The ovary from which the slides were taken was removed January 2d, 1897, during an operation for a cystic adenocarcinoma of the left ovary.

As is the custom after removing a pelvic tumor, the other pelvic organs were inspected, and in this case I found the opposite ovary enveloped in adhesions on the posterior surface of the broad ligament, while the tube was free and patent. The patient having reached the age of the natural menopause, I decided that it was best to remove it, to relieve her of any future anxiety. Nothing unusual was noticed about the ovary, it being of normal size, the outer pole cystic and the surface covered with shreds of adhesions. The uterus was also normal.

The specimens were hardened in Miiller's fluid, cut, and stained with hsematoxylin and eosin.

On microscopic study of the right ovary, we were astonished to find areas which were an exact prototype of the uterine glands and interglandular connective tissue. Further search through serial sections of the remainder of the ovary revealed similar foci scattered throughout the specimen in which the glands and interglandular connective tissue were in many places surrounded by bundles of non-striped muscle. On the posterior surface at a considerable distance from the hilum, was a shallow groove partly filled with glands of the uterine type, opening on the abdominal side. The epithelium covering this group gradually merged into a single layer of low columnar cells and at the edges of the groove spread out over the surface for a short distance as the germinal epithelium.

A large corpus luteum which occupied the outer pole was two-thirds surrounded by a narrow space lined with columnar epithelium. In places this epithelial lining dipped down into the tissues beneath, and formed gland-like structures.

In the substance of the ovary were spaces lined with columnar epithelium in places having distinct cilia. Beneath this was a band of glands imbedded in connective tissue. The glands were arranged as in the normal uterine mucous

'• Read before the Johns Hopkins Medical Society, April 4, 1898.

membrane and opened into the spaces, their epithelium being continuous with its lining membrane. The interglandular connective tissue was composed of small cells with darkly staining oval and round nuclei almost completely filling the cell body, in fact identical with that found in the uterus.

Beneath the spaces were bundles of muscle, arranged more or less concentrically, with strands running off into the ovarian tissue.

Leucocytes and red-blood corpuscles with indistinct outlines partly filled the spaces. The whole formed an exact reproduction of a portion of the uterine mucous membrane and muscle. The arrangement of these structures gave the impression that they were a continuous system from the groove (Plate I, Fig. 3) on the posterior surface to a cystic space in the anterior face (Plate II, Fig. 2).

The ovary contained many corpora fibrosa and a few Graafian follicles in various stages of development ; some of which were cystic. In many places throughout the specimen were foci of pigment in the ovarian tissue, in some of which the shrunken forms of red-blood corpuscles could be seen, being evidently the remains of haemorrhage. The hilum did not contain any of these glandular structures, but appeared normal, except for a sclerosis of the vessels.

Williams ' remarks, concerning the origin of epithelial elements, in the ovary : " Indeed, the number of theories advanced has been limited only by the number of structures entering into the composition of the ovary." I will not attempt, therefore, to review the subject, but state briefly the most important of the theories.

Germinal Epithelium. — Anomalies of growth in the germinal epithelium have, in many instances, been held responsible for these structures.

Waldeyer's 5 conception of the origin of the Graafian follicle, from nests of cells forming in the germinal epithelium and then being isolated from the other cells by connective tissue penetrating the area from below and surrounding these nests, is now accepted by, practically, all recent observers.

The Valentine-Pniiger theory which ascribed the origin of the Graafian follicle to specialized tubes, the so-called Pfliiger's ducts, formed by the germinal epithelium dipping down into the substance of the ovary has therefore lost its significance, and the hypothesis dependent on it for an explanation of the origin of epithelial tumors of the ovary should be discarded.

In a later investigation Waldeyer decided that these glandlike spaces were accidental inclusions of germinal epithelium occurring either in foetal or adult life.

Marchaud 3 was the first to call attention to the close relationship between the germinal epithelium and the epithelium of the Fallopian tube, stating that primarily they have a common point of origin. He believed that the epithelium of the tube could extend out over the surface of the ovary, and by penetrating the stroma of the ovary produce tubules similar to

.Tan.-Fki;.-Mau< h, 1899.]


Pfliiger ducts. From these, he argued, cysts might arise, and he farther remarks ou the histological resemblance between the mucous membrane of the tube and papillary tumors of the ovary.

Williams also traced a small papillary cyst in the ovary to a prolongation of the epithelium from the tubo-ovarian fimbria.

Shortly after the appearance of Marchand's paper, DeSinety and Malassey 4 described some interesting specimens in which they discovered tubes lined with epithelium running in various directions through the ovary and opening on the free surface, the epithelium at these places being continuous with the germinal epithelium. They considered these structures as analogous to Pfluger's duct, but formed in adult life. Since then, these observations have been frequently confirmed.

Nagel, 6 Gusserow and Eberth" believe that the germinal epithelium may be incited to papillary growths by inflammatory reaction about the ovary, Nagel having seen the germinal epithelium preserved beneath adhesions.

Graafian Follicle. — From the beginning of the scientific investigation of the genesis of ovarian tumors the Graafian follicle has played a prominent role. Frommel*, in 1890, formulated a hypothesis, but was unable to prove it by actual finding. He had found a superficial papilloma of the ovary, which undoubtedly sprung from the germinal epithelium, and believed from this that the membrana granulosa of the Graafian follicle, being a derivative of the germinal epithelium, could produce similar growth.

Williams in 189A found in what he considered a dilated Graafian follicle a papillary outgrowth from the membrana granulosa. Yet the question is by no means definitely settled that the membrana granulosa is a derivative of the germinal epithelium. Waldeyer's theory undoubtedly explains the manner in which the ovum becomes embedded in the ovarian tissue, but whether the cells lining the follicle are epithelial or connective tissue in origin remains unsolved.

Wolffian Body. — The Wolffian body, ou account of the proximity to the ovary in the early development of the urogenital system, has been offered by many writers as a probable source of these glandular structures, but of this there is absolutely lacking scientific proof. The possibility that some of the tubules of the primitive kidney may be caught in the germinal epithelium while it is budding out to form the ovary canuot be denied, but I believe that if such an event should occur these tubules would retain their original characteristics and not be transformed to the type of those arising from the Mullerian duct.

Mailer's Duct. — Recently, Kossman" has, with great skill, discussed the subject from a new aspect in connection with his work on accessory Fallopian tubes. He insists that all intraligamentary cysts reaching considerable size spring from rudimentary tubes lying in the broad ligament, which he has found to exist in about ten per cent, of women. His arguments which appear most plausible are as follows :

The secreting portion of the primitive kidney, the glomeruli, disappears completely during intra-uterine life and may, therefore, be left out of consideration. The parovarium, paroophoron and Gartner's duct are simply conducting channels

during total life, and their epithelial lining has at no time in their history secretory power. If it had. they would sooner or later all become cystic, as they have no external openings. On the other hand, the mucous membrane of the tub undoubtedly the power of secretion, and by occlusion of its openings always forms a cystic tumor, hydrosalpinx, lie draws a sharp distinction between the embryological germinal epithelium during the formative stage and that of a later period. After the differentiation of the epithelium into its various parts, these specialized parts are entirely distinct in their character and without power of further reproduction. The germinal epithelium, after the developmental stage, remains functionally inactive and exists only as a single layer of epithelial cells covering the surface of the ovary.

All tissues of the body are subject to the rule that after differentiation has once taken place in foetal life, one can never be transformed into another. Further, the papillary growth covered with ciliated cylindrical epithelium has, in this region, its only analogue in the tube. This holds good for the tube, ovary and broad ligament. Those arising in the ovary are from isolated plaques of epithelium of the fimbriated end of the tube which have become differentiated from the germinal epithelium at an abnormal point.

At this point it is important to understand the present views in reference to the origin of the epithelium of the Mullerian duct.

There has been a wide diversity of opinion on the subject, and several theories advanced, some believing that it is derived solely from the Wolffian duct, others from a specialized portion of the peritoneum, and yet others, partly from the germinal epithelium and partly from the epithelium of the Wolffian duct. To Waldeyer belongs the credit of first calling attention to the formation of the groove in the germinal epithelium which later becomes the Mi'illerian duct. Its significance, though, was not fully estimated until the appearance of Nagel's 9 work, who substantiated Waldeyer's vation, and further discovered that the germinal epithelium at the point contained the so-called sexual cells which are the progenitors of the ovules in the females. In following the further development of the Mullerian duct, he finds that the primitive groove closes at its distal end, forming a blind tube which sinks into the Wolffian body and pushes backward beside the Wolffian duct, but remains throughout absolutely independent of it.

The conclusion to be drawn from this is, that the epithelium of the Mullerian duct is exclusively derived from true germinal epithelium.

If we accept this view of Xagel it is not difficult to conceive that a portion of germinal epithelium which forms the ovary should, at times, attempt to produce structure which its function elsewhere calls upon it to do.

Such an accident may be represented by simple tubes or spaces lined with ciliated columnar epithelium of the tube, or villous and papillary growth analogous to the mucous membrane of the tube or even the more complicated structure of the uterus, glands, interglandular connective tissue and muscle.

In the specimen which 1 have described there is a collection


of glands in a groove on the surface of the ovary. The epithelium covering them is continuous with a single layer of columnar cells at the margin of the groove and extends a short distance over the surrounding surface. Thus we have direct proof that the germinal epithelium is capable of producing glands analogous to those of the uterine mucosa.

Burkhard"' has described a very interesting small multilocular cyst of the ovary in which was found non-striped muscle and glands. On the surface of the tumor were several nodules made up of involuntary muscle, throughout which were scattered small round cysts lined with ciliated epithelium. He ascribes these structures to the germinal epithelium, but does not associate them with the Mullerian duct. He has neglected to describe minutely the character of the connective tissue immediately surrounding these structures and I am unable, therefore, to determine if the specimen resembles the above in that particular.

Since writing the above, von Frauque" has jmblished the preliminary report of an ovary which apparently confirms the Wolffian body theory. His remarks are so brief that one is not justified iu criticism, but it would seem that he has in his case positive evidence that the parovarial tubules can, as we have already suggested, enter the ovary through the hilum and produce these glandular formations.

I shall be able in a short time to produce further evidence that this theory holds good for the origin of epithelial tumors of the ovary, as I have discovered in the wall of the cyst of the opposite ovary structures identical with those described.


Dk. Barker. — The case is interesting to anatomists on account of its relation to the topic of the origin of the sexual ducts in man. In the development of the sexual organs of higher animals a curious transformation of organs used in other animals for very different purposes appears to have taken place. A comparison of the three pairs of kidneys of lower forms, the front, middle and hind pairs, and their special ducts with the structures met with in higher forms show that the ducts from the front pair correspond to Miiller's ducts, those from the second pair to the Wolffian ducts, and those from the third pair to the ureters. The front pair of kidneys (Pronephros) never appear in human embryos, and yet strangely enough their ducts do appear. The middle pair of kidneys (Mesonephros) are represented in the human being by the Wolffian bodies; the third pair .Metanephros) are the functional kidneys of human beings.

Now as the need for more complicated sexual organs arose, il appears that the two front pairs of kidneys and their ducts were utilized to build them, those of the front pair being used for Dhe organs of the female, and those of the middle pair for the genital organs of the male. The Mullerian ducts of the two sides ordinarily fuse in their lower two-thirds to form the and vagina The upper third on each side corresponds to the Fallopian tube of that side. In the male, the part corresponding to the Fallopian tube disappears ; that corresponding to the uterus forms the utriculus prostatitis, the lower part disappearing entirely. In the female the Wolffian body,

or middle kidney, is embedded as the paroophoron in the hilus ovarii, the little ducts going to form the parovarium and the lower portion constituting Gartner's duct or the ductus epoophori longitudinalis, a little tube which runs parallel to the vagina. In the male the Wolffian body (Mesonephros) is represented by the paradidymis or organ of Giraldes. The Wolffian duct gives rise to the dnctuli efferentes testis, the epididymis, the ductus deferens, the ductus ejaculatorius and to thevesicula seminalis with its ductus excretorius. It seems likely that Skene's tubules in the urethra of the female are derived from the Wolffian duct in which event they might, perhaps, be fairly looked upon as the structures corresponding to the seminal vesicles and ejaculatory duct of the male.

The study of the embryology of these structures is essential for a clear understanding of the normal anatomy, and especially for the comprehension of the deviations from the normal mode of development met with in cases of hermaphroditism, etc. The pathology of various conditions first becomes luminous when the developmental relations are considered. The case which Dr. Russell has just reported would be extremely difficult to interpret had not the proximity of Miiller's duct to the germ-cell masses been well established.

The case he has so carefully described is an extremely rare one, indeed I believe it is the only one on record. It is especially interesting that a portion corresponding to the uterus should be that which appears imbedded in the ovary.


1. Williams: Papillomatous Tumors of the Ovary. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. III.

2. Waldeyer: Eierstock und Ei. Leipzig, 1870.

3. Marchand: Beitriige zur Kenntniss der Ovarialtumoren, Halle, 1879.

4. DeSinety and Malassey : Sur la structure, l'origin et le developpment des kystes des ovaires. Archiv de Physiol., 1878.

5. Frommel: Das Oberflacheu-Papillom des Eierstocks, seine Histogenese und seine Stellung zuin papillaren Flimmerepithelkystome. Zeitschr. f. Geb. u. Gyn., Bd. 19, 44.

6. Nagel: Beitrag zur Genese des epitheliomen Eierstockstumoren. Arch. f. Gyn., 33, 1.

7. Gusserow and Eberth : Grosse fibrose Papillome beider Ovarien. Virchow's Arch., Bd. 43, 14.

8. Kossman : Zur Pathologie der Urnierenreste des Weibes. Monatschrift f. Geb. u. Gyn., Vol. 1.

9. Nagel: Uber die Entwickelung des Urogenital Systems des Menscheu. Archiv. f. Mikroscop. Anat., Vol. 34.

10. Burkhard: Zur Genese der multilocularen Ovarialkystome. Virchow's Archiv, Vol. 144, 1896.

11. Von Franque: tlber Urnierenreste im Ovarium, etc. Sitzungs-Berichte der physikalich-medicinischen Gesellschaft zu Wiirsburg, July 7, 1898.


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Fig. 1. — Natural size, showing normal tube with patent fimbriated extremity. Ovary posterior view with portion of adventitious capsule.

Fig. 2. — Longitudinal section through centre of ovary.

I. Space partially surrounding corpus luteum (6) lined with epi lium, in which on lower side glands were present.

II. Groove, at hot torn of which is a wedge of tissue made up oi gla and interglandular tissue covered with a single layer of epithelium ( tinuous with that on the BUrface.

III. space lined with columnar epithelium ami surrounded bj muc membrane of the uterine type and non-striped muscle.

IV. Point beneath adhesions, («i| where germinal epithelium preserved, (c) Cystic follicle.


FIG 3.— Longitudinal section through ovary and hilum posterior face. (Magnified four timi

I. Corresponds to I, Fig. i In the lining of the pai e I iward th the ovarj Is Bee Btinct gland formation.

n. Corresponds to n, Fig. 2, in which the glands can bi of wW

II'-II". Groups of glands .ear surface of ovary surrounded by disti '"a of uterine type.

III. Space surrounded by mucous membrane and muscle, an exact protot) p. of the uter mucosa and muscle. Bon the .lands cystic, corres P Tv. B G^Il eptthelinm in adhesions, («) Adhesio, , Corpus lute ■ I Graafian follicle. Right corner of section

represents vascular zone of hilum, entirely free from glands.

Fig. 1. — Longitudinal section through centre of ovary without liiluin. (Magnified four times.)

I. Groove described in Plate I.

II. Glands surrounding space near the capsule with stroma.

Ill— III'. Two large spaces in centre of ovary communicating by a narrow strait.

III. Space completely surrounded by mucous membrane ami muscle, and lined with columnar epithelium, which is in places ciliated. The membrane becomes thinner as it approaches flic strait, and just as it passes over into space III', becomes a single layer of columnar epithelium.

Space III'. The cells forming its lining become gradually lower, merging first into cuboidal, and at the furthest point from the strait are flat. The knot-like projection in upper border of III' is an organizing blood ■lot, covered at the base by Hat cells. (/<) Corpus luteum. The contents of the spaces are made up of partly disintegrated red-blood corpuscles, leucocytes and granular debris.

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Fig. 2. — Longitudinal section through anterior lor of ovary. (Magnified four times.)

I. Space in lower border of parenchyma of ovary lined with columnar epithelium, in which, at places, is distinct gland formation.

II. Groups of gland-, in and be itb capsule.

III. Larue cystic space surrounded in greater part by connective tissue of flu' type found in the uterine mucosa. Most perfect ulands along the left, upper border.

HI'. Group of glands. (6 Corpus luteum seen in other sections.


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Us! )

i"i Blood puseles forming part of i tents of pi

&\ 5' ' T yP ical uterine glands and stroma, two of the glands op

iuto space, and whose epithelial liniiiu" is continuous with thai ol




the space.

f (e) Non-striped muscle resembling that of the uterine wall.


c'l Normal ovarian tissue containing Graafian follicle stages of il'-\ elopment and corpora fibrosa.

Portion of wall Bnrronnding space III. Plate II. Fig. 1 (magi

section through mucous membrane and muscle down into normal

ovarian tissue.

Jan.-Feb.-March, 1899.]






By .1. G. Clark. M. D., Associate in Gynecology in the Johns Hopkins University, late Resident Gynecologist in the Johns

Hopkins Hospital.

Some three or four years ago, on searching through the curreut medical literature and the generally accepted textbooks for au explanation of the hemorrhage so frequently accompanying myoma uteri, I was surprised to find very little unanimity of opinion upon the subject. Many writers merely state that hemorrhage is a frequent clinical symptom of these tumors, but attempt no explanation of this phenomenon. Others make the more definite statement that hemorrhage is less frequent the further the tumor is situated from the uterine mucosa, while still others quote the explanations of Wyder, v. C'ampe, Schmal and Semb, to which I shall refer later. With a view therefore of throwing more light upon this subject or at least of confirming the results of some one of the preceding investigators, I began the study of the macroscopic appearances in conjunction with a close analysis of the clinical history of specimens of myomata removed by hysterectomy. The observations, however, upon which I have relied most for my conclusions have beeu made in a series of ten artificial injections of the principal varieties of tumors. In my early study of these cases the fact had frequently impressed itself upon me that the mere size of the tumor bears absolutely no relationship to the amount of hemorrhage, for in some instances tumors as large as the pregnant uterus at term have beeu accompanied at no period of their development by this symptom, while, on the other hand, tumors so small as not to be perceptible to the patient have induced such excessive bleeding as to require operative treatment most urgently. Again the frequency of hemorrhage accompanying the submucous tumors and its absence in the subperitoneal types was self-evident.

In view of these general observations and the fact that on section myomatous tumors as a rule show a very poor vascularization, the explanation of the hemorrhage did not appear at first sight to be due to the tumor per se, but to mechanical disturbances induced in the uterine circulation through its presence. Myomatous tumors, as is well known, present a most remarkable morphological diversity ; their size, form and position being subject to the widest variation from any fixed standard of development, due not to deviations from their primitive histological basis, for within narrow limits they conform more or less closely to a uniform microscopical type, but to variations in their gross anatomy. For clinical purposes these tumors are classified according to their locati n into subperitoneal, interstitial and submucous varieties, but comparatively seldom do we find a given specimen composed solely of any one of these types, for they are usually d indiscriminately throughout the uterine wall, some appearing as subperitoneal bosses, others as rounded nodules completely surrounded by uterine muscle, while still others project into the uterine cavity as submucous tumors.

Besides this multiplicity frequently single tumors are observed which partake more or less of the characteristics of all the other types; thus an interstitial tumor may project into the uterine cavity and besides present an equally extensive surface beneath the peritoneum.

In view of the heterogeneous growth of these tumors it would appear evident that any rule governing the hemorrhage which has a mechanical basis for its support must present many variations. The atypical bleeding in cases of myoma uteri may manifest itself therefore as an increase in the catamenial flow or as profuse and irregular inter-menstrual hemorrhages. Were the tumor itself to possess inherent characteristics which induce hemorrhage it goes without saying that in all cases this symptom would occur.

The splendid collection of myomata in the Gynecological Department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital contains one specimen which illustrates especially well the fallacy of the latter hypothesis. The tumor, a picture of which has already appeared in Kelly's Operative Gynecology, Vol. II, opposite p. 382, is a large angiomatous myoma, occupying the wall of the uterus but not impinging upon the mucosa. Notwithstanding this excessive vascularization the patient did not suffer from hemorrhage and came to operation simply on account of the steady increase in the size of the tumor.

Accepting as an axiom that " to determine the abnormal one must know the normal," it appeared to me absolutely essential to ascertain first the normal scheme of the uterine circulation before attempting to arrive at any conclusion concerning the changes induced in it by the growth of myomatous tumors. The following brief consideration of this subject will therefore not be out of place, for in addition to rendering an explanation of the atypical hemorrhages occurring in cases of myoma uteri easier, it also demonstrates the fact that our preconceived ideas of the vascularization of the uterus drawn from text-books in anatomy and gynecology are in certain details fallacious.

The Normal Circulation of the Uterus.

In beginning the experimental injections of the uterus, I considered it essential to define the areas supplied by the four arteries (two ovarian and two uterine) terminating in the uterus.

The most commonly copied picture of the circulation is that of Hart and Barbour (Gray's Anatomy), which represents the uterine and ovarian arteries as a thick tortuous communicating system lateral to the uterine walls, giving off branches which in turn quickly break up into tiny vessels terminating in a fine capillary anastomosis in the median line of the uterus. From this cut as well as from the descriptions by the majority of writers it would appear that not only is there a


poorly vascularized median line, but that there is little if any commingling of blood from the two sides except through this capillary anastomosis.

This idea, as I shall show, may be demonstrated as erroneous by artificial injections of the uterus. In my first injection experiments I employed an aqueous solution of Prussian blue. Cannula? were inserted into the two uterine and two ovarian arteries, and the injection was begun by forcing the fluid first into the uterine artery of one side. Before even the peritoneal covering of the uterus was darkened the injection fluid had rushed through the lateral communication between the ovarian and uterine artery, and began to flow from the ovarian artery, thus showing that there is absolutely no bar to the reflux of blood from the uterine to the ovarian artery or vice versa, and that under normal conditions of the circulation the cardiac force transmitted through the uterine and ovarian vessels must act conjointly in forcing the blood from the utero-ovarian circle lateral to the uterus into their ultimate terminals. Another phenomenon, which was especially noteworthy, was the rapid crossing over of the injection fluid to tbe opposite side of the uterus, where it escaped, not from the vein, but from the uterine artery, and only after the latter was clamped did the fluid begin to escape from the efferent vessels. From the initial point of injection the entire uterus was deeply colored with the blue solution, demonstrating the existence of a very easy communication between the myriads of vessels ramifying throughout the uterus. Whether this communication was established through capillaries or whether through the direct anastomosis of larger vessels, I was not able to determine from this experiment; but still clinging to the idea set forth in the text-books I was disposed to accept the first hypothesis.

Still with the intention of defining separate areas supplied by each of the vessels I resorted to the use of a granular injection mass, consisting of ultramarine blue suspended in 10 per cent, gelatine, knowing that the granules would only pass down to the capillary system but not through it. Upon attempting this I was surprised to find that the same phenomena occurred as in the first experiment, demonstrating beyond doubt that there is, in addition to the usual capillary communication, a direct arterial anastomosis between the intra-uterine vessels, which is not an insignificant one, but plays a most important part in the circulation of the uterus.

When I related the phenomena noticed in my first injections, conducted in the anatomical laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, to Prof. Spalteholz of the University of .1 found him disposed to cling to the older opinions and tn think that possibly there was some error in my injection technique. Later, however, when making injections of the uterus from which to have pictures drawn for his anatomical atlas, he obtained identical results, and will depict in his forthcoming volume a direct arterial communication between the two lateral utero-ovarian circulations.

When we consider the varying physiological phases through which the uterus passes (the most important of which — the puerperal state — is dependent upon an abundant and unfailing blood-supply), this provision of nature, whereby an easy communication is established between its four arterial sources,

not only through a capillary system like that of other organs, but also through a more direct arterial anastomosis, appears to be absolutely essential. To leave the nutrition of any portion of this important organ to the care of one set of vessels, which might become impaired, would undoubtedly render it liable at any time to serious functional disturbances.

To briefly epitomize the results of my observations on the normal vascularization of the uterus, I would say that it consists of the lateral utero-ovarian anastomosis which give off excessively tortuous secondary branches, some of which penetrate the outer layers of uterine muscle and finally terminate as delicate twigs in the uterine mucosa, while others extend across the uterus and fusing with similar branches from the opposite side form direct arterial communications. From the latter, branches are given off which also penetrate the deeper-lying musculature and terminate in the mucosa. Beyond establishing the fact that there are direct arterial communications besides the usual capillary auastomosis and verifying the main points in the vascular scheme as depicted by others, I have not attempted to go, contenting myself for the present with a macroscopic study of the gross specimens and with the examination by means of a dissecting lens of thick sections cleared in xylol.

I hope to make a further communication upon the exact scheme of the circulation of the uterus at a future date.

The Mechanical Disturbances in the Circulation in Cases of Myoma Uteri.

From my study of the circulatory changes in uteri, the seat of myomata, I am convinced that the increased menstrual flow and atypical hemorrhages which are so frequently associated with these cases are dependent solely upon mechanical conditions, which induce first, a congestion of the deeper-, seated muscular and endometrial vessels and this in turn to an increase or prolongation of the menstrual flow, and second, an actual derangement or disorganization of the vascular systems of the endometrium and of the tumor itself, through which atypical hemorrhages occur, varying in degree from a slight inter-menstrual discharge to a loss of blood so great as to cause the most prostrating or eveu fatal anaemia.

First, as to the part played by mere venous stasis in the production of the increased menstrual flow.

In its natural history the uterus after puberty passes through its successive menstrual cycles with the attendant sanguineous flow. According to some observers this flow is due to an actual rupture of the capillaries of the endometrium, while others believe that it occurs through a simple diapedesis. The latter view is held by Dr. Cullen, who has reached this conclusion after an extensive study of the endometrium in all of its normal and pathological conditions. According to my own observations I see no reason to doubt this conclusion.

With this well-sustained theory before us as a working basis the explanation of the increased menstrual flow in cases of myoma uteri is comparatively easy. In their early growth these tumors appear as minute whitish bodies lying in the depths of the uterine muscle. In all of my injected specimens, the smallest tumors, some of them not larger than a pea, show a remarkably poor internal vascularization, in comparison with

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the surrounding musculature. The tumor apparently starts IS a whirl or kink in the fibres of the muscle, ami is not, according to my observations, supplied by a central \essel, as stated by some writers, but derives its blood-supply from vessels coursing between the surrounding fibres. This insignificant initial wreath grows into a thick network of encircling vessels which send radiating branches into the interior of the tumor. In the progressive development of the tumor the increase in the blood-supply is not commensurate with that of the tumor, which leaves its center sooner or later more or less isolated from the peripheral source. With the increasing size of the tumor, it follows the simple mechanical law of pushing in the line of least resistance, and accordingly tends to move outward towards the peritoneun, or inward towards the uterine cavity. Iu case the surrounding resistance is uniform it naturally maintains its intramural position. Pari passu with the outward mobilization of the tumor the tendency to a disturbance of the circulation sufficient to create menstrual disorders decreases. Even when the tumor remains as a simple interstitial growth no subjective symptoms relative to the menses are, as a rule, noted. There are, however, some instances where, notwithstanding the fact that the tumor does not encroach upon the mucosa, the menstrual flow may be increased or prolonged, but, so far as my observations go, never to the extent of becoming irregular and profuse. This condition, I am convinced, may be explained upon a mechanical basis. In the quiescent state of the uterus during the inter-menstrual period, the vascular system around the interstitial tumor is only partially filled ; but let this same system become distended to turgescence under the menstrual influence, and it goes without saying that the force exerted by the congested and contracting uterine walls against the more or less dense fibro-muscular tumor, which remains practically unchanged in its resistance, will retard the exit flow from the deeper veins lying in proximity to the uterine mucosa. As a result of this venous stasis, increased extravasation or diapedesis of blood occurs into the uterine cavity. If there is a multi-nodular conglomeration of tumors the crowding together of these resistant bodies may also tend very greatly to inhibit the recurrent flow between them, producing even a greater internal congestion than in the first instance.

Bere, just as in other tissues, the arteries, on account of the greater thickness of their elastic walls and their constant pulsations, tend to overcome the surrounding pressure and maintain their patulous condition, whereas the veins, which are in many instances little less than flaccid veuous channels, are subject to compression upon the resistant tumors. A simple mechanical reproduction of this condition may be made by grasping in the palm of the hand a hard ball over which is placed a soft rubber tube with water flowing through it. A light pressure, sufficient to retain the ball in tip- hand, will not retard the flow through the tube, but a stronger grasp at once partially or completely checks the flow. In the application of this mechanical principle to cases of myomata, two sets of tubes coursing over the hard ball represent the tumor must be considered, one of which, the arteries, as already stated, are elastic and pulsating, while the other, the

veins, are mere passive channels. In the increasir.

stion of the uterus incident to the menstrual cycle, the arteries tend to resist the surrounding pressure and maintain their flow, whereas the veins ma\ become compressed against the tumor, and as a result a venous stasis iu the deeper-lying

-ue of the uterus occurs with a consequent increase and prolongation of the menstrual flux.

With the passing of the menstrual cycle the arteries return to a passive condition when the veins again become suffii patulous to transmit the blood to the large efferent trunks, and the metrostaxis ceases only to be renewed again in the succeeding period as a prolonged but otherwise normal How. To prevent misconception as to the frequency of this occurrence I would especially emphasize the clinical fact, that in the majority of cases of iuterstitial and subperitoneal tumors, even increased menstruation does not occur, which is explained no doubt upon the ground of a compensatory vascular adaptability.

While the blood-vessels in close proximity to the tumor may partially be blocked the anastomoses within the uterus are so perfect as to leave patulous many other equally eas escape for the venous blood. Therefore, even a decided increase, without further derangement in the menstrual flow, is nearer an exception thau a rule, unless there is some impingement of the interstitial tumor upon the endometrium.

With the encroachment, how T ever, of the tumor upon the uterine cavity a second and most weighty cause for the hemorrhage comes into action. As depicted in the normal scheme of the uterine circulation the vessels which supply the endometrium reach this point by penetrating the inner muscular coat of the uterus, where they freely anastomose with each other and finally terminate as delicate twigs surrounding the glands of the mucosa. Until this scheme is very much deranged or disorganized by the advancing myoma usually no serious disturbance in the menses, a- stated above, will occur. When the tumor, however, reaches the mucosa the mensi tend to become free and prolonged, due to a thinning of the mucosa and a coincident degeneration of the vessels which renders the usual diapedesis much easier or gives rise to an escape of blood through actual rupture of the capillaries. !n this connection J may say that, according to the histological observations of my colleague, Dr. Cullen, the vessels of endometrium are very resistant, and that in the earlier stage of encroachment of the tumor the increased flcn occurs by diapedesis rather than by actual rupture. At firsl onlj the terminal twigsof the endometrium are involved, but as the tumor advances and the tension is increased the mucosa through gradual erosion assumes a white, glazed, parchmentlike appearance, showing the deeper-lying vessels of the capsule of the myoma.

At this stage the mucosa may be said to have disappeared from the dome-like prominence of the tumor; but further back towards the base where the ten -ion is less and the process of erosion has not occurred, a vascular halo, formed bj the vessels of the mucosa, is usually seen. Often a cup-like depression is made by the advancing tumor in the o] uterine wall in which one dinasimilar

way. From this endometrial zone I have seen occur in some


of my injection experiments the most active oozing. In the further expulsion of the tumor the vessels undergo actual necrosis along with the tumor, which renders them brittle and more liable to hemorrhage through extensive ruptures.

The ocurrence of large irregular inter-menstrual hemorrhages may be taken therefore as an almost invariable indication of the development of a more or less extensive submucous tumor. When the tumor has reached the point where its overlying mucosa has entirely disappeared the hemorrhage may become well-nigh constant, appearing as a continuous oozing, which is especially aggravated during the menstrual epoch. Should the case be allowed to follow its own course without operative intervention, the tumor may be expelled completely with subsequent restoration of the patient to health, or it may become the seat of an infection which terminates the patient's life ; or finally through the profound anaemia produced by the hemorrhage death may occur either through exhaustion or from a terminal infection.

Analysis of the Clinical and Pathological Records of 100 Cases.

In order to verify and further sustain the conclusions drawn from my experimental study, to ascertain whether there are frequent or wide variations from them, I have analyzed as closely as possible the clinical and pathological reports of 100 other cases. The clinical symptoms were taken largely from abstracts made by Dr. Brown from cases operated upon in the Gynecological Department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, while the pathological reports were abstracted from records largely made by Drs. Cullen and Herdon. Excepting those atypical cases of myoma, such as the adeno-myoma-diffusum benignum (Cullen) and those in which there is a coincident infection, from ordinary pyogenic organisms or from tubercle bacilli or where there exists a coincident association with carcinoma, I have found a surprisingly small variation. For purposes of analysis I have first tabulated the clinical symptoms after which the pathological reports have been appended. As these tables are too voluminous for publication I have endeavored to embody the results of this analysis in the form of schematized drawings, hoping in this way to make these statistics more available for study than were they brought together in the ordinary tabulated form.

Of the hundred cases, I have first classified those which conform to the simple types of tumors (subperitoneal, interstitial and submucous), but as these comprise only about onethird of the total number, the remaining showing combinations of the three, I have placed them under the two following headings : Combined interstitial and subperitoneal, and combined interstitial and submucous tumors. In the latter group several cases have also presented subperitoneal tumors, but as they practically play no part in the production of hemorrhage I have grouped them all under the one heading.

Schematic Drawings of 100 Cases of Myoma Uteri.

(See Plates.) This analysis shows beyond doubt that the clinical statement concerning hemorrhage in myoma uteri made bv some authors is based upon accurate observations.

Dudley,* of Chicago, has stated this in such a concise and clear way that I take pleasure in quoting it. He says : " The degree of hemorrhage depends upon the location of the tumors relative to the endometrium and the peritoneum.

The closer its relations to the uterine mucosa, the greater the hemorrhage; the nearer to the peritoneum the less the hemorrhage; hence menorrhagia is almost invariable with the submucous variety, less severe but very common with the intramural, and usually slight or absent with the subperitoneal.

The pedunculated submucous and the pedunculated subperitoneal myomata stand at the two extremes, the former producing the greater hemorrhage, the latter none at all."

The Surgical Aspect of this Study.

In criticism of the remarks following the appended reports of cases it may be said that an ante-operative judgment sufficient to render definite advice, as to the adoption of a radical or conservative line of treatment, is not possible, because data sufficient to support such a judgment cannot be obtained from the anamnesis or from our usual methods of examination. Admitting that this to a certain extent is true, I am nevertheless convinced that the close study of the symptoms in conjunction with a careful examination of these cases will usually yield very definite or at least strongly significant suggestions which will lead to a more complete diagnosis than is usually made.

The simple diagnosis of a myomatous tumor of the uterus with a subsequent hysterectomy is no longer a difficult matter, but the careful exclusion of the large number of cases from the great general class which, until the last two or three years, have been subjected to the wholesale extirpation of the uterus is a matter requiring accurate discrimination and good surgical judgment. Besides the superior judgment required for the selection of these cases, higher operative measures are brought into play, for it certainly requires more skill to remove the many tumors which one so often finds studding over the surface of the uterus, distending its walls or projecting into its cavity, and to repair through a plastic operation the resultant defects, than to perform a simple hysterectomy. The immediate results and splendid progress of these cases subsequent to operation are the strongest arguments in favor of conservatism.

The removal of either ovaries or uterus in young women, in the majority of whom the maternal instincts are more or less strongly implanted, is to my mind one of the most serious surgical procedures, and always to be avoided when possible, not because of the direct influence exercised by the presence of these organs on the womanly characteristics, but because of the depressing mental influences which follow in some instances the realization by the patient that she is sterile and will remain so to the end of her life. To say, therefore, that a simple or multiple myomectomy with the preservation of the ovaries and tubes is a great improvement over total hysterosalpingo-oophorectomy is not a subject for argument. It is a self-evident truth based upon the principle of preservation,

  • Diseases of Women, 1898.

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Fig. 1. — Sagittal section of uterus showing the scheme of the arterial distribution. The parallel vessels of the external muscular layer freely anastomose amoug themselves. From the innermost arteries branches are given off at right angles which penetrate the inner muscular layer, supplying it with numerous anastomosing nutrient vessels, and finally terminate in a rich capillary supply to the endometrium.

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Fig. 2. — Injected specimen of interstitial myoma, showing derang nieiit of vascular scheme. The perpendicular vessels noted in the no mal scheme have here assumed a parallel course through the encrott inent of the myomatous tumor. The endometrial twigs, instead being merely the straight terminals of the perpendicular branches, I here given off at right angles. During the menstrual congestion the twigs naturally become more congested, through purely mechanical CO ditious, than in the normal state, consequently an increased diapedef occurs. The large venous channels upon the surface of the myomaj which attention lias been called in the text, are also well shown.

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-~*S^E£s=- '"-.j.Coinplete erosion of mucosa vessels of capsule exposed.

Fig. 3 — Uterine wall containing three interstitial myomata, two of which have so far encroached upon the uterine cavity as to cause almost complete erosion over the larger and considerable atrophy of the mil >ver the smaller tumor. The mucosa in the depression between the tumors

is greatlj thickened, (Edematous and congested. Limit of mi id on either side bj ■. In this instance the influx of blood being only

J the reiin\ rerj greatly retarded by the ether of the three tumors the hemorrhage was excessive and irregular.

The mucosa over the large tumor was so far erod ,f vessels around the tumor exposed and subject to rupture either through

simple pathological or traumatic influences.

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rather than that of sacrifice, which in the end lead restoration rather than an abrogation of function. I feel assured when the combined statistics of the best surgeons of the world have been brought together after the general adoption of these revived principles, that those on conservative myomectomy will present a much more gratifying result than those on total hysterectomy.

A Brief Reference to the Literature Bearing Upon

the Etiology of Hemorrhage in Cases

of Myoma Uteri.

The almost unlimited and unclassified literature dealing with the subject of myoma uteri in its various aspects renders well nigh impossible a selection of the special work upon this topic. For this reason, therefore, I must disclaim the thought that this is an exhaustive review, for I have only attempted to give a brief abstract from those investigations which are generally qqoted, with the view of calling attention to the most interesting and instructive points previously brought out in this line.

Wydery* whose conclusions were drawn from the study of 20 cases, attributed the hemorrhage to endometritis, induced through the presence of the tumor. According to him the thicker the muscle which separates the myoma from the uterine cavity the less frequently will the circulation be changed and the more pronounced becomes the growth of the uterine glands without participation of the interglan hilar connective tissue. On the other hand, the nearer the tumor approaches the uterine cavity the more frequently occurs the growth of the interglandular connective tissue, which may leave the glands intact or induce complete atrophy.

Concerning the hemorrhage, he says so long as the endometritis which, according to his opinion, is a constant accompaniment of these tumors, is confined solely to the glands and the interglandular tissue remains approximately normal, this symptom will not occur, and it will only arise when both constituents of the endometrium undergo an increase (OlshauBen'8 endometritis fungosa), or when the one or the other grows excessively, or finally wheu in addition to the endometritis glandularis there is also an interstitial inflammation.

As is at once evident, Wvder's views are not tenable, for, as stated by Semb.f the tumor cannot of itself induce an inflammatory process in the endometrium.

In the examination of 23 cases in Leopold's clinics Semb found in many instances absolutely no evidence of endometritis, and in those cases in which an inflammatory process occurred he considered it merely as secondary to the tumor. From his histological examination he concludes that the mucosa undergoes h; pertrophy, without preceding inflammation, consisting either of a uniform increase in both the stroma and the glands or the glandular changes may predominate. After reviewing each of his cases he says hemorrhage will not arise, notwithstanding the most marked changes in the endometrium, or increase in the size of the tumor, if the walls of the tumor show no hypertrophy. According to this view therefore the

•Archiv f. Gynaek., BJ. XXIX. t Archiv f. Gynaek., Bd. XLIII.

hemorrhage depends upon hypertrophy of the uterine musculature with accompanying pathological changes in the vessels.

Scliinal * arrived al the loll, .wing conclusions concerning I he changes in the uterine mucosa from t In- ,-t udy of I I First, in subserous myomata the mucosa may remain normal or become hypertrophied. Second, in interstitial submucous tumors the mucous membrane becomes atrophic over the tumor and hypertrophic opposite the tumor. No opinion is expressed concerning the occurrence of hemorrhage in these cases.

Borissoff.j from a study of 2\ cases of fibro-myomata, reached the following conclusions:

1. In fibro-myomata the mucosa shows a pronounced sclerosis, which in many cases induces a complete atrophy of the mucosa.

2. Glandular endometritis is relatively seldom observed. It occurs more often in combination with interstitial endometritis.

3. The influence of the tumor upon the mucosa depends entirely upon its position in the uterine wall and its size. If the tumor has reached a certain size it induces through mechanical influence a stretching and atrophy of the mucosa.

4. Bleeding from the uterine cavity results from stagnation of blood in the mucosa and occurs mostly per rhexin of the vessels which have undergone pathological changes.

5. The inflammatory changes in the mucosa witli the

gestion and hemorrhage lead to a desquamation of the epithelium.

Schauta,! at a more recent date, states in his text-book that hemorrhage seldom occurs from the myoma or its capsule ; erosions of the covering layers of the tumor may, however, lead rapidly to fatal bleeding from the large sinuses. Changes in the mucous membrane play the principal role; of these hypertrophy takes a much less part than the degeneration of the mucosa and its vessels. This degeneration consists in a thinning, necrosis and erosion of the tense mucosa over the tumor as well as changes in the blood-vessels, which lead to the occlusion of some, to the widening of others and to the rendering of the loops of the vessels brittle.

To mv mind this is the best concise statement of the subject which I have found, and conforms in general, as do the conclusions of Borissoff, with those which I have reached.

Cases Illustrating Mechanical Disturbances in the Circulation in Cases ut Myoma Uteri.

A brief clinical report of the cases with the description of the injection experiments of the principal types of tumors will, I believe, be of more service in explaining tie- hemorrhages in these cases than the mere recital of results. I therefore offer no apology for inserting the following report of cases. For the sake of brevity I have reduced mj Dotes to merely the essential points bearing upon the question, divest

  • Archiv de Tocologie et de Gynecologie, Tome XVIII.

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ing them so far as piossible of irrelevant and unnecessary matter.

Case I. Menstrual history. — Menses occurred first at 14 years, regular, accompanied by cramp-like pains, moderate flow, occasionally dark clotted.

iption of specimen. — Uterus converted into a smooth globular mass about the size of that of a three-months pregnant. The surface of the uterus is even and its general form has not undergone very much distortion, notwithstanding the presence of numerous interstitial nodules, which may be felt within the uterine walls. Posteriorly at the cervicofundal juncture an interstitial tumor has pushed out towards the periphery and appears as a partial subperitoneal growth.

Injection. — Fluid carmine and granular blue injection mass. Cannulae inserted into each ovarian and each uterine artery, the ovaries remaining attached to the tumor.

Injection began in the left uterine artery, when almost immediately the fluid imparted a deep red color to the uterine wall of that side; hardly had this occurred before the mass quickly passed tbrough the uterus at the cervico-fundal juncture and began to flow from both the uterine artery and vein, followed quickly by its escape from the two ovarian vessels, necessitating the clamping of all of them. From this one vessel the entire uterus and Fallopian tubes were injected.

At the completion of the injection from this source, notwithstanding the apparent complete filling of all the vessels of the uterus, each of the three remaining arteries (one uterine and two ovarian) was in turn injected with a blue granular mass, when the same phenomena were repeated so far as the distribution of the injection fluid was concerned. By this time a very small amount of the red gelatine mass was flowing from the cervix, partly from the uterine cavity, mostly however from the severed ends of the small cervical vessels.

Examination of specimen.— On section through the uterus in the median line, from the fundus to the cervix, a most interesting picture is presented.

The uterine muscle is of a uniform red color, mottled with many blue points, indicating the brauches of the arterial system. In the midst of this deep red ground color numerous paler myomatous nodules are seen, representing the various clinical varieties of these tumors. One interstitial tumor lies in clo [Hoximity to themucosa. In color the myomata stand out in sharp contrast to the uterine wall, for they are universally poorly injected, the degree of vascularization however varying in the different tumors, some appearing A an alabaster-like whiteness and so poorly supplied with blood as to raise the question of how their existence is possible with so little nutrition. Others, however, are better provided with a vascular system. Of these one is especially interesting, for it is made up of two whirls of muscular tissue with a distinct septum between them carrying blood-vessels which send branches off into the adjacent nodules. Every nodule in the uterus appears well surrounded with vessels consisting in some instances of large open-mouthed channels which appear little less than venous sinuses. The peripheral nodules show a marked thinning out of the zone of vessels !i the peritoneum, the main blood-supply comino- from

the vessels deeper within the walls of the uterus. The endometrium is deeply injected with the red gelatine, while numerous blue pnncta are seen over the surface, indicating the terminal points of the arterial twigs.

A thin delicate film of red gelatine is spread uniformly over the mucosa, which has evidently oozed from the vessels of the endometrium. So far as visible pathological changes are concerned the endometrium presents nothing significant, being of normal thickness and consistence throughout the uterus, the interstitial nodule not yet having advanced a sufficient distance into the uterus to cause any visible changes.

Epitome of observations. — Universal injection of the uterus and tubes from one uterine artery ; rich vascularization around and poor vascularization within the tumors ; absence of extensive oozing into the uterine cavity, notwithstanding the presence of many intramural myomata; absence of gross pathological changes within the endometrium.

Case II. Menstrual history. — Patient is a colored woman of rather low intelligence and gives an indefinite history of her menstrual symptoms up to a few months ago, when the flow became profuse. Lately the hemorrhages have become excessive, reducing the patient to a vel-y anasmic condition.

Description of specimen. — The uterus has been converted into an irregular tumor mass through which it has become so distorted that it no longer maintains any semblance to its normal form or size.

The main body of the uterus is very greatly enlarged and is studded over with subperitoneal tumors.

Upon the middle of the fundus a tumor the size of a foetal head is attached by a thick fleshy flat pedicle. The surface of the tumor is of a dull grayish-white color, and shimmering through the peritoneal covering are yellowish necroticlooking areas. On the left lateral wall there is a nodule about the size of a hen egg, which has undergone calcareous change.

Injection. — Carmine red and granular blue gelatine injection mass.

The left uterine artery was taken as the initial injection point, from which the entire left side became faintly red and then gradually spread upward through the fleshy pedicle of the large tumor and partially injected the peripheral areas.

Very soon after the beginning of the injection the fluid gelatine began to flow from the opposite ovarian vessels.

While injecting the second uterine vessel the fluid began to flow from the cervical canal in a large stream, showing that there must be extensive oozing within the cavity.

The ovarian vessels were injected in turn, at the completion of which the main body of the uterus and the base of the subperitoneal nodules were of a deep red color, but approaching the outer poles of the tumors the injection became fainter and fainter, until in some of them, especially the large and the calcareous tumors, there appeared to be a complete occlusion or destruction of the vessels.

Examination of specimen. — On section of the uterus a large submucous myoma 5x4 cm. was found covered by a fine leash of extremely thin-walled vessels varying from the size of capillaries to furrowed sinuses as large as a goose quill.

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Numerous ruptures had occurred iu these vessels deuced by the many areas where large exudations of fluid had occurred over the surface and by the large coagulated mass which tilled the uterine cavity like a cast.

The endometrium appeared normal or hypertrophied, except over the tumor, where complete erosion had occurred, leaving exposed the capsule of the tumor with greatly dilated ami thin-walled vessels running over its surface. On section the interstitial nodules presented the same appearances and poor vascular supply as noted in the preceding case.

The submucous and subperitoneal tumors show a marked variation in their vascular systems, due to the mobilization of the tumors from the interior to the surface of the uterus. In every instance the wreath-like arrangement has been destroyed. and the blood supply is obtained through the vessels traversing the pedicle or base of the tumors.

The center of the large subperitoneal tumor has undergone almost complete necrosis and consists of a cavity filled with a soft yellowish-white pulpy detritus, while one of the other nodules above noted has become calcified.

The center of the large submucous tumor is also of a very soft yielding brain-like consistence.

Epitome of observations. — Injection of well-nigh entire tumor mass from one uterine artery; full vascularization around but very poor within interstitial tumors; great failure in blood supply of subperitoneal tumors as a result of which one has undergone necrosis, the other calcification ; complete disappearance of endometrium over submucous tumor and contiguous areas of the uterine wall ; exposure of large sinuses within the capsule of the submucous tumor, with rupture of these sinuses and other smaller vessels; beginning degeneration of submucous tumor through failure of internal blood supply.

Remarks. — This specimen presents an interesting phase in the life history of myoma uteri, for it undoubtedly represents a stage in which the hemorrhage has reached its height.

Had this case been allowed to take its own course without the intervention of surgical measures, the subsequent history would no doubt have been marked either by death from acute anaemia or from a terminal infection, or by a complete extrusion of the submucous tumor, with a final cessation of the hemorrhage, for in this specimen there was no other interstitial tumor impinging upon the uterine mucosa, on the contrary they were all in process of mobilization towards the peritoneal surface. The large subperitoneal tumor was already in an advanced stage of necrosis, and it is possible to conceive that notwithstanding the number and size of the tumors, a gradual decrease in size by slow absorption with final cessation of all threatening symptoms might have occurred.

In the days when these tumors were never operated upon, instances are recorded of large tumors disappearing which were no doubt of this character. It is of course a reductio ad absurdum to assume that the stone-like tumor would ever have disappeared through any disintegrating process, but it is not contrary to the natural history of these and of cases of lithopedion for calcified masses to remain in situ throughout the natural life of their hostess without inducing serious consequences.

These remarks are simply incidental ami bear purely upon the supposititious terminations of such cases as these, and they

are in no sense intended as suggestions for conservatism in their treatment. On the contrary, my views are radically in favor of nothing less than a total hysterectomy.

Even assuming that this post-operative knowledge have been in the surgeon's possession at the time of operation, no other course than that pursued would have been advisable, for while the case might have terminated favorably under a conservative policy the dangers of a fatal hemorrhage, of a long drawn out illness from prolonged necrosis or from suppuration of the submucous tumor, of a rapidly lethal terminal infection, or of many other immediate or rem. it,- complications would have so far overshadowed this result as to make it extremely bad surgery to do less than perform a hysterectomy.

CASE III. Menstrual history. — Menses occurred first at 14 years, regular, accompanied by considerable pain : sine, onset of present disease the flow has been thinner ami is more watery than usual.

Description of specimen. — Irregular multinodular myoma measuring 15x10 cm. in size. The uterus is so distended by the irregular growth and distribution of the tumors that it has lost all appearance of its original shape. The base of the uterus where it has been amputated is irregular ami t he uterine arteries stand out prominently as large patulous tubes. Two interstitial tumors have well-nigh reached the stage in their mobilization towards the peritoneal surface where they may be designated as purely subperitoneal. < hi palpation of the mass two or three large interstitial tumors may be outlined.

Injection. — Granular blue and red injection mass. The same phenomena were observed in the topographical distribution of color as in the foregoing experiments. On applying increased pressure to the injecting apparatus towards the close of the experiment the gelatine was seen flowing from the uterine cavity as a thin, delicate film.

Examination of specimen. — On section the uterine wall was found to be occupied by two large interstitial and three partially subperitoneal tumors. The uterine cavity was somewhat tortuous, distorted and considerably lengthened. The mucosa was of a uniform deep red, dotted -over with numerous blue puncta, indicating the terminal points of the at branches. The thickness ami consistency of the mucosa, so far as macroscopical appearances were concerned, were normal, and in only one area on the lateral wall of the fundus was there any encroachment of the interstitial tumors upon the cavity, and even here the small nodule, although projecting as a hillock into the fundus, bail as yet induced no mechanical changes iu the endometrium. The partially subperitoneal tumors are as yet well provided with a peripheral wreath of vessels,althoughthe substance is of an alabaster-like whiteness.

Epitome of observations. — Usual circulatory phenomena resulting from the injection of one artery; tumors all interstitial, some moving toward the peritoneum while one -mall one tends to become submucous; mucosa intact, no mechanical changes.

Remarks. — In this case | entered the Eospil

fering from the effects of chronicsalpingitisand peri-oophoritis, the lateral structures being intensely adherent and extensively diseased. The operation of total extirpation was then-fore


indicated, not for the relief of the myomatous condition, but for the lateral disease. Given such a case as this, without any coincident disease of the appendages, the proper treatment should be absolutely conservative, for there is no immediate indication for operation. Should, however, the menses become too profuse or irregular a simple curettage would suffice to relieve the symptom, for we see that, at this stage of growth there is but the one small tumor tending to become submucous, while the others push out towards the peritoneum. Such cases as these may go on to the formation of multinodular pedunculated submucous tumors, which sooner or later undergo softening and expulsion, after which all uncomfortable symptoms cease.

Case IV. Menstrual history.— Flow began at 16 years, at first monthly, but during the last six years her periods have been two months apart. Flow continues one week, then ceases for 1* days to return for 2 or 3 days. Flow is scant and accompanied by pain. Last period May 2d. Operation May 9th.

Description of specimen.— Globular myoma, measuring 15x10 cm., occupying the posterior wall of the uterus.

Injection.— Carmine gelatine. At the completion of the injection the red gelatine was escaping in a small filmy stream from the cervix.

Examination of specimen.— On section the tumor presented on first sight all of the appearances of the submucous variety, but on closer inspection was found to be entirely interstitial, for although projecting very greatly into the uterine cavity it was nevertheless surrounded entirely by the uterine musculature, which averaged 1 cm. in thickness. The mucosa was not perceptibly thinned out. The tumor itself, contrary to the usual rule, was extremely vascular, being penetrated by many large dilated vessels.

In the uterine tissue between the myoma and the mucosa there were many large vessels, which in the mobilization of the tumor had been pushed ahead of it. The tumor projected 6 cm. into the uterine cavity, having originated in the fundal portion and grown downward into the cavity, distending it quite equably on all sides. The endometrium was intact and showed no thinning at any point, except at the apex of the tumor, where it was slightly atrophic.

Epitome of observations. — Single large interstitial globular tu mors which, so far as morphology was concerned, presented at first sight the appearance of a submucous tumor. Marked exception to the rule on account of extreme vascularity of tumor. Little or no atrophy of mucosa. No excessive bleeding, on the contrary decrease in the frequency of the menstrual periods.

Remarks. — This is oue of the most interesting cases in my entire collection, because it illustrates so well the purely mechanical principles governing the deviation of the menses from the normal flow. Here, notwithstanding the excessive vascularity of the tumor and the uterine wall, the patient had suffered from absolutely no excess iu her menstrual bleeding. The study of the specimen at once shows that the two essentials for hemorrhage, first, the erosion of the mucosa and second the retardation or stagnation of the blood currents through the mechanical conditions induced by the tumor, are absent, consequently no hemorrhage had occurred. The

second point to which I would draw attention are the possibilities in the line of operation. Although this tumor was quite large and had caused wide distention of the uterine wall and extensive distortion of the uterine cavity, a simple myomectomy could nevertheless have been performed, leaving to this woman, who was only 36 years of age, a uterus which might sooner or later have been sufficiently restored to its normal shape and condition as to be capable of bearing a child. A simple myomectomy is now invariably performed upon such cases in the gynecological clinic of the Johns Hopkins Hospital without even the thought of resorting to hysterectomy.

Case V. Menstrual history. — Menses at 13 ; as a rule regular, painless, duration 5 to 7 days. Of late the flow has grown more profuse, but is still regular.

Description of specimen. — Large globular uterus 6x16 cm. in size with densely adherent and mutilated left ovary and tube. The consistency of the tumor is soft, doughy and plastic, and can be moulded into any shape.

The main development of the tumor is in the posterior wall of the uterus and partakes of the characteristics of both the submucous and subperitoneal types on account of its growth towards the peritoneal and uterine cavities.

Injection. — Carmine gelatine. Points of injection, the left uterine and right ovarian vessels. The first point injected was the uterine vessel from which the left lower segment was first colored red, then the left cornu and middle portion, following which the injection mass rapidly spread over the entire uterus, imparting a brilliant carmine red color to it.

To insure the fullest distention of the vessels, notwithstanding the apparent perfect injection of the entire circulatory system, fluid was forced into the right ovarian vessel. During the course of the injection the red gelatine, as in other preceding experiments, began to escape from the cervical canal.

Examination of specimen. — On opening the uterus the tumor was found to be a large interstitial one, undergoing necrosis. The peritoneal covering and capsule of the myoma showed a uniform intense red and blue injection, but at the point where it presented towards the uterine cavity was especially rich in vessels. The uterine cavity was considerably lengthened but not distorted. The endometrium was of a deep carmine color with numerous blue points appearing quite uniformly over its surface. The tumor itself was necrotic, its center consisting of a soft pulpy mass. The study of the injected fields in connection with the necrotic process is interesting, but offers no novel observation. As would be expected, the areas in which the circulation has been retarded, or has ceased altogether, are the ones undergoing necrosis.

The posterior portion of the tumor, next to the uterine cavity, is poorly vascularized, but near the apex two muscular whirls are still preserved which contain a few injected vessels. The central necrotic area shows no trace of blood-vessels.

The capsule of the tumor at its apex is one-half cm., in the anterior wall 2 cm., between the uterine cornu 1 cm., and opposite the uterine cavity 1 cm. in thickness.

The uterine mucosa is intact and at no point is attenuated.

In this case the vessels of the capsule between the mucosa and uterine cavity were quite large and dilated.

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Epitome of observations. — Large intramural myoma undergoing necrosis, vascular system within tumor almost completely destroyed, no involvement of uterine mucosa. Menstrual bleeding increased but no inter- menstrual flow.

Remarks. — In such a case as this the question naturally arises, What are the chances for final absorption of the tumor? With such a rich vascular supply around the tumor and its isolation from the uterine cavity the probabilities are that in time it would have entirely disappeared. The retrogressive changes, however, might have been slow, and the symptoms attending the absorptive process so unpleasant that we cannot consider this a ease for conservative treatment, especially in view of the fact that the woman was 42 years old at the time of her admission to the Hospital. This case is a good illustration of that type so frequently referred to in medical literature in which the tumor disappears at or about the menopause. That this occurrence, however, is not of sufficient certainty to be depended upon will be shown in the reports of cases from the Johns Hopkins Hospital, for according to our observations the menopause is quite likely to be much slower in appearing, and even then the tumor instead of decreasing may grow larger.

I can hardly think it possible in such a case as this to much success with a conservative operation; on the contrary, I should consider it bad surgery to attempt to save a useless organ in a woman 42 years of age, especially if this attempt were to he attended with more danger than a simple hysterectomy.

Case VI. Menstrual history. — Flow began at 14 years; regular until 3 years ago; since then irregular, occurring some months twice and then possibly not for two months or more. Flow not excessive, lasting 4 days.

Description of specimen. — The specimen consists of a myomatous uterus and the right ovary and tube. The uterus is irregular in shape, being distended in its right latero-posterior walls by a globular intramural myoma 4x4 cm. in size. With this exception the general form of the uterus is pre measuring 7 cm. in length by 8 cm. in greatest width. Length of uterine cavity 5 cm.

Tube and ovary have been densely adherent, and are more or less mutilated by the operation.

Injection. — Carmine and granular ultramarine blue gelatine. Only a very slight amount of the red fluid oozed from the uterine cavity during the injection.

Examination of specimen. — Section through the center of uterus shows the uterine cavity and the endometrium to be normal.

The myoma, which occupies one lateral wall, is strictly intramural and does not impinge upon the uterine mucosa. The tumor itself is sparsely vascularized, but has a very rich aggregation of vessels surrounding it.

Remarks. — In this case the indication for operation was the diseased condition of the ovaries and tubes, the myoma being merely a coincident complication.

In a case like this, unassociated with any pathological condition of the appendages, the line of treatment should be absolutely conservative, for a tumor of this nature gives no

discomfort until it has increased very markedly in size. Willi a simple growth like this, in which there is no impingement upon the mucosa, no derangement of function as :i rule The slight change in the periodicity of the menses noted in the menstrual history can be accounted for much more readily by the diseased condition of the appendage than through any influence exerted by the myoma.

Case VII. Menstrual history. Until a few months ago

Bow has been profuse, but not irregular; since then it has, at times, been almost constant.

Description of specimen. — Specimen consists of a uterus very greatly distorted by three myomata, one 7x7 cm. in size, occupying the fundus ; the other two (5x5x4 cm. in size) the lateral walls of the uterus.

Injection. — Carmine and granular blue gelatines. At the completion of the injection the red fluid was running from the uterus in quite a stream.

Examination of specimen. — Section through the nodule in the fundus shows it to be poorly vascularized while the surrounding uterine muscle presents a uniform red color with numerous blue points, indicating the position of the arteries. The tumor pushes down into the uterine cavity and is more than half submucous. The endometrium over the tumor has almost entirely disappeared, leaving the tumor towards its apex with a glazed whitish appearance and covered by thinwalled exposed vessels.

The mucosa is intact at the base of the tumor, but as it extends downward gradually becomes thinner and thinner until it reaches an equatorial zone or line of demarcation, where it is completely eroded and the vessels appear upon the surface. From the appearance of the vessels they are without doubt the original vessels which have surrounded the tumor in its intramural state, and with its mobilization towards the uterine cavity, have been pushed ahead of it. A small submucous tumor just below this one shows the same characteristics. A third submucous tumor springing from the lateral wall, through contact with the large tumor has been deeply indented. The mucosa of that portion of the uterine cavity not impinged upon by the submucous tumors appears considerably heaped up and thickened.

The two interstitial nodules show a moderately good injection, but not so intense as that of the surrounding uterine muscle.

Epitome of observations. — Large submucous tumor, the vessels of the capsule of which have become exposed by erosion and have given rise to profuse hemorrhage through rupture and diapedesis. Two interstitial tumors showing the typical wreath-like arrangement of then- external vessels and a relatively poor internal vascularization.

Remarks. — This case shows best of all the mechanical basis for the excessive hemorrhage in advanced types of submucous myomata. Observations made in preceding cases taken in conjunction with the evident conclusions which may be drawn from the case in baud permits us with little doubt to outline the progress and the attendant symptoms of the submucous tumor distending the uterine cavity. At, lir.-i it ;. ■ as an interstitial tumor, with a rich peripheral blood supply like those which still occupy an intramural position, but


through a disturbance of the surrounding equilibrium, excited by the contraction of the uterine muscle, it has begun to move towards the uterine cavity, that being, in this particular instance, the line of least resistance.

In its progress it has carried its surrounding wreath of vessels until the endometrium has been reached, and this, through the excessive tension produced by the tumor, has become attenuated and finally eroded until the capsule of the tumor, with its large thin-walled vessels, were exposed.

As resultant symptoms of the mobilization of this tumor, there was first an increased menstrual flow, due simply to congestion and stasis, but later through attenuation of the endometrium and exposure of its vessels; this became excessive and finally when the large sinus-like vessels became exposed, any slight exertion, such as undue exercise, coitus, etc., would give rise to profuse inter-menstrual hemorrhages simply through excessive diapedesis and actual rupture of the vessels.

While the mucosa in the areas covering the myomata was undergoing erosion that of the remaining portion of the cavity was being heaped up and increased in thickness, not only by a mere mechanical crowding and sliding upon its muscular base, but also through an actual hypertrophy or through congestion and oedema.

It is needless to say that any course of treatment in this case short of hysterectomy would be questionable, for the excessive involvement and great increase in the volume of the uterus with the marked distortion of the cavity would leave little hope of preserving the organ, even in the hands of the most skilled plastic surgeon.

Case VIII.* Menstrual history. — No derangement of flow.

Desertion of sp>ecimen. — The uterus is converted into a large irregular mass 21x18 cm. in size, consisting of one large subperitoneal tumor measuring 5x6 cm., several small ones of the same variety, and numerous palpable interstitial tumors.

The large subperitoneal tumor has become pedunculated, and although the blood supply, carried through the thick, fleshy pedicle would appear to be sufficient to maintain the nutrition of the myoma, it has secured an additional source, having established an adventitious or parasitic communication with the vessels of the left ovary, from the inner pole of which a large congeries of vessels cross over through a bridge of adhesions and spread out upon the apex of the tumor.

Injection. — Liquid Prussian blue with cinnabar granules held in suspension by agitation. The left ovarian artery was

  • On account of similarity to other cases in this report, Cases IX

and X have been omitted.

first injected, the vessels of the broad ligament and the ovary first took the coloring matter, and then the fluid was seen to pass over the bridge of adhesions and penetrate the apex of the tumor. In the meantime the uterine branch of the ovarian artery had quickly carried the fluid to the uterus and almost simultaneously with the appearance in the tumor of the blue color from the adventitious vessels, it was also beginning to show itself in the pedicle and base of the tumor. About this time the cannula became blocked and the simple blue solution was then forced into the opposite ovarian artery, when the tumor and the remainder of the uterus assumed a deep blue color.

Examination of specimen. — On bisection of the tumor mass it was found that the large subperitoneal myoma, notwithstanding its adventitious and ordinary blood supplies, was undergoing necrosis, the center having already been converted into a pulpy mass. The other subperitoneal and two or more of the interstitial growths also showed a very poor vascularization.

The uterine cavity occupied a median position between the many tumors and, although distorted, at no point was there any invasion by the interstitial tumors.

The mucosa in general was thin but appeared perfectly normal with the exception of an area where a slight erosion had occurred.

At this spot evidences of a recent hemorrhage were seen.

Epitome of observation. — Subperitoneal myoma which, notwithstanding a second or adventitious blood supply had undergone necrosis. Little involvement of the endometrium. Tumors numerous, but all interstitial or subperitoneal.

Remarks. — This case represents the type of parasitic tumors which are by no means uncommon within the abdomen.

As a rule, the most common adventitious vascular source in such instances is the omentum. Frequently the nutrition of myomata, dermoid and simple ovarian cysts is greatly increased by the penetration of the growth with vessels from the omentum. Indeed it is not uncommon for tumors to maintain an existence even after a total severance from their original blood supply.

From our present operative standpoint in this case, only the radical operation could be advised, as it can readily be appreciated, that it admitted of no conservative treatment.

Note. — The reader's attention is called to a colored plate in Kelly's Operative Gynecology, Vol. II, p. 338, Plate XIX, drawn from a case in my series of injected specimens showing all the types of tumors. The relatively poor vascularization of the tumors stauds iu marked contrast to the deep carmine red of the uterine musculature. The main source of hemorrhage in the submucous Variety is indicated by the vascular halo around the projecting- tumor.



15 y Otto Ramsay, M. D., Baltimore, Md. Resident Gynaecologist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Primary malignant tumors of the suprarenal gland are among the rarer forms of abdominal new-growths, and it is probably for this reason that so little attention has been paid to them in medical literature. Now, however, as sureness in

diagnosis increases and as abdominal surgery is becoming daily more simple and less dangerous, it seems time that a more prominent place should be given them in the roster of abdominal tumors.

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I have endeavored, as far as possible, to collect all the published cases, and from them and the three which I have seen personally, to draw some conclusions as to the symptoms. the prognosis and the possibilities of operative treatment. No attempt has been made to discuss at any length the etiology of these growths, as it would involve too much space and be merely a reiteration of views already published.

Many difficulties have beeu encountered in this task, chiefly due to the incompleteness of the reports, and I have not attempted to change the classification of the tumors and have tabulated them under the name by which they were described by the author, though I was struck with the number of carcinomata observed by the older writers as compared with those seen at the present time.

The first two cases were admitted to the Gynaecological Department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and were operated upon by Dr. Howard A. Kelly. The third case, which was operated upon in the Surgical Department, I owe to the courtesy of Dr. J. M. T. Finney.

Case I.— Globular Tumor in the Right Renal Region. Operation. Reeotery.

Mrs. C, white, age 53, was admitted to the Gynecological Ward of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dec. 26, 1896, complaining of a tumor in the right side of the abdomen. Her family history was good.

She has had the usual diseases of childhood, but otherwise has always been a healthy woman. Eight years before a cystic tumor of the right breast was removed. She had always menstruated irregularly, the menopause occurring at the age of 50. In January, 1895, or just one year before the patient was admitted to the Hospital, she first noticed a small, hard, oblong mass in the right side of the abdomen, which has slowly increased in size up to the present time accompanied by continuous stinging pain in the right lower abdomen, which has been much more severe during the past three weeks. The abdomen has never been distended, and she has never had any jaundice. She has lost 20 pounds in the last three weeks, is thin and anaemic in appearance, and there is a very slight brownish discoloration of the skin in places. The patient has never noticed any discoloration of the urine by blood, and on several careful urinary examinations after her admission to the Hospital no blood could be detected. The bowels have always been constipated.

On examination, the right side of the abdomen is found to be the seat of a large globular tumor, which occupies chiefly the right hypochondriac, the right side of the epigastric, and the upper portion of the umbilical regions, and the right flank below the ribs is bulged out by this tumor. On respiration the skin is seen to move over the tumor, but there is no respiratory movement of the tumor itself. On palpation a globular mass is felt, occupying the right side of the abdomen and reaching to the middle line. Above, the border is not distinct, but a deep furrow separates it from the costal margin. The most prominent portion anteriorly is occupied by a hard, rounded ridge extending inward and slightly downward, the ridge being about 12 cm. in length and 4 cm. in breadth, the ends appearing gradually to merge into the tumor, 'ihe surface except for this ridge and several smaller rounded prominences is smooth. It is slightly movable towards the left to firm pressure but gives the feeling of a fixed tumor. The measurement from above downward is 6i inches, the greatest diameter being oblique, from the external border downward and inward— this measurement being 7 inches. The percussion note over the tumor is only slightly tympanitic in quality, save over the lower inner portion, where tympanitic resonance is found.

The clinical diagnosis of a renal new-growth was made from the

position of the tumor, the history of constant increase in its size, and in spite of blood never having been found in the urine. It must be stated that a tumor of the suprarenal capsule or other retroperitoneal growth in thissituation was never for a moment considered, notwithstanding the presence of the rounded ridge, so like in shape and size to a kidney.

Operation. — An incision was made in the median line 12 cm. in length. On opening the abdominal cavity the tumor was found generally adherent and crossed on the lower portion by the colon ; the prominent ridge above spoken of was found to be the right kidney displaced and lying in front of the tumor. The peritoneum was carefully stripped off on both sides, the operator working down towards the vessels lying under the tumor. The ureter was first recognized and cut between two ligatures. The tumor was then somewhat raised, and first the large renal vein and then the artery were caught and tied, these maneuvers being difficult because of the proximity of vena cava. An enlarged gland near the upper portion was removed with the tumor. After the tumor was removed a counter-opening was made in the lumbar region and a gauze drain inserted.

Fig. 1. — Shape and position of tumor. The rounded body indicated wa9 the misplaced kidney.

The convalescence was retarded during the first three days by nausea and profuse vomiting, the vomitus being a brownish fluid. The pulse during the first few days was rapid and weak. The bowels were well moved on the fourth day, and after this the convalescence was uncomplicated.

The urine during the first day after operation measured 260+cc, the plus mark standing for an unknown amount which was lost ; on the second day 025 CC, on the third day 275 + cc, and on the fourth day 620 cc.

In a note made just before her discharge from the Hospital the slight brownish discoloration of the skin was noted as disappearing.

Pathological Examination of the Specimen Removed.— The specimen consists of the right kidney and a large retroperitoneal tumoi The tumor is irregularly globular in shape, measuring 11x11x13 cm., and presents a somewhat lobulated appearance, the larger nodules, which are three or four in number, averaging :i or 4 cm. in diameter and projecting 1 or 2 cm. above the general surface of the tumor. One springing from the upper posterior portion is firm and resistant to the touch, the remaining nodules and the large tumor are distinctly fluctuant. The tumor is entirely enveloped in a vascular capsule with large and abundant vessels ramifying


through it, anil where this is stripped off the tumor is of a yellowish color. Situated on the anterior surface of the tumor and attached to it by the lower four-fifths of its posterior surface by connective tissue is the slightly enlarged kidney, measuring 13x7x3.5 cm. The kidney for the most part has a deep red, mottled appearance, but presents a few bands or small areas of whitish fibrous tissue, and the upper portion of the anterior surface is occupied by an oval area 5.5x3 cm., which is of a yellowish-white color and slightly raised above the surrounding tissue.

Surrounding the tumor is a large amount of adipose tissue, and ontheupper end of the kidney is aconical body 2.3cm. long, firm to tbe touch and probably an enlarged lymph gland. Originating from the junction of the upper and middle thirds of the anterior margin of the kidney and crossing over the anterior convexity of the tumor is the flattened ureter resembling an empty vein.

After hardening in Miiller's fluid and alcohol a cross-section through the kidney and tumor was made, dividing it into two equal halves, and it was then found that it was a thick-walled cyst, the walls measuring from 1 to 7 cm. in thickness, and the contents a thick yellowish colloid material. In several places in the wall, especially in the thicker portions which represented the bosses above spoken of, there were irregular cyst-like cavities containing the same colloid material. Sections made through various portions of the wall were studied microscopically and the following characteristics were seen. The cyst cavity had no definite limiting membrane, it being bounded by a layer of connective tissue poor in cell nuclei. Deeper in the tissue the character of the wall changed entirely. Here were found cells varying greatly in size and shape, some round, spindle, or irregularly shaped, and with round or oval rather lightly staining nuclei, with here and there a larger cell containing from 3 to 7 nuclei. These groups of cells were crossed in places by bands of lightly staining tissue. In other places again typical myxomatous tissue was found, and scattered through the wall were areas of connective tissue, which in places showed hyaline changes, and in others were thickly set with numerous small round cells, with round deeply staining nuclei. The tissue showed in places quite a number of blood-vessels, some being apparently formed of the tissue cells, while in other parts of the section the blood-supply is very poor, and this was specially noted where the hyaline changes were most marked. No suprarenal tissue was found in any of the sections.

The examination of tbe enlarged gland showed no metastasis, there being merely a hyperplasia of the tissue, which in places showed marked hyaline degeneration and commencing calcification. The kidney also showed no evidences of metastases ; the whitish area above spoken of was due to a great increase in the interstitial connective tissue, with loss of the epithelium of the tubules and glomeruli, probably the result of interference with the blood-supply.

Diagnosis— Fibro-myxo-sarcoma of the right suprarenal gland.

Case 11.— Large Tumor in the Left Renal Region. Operation. Death.

Mrs. C, white, aged 64, was admitted to the .lohns Hopkins Hospital, February 11, 1897, complaining of a "lump" in the left side of the abdomen.

Her family history has always been good, and she has been a healthy woman, save for puerperal fever, which followed the birth of her child. The climacteric period appeared unusually early, menstruation ceasing entirely when she was but 30 years old. One year before her admission she began to feel badly, but complained of no definite illness. Two months ago she first noticed a tumor in the right side of the abdomen, about the size, at that time, of a goose egg, but which has since then grown rapidly, though without pain of any kind. She has lost flesh rapidly of late and feels weakand exhausted. The bowels have been obstinately constipated and she complains of a sense of obstruction in the rectum. The urine never showed any signs of blood, and careful urinary exami

nation, made after her entrance into the Hospital, showed a complete absence of blood from the urine.

The temperature taken twice daily for a week, between the time of entrance into the Hospital and the operation, was normal, only twice being found above 99°. There were no subnormal drops in the temperature. No brownish discoloration of the skin.

Physical Examination. — On inspection, a large rounded tumor can be seen filling the whole of the left side of the abdomen, with marked bulging of left flank below the ribs. There is no movement of the tumor with respiration. On palpation the tumor is found to be rounded, and no sharp edge can be felt. The surface is smooth, and the tumor has an elastic, almost fluctuant feel. It extends from just below the costal margin above, nearly to the level of the anterior superior spine below, and inward nearly to the median line. In its transverse diameter the tumor measures 20 cm. and measures 19 cm. from above downward. It is not tender on palpation, and is almost immovable, though with firm pressure it can be pushed slightly towards the median line. On percussion there is dull tympany over the lower inner portion, and here gurgling can be felt on palpation. The border of the liver can be palpated 2'/z inches below the costal margin, and on pressure there is a sense of resistance and pain in the epigastric region.


Fig. -'. — Shows position of tumor; the dark line is drawn to indicate where tlie tympanitic note ended.

The clinical diagnosis was "renal tumor" probably sarcoma from the rapid growth and elastic semifluctuant feel, though in this case, also, blood had never been found in the urine.

Operation. — The incision was made over the most prominent portion of the mass, beginning at the left linea semilunaris, on a level with the umbilicus, and extending around to the quadratus lumborum muscle, the incision measuring 25 cm. in length.

On opening the peritoneal cavity a large tumor was found occupying the left renal region, the surface being covered with extremely large veins. The kidney was displaced below and slightly behind the tumor, making it impossible to palpate it during the physical examination. The peritoneum was incised and pressed off the tumor by blunt dissection. Several large veins were cut and tied, but a great deal of blood was lost while attempting to free the tumor enough to reach the vessels below. By careful dissection, however, the tumor was partly raised from its bed, when on using a little more force than necessary the capsule ruptured, and masses of a soft tissue, looking like brain substance, poured out of the rent, accompanied by free hremorrhage. After this the attempt to remove the tumor completely was given up, the principal masses being taken

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out piece-meal, one portion of the tumor being removed with the kidney. The vessels were tied, ami after washing out much of the iletritus with hot salt solution, a ilrain was introduced and Unwound closed. On removing the patient from the operating tahle, no pulse could be felt at the wrist, and the face and extremities were cold and clammy. On her return to the ward, the f<><>t of the bed was raised, stimulants were freely given hypodermically, and 1000 cc. of salt solution were infused under the breasts, while the arms and legs were bandaged. In spite of this however, she never recovered consciousness, and died one hour after leaving the operating room.

No autopsy was permitted, so we were unable to settle the question of metastases.

Pathological Examination of the Tissues Removed. — The specimen consists of a left kidney and a large tumor mass, weighing together 2340 grams. The tumor was mutilated during the operation, and consists of several large masses, to one of which the kidney was attached by its anterior surface. The tumor consists of a thin membranous sac, in many places less than 1 mm. in thickness. Springing from the inner surface of the sac and forming the contents of the tumor are masses of exceedingly friable tissue which, where the degeneration is not too far advanced, present a tine papillary or thread-like structure. On section of some of the larger masses they are found to consist of a fibril lated, apparently myxomatous tissue, enclosing irregular masses of a soft brain-like substance. The surface of the tumor is covered by dense adhesions.

The kidney measures 13x5.5x5 ; its surface is irregularly nodular, the foetal lobulations being well marked ; the color is bluish or reddish. The lobules are in part firm and resistant, representing the fcetal lobulations ; in other places they consist of thinwalled cysts, varying from 3 mm. to 2.5 cm. in diameter. Emerging from the upper and lower angles of the hilum are two ureters, and several large arteries are present in the hilum.

Microscopically, the thin membranous sac is found to be composed of connective tissue, with a few elastic fibres scattered through it; from its inner surface there are numerous bands of connective tissue extending inward toward thecenter of thegrowth, and in the meshes thus formed are found cells, varying greatly in size and shape, some being oval, some round and some very irregular. The nuclei of these cells are usually round or oval, though in places they are very irregular and stain deeply. Sections cut from the centre of the growth show the same characteristic structure, there being thick bands of connective tissue extending in various directions through the growth, and from these thick bands smaller bands are given, dividing the groups of cells, which in some places are packed in closely, and in others almost every cell is separated by a tine connective tissue fibril from the others ; again, in other places, though the meshes are quite good size, only a few irregularly shaped cells are found in it.

The blood-vessels follow chiefly the bands of connective tissue, though in places one can see among the cells blood enclosed either by one layer of flat cells, or in some cases apparently limited by the tumor tissue.

The kidney showed metastatic growth, following closely in type the primary tumor.

Diagnosis. — Large, round-celled alveolar sarcoma.

Case III.— Globular Tumor in the Left Renal Region. Operation. Death.

Mr. M., white, set. 53, was admitted to the Medical Ward of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, June 18, 18%, complaining of the presence of a tumor in the right side of the abdomen. The patient has had the usual diseases of childhood but otherwise considered himself a healthy man, and denied any venereal infection. In January, 1896, or six months before his admission to the Hospital he suffered with an attack of severe pain in the left side, which his physician thought due to impaction of fseces and which was relieved by

simple purgation, but after the pain had disappeared a lump was discovered in the same side of the abdomen, which never disappeared. Since then the patient has never had an acute attack like the first but has complained at times of some soreness localized in the left side and never radiating. The bowels have always been regular. The stools have never contained blood or mucus, and he has never vomited, nor showed any signs of jaundice. During the six months he has lost 20 pounds in weight and becomes very easily exhausted on any exertion. The urine has always been light in color and normal in quantity. The clinical and microscopical examinations of the urine revealed nothing abnormal.

Examination shows the patient to be a healthy-looking man, though there is a fairly well marked cachexia. The heart and lungs are normal. In the left hypochondrium extending into the epigastrium there is a prominence which fills the costal groove. On palpation, corresponding to this area, there is a firm mass occupying the left half of the epigastrium. The mass does not extend much beyond the middle line. Below, itslopes gradually and passes deeply into the posterior portion of the abdominal cavity. The deepest point can be felt almost on a level with the umbilicus.

Along the costal margin it can be felt passing'deeply and filling in the upper part of the space between the costal margin and the iliac crest. Fingers in the renal region behind push the mass forward, though it is difficult to outline at times by bimanua palpation, and there is some tenderness on palpation.

Fig. 3. — Shows position of tumor. Transverse colon, crossed Inner


The surface of the tumor is somewhat nodular in the flank and one nodular mass can be felt low down in the flank below the level of the umbilicus. Crossing the tumor transversely there is a large sausage-shaped mass, probably the colon.

After a week the patient was transferred to the Surgical Division and operated on by Dr. J. M. T. Finney, June 30, 1890.

Operation. — A transverse incision was made below the costal margin on the left side. The tumor was found to be quite adherent and was removed with difficulty, though there was no very marked haemorrhage, and the tumorwas not broken up duringthe removal. It was doubtful for a time from which organ the tumor sprang, and it was at first considered to take origin from the left kidney. This was found intact and was left behind during the removal of the tumor. The spleen was pushed high up under the diaphragm, and on studying the relations of the tumor more closely, especially its relations to the kidney, it was found to be undoubtedly supra



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renal in character. As the patient was in a bad condition no further search was made, and the wound was closed.

Death occurred at 2.45 A. M., about twelve hours after the operation, from shock.

Pathological Examination of the Specimen Removed. — The tumor is an irregularly round mass about the size of a child's head, hard and firm in consistence over most of its area, but on the anterior surface there are several soft cystic elevations, each about the size of an English walnut. On opening one of these a soft brownish material characteristic of sarcoma exudes, and through the opening a probe could be passed well into the centre of the growth.

Microscopical Examination. — Thecapsule isof dense fibroustissue, with distinct areas of round-cell infiltration in places. The cells lying immediately beneath the capsule are irregular in shape and vary greatly in size, some large and oval, with irregular nuclei, others round, and others again almost spindle-shaped. Numerous connective-tissue bands divide the cells up into groups, and in several places the individual cells are seen separated by fine connective-tissue fibres. This alveolar arrangement can be seen in many places, some of the alveoli being filled with the irregular cells, while in others the cells are principally distributed around the edges.

In another portion of the tumor many small blood-vessels are seen surrounded by denser masses of cells, which apparently take origin from the small blood-vessels and suggest in their arrangement a perithelioma. Giant cells are found in several portions of the tumor, usually with many centrally placed nuclei, and a protoplasm, granular, and staining deeply with eosin, and there is also a small area in another portion of the tumor which looks like normal suprarenal gland tissue.

Diagnosis. — Alveolar sarcoma of suprarenal gland.

The histogenesis of these tumors is still a matter of discussion, and many observations have appeared on the subject chiefly iu connection with the new-growths in the kidney, taking origin from aberrant suprarenal tissue. Upon this point very little of added importance can be obtained from my specimens.

One interesting thing, however, was noted in the microscopical examination of sections from the tumor in Case III. In this many of the smaller blood-vessels were found surrounded by dense groups of cells, which apparently took origin from the endothelial cells of the vessel wall, and the tumor might therefore be classed as a perithelioma, though I have considered it as an alveolar sarcoma, for the principal picture was of a tumor of this type.

The ages of patients affected varied widely, and in the sixty-seven eases comprising both the carcinomata and sarcomata, the youngest was only 9 months old, while the oldest was 73 years.

Out of 37 cases of carcinoma, 22 occurred in the male and 15 in the female sex. Mankiewicz," from the statistics which he gathered, considered carcinoma more common in the male sex, he having found 7 cases in the male to 4 in the female, and my statistics bear out this view, though from the limited number very little dependence can be placed on the figures. The average age in the 37 cases was 43.4 years, the youngest patient being 3 years old, the oldest 73 years old, and both the youngest and oldest being females.

Table I shows in which decades the carcinomata occur most frequently :

Table I.

Age not given =2

1 year to 20 years=5

20 "

" 30

< =3

30 "

" 40

' =7

40 "

" 50

' =5

50 "

" 60

' =8

60 "

" 70

' =6

70 "

" 80

' =1

The averages for the sarcomata were drawn from 30 cases, of which 14 occurred in the male and 11 in the female, the sex of five not being noted. In this group the preponderance of the male over the female sex is not so marked. The average age of the 30 cases was 31 years, the youugest being 6 months old, the oldest 64 years.

Table II shows the relative frequency of occurrence in the various decades of life :

Table II.

6 months to 10 years = S

10 years " 20 " =1

20 " " 30 " =2

30 " " 40 " =2

40 " " 50 " =7 (?)

50 " " 60 " =4

60 " " 70 " =2

I am sure that the above figures are not of much value in making the diagnosis between carcinoma and sarcoma, as some of the tumors classified as carcinomata were undoubtedly sarcomata, and probably vice versa, but they show that the male sex is more frequently attacked than the female.


Iu first studying the symptoms connected with a suprarenal neoplasm, a resemblance to the classical description of Addison's disease is immediately seen. This resemblance was first noticed by Addison himself while studying the disease which has received his name, and in his monograph' he speaks of two cases of secondary carcinoma of the suprarenal gland in both of which many of 'the symptoms were similar to those occurring in tuberculosis of the gland, and though the skin did not show the typical bronzing there was a peculiar dirty brownish color present, which, since then, has been noted by other observers as occurring in the new-grow r ths of the suprarenal gland. From these two cases Addison classified malignant neoplasms of the suprarenal as one of the causes of Addison's disease.

On considering, however, more carefully the symptoms complained of in the cases collected, and iu comparing them with the definition given by Addison, the resemblance is not nearly so marked, and especially the skin changes and the disturbances of the circulatory system are absent iu most of our cases. »

I will not attempt the question as to whether in Addison's disease, and of course also in other disturbance or destruction of suprarenal capsule, the symptoms, more especially the skin changes, are due to changes in the suprarenal itself, or to

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involvement of the sympathetic nervous system, but will merelv quote several interesting cases, as tending to prove that some of the symptoms may be due to involvement sympathetic fibres, rather than to changes in the suprarenal gland. Fleiner" described a case of primary carcinoma of tin Btomach with metastases to various abdominal organs, among them the suprarenal glands. There was a distinct bronzing of the skin and of the mucous membrane of the mouth, and besides the carcinoma of the suprarenal there was a carcinomatous involvement of the abdominal sympathetic nerves. Leva 1 " describes two cases of primary suprarenal new-growth without pigmentation, in which the abdominal sympathetic nerves were not involved, and explains the common absence of bronzing in this affection by the idea that the bronzing is due rather to involvement of the sympathetic nerves thau to changes in the suprarenal gland, and he thinks tuberculosis is much more apt to involve the sympathetics, and therefore, more apt to cause the bronzing.

The case of Fleiner seems to bear out Leva's theory quite well, and it seems rather strange, to say the least, that if the pigmentation is due to destruction of the gland alone why we should not always see it in malignant growths.

In the attempt to classify the symptoms, carelessness in reporting cases gave much trouble ; I found also a certain number of cases in which the symptoms given were evidently due to other diseases, which were either the actual cause of death, or which were so marked as to mask the suprarenal symptoms.

In the 67 cases collected there were only 37 which could be used in studyiug the symptoms. In these, the following symptoms were seen, cited in the order of frequency.

The most frequent symptom, seen in 22 patients, was a marked and steadily increasing loss of strength, accompanied in many cases by extreme languor and debility. Affleck and Leith" 1 call especial attention to this languor in a case which they report, and say that "the difficulty of arriving at any diagnosis was enhanced by the natural apathy and indifference of the patient, due, no doubt, to the disease." Emaciation varying greatly in degree was noted in 20 cases; in some of these the loss of flesh was apparently not very marked, though in a few it was noted as extreme.

The intestinal system was the next attacked, in point of frequency : twelve patients out of 37 complained of nausea and vomiting. In nine there was loss of appetite ; in four, diarrhoea; and in five, constipation. The circulatory system as compared to Addison's disease was rarely involved: four patients complained of palpitation of the heart, and in one the pulse was weak and thready. Six suffered with cedema of the leg-, due in most of the cases at least to renal changes and not connected with the new-growth. Anasmia, varying from slight pallor to a high grade, was noted in seven cases.

Of interest is the fact that though there was extension of the growth into the vena cava and thrombosis, in four or live cases, these did not suffer with oedema. Affleck and Leith" call attention to this fact, and explain it by the collateral circulation which is established.

Complaint of pain located in various parts of the body was made in 25 cases. In some it was found in one or the other renal regions behind; again it occupied the whole back,

extending upwards into the shoulders, or downward iuto the thighs ; others again complained of pain in the epigastrium or in one or the other hypochondriac regions ; and in several there was marked tenderness on pressure either in the epigastrium or over the tumor. The pain was usually of an intermitteni character when present, though occasionally it was continuous. In one case there was such severe pain in the knee and ankle joints that the medical attendant considered the patient to be suffering with rheumatism.

The skin changes were usually not marked; three out of the 37 showed distinct bronzing of the skin, and in nine there was some change in the color or texture of the skin, as for instance several patients were described as having a slight brownish discoloration ; in others the skin was muddy looking, or of a yellowish color. In three patients there was marked jaundice due to coincident hepatic disease. In two there was a peculiar profuse growth of hair ; both of these cases were in young female children, the one reported by Cayley 6 was a girl of three years, in whom the eyebrows were thick and bushy, and there was a line of dark hair on the upper lip. Fox's" case was a girl, also of about three years, spoken of as gross and bloated, with the whole body surface remarkably hairy, especially about the genitals and pubic regions.

Sleeplessness is noted by Hausmann" as occurring in a case reported by him, and he quotes Addison who has spoken of its occurrence in Addison's disease. I have not noted this symptom in any of the other cases; on the contrary, the tendency of the disease is to give rise to dulness and apathy.

The temperature is usually normal, there being but three cases in which any marked rise of*temperature above the normal was noted, and in these three the rises of temperature were due to coincident lung disease. Berdach" is inclined to think malignant disease of the suprarenal is often accompanied by a lowering of the temperature, and he has reported a case illustrating this view, and to prove his theory has experimented with dogs by removing both suprarenals, with the result of lowering the temperature in every case. The reported cases, however, do not bear out his view, and I have found only one other in which any record of the lowered bodily temperature was made. The temperature in all three cases in my list was either normal or slightly above the normal occasionally.

Usematuria has been noted twice in the 67 cases, and this is important, as it makes the differential diagnosis between renal and Buprarenal tumors more difficult. In one case reported by Troisier, 32 the haemorrhage was due to a secondary cauliflower growth in the renal pelvis, and the haemorrhage in the second case was due, evidently, to cystic changes in the kidney, as there had been a tumor present in the renal region for eight years, during which time the haemorrhage had lasted, and at the autopsy, besides a primary sarcoma of the suprarenal gland, the palpable tumor previously felt was found to be a cystic kidney.

The presence of a tumor was noted a good many times, but in such a way that it was impossible in some of them to tell whether it was not first seen post mortem, and as a careful description of its appearance, position and relations was never given, it would be useless to merely cite the number of times in which a tumor had been noticed.



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I wish next to call attention to a certain number of cases in which the new-growth caused no symptoms referable to the suprarenal. Out of the 67 cases, 13 can be grouped under this heading. There were five in which the symptoms were entirely confined to the respiratory tract ; one died of pneumonia, another of gangrene of the lung, two from extensive metastatic growths in the lung, the symptoms being entirely referred here, and in the fifth case, the only symptoms were au intense bronchitis and weakness.

Of the remaining eight cases several were interesting ; for instance Wallman" reports a case of a young dragoon corporal who, admitted to the Hospital for the treatment of an ulcer over the shoulder blade, was suddenly attacked by oedema of the glottis. At the autopsy scirrhous changes in the right suprarenal gland were found. Greenhow' 4 had a patient, a young girl aged twelve, who, two months previous to her death had scarlet fever, and following this a general oedema, but no symptom referable to the suprarenal, though she had quite an extensive growth in this gland. Wigglesworth" also reports the case of an old woman dying of " general decay following cerebral atrophy," and at the autopsy marked carcinomatous changes were found in the suprarenal gland. The remainder of the eight cases gave about the same history.


That the diagnosis is very difficult, and in some cases impossible, cannot be doubted, but I think with careful study of the cases which we may see, there are at least a certain number in which a diagnosis might be made. In considering the symptomatology, the most striking symptoms are the marked and steadily increasing loss of strength often accompanied by great languor and debility ; the pain usually deeply seated in the abdominal cavity or radiating from one or the other renal regions; the marked emaciation and the various digestive and intestinal disturbances, added to which are in some cases the slight skin changes. If, in addition to these symptoms, there is a tumor present in one or the other renal regions we have a set of symptoms which, while not characteristic, are suggestive, and which would point to the possibility of a suprarenal origin. These symptoms are, unfortunately, not always present, and in the reported cases it is rare to find the whole set clearly marked, especially in combination with an abdominal tumor. The cases in which no abdominal tumor can be palpated are of course much more difficult to diagnose, and I doubt if in a j>ositive diagnosis can be made. Affleck and Leith 36 report a case of this kind, the patient having great and increasing weakness, gradual emaciation, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and pain in the loins, passing thence around the abdomen and down into the thighs. There were no skin changes and no tumor palpable. This case was not diagnosed during life, though most of what we may call the cardinal symptoms were present.

The foregoing being the principal symptoms on which a diagnosis may be based, what are the other conditions which may simulate a suprarenal neoplasm ?

The first of course to be studied are other changes occurring in the suprarenal gland itself. Of these the only ones which

can be mistaken for a malignant tumor are blood cysts and occasionally tuberculosis, the so-called adenomata being usually very small and giving rise to no symptoms.

Blood cysts of the suprarenal are rare. Drouboix b9 has collected a number, and I have been able to find several others. Their origin is not at all clear, but they are probably the result of a necrosis in the centre of a new-growth, usually an adenoma with a subsequent haemorrhage into the necrotic area. The symptoms in some of the reported cases are exactly those of a malignant tumor, and I do not see here how a differential diagnosis would be possible. I will quote two of the most striking ones as of interest. Carriugton's" case occurred in a Swede aged 54 years. He gave a history of gradually increasing languor and weakness, and gradually increasing epigastric pain, for two months preceding his entrance into the Hospital. On admission he was weak and languid, somewhat emaciated, his mind wandering at times. No nausea or vomiting was complained of. On examination a tumor was felt in the epigastric region, descending with respiration and tender on pressure. There was a darkening of the skin around the nipples and on the penis and scrotum, and this pigmentation became more marked before his death, which occurred three weeks later. At the autopsy both adrenals were found changed into cysts, globular in form and about the size of au orange. On section they were found filled with a light brown, grumous altered blood. The cyst walls on microscopial examination were found composed of normal suprarenal tissue. Floersheim and Ouvry 60 also report a blood cyst of the left suprarenal which simulated a new-growth. The patient was a woman aged 36, who began to suffer three years before with pain in the lower portion of the left chest, becoming worse after eating and causing attacks of dyspnoea and a feeling of constriction. Examination revealed a hard mass in the left hypochondriac region in the position of the left kidney. The urine was normal. She was operated upon, a median incision being made, and the tumor was found to be a retroperitoneal cyst. It was punctured and three litres of a brownish fluid were evacuated. The walls of the cyst were then attached tc the walls of the incision and the wound was dressed. The patient died of peritonitis, and at the autopsy the cyst was found to be retroperitoneal, the kidney lying below and attached to it by the convex border. The walls of the cyst which were from 6 to ? mm. in thickness, were found on microscopical examination to be composed of suprarenal tissue.

That tuberculosis of the suprarenal might simulate a newgrowth is also easy to conceive, though it is rare to find a palpable tumor in these cases. A. F. Jonas 6 ' has just published a case which demonstrates this. The patient had a palpable tumor in the renal region with symptoms pointing to a suprarenal tumor. Dr. Jonas did an exploratory operation and was able to remove the suprarenal growth which proved on examination to be tubercular. The patient got well.

Tumors of the kidney are most often confused with suprarenal growths, and among the collected cases I found eight in which the diagnosis of renal neoplasm had been

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made. This is not surprising when we consider that the

suprarenal tumor is retroperitoneal, and occupies the same position as would an enlarged kidney. The differentia] diagnosis is based on the difference in the symptoms complained of

in the two conditions, and on the presenceof hematuria accompanying the renal neoplasm. This symptom, according to most observers, occurs in about 50 per cent, of renal neoplasms, and its presence might be considered conclusive, though as we have seen above, hematuria was present with two cases of suprarenal tumor, in one due to a secondary carcinoma in the renal pelvis, and in the other to advanced cystic disease of the kidney.

Rarely the kidney may be felt displaced by the suprarenal tumor, as occurred in Case I of our series, though even when felt it is difficult to recognize as the kidney. This possibility as an aid to diagnosis has also beeii noted by Pawlik in an article on renal surgery in one of the German journals.

Tumors of the liver have also been diagnosed where the trouble Was really in the suprarenal, though in these cases the diagnosis has been entirely based on the presence of a large tumor in the hepatic region, and careful consideration of the symptoms and a painstaking physical examination would, in most cases at least, serve to distinguish the two.

Other conditions might also simulate a suprarenal tumor, as Berdach' 6 in his article discusses the possibility of differentiating from retroperitoneal glands or a pancreatic cyst or neoplasm. Especially with a pancreatic cyst one could imagine the diagnosis to be difficult, as here also we get the emaciation, epigastric distress and nausea and vomiting, but the tumor is usually differently situated, and there are other symptoms which do not occur with the suprarenal disease.

Having considered the diagnosis it may be of interest to review our cases again briefly.

In Case I it seems npw that the diagnosis should have been made, as she had many symptoms pointing to the suprarenal origin of the tumor. The presence of the kidney-shaped prominence on the surface of the tumor, the complete absence of blood from the urine throughout the whole illness, the slight brownish discoloration of the skin and the steady loss of flesh and strength were all of importance.

I !ase II would have been more difficult to diagnose correctly, as the symptoms were not so definite, and save for the complaint of feeling weak and badly and the rapid loss of flesh, there were no definite symjitoms pointing to the suprarenal origin.

Case III was also diagnosed by the surgical staff without hesitation as a renal new-growth, and it was not until tin 1 incision was made that its true character was seen.


The treatment must necessarily be surgical, and unfortunately there have not been enough cases operated upon to Inable to draw any very definite conclusions from them, so the indications and probable prognosis will have to be largely obtained from a study of the symptoms, duration, and postmortem discoveries.

One learns first from a study of the symptoms that the disease is insidious in its onset, which tends to make a

iy of if rare, and when mire developed the condition of the patient rapidly grows worse; and on this account any severe operation is more dangerous than it otherwise would lie. That the course is a rapid one is shown in the facf thai the average duration in 2G cases of carcinoma was. from the onset of the first symptom, 10.6 months, the least duration being 6 weeks and the longest 36 months. In sarcoma the average duration from the onset of the first symptom was even shorter, being but 6.7 months, the least duration one mouth and the greatest 13 months.

In examining the autopsy reports one finds there also several striking points which would evidently have an important bearing on the question of successful operation.

The first question which arises naturally when there are two organs of the same character in the body and one is to be removed, is what is the condition of the opposite organ ? and when the retention of one is necessary to life this is a \> -n vital question. This of course can only be answered in an incomplete way from the findings at autopsy, as necessarily in these cases the most ample time possible is given for the formation of metastases, but even with this the observer cannot but be struck with the great frequency with which both glands are involved, and also by the fact that in so many cases the glands on both sides are so nearly equal in size and general appearance, denoting either a simultaneous primary involvement or very early metastases. This is more especially marked in the carcinomata, there being in 30 cases where the side affected was noted 17 in which both glands were involved, the right side being alone affected in 6 and the left side in 7. Among the sarcomata this was not so marked ; in 28 cases where the side was noted only 8 had both glands involved, the right alone being sarcomatous in 10 and the left in 10.

The frequency of metastases is also important, and the study of these from the post-mortem room is open to the same criticism, namely, that they had the longest possible time to develop, and that we should not be so likely to find (hem at an early operation. I attempted to get further light on this by studying the number of organs involved in the metastases and their apparent age, but found it impossible to get any reliable figures because of the incompleteness of the reports, but gathered enough to convince myself thai the metastases in a good proportion of the cases occurred quite early, and were pretty widely diffused. In the carcinomata

there were 28 cases where metastases were found in • or

more organs, and in only three were they noted as not being present. The other six cases were so incompletely reported that their presence or absence could not be determined. In the sarcomata the metastases were not so frequent, being present in 14 cases, noted as not present, in 6 cases and in L0 eases it was impossible to tell from the report whether present or not.

Among the carcinomata the organs most frequently affected were the lung in 15 cases, the kidney in 13 eases, the live] in 11 cases, the retroperitoneal glands in 7 cases, the stomai b in 5 cases, the pleura and heart in 1 ease- each, and almost every other organ in the body was noted as involved unci- or twice.

The sarcomata affected the liver in 6 casi -, the kidney in 5


cases, the lung and the pleura each in 3 cases, and most of the other organs once or twice.

From these facts we may justly conclude, first, that an early operation is of vital importance, as, because of the insidious onset and rapid course, we will have to combat later, besides the difficulties of the operation itself, the lowered vitality and the lowered resistance of the patient. Second, that because of the probable early occurrence of metastases and the frequent involvement of both glands, the prognosis for final cure, even in the result of a successful operation, is unfavorable to say the least. Third, that because of the less frequent involvement of both glands, and the less frequent metastases, the prognosis in sarcomata is more favorable than in carcinomata.

The study of the difficulties occurring during the operation, and the results following it, naturally come next, and though we have but five from which to draw any conclusions, there are several interesting facts to be obtained from them. The cases are the three which I have reported, a case reported by Roberts, 66 of Philadelphia, with a fatal result, and two socalled suprarenal tumors removed by Knowsley Thornton, 63 with good results and briefly mentioned in his monograph " Surgery of the Kidneys." Only one of these can be used, as the other was undoubtedly a new-growth in an aberrant suprarenal gland in the kidney, for he speaks of the tumor as being surrounded by kidney tissue. Of these five, three resulted fatally: two immediately following the operation, and one in three weeks.

In Case I of our series the growth was firm and well outlined, and not adherent, and though some trouble was experienced in raising it from its bed and tying the vessels, the operation was not especially difficult, and except for the removal of the kidney with the tumor, gave no cause for anxiety, and as the result showed was perfectly successful. No troublesome haemorrhage occurred during the removal. This case illustrates the most favorable growth that could be encountered. In our second case, however, a growth of a different character was found, illustrating well one of the difficulties which will be met, namely, a soft, friable tumor which when handled the least roughly breaks down and gives rise to almost uncontrollable haemorrhage, besides making it impossible to remove it entirely. ])r. Roberts encountered the same difficulty in his case, and was compelled to abandon the operation because of the hemorrhage before all of the growth had been removed, and his patient died three weeks later.

In Case III, while the tumor was removed entire, there was free haemorrhage, and though the patient recovered from the anaesthesia, he died eight or nine hours later from shock, probably due to the long operation and his weakened condition.

In Dr. Thornton's case no acccount of the operation was given.

We find from these that the principal difficulties during the operation are free haemorrhage and a tendency of the growth to break down during removal, and to these may be added the probability of dense adhesions, as in the pathological reports of many of the cases the tumor was noted as densely adherent to the surrounding organs, most often on the right side to the liver.

In spite, however, of the unfavorable outlook for a successful operation, it is best that at least an immediate exploratory operation should be advised in all cases where there is suspicion of a suprarenal new-growth being present, and this is even more true when a tumor is palpated, as we must remember that without operation the result will necessarily be rapidly fatal.

The question as to whether a further ojjeration should be done in the event of finding a suprarenal tumor will depend on the character of the growth itself, the condition of the other gland, the absence of any visible metastases and the absence of dense adhesions. If the further operation is decided upon it is wise to remove the corresponding kidney, as we have seen that in 31 cases of carcinoma metastases were present 11 times.

The final result in our one successful case has been good so far, the patient being healthy and with no signs of any return of the growth.


To summarize we find the following facts true : 1, that while malignant tumors of the suprarenal gland are rare, they should be considered as one of the factors to be eliminated in the presence of an abdominal tumor; 2, that they are somewhat more common in the male sex; 3, that while in a certain proportion the symptoms are fairly well marked, there are many in which no symptom points to the suprarenal origin ; 4, that rapid loss of strength, debility, emaciation, digestive disturbances and abdominal pain are the most prominent symptoms; 5, that skin changes are rather the exception than the rule ; 6, that they run a rapid course, the duration being shorter than usual with a neoplasm in other organs ; 7, that the diagnosis is impossible in many, and difficult in all, cases ; 8, that a differential diagnosis must be made from other suprarenal diseases, from renal tumors, from hepatic tumors, from diseased retroperitoneal glands, and from cysts and new growths of the pancreas ; 9, that the prognosis is always serious, even following a successful operation, from the great frequency with which both glands are found involved, and the tendency to early metastases ; 10, that operation gives the only hope of relief, and that it has been successful in two cases; 11, that the principal difficulties in the operation are, the friability of the tumor, the great tendency to haemorrhage, and the frequency of adhesions.



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3ame tumor cut in two. Shows the gelatinous contents of cystic cavity. The smaller size is due to the hardening process, as is also the dark color of the gelatinous material contained in the c-\st.

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By G. Brown Miller, M. D., Assistant Resident Gyncecologist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

So much has recently been written concerning the bacteria of the female genital tract that unless one proposes to publish a book upon the subject, as has been done by Menge and Krdnig, a complete and careful review of all the literature relating to it is impracticable. I will refer those who wish to have this, to the work of the above-named authors, "Bakteriologie des weiblicheu Genital tractu-s, Leipzig, 1897." I will here briefly review the work done by the more prominent investigators upon the bacteriology of the uterine cavity, and then add the data obtained by my own investigations. This work relates only to bacteriological examinations of the cavity of the corpus uteri, but in order to make some of my conclusions clear I will briefly give the status of the bacteriology of the vagina ami cervix at the present time.

The vagina? of both pregnant and non-pregnant women can be regarded as being, under normal circumstances, free from pathogenic bacteria. The introitns vagina' is the outer boundary of this aseptic zone. The normal vagina contains its peculiar micro-organisms, but the pathogenic bacteria, when introduced into it, quickly disappear. The abnormal

cases in which the vagina may contain pathogenic bacteria are cases of gonorrhoea, acute wound infections extending into the vagina, where the secretions of infected uteri, etc., are being constantly poured into the vagina, those cases in which the vagina contains dead nutrient media as in carcinoma of the cervix uteri with haemorrhage and necrosis of retained placenta, of necrotic submucous myomata, uterine polypi, and in tuberculosis of the vagina. This, in general, is mi accordance with the views of Dbderlein, Menge. Kronig, Williams and others, and the weight of evidence is decidedly in its favor. Opposed to this view are Ahlfchl, Kaltenbach, Walthard, Vahle, Kollman and others, who think that the streptococcus and the staphylococcus pyogenes, the colon bacillus and other pathogenic bacteria are to he found in a large percentage of all vagina?.

The cervical canal is likewise, under usual circumstances, free from pathogenic bacteria, and from a poinl at or just above the external OS contain- no bacteria whatever. The gonococcus of Neisser and possibly the bacillus of tuberculosis alone have the faculty of invading .maided the normal


cervical canal, but under conditions mentioned in connection with the vagina, that is, a necrotic or patulous cervix coupled with dead nutrient material iu its canal along with similar disturbances of the aseptic properties of the vagina, other bacteria, indeed the streptococcus and staphylococcus pyogenes, mav invade the cervix without their introduction by means of external agencies.

The mucosa of the corpus uteri may either be free from or show inflammatory changes, and it is well iu studying the bacteria of the cavity of the uterus to classify the cases according to whether the mucosa shows this endometritis or not. Most writers classify endometritis into glandular where the uterine glands show hypertrophic or hyperplastic changes without infiltration of the mucosa with small round cells or polymorphonuclear leucocytes, and into interstitial where this infiltration occurs. As most investigators agree that bacteria are not present in the glandular type of endometritis, and as in many cases this form of endometritis seems to be not dependent upon bacteria, I think it well to follow the classification made by Dr. T. S. Cullen, and will speak only of endometritis iu the cases where this infiltration occurs. I will follow his subdivision further in classifying it into acute and chronic with the intermediate subacute stage. In acute endometritis there are changes in the epithelium, infiltration of the mucosa with small round cells and polymorphonuclear leucocytes and increase in the number of blood-vessels without increase iu the conuective-tissue elements. In chronic endometritis there is less change in the epithelium, an infiltration of the mucosa with small round cells, increase in connective tissue, thickening of the walls of the blood-vessels, and generally atrophic changes in the uterine glands. When the uterine cavity contains a considerable quantity of pent-up pus so that its wall may be likened to the sac of an abscess cavity the condition is known as pyometra. Physometra or tympania uteri is the condition in which the uterine cavity contains gas.

In the autumn of 1894, at the suggestion of Prof. H. A. Kelly, and of Dr. Juo. G. Clark, then resident gynaecologist of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I began the bacteriological examination of the body cavity of uteri removed by the method then in vogue in this clinic and in America generally, i. e. supravaginal amputation of the uterus. Circumstances presented the examination of many of the cases operated upon, and absence from the Hospital and other causes prevented me from securing the number desired. However, I have examined the body cavity of sixty-eight uteri removed for a variety of causes, aud I give in the table a summary of the results obtained. The relative numbers of cases of carcinoma, myoma, etc., examined do not represent the proportion of such cases operated upon in the Hospital. Very few of the carcinoma cases were examined bacteriologically, as the bacteriological examination destroyed, to a certain extent, the histological value of the specimen. The technique observed in making the bacteriological examination was as follows : As soon after the removal of the specimen as possible, and before it was led, to burn thoroughly the amputated end of the organ, and then invade the cavity through the cervical canal with a platinum loop which had been heated to redness. As a rule,

cover-glass preparations of the secretions thus obtained were stained and examined microscopically, and cultures made upon various nutrient media. The cover-glasses were stained for bacteria by the usual niethods. Gram's method of staining and the usual stain for the bacillus tuberculosis were used where indicated. The cultures were made upon agar slants or Petri dishes, stab cultures upon glucose agar and acid gelatin, and smears upon cyst-fluid agar or ascitic fluid agar or urine blood-serum agar, when these media could be obtained. I have also prepared a table containing a brief abstract of the histories of the cases, trying in these abstracts to embody everything relating to the nature of infection the operation, the convalescence, and the histological and bacteriological reports. As this table was too voluminous to be included in this article, the table given was prepared from it. This was deemed advisable, as Sanger aud other prominent writers have emphasized the fact. that clinical signs are as much or more to be depended upon in diagnosing gonorrhcea in women than the microscopical examination of the secretions, and undoubtedly a combination of clinical signs and the bacteriological examination is the true method in making a diagnosis.

In glancing over the table, we see that of the 68 cases, 53 showed changes of an inflammatory nature as indicated either by endometritis, or by inflammatory changes in the uterine adnexa. The uterine mucosae in 51 of the cases were examined histologically, and 19 of these showed an acute, or subacute, and 12 achrouic endometritis. Eighteen of the cases showed no inflammatory changes in the endometrium. In none of the cases where there was no endometritis were bacteria found in either the stained specimens or in cultures. This, as we shall see later, corresponds entirely with the prevailing views upon the subject, j. e. that the body cavity of the normal uterus is free from bacteria. Concerning the bacteria found: the gonococcus was found seven times, the streptococcus pyogenes once, the staphylococcus pyogenes aureus once, the staphylococcus pyogenes albus twice, the bacillus of tuberculosis twice, and unidentified saprophytic bacteria four times. We have just stated that the gonococcus was found seven times, three times by cultures and cover-glass preparations, and four times in the stained specimens only. The microorganism was found five times in the cavity of the corpus uteri, and twice in the pus from a pyosalpinx or ovarian abscess, and not in the uterine cavity. In all of these cases the typical biscuit-shaped diplococci were found in the pus in large numbers, lying both intra- and extra-cellularly, and decolorized by Gram's stain. The cultures were also characteristic. In another case the microorganisms were probably found, but in such small numbers that Gram's stain was unsatisfactory. It was never found in the chronic cases of endometritis. In one case, where the gonococcus aloue was found, there was an abscess in the uterine muscle, although the abscess cavity was not proven to contain the microorganism. This cavity was not discovered uutil sections were cut for histological examination. One case showed a gouorrhceal pyometra. The woman gave a history of an infection following a miscarriage. Upon dilating the cervical canal, about three drams of a thin, odorless, yellowish pus escaped.

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This pus contained gonococci in large numbers. There was iu this case a stenosis of the os uteri, probably either bj a dilated cervical gland, or swelling of the mucosa as a result of the inflammation. Another woman, who gave a history of an infection immediately following a miscarriage, proved to be infected by the gonococcus alone. The micro-organisms were found at the operation in the secretious from Bartholin's glands, urethra, vagina, external os uteri, the cavity of the uterus, the acutely inflamed tubes, and in pus found in the peritonea] cavity among coils of intestines. The gouococcus was never found accompanied by other bacteria. It was found once in a myomatous uterus.

Of all the bacteria, the gonococcus is by far the most freqnent invader of the uterine cavity. This micro-organism has the faculty of invading the uterus through the previously healthy cervical canal, causing an acute endometritis, and subsequently by direct extension along the mucous membrane of the genital tract inflammatory conditions of the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and peritoneum. It probably always gains entrance to the uterine cavity through the cervix. Iu the uterus it generally limits its ravages to the endometrium, although it apparently penetrates in a small number of cases into the muscular structure of the uterus, causing a metritis and abscess formation. This is in accordance with the views of Wertheim, who found the microbe in the stroma of the uterine mucosa, and of Madleuer, who found it in the uterine muscle. The case of mine would point to the same abscess formation in the uterine muscle. The acute purulent endometritis which it causes after a time becomes chronic or heals. From the uterine cavity it frequently extends along the mucosa, and is the cause of most cases of pyosalpinx, pelvic adhesions, pelvic encysted peritonitis, of circumscribed pelvic abscess, ovarian abscess, and probably of many cases of hydrosalpinx. It can, from the uterine cavity, get into the blood-current and thus cause a systemic gonorrhceal infection. It apparently lives but a short time in the abscesses which it causes, but can. probably, exist much longer iu the mucous membrane of the uterus. It is noteworthy that in most cases of chronic gonorrhceal endometritis the micro-organism cannot be found cteriological examination. Sanger emphasized this fact and recently Broese and Schiller came to the same conclusion from the examination of 271 cases. Every one who has attempted to cultivate the gonococcus has noted the great difference in various cases with which the micro-organism grows. The fact that one cannot cultivate it, and does not find it in stained specimens, is not proof that it does no in a given case. Where the micro-organism occurs in very small numbers, Gram's stain, by which it is identified, is very unsatisfactory. Clinical signs point to its existence for long periods of time, and it may be given renewed vitality from time to time by a change in its nutrient media, as in the puerperium, operations on the uterine mucosa, etc. It appears to be more apt to invade the puerperal or menstruating and is more apt to be than is usually thought the cause of miscarriages. Interesting in this connection are the two cases previously mentioned, in both of which tie women gave histories of an infection immediately following a miscarriage, and both of which proved to be infections by the gonococcus

alone. Neumann has recently reported a case where he examined a woman who had a gonorrho-al infection, and in whose decidua be found the gonococcus. Maslowskj also has recently reported a most interesting case, where a premature

labor was caused by an " Kudi iritis deciduaiis interstitialis

gonorrhoica." He found the gonococci in the decidua vera, which was infiltrated with small round cells. Fehling, Winckel, Kronig, and oilier authors believe this micro-organism to be a fruitful cause of miscarriage. It probably does not, by its presence, favor the entrance of other bacteria into the uterus, indeed, Menge and Wertheim believe that it will not tolerate other bacteria in the same field with it. In my

seven cases it was not accompanied by other bacteri: r in

the cases which gave a gonorrhceal history were other microorganisms found. It may be the cause of a pyometra. It is comparatively harmless to the peritoneum, for, although where it is being constantly poured into the peritoneal cavity, it always gives rise to a localized and perhaps, occasionally, to a general peritonitis, I do not find a well-authenticated case of death due to a gonorrhceal peritonitis. In one of the cases reported here, and in several occurring at various times in the clinic, where gonorrhceal pus was found free in the peritoneal cavity, after the removal of the pus and its source, the women recovered without any greater rise of temperature than one would expect in a clean case. In many of the cases of myomata, with inflammatory conditions of the appendages, this micro-organism is, probably, responsible for the inflammation. One of our cases, in which the gonococcus was found, was a case of myoma uteri.

The streptococcus pyogenes was found but once. This case was a negro woman with a large sloughing submucous uterine myoma. She entered the Hospital in an extremely weak condition — pulse 136, temperature 102°-104° F. — and died during the operation for removal of the myomatous uterus. The streptococcus, along with an unidentified bacillus, was found in the uterine cavity. There was undoubtedly i a systemic infection by the streptococcus, although as no autopsy could be obtained this could not be proven. In I his case the infection evidently occurred through the vagina, due to the following conditions: An opeji cervical canal due to the encroachment of the myoma, and to the uterus, cervix and vagina being filled with decomposing blood and necrotic myomatous material. Thus by overcoming the protective functions of the cervical canal and vagina, and by furnishing the bacteria with suitable nutrient media, this micro-organism which cannot under ordinary circumstances invade the uterus, found its way in and with a fatal result. This case corresponds entirely with the views of Menge and Kronig and with a case reported by Dr. Maurice II. Richardson in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, September, 1893, where a woman who bad a facial erysipelas, and who was bleeding from a submucous myoma, died of a streptococcic peritonitis due to the invasion of the bacteria most probably through the genital tract. The streptococcus is of especial importance in puerperal infections but, can, as we have seen above, cause infection in other conditions of the uterus, as in ca

lata, carcinomata, polypi, and of course in

operations upon the uterus, criminal abortions, etc. It is,



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perhaps, in puerperal conditions nearly always introduced into the uterus by external agents, but can, as proven by Kronig's statistics, find its way into the puerperal uterus by growing in where no vaginal examinations have been made. In these cases it probably exists on the skin, clothing, etc.. and finds in the vagina and cervix the suitable conditions for its extension. From the uterus it can gain entrance into the general organism through the lymphatics and the bloodvessels. In cases which do not run a rapidly fatal course, dense pelvic exudates in the connective tissue of the pelvis, filling the whole or part of the pelvis, and containing frequently small abscesses, are characteristic of a streptococcic uterine infection. This micro-organism may enter the peritoneal cavity along the lumen of the Fallopian tubes, although the more common route of invasion seems to be by way of the lymphatics, thrombosed vessels and abscess formation in the uterine walls. It produces frequently a systemic infection. Pyosalpinx is not usually the result of a streptococcus infection. In the normal non-puerperal uterus the streptococcus probably cannot gain entrance into its cavity without the aid of external agents.

The bacillus of tuberculosis was found by histological examination to be the cause of the endometritis in two of the 31 cases, nearly 6.5 per cent. In these two cases no tuberculous processes were found in the Fallopian tubes, and in another case the hysterectomy was performed for tuberculosis of the tubes, when the endometrium of the uterus was free from disease. These two cases would seem to show that primary tuberculosis of the endometrium may occur, the bacteria gaining entrance through the vagina and cervix. Most writers believe this to be the case. Most cases of tuberculosis of the endometrium are, however, secondary to processes in the tubes, and this as secondary to tuberculosis in other parts of the body. Tuberculosis of the endometrium seems to stop suddenly at the internal os, and pyometra frequently results as a product of tubercular endometritis.

The staphylococcus pyogenes aureus was found once, and the staphylococcus pyogenes albus tw r ice, in the uterine cavity. The former was found in a pyometra along with an unidentified bacillus'in a case of carcinoma of the cervix. The woman gave no evidence of a general infection by this micro-organism. The staphylococcus albus was found once following the removal of a submucous myoma where, after five or six days, the woman's temperature rising to 104° quite suddenly, a bacteriological examination was made by means of Doderlein's tube, and the staphylococcus was found both in cultures and on slides, together with an unidentified bacillus. In the second case the micro-organism was evidently carried in by instruments. Here the woman was curetted before removing the uterus. The micro-organism was found by means of cultures in small numbers in the uterine cavity, while the pus from the pyosalpinx was sterile. The staphylococcus pyogenes like the streptococcus can invade the cavity of the uterus probably only when the protective properties of the vagina and cervix are overcome, as in cases of carcinomata, myoniata, etc., or when carried in by operative procedures. Once in the cavity of the uterus, if the endometrium is unwounded and

under normal conditions, it soon disappears; but if the mucosa is wounded, or there is dead nutrient material there, it causes suppurative processes. It probably causes miscarriages by producing a deciduitis, as in a case reported by Neumann, or it may cause a general systemic infection, as in Striinckman's case. It is more rarely found in the uterine cavity than the gonococcus and streptococcus, and probably than the bacillus of tuberculosis.

The other bacteria found were unidentified and were, probably, saprophytes. One was found in the streptococcus case, two in cases of pyometra, once in combination with the staphylococcus pyogenes aureus, and one in the case of submucous myoma along with the staphylococcus pyogenes albus.

In looking at our cases from a clinical standpoint we find a result that may not be uninteresting. Making a diagnosis as to the mode of infection from the history of the case, coupled with the bacteriological examination, we find that of the 53 cases showing inflammatory changes, 26 were, probably, of gonorrhceal origin, 12 of puerperal origin, 3 due to tuberculosis, 4 to myomata or carcinomata, -1 to previous operations, and 2 unclassified. Some of the cases, giving a history of puerperal infection undoubtedly owed their origin to the gonococcus. In our cases, therefore, the gonococcus was the probable cause of infection in more than one-half of them.

A few interesting points may be gained from the table. In two cases there was a hydrosalpinx and pyosalpinx combined in the same patient. Most writers think that pyosalpinx is due to bacteria, and many contend that bacteria have nothing to do with hydrosalpinx, and that hydrosalpinx is never the result of a purulent salpingitis. Our two cases would point to one and the same cause for both conditions. We see further that in four cases of hydrosalpinx, three of pyosalpinx, and two of ovarian abscess, there was, on histological examination, a normal uterine mucosa, ;'. e. no infiltration with small round cells, or polymorphonuclear leucocytes. There are only two explanations for this : one, that the infection did not occulta the uterine cavity, and the other that the preexisting endometritis had healed. The latter is, in most cases, the most plausible explanation. We see cases of healed salpingitis also, hence it is more than probable that hydrosalpinx is frequently the end product of a suppurative salpingitis. Three deaths occurred, and it is instructive to investigate the causes : one, the streptococcus case was in a desperate condition when operated upon, and died on the table. The secoud died as the result of an intestinal perforation and the following peritonitis. The sigmoid flexure of the colon was injured during the operation and was sutured. This suturing gave way, and with a fatal result. The third was the result of an infection with the staphylococcus pyogenes albus, and streptococcus pyogenes secondary to drainage in a case, probably, originally gonorrhceal. The cultures and stained preparations at the time of operation showed no bacteria. Drainage was through the vagina, and also through the abdominal wound. The staphylococcus infection occurred through the vagina, as proven by bacteriological examination before death. Both microorganisms were found in the peritoneal cavity at autopsy. Death then in one of the two fatal cases possible to have been avoided was due to drainage. In the other case drainage

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would possibly have saved the life of the patient, but was not indicated at the time, as the bowel was supposedly well sutured.

Let us see bow our results correspond with the results obtained by the various investigators. Winter was among the first to examine bacteriologically the cavity of the uterus. As a result of bis investigations be came to the conclusion that "the healthy body cavity of the uterus contains no bacteria." His work was done upon uteri which had been removed for myomata, or upon those removed by panhysterectomy. He did not examine the mucosa; of these uteri histologically. Brandt, in cases of symptomatic endometritis, found in 30 per cent, of all his cases pyogenic bacteria, and in the 25 cases examined only 3 were free from bacteria. lV'raire. who also worked with cases of endometritis, found practically the same thing. Pfannenstiel, in both interstitial and glandular chronic endometritis, found no bacteria. Bumm states that in the chronic glandular and interstitial endometritis of non-pregnant women bacteria are in most cases not preseut, but that in a small number of cases one finds bacteria, which he regards as only an accidental accompaniment of these conditions, and which can change according to the character of the secretion. Wertheim says that the gonorrhoeal infection of the uterus causes always a purulent catarrh which, when it becomes chronic, can produce a hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the uterine glands, and that the inflammation may extend to the myometrium, (iottscbalk and Immerswahr found in cases of endometritis that bacteria were present in 65 per cent, of the uteri, and found frequently the staphylococcus pyogenes. They thought that the presence of the gonococcus predisposes to the subsequent invasion of the staphylococcus. Madlener went further than Wertheim, who had found the gonococcus in the stroma of the uterine mucosa, and found this microorganism in the uterine muscle. He says that the gonococcus of Neisser has the faculty of penetrating the musculature of the uterus from the endometrium, and thus cause inflammation. Bumm, however, states that he examined Madleuer's preparations and was not convinced that gonococci were present. Boije found a preseut in 19 of 30 cases, and came to the conclusion that bacteria are the causes of interstitial endometritis, but not of glandular. Menge examined the body cavity of 119 uteri which had been removed for a variety of causes. ThirtyBine of these cases showed round-cell infiltration of the uterine mucosa, and 11 of the 39 cases were in carcinoma of the cervix. As a result of his investigations he conn conclusion that neither in the secretions nor in the tissue of the mucosa of the cavity of the corpus uteri, in cases showing no endometritis or only the glandular form, do bacteria exist which we can cultivate. In his 119 cases he found bacteria only 11 times. One case was that of a submucous necrotic myoma ; two were cases of gonorrhoea ; two, of tuberculosis of the endometrium; one, an unknown bacillus in an acute case ; and the remaining five were in cases of pyometra. Opitz examined 10 cases and found all free from bacteria. Kollmau reports a case of a myomatous uterus, in which the mucosa showed no inflammatory changes where he found bacteria present in the cavity. These were not identified. Warbasse,

in 17 cases of chronic endometritis, found bacteria present in 5 of them, lie concluded, however, that the micro-organisms were not the cause of the endometritis, and that it is no more

c asary to look for a bacterial origin of chronic endometritis than in inflammation of other glandular organs.

In looking over the literature of the subject we find that the following bacteria have been found in the uterine cavity in its various inflammatory conditions, viz. gonococcus of Neisser, streptococcus pyogenes, staphylococcus pyogenes aureus, albue and epidermidis albus, bacillus of tuberculosis, bacillus coli communis, bacillus serogenes capsulatus, bacillus of tetanus, bacillus typhosus, diplococcus lanceolatus, and many saprophytic and unidentified bacteria. All of these bacteria have been found in the puerperal uterus. In the non-pregnant and non-puerperal uterus the only micro-organism- reported to have been found are the gonococcus, the streptococcus pyogenes, the staphylococcus pyogenes, the tubercle bacillus and saprophytic bacteria. The cavity of the corpus uteri of both thepregnant and non-pregnant woman under normal con ditions is free from bactera. The boundary line between this bacteria-containing and bacteria-free zone is the external os uteri. The only bacteria which can invade the cavity of the uterus through the external os without the help of external agencies, and under normal conditions are the gonococcus of Neisser and the bacillus of tuberculosis. Nearly all of the best-known investigators are agreed upon this view. Upon the causes of inflammation of the mucosa of the uterus and the bacteria which may be found there in cases of endometritis there is not such a unanimity of opinion. It is of vital importance to the surgeon to know if the streptococcus pyogenes, the staphylococcus pyogenes or other pathogenic bacteria do exist in the uterine cavity, and if so, under what conditions he may expect to find them, and what may be done to guard against carrying these micro-organisms into the peritoneal cavity or exposed wound surfaces. In the class of cases previously mentioned, where the protective functions of the vagina and cervix are totally, or in a measure, lost by means of a prolapsus, or very much relaxed vaginal outlet, an open cervical canal, or destruction of the cervix by carcinoma, where the cervix and vagina are filled with dead nutrient material as necrotic placental remains, carcinomata, sloughing myomata or polypi, both the pathogenic and saprophytic bacteria are liable to be encountered. Following also, of course, recent operative procedures upon the vagina or uterus, an acute wound infection may exist and thus infect the peritoneum of the patient upon whom a laparotomy is subsequently done. In puerperal sepsis, of course, also this danger exists. The gonococcus will also be frequently encountered in inflammatory cases, but may be disregarded so far as operative procedures are concerned.

In uncomplicated cases of hystero-myomectomv, hysterectomy for inflammatory cases, or ovarian tumors, operations for extra-uterine pregnancies, and in all such cases w here tin vagina and cervix are normal, except, probably, for the invasion of the gonococcus, the safest nude so far as infection is concerned is the abdominal.

I,, ,,|, ciallj where the cervix is

necrosed, in submucous myomata, especially if the tumor



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encroaches on the cervix, and in similar cases of polypi, etc., in puerperal cases upon whom a hysterectomy is performed, and in circumscribed pelvic abscesses which are liable to be secondarily infected from the intestine, the safest route with regard to infection is the vaginal.

As the external genitalia and the surrounding parts are even more liable to contain pathogenic bacteria than the abdominal wall, the cleansing and disinfection of these parts is as imperative as the cleansing of the abdomen preparatory to operation.

Drainage through the vaginal vault in cases of laparotomy unless imperative to arrest hemorrhage, or in cases of wounded intestine where the suturing is unsatisfactory, is almost as much to be deprecated as drainage through the abdominal wall. The vaginal vault should be, when possible, left intact.

In conclusion, I wish to thank Drs. Kelly, Russell, (lark and Ramsay for their aid and encouragement in my work, and Drs. Cullen and Hurdon for the pathological reports of the cases.

Total number of cases examined bacteriologically 68

No. of cases of an inflammatory nature 53

No. of cases of uterine myomata 24

No. of cases of carcinoma of cervix uteri . . 3

No. of cases of probable puerperal infection as shown by the

history 12

No. of cases of probable gonorrhceal infection as shown by the

the history 19

No. of cases of positive gonorrhceal infection 7

No. of cases where endometrium examined histologically 51

No. of cases of endometritis with small round-cell infiltration

only 12

No. of cases of endometritis with small round-cell and polymorphonuclear cell infiltration 19

No. of cases where there were was no endometritis 18

No. of cases of pyo- < Pyococcus 1

metra due to ) staphylococcus and saprophytes 1

( saprophytes only 2

No. of cases of abscess in uterine wall (muscle) 3

No. of cases of tubercular endometritis 2

No. of cases where the streptococcus was found 1

No. of cases where the staphylococcus was found i albus 2

•■ aureus 1

No. of cases where unknown bacteria were found 4

No. of cases of myoma uteri accompanied by endometritis or

inflamed adnexa 9

No. of cases of myoma uteri where the endometrium showed no

inflammatory change 11

No. of ca3es of pyosalpinx 24

No. of cases of hydrosalpinx 9

No. of cases of pelvic adhesions only 9

No. of cases of circumscribed pelvic abscess 3

No. of cases of ovarian abscess 5

No. of cases of haematosalpinx 2

No. of cases of hydrosalpinx of one tube and pyosalpinx of the

other 2

No. of cases of hydrosalpinx with no endometritis 4

No. of cases of pyosalpinx with no endometritis 3

No. of cases of ovarian abscess with no endometritis 2

No. of cases of infection through the cervical canal due to myomata 2

No. of cases of infection through the cervical canal due to carcinoma of cervix uteri o

No. of cases of infection through the cervical canal due to operation 1

No. of cases in which inflammatory changes in the uterine adnexa were due to previous operation 3

No. of cases of probable gonorrhceal infection where endometritis was found 12

No. of cases of probable puerperal infection where endometritis

was found 6

(drainage 1

No. of deaths due to < intestinal perforation 1

( streptococci infection 1


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Boije : Beitrag zui - Aetiologie imd zur Natur der Endometritis. Ceutralblatt fur Gynakologie, 1896, 20, S. 271.

Bumm : Histologische TJntersuchungen fiber die puerperale Endometritis. Archiv fur Gynakologie, Bd XL, 1891.

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By James F. Mitchell, M. D.

(From the Gynecological Department of the Johns Ilopkins Hospital.)

The suggestion of a piu being the cause of an appendicular abscess as brought out in the history of a patient in the Gynaecological Wards of the Johns Hopkins Hospital has led. with Dr. Kelly's encouragement, to this inquiry, as to

foreign bodies in general as a cause of appendicitis, and especially pointed bodies.

The patient, a girl aged twenty, was admitted to the service of Dr. Kelly with a sinus in the abdominal wall at the right iliac fossa. It was stated that, when about six or seven years of age, she had pain in the right iliac region followed by an abscess developing sufficiently to be opened in forty-eight hours. The wound was dressed every day thereafter, and some time later a pin was found in the discharge from the wound and the whole trouble was attributed to that. There was no further trouble until about four years ago, since when she has had repeated attacks of appendicitis more or less typical.

As to the frequency with which foreign bodies other than faecal masses are found in the vermiform appendix, our opinions have changed greatly in the last ten years; at one time the presence of a foreign body was thought essential to an topendicitis, and the classical orange, date, or cherr were often described. Undoubtedly many of them, so eagerly sought, were nothing more than faecal concretions whi likely to assume these shapes, and unless carefully examined easily deceive the observer. From this extreme the other baa now been reached. Many writers at the present day go so far as to state that foreign bodies are never found as the cause

of appendicitis, and this attitude would seem to liud some justification in the following facts.

Fitz,* in 1886, collected 152 cases of perforative appendicitis, and found 12 per cent, of foreign bodies with 47 per cent, of faecal concretions while Hawkins, f in 1895, in 67 fatal cases did not find a single foreign body. In 250 cases of appendicitis in the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the past ten years, there has been only one foreign body— a segment of tapeworm.

With this object in view I have collected 1400 cases from various sources in the last ten years, and find about 7 per cent. of true foreign bodies; while in 700 of these cases, in which a definite statement was made as to tbe nature of the foreign body, there were 45 per cent, of faecal concretions. The older Statistics invariably give a higher percentage of foreign bodies.

While so many accounts are evidently nut rust worthy because of lack of careful examination, the undoubted occurrence of many queer and interesting objects ae shot, pins, worms, gallstones, a tooth, or a piece of bone, has been recorded ; and even the discarded grape seed or cherry stone is occasionally seen. FengerJ had a case in which two grape seeds and an oat husk were found, and Welch once mei with a date seed. Osier,*; in ten years' experience in .Montreal, found foreign bodii

  • Fitz: Transactions of tlie Association of American Physicians,

1886, I, 110.

t Hawkins : On Diseases of the Vermiform Appendix, London, 1895.

X Fenger : American Journal of Obstetrics, 1893, XXVIII, 168.

\ Osier : Principles and Practice of Medicine, lot98, 520.


twice; ii one instance five apple pips, and in another eight snipe shot. Stone,* of Omaha, and Ransohoff,* of Cincinnati, each removed an appendix containing a bullet (Fig. 6) as the exciting cause. A case is reported by Holmes, f in which 122 robin shot were present in the appendix of an old man dead of pneumothorax, who, during life, had had no symptoms referable to the appendix ; but who, it is stated, was veryfond of game. Interesting in connection with this is the following observation in the Memoires de l'Academie Royale de ChirurgieJ in 1743. " One notices sometimes in opening the bodies of persons who, during life, have eaten a great deal of game that there is collected in the intestines, and especially in the cascal appendix, a great quantity of shot, without those persons having had the least inconvenience."

Gall-stones are not infrequent and cases are cited by Gibbons^ Nelson|| and Ulloa y Giralt.1 Faecal concretions may so closely resemble gall-stones that it is impossible to distinguish between them except by chemical analysis. For the sake of exactness too much stress cannot be laid on this. A specimen kindly loaned by Dr. Rogers, of Memphis (Fig. 4), well illustrates this. The patient, a man aged twenty-two, had an attack of hepatic colic, with intense pain over region of gall-bladder, jaundice, vomiting, fever, etc. His trouble subsided and then after a few days symptoms of appendicitis appeared, which likewise subsided, leaving slight tenderness in the right iliac fossa. On examination three small nodules could be felt at the site of the appendix. Operation revealed an appendix distended with three bodies looking exactly like gall-stones, and such Dr. Rogers very rightly supposed them to be. Chemical examination by Dr. Thomas R. Brown, however, showed that they contained no cholesterin and no bile pigments nor salts, but were made up mostly of organic matter with carbonates and phosphates of calcium and magnesium.

One class of foreign bodies, however, far more common and more important than any of these, may be grouped together as pointed bodies. The only explanation that can be offered for their presence is iu their shape, which allows them to become engaged in the cascal opening of the appendix more readily.

A not uncommon occupant of the appendix is a lumbricoid worm. Numerous cases are recorded. One of the earliest of these is that of Blackadder** in 1824. A man in apparent good health was seized with sudden abdominal pain, so intense that he fell to the ground and died in less than four hours. At autopsy nothing was found except that into the appendix which was remarkably increased in lengtix and thickness and

  • Stone and Ransohoff: Personal communication.

t Holmes : New England Quarterly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, Boston, 1882-3, I, 257.

t Hevin : Memoires de l'Academie Royale de Chirurgie 1743 I 400. ' ' '

,. Gibbons : West. Lancet, San Francisco, 1873, II, 113.

|| Nelson : British American Journal of Medicine and Physical Science, Montreal, 1846-7, II, 257.

  • " Ulloa y Giralt: Revista mensual medico-quiriirgica de NeuvaYork, 1878, I, 28.

"Blackadder: Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal 18*4 XXII, 18. ' - .

felt like a firm cord, a large lumbricus had forced its way until only an inch of its tail projected into the cfecum. There were no other lumbrici in the alimentary canal.

Dr. C. F. Brower,* of Virginia, possesses the specimen, of which a drawing is shown (Fig. 1). The patient, a child of twelve years, presented symptoms of a mild attack of appendicitis. Dr. Brower operated 30 hours after onset of symptoms, removing the appendix with a portion of adherent omentum. The worm, being still in the appendix, was divided by the scissors and half of it then withdrawn from the cascum. The appendix was gangrenous for an inch and a half at its distal end, and at one point was on the verge of perforation. Recovery was uneventful.

The only foreign body observed in this Hospital in 250 cases was a segment of tapeworm, seen in a fatal case of appendicitis reported by Robb.f

Warren Coleman,! iu a man of sixty-seven, dead of nephritis and pneumonia, found in the dilated appendix a piece of bone five-eighths of an inch long and a quarter of an inch at its broadest part. It had entered blunt end foremost and was enveloped in mucus, completely filling the dilated tip. The thickened walls showed evidence of its presence for a long time, but externally there were no signs of inflammation. This case and that in which the appendix contained 122 shot, together with several that follow, show that, while generally causing very rapidly progressive inflammation, even large and rough foreign bodies can be present iu the appendix and give no symptoms at all or can lead to chronic or recurrent appendicitis. Murphy§ also had an acute appendicitis, in which the offender was an enterolith having a spicule of bone as its nucleus. Thompson|| reports a case in which a bone was present. Nathaniel Ward,T| in 1855, had a patient who died after an acute illness of seven days. At autopsy it was seen that a small worn-down bristle from a tooth brush, a third of an inch long, had ulcerated through the base of the appendix and had given rise to purulent peritonitis. Dr. Schooler,** of Des Moines, removed an appendix containing a wisp of broom and another in which there was a bristle, and Abbe** recently had one containing a piece of corn husk.

In the Gynaecological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins Hospital is a specimen (Fig. 3) which was successfully removed by Dr. W. E. Ashtonft from a woman forty-eight years old. She gave a history of abdominal pain, lasting through three years, and referred to the uterus which was curetted and the cervix amputated. The pain continued and increased, but did not become localized. Examination revealed nothing except a slight general soreness over the entire abdomen. An explor

  • Dr. Brower himself expects to publish this case in extenso at a

later date.

tRobb : Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, 1892, III, 23.

t Coleman : Medical Record, N. Y., 1895, XLVIII, 639.

I Murphy : Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, 1894, XXII, 302.

II Thompson: British Medical Journal, Sept. 23d, 1892.

If Ward : Transactions of the Pathological Society of London, 1855, VI, 197.

    • Schooler and Abbe : Personal communication.

ft Ashton: Medical Bulletin, Philadelphia, 1S94, XVI, 85.


Fig. 2.— Appendix with pin perforating its wall. Removed by Dr. 11. 1). Rolleston, London, Eng. (Case 27.)

Fig. 1. — Appendix containing :i round worm. Removed l.v Dr. C. F. Brower, Catharpin, Va. (Bj courtesy oi Dr. Hals ted.)

Fig. ::.- Appendix containii fin. Removed by Dr. W. A Philadelphia.

Fig i - Vppendix containing three tones. Removed bj Or. W. ! Memphis, Tcnn.

Fig. 5. Faecal concrel ion « Ith pin as nucleus. Removed by Dr. Francis II. Markoe, New Fork. (Case LO |

Fig 6.— Fa cal >b » itii

bullet ms nucleus. Removed bj Di tj

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atory abdominal incision was made, and the appendix, which was adherent to the brim of the pelvis, was removed. In it was the fin of a fish which, through pressure, had caused circulatory changes and ulceration.


Conspicuous among pointed bodies and occurring with apparently greater frequency than any others are pins. AM.,*. in his large experience, has met with only two foreign bodies, and one of these a pin. Koswell Parkf and McBnrney| had each two cases, and numerous instances are to be found scattered through the literature. The earliest probable case we have encountered is described by Kuysch,§ of Amsterdam, in 1691. A young girl had swallowed a pin. Some time afterwards a hard inflammatory tumor appeared in the groin accompanied by fever and acute pain. Soothing applications having been used and suppuration induced, an incision was made in the tumor, and in the pus and faecal matter evacuated was :i rusty pin. ( Statim simul cum pure copioso acicula serugino abducta prodit, non sine excrementorum alvinorum commixtione .... non est dubitandum, quin in principio, Buhorta inflammatione, intestinum, ab acicula; mucrone laesuni arete connatum fuerit peritonaao.")

After a careful search we have collected twenty-eight other i which a pin was found in the appendix at operation or at autopsy, together with two instances in which a pin had perforated the caecum.

In no single case has there been any knowledge of swallowing a pin and no explanation is offered for their presence.

Contrary to what might be expected, they occur more often in males than in females (males 17, females 9). Many are in of children under ten years of age; one in a boy of fifteen months ; others in adults in various occupations and conditions of life.

One would naturally suppose that such a foreign body in the appeudix would lead to rapid perforation; but, while this is generally the case, it is not always so. All types of appendicitis may result. Some give rise to only mild symptoms and may lead to chronic appendicitis (7 cases) with recurrent attacks, or with long-continued pain, or only a feeling of uneasiness in the right iliac region, which may last for months or years, and perhaps finally end in an abscess i < laset 14 and 15). Most often, however, there is rapid perforation and abscess formation following the first appearance of symptoms.

The pin may enter the appendix by its head or point. It is generally straight, lying in the lumen of the appendix with its long axis parallel to that of the appendix, and perforating with its point (Fig. 2). In one or two instances, how lay directly across the lumen and perforated with its head one wall, with its point the opposite. Dr. McBurney i an appendix which contained two pins lyin

  • Abbe : Personal communication.

t Park : Medical Record, New York, 1895, XLVII, 3-15.

McBurney : Personal communication. \ Ruysch : Observationum Anatomico-Chirurgicarum, Amsterdam, 1691, Observatio LV, 71.

perforating the opposite walls of the appendix in this manner (Case 8).

On two occasions the pins have been found in appendices contained in hernial sacs.

The pin may be free from deposit, rusty or corroded. Usually, however, it is the nucleus of a ffflcal concretion which covers the head and most of the shaft, leaving the point free. Such a body is shown in the accompanying cut (Fig. 5) from a case operated upon by Dr. Markoe (Case LO).

An interesting feature of this collection of cases is tin- frequent association of abscess of the liver, which was ob in seven of the twenty-eight.

From our investigation we can draw the following conclusions, supported bj statistics:

Foreign bodies, at one time thought essential in appendicitis, are now known to play a much smaller role than that formerly accredited to them; and fsecal concretions are much more apt to be present as an exciting cause.

While many curious and unexpected things are occasionally found, the appendix nevertheless would seem to act especially as a trap for pointed bodies and for small heavy objects like shot or bullets.

Conspicuous among pointed bodies are pins, and their presence is by no means uncommon.

Those foreign bodies of light weight, like grape seeds and cherry stones, so popularly assigned as the cause of appendicitis, and against which we are forever being warned, are in reality exceptional, and their frequency is much overestimated on account of the close resemblance of faecal concretions and the lack of careful examination of the bodies described.

The following cases, recorded in the literature and communicated privately, warrant the assertion that the pin is one of the commonest and at the same time the most dangerous of all foreign bodies.


(1) Mativier (1757): Jour, de Med. Chir. Pharm., etc., 1769, \, 441.

A man, aged 45, presented himself with a large fluctuating tumor in the right side of abdomen near the umbilicus. It was opened and a pint of very foul pus evacuated. He died. At autopsy "The caecum presented nothing extraordinary. Here and there were gangrenous ulcers. Scarcely was the appendix opened, however, when there was found a large pin all encrusted and so eroded in places that the least force would bave broken it."

Although the man had never mentioned swallowing a pin il was easy to conceive that it had long been shut up in the appendix, and by irritating the various coats had caused the trouble leading to death.

(2) Parrot (1855): Bull. Sue. anat. de Paris, 1855, 54.

Man, aged 24. Twelve years ago had pain in rigbt inguinal region with the development of a tumor in the right iliac fossa. Bight years later the tumor made sudden progress. A year ago it was considerably increased and there were general symptoms and acute pains. An abscess opened and discharged considerable bloody pus. Patient was admitted with a faecal fistula in lower right abdomen in which the probe encountered something hard. An incision was made and this body extracted with great difficulty. It proved to be an ordinary pin with the point free and otherwise enveloped in solid fsecal matter. The patient died with general peritonitis. Autopsy showed the fistula leading into a cavity into which opened the appendix.



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Patient did not remember swallowing a pin.

(3) Joffroy (1869): Bull. Soc. anat. de Paris, 1869, XLIV, 512. Girl, aged 10. Admitted with pain in right groin, radiating

through abdomen, diarrhoea and incessant vomiting. Two days later tumor in right flank, which disappeared in a few days. Later, multiple superficial abscesses. Death in two months.

Autopsy : Circumscribed abscess in right iliac fossa with a collection of pus. In the appendix was found a pin of large size which had entered head first and had penetrated with its point the appendix wall. The pin was surrounded by fsecal matter.

(4) Payne (1870): Trans. Path. Soc, London, 1870, XXI, 231. Woman, aged 37. Illness of three weeks ; headache ; abdominal

pain ; tenderness ; bowels regular ; temperature 104°; delirium and death.

Autopsy : Lodged in the appendix was a medium-sized black pin, the head and three-quarters of shaft surrounded by a fsecal concretion making a mass an inch long. The bare point of the pin projected into the caecum. The appendix walls were thickened but there were no signs of acute inflammation. No general peritonitis. Abscesses of liver and lungs.

(5) Ltgg (1875) : St. Barth. Hosp. Rep., London, 1875, XI, 85. Girl, age 5. History of bronchitis, measles and scarlet fever, the

last followed by an abscess in right groin which was poulticed and opeDed spontaneously. Child was well for a time and then wasted. Abscess developed in epigastrium ; was opened, discharged great deal of pus ; healed. Twelve days later abdominal distention, vomiting, death.

Autopsy: Multiple abscesses among intestines. Abscesses of liver. Appendix adherent to caecum was cut across and a black pin was noticed which apparently came out of the gut ; rusty on its head and upper third. On dissecting out the appendix, a round hole the size of a split pea and black around its edges was found to open from the appendix into peritoneal cavity close to caecum.

(6) Whipham (1879): Trans. Clin. Soc, Lond., 1879, XII, 58. Boy, aged IS. Five months before admission had an illness of

six weeks ; pain in side and diarrhoea. Seven days before admission pain in right side, shooting to axilla ; nextday bent with pain; sixth day vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal tenderness ; no tumor.

Operation : Incision ; drainage tube in chest.

Few days later acute abdominal symptoms and death.

Autopsy : Localized abscess in right iliac fossa extending to sacrum and bladder ; purulent and faecal contents. Free in abscess cavity was a pin an inch and a half long. The appendix, doubled on itself, was perforated at opposite points in the fold. Appendix adherent to caecum with a perforation into caecum.

(7) Ashby (1879): Lancet, London, 1879, II, 649.

Girl, aged 8. Four months' illness ; type of appendicitis. Pain in right side ; legs drawn up ; temperature 105°. Death.

Autopsy: Large abscess of liver. Appendix contained a pin encrusted with phosphates and its point sticking through appendix wall. Near this spot was a ragged ulcer with it. base adherent to parts around.

No history of swallowing pin.

(8) McBurney, New York (1888) : (Personal communication to Dr. Kelly.)

Boy, aged 10. Patient for some time had had what appeared to be an inflamed irreducible right inguinal hernia, the contents of which were thought to be omentum. At operation the contents were found to be a much-inflamed and thickened bulbous appendix, the enlarged distal end being about an inch in diameter. In this mass, the points piercing one side and the heads the other, were two black pins which lay close together. The appendix was amputated and the case finished as one of hernia. Recovery.

(9) Baker (1889): Brit. Med. Jour., 1889, 1347.

Man, with symptoms of intestinal obstruction and swelling in right iliac fossa.

Operation: Median incision and evacuation of foetid pus. Six weeks later peritonitis and death.

Autopsy : A pin was found with its point protruding through the appendix, and its head buried in a mass of fsecal matter which could not be removed.

(10) Francis N. Markoe, New York (1892): (Personal communication to Dr. Kelly.)

Boy, aged 4. Child always well till four months ago. At that time had what his physician said was an acute attack of appendicitis, and an abscess was formed in the right iliac fossa, which opened spontaneously and left a discharging sinus. On admission there was found a sinus with several openings just below and to the inner side of the anterior superior spine. A probe passed an inch and a half downwards and backwards. Discharge had a fsecal odor.

Operation : Sinus curetted. No result. A few weeks later it was laid open, and a pin with a concretion about its middle was removed. No further attempt was made to explore the region. The appendix was not seen. After a short time the wound healed.

(11) Shoemaker (1892): Trans. Coll. Phys., Phila., 1892, 3 s., XIV, 214.

Male, aged 18. Illness of twelve days ; chill ; pain in right side ; constipation ; fsecal vomiting and subnormal temperature ; abdomen tense and cedematous ; no tumor ; no jaundice.

Operation : Incision in the right semilunar line. General purulent peritonitis. Death next day.

Autopsy : General peritonitis. Ruptured hepatic abscess. Appendix not ruptured, but gangrenous and containing a common pin head downward.

(12) Bell (1894): Canada Med. Rec, November, 1894.

Boy, aged 6. Usual signs and symptoms of appendicitis. Two days' illness. Operation and recovery. On opening the appendix a pin was found lying transversely in its lumen, near the tip. The head of the pin had ulcerated through the wall of the appendix, and the point had nearly perforated the opposite side, and at this point the appendix was strengthened by a mass of adherent omentum.

(13) Willard and Lloyd (1894): Trans. Path. Soc. of Phila., 1894, XVII, 40.

Boy, aged 9. While under treatment for spinal caries developed acute abdominal symptoms; vomiting, abdominal pain and irregular temperature ; legs drawn up ; anxious expression.

Operation: Sixth day. Incision and drainage of abdominal abscess ; collapse ; death.

Autopsy : General peritonitis, with adhesions. Multiple abscesses of liver. Appendix perforated at a point near its base. Around this perforation were signs of inflammation. On laying appendix open it was found to contain a large black pin with its head toward the cul-de-sac, and its point projecting from the opening.

(14) Park: (1895): Med. Rec, N. Y., 1S95, XLVII, 345.

Man, age 32. History of indefinite discomfort in right iliac fossa for five years, with acute attack of one week's duration.

Operation: Appendectomy. Extensive abscess. In appendix was a fsecal concretion three-quarters of an inch long and of the diameter of a lead pencil. Imbedded in it was a common pin with the point protruding. Drainage ; recovery. Patient denied all knowledge of having swallowed a pin.

(15) Park (1895): Med. Rec, N. Y., 1895, XLVII, 345.

Girl, aged 15. Vague and indefinite discomfort for months in right iliac fossa. Finally symptoms of acute appendicitis with temperature and abdominal rigidity.

Operation: Incision parallel to Poupart's ligament. Three or four ounces of foul pus. Appendix not found, but a pin in the pus ; drainage; recovery.

(16) MePhedran and Craven (1S95): Canad. Pract., 1895, XX, 180. Male, aged 21. Pain in abdomen and chest ; temperature 103°;

chills almost daily for six weeks ; temperature sometimes reaching

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106.4°. Aspiration of chest; no pus. Later, pus in ankle-joint. Four months later coughed up six ounces of pus. Fyuria. Death. Autopsy: Small abscess of liver communicating with abscess in right pleural cavity, and this with a bronchus. Other liver abscesses. Appendix thickened and dilated. About its middle was a distinct cicatricial contraction and in the dilated extremity beyond lay a large-sized common pin. It was bent at an obtuse angle and its tip was imbedded for an eighth of an inch in the appendix wall. The pin was largely covered with a layer of calcareous matter laid down in a regular coat.

(17) Calmer (1895) : Lancet, Lond., 1895, I, 745.

Boy, 7'; years of age. Three days' illness with vomiting, constipation and abdominal pain ending in sudden death. No history of swallowing a pin.

Autopsy : Signs of recent general peritonitis especially about the cascum. Appendix thickened, enlarged and perforated, and through the perforation projected a sharp point. On opening the appendix there was found a body much like a date stone composed of fsecal matter enclosing a pin with the point projecting.

(18) Abbe, New York (1S95) : (Personal communication.) Child, aged 5. Operation. Appendix had been perforated by a

pin which had ulcerated out and was in an abscess cavity, of which the sloughing appendix was the centre. The pin was considerably encrusted with salts. There was no history of the pin having been swallowed.

(19) Kammerer (1895): Annals of Surgery, 1895, XXII, 274. Boy, aged 7. IllnesB of a week. Tumor in right side of abdomen.

Operation: Laparotomy. Tumor in omentum. On separating some adhesions it was found that the distal half of the appendix was firmly embedded in the mass, and that an ordinary pin had passed through almost the entire length of the appendix, and had escaped through a perforation at the tip. There were very firm adhesions of appendix to the omentum showing that this could not have been the first attack.

(20) McBurney, New York (1896): (Personal communication to Dr. Kelly.)

Man, aged 29. Five days before admission was suddenly taken with cramps in abdomen, general at first, but soon confined to right iliac fossa. Patient up and about; stoops to right to relieve pain. Tenderness over right iliac region. No tumor. Duluess over Poupart's ligament. Temperature 9S°, pulse 80.

Operation: Incision over tumor, which was made out under ether and an ounce and a half of pus evacuated. In the abscess cavity a large soft concretion was felt. On attempting to remove it, it was found to be very friable and crumbled, showinj an ordinary pin as the nucleus. The appendix had sloughed off near its base. Recovery.

(21) Syms (1896): Annals of Surgery, 1896, XXIII, 604. Woman, aged 21. Good health till seven years ago, when she

first had symptoms of appendicitis with a large abscess which opened spontaneously and healed. Repeated similar abscesses for six years. Finally a large abscess which was opened and drained. Second operation for persisting sinus showed tip of appendix attached to fascia under which was a cavity to which sinus led. In The appendix was found a toilet pin, the head of which was the nucleus of a hard faecal concretion.

(22) Roberts (1896): Am. Pract. and News, Louisville, 1896, XXI, 491.

Boy, aged 15 months. Strong baby, bottle-fed. Illness of one day ; vomiting ; diarrhoea with bloody stools. After the last action a tumor appeared on right side of scrotum, which proved to be a strangulated hernia.

Operation: The caecum with the appendix formed the hernial contents. On lifting up the appendix a pin was seen protruding from its posterior wall. It had passed through the sac i

dartos of the scrotum, the head being in the end of the appendix. Appendix removed and caecum returned. Recovery.

(23) Deaver (1896) : A Treatise on Appendicitis, 1896, 36. Woman, aged 33. Ten days before operation sudden sharp pain

in right side with vomiting for two days. Pain persisting for a week with tenderness and rigidity. Mass in right iliac fossa size of orange, not painful. Temperature 103°.

Operation: Appendectomy. No pus. Omentum adherent. Appendix contained a black pin which had entered the canal point first.

(24) Daland (1897): Proc. Path. Soc, Phil., 1897, n. s. I, 55. Adult male. For a number of months pain in appendicial region.

On admission typical symptoms of acute appendicitis of ten days' duration. Tenderness and rigidity.

Operation: Appendectomy. Eight ounces of pus evacuated from abscess cavity. Recovery.

An ordinary pin was found occupyingthe lumen of the appendix and, although causing no perforation, there were evidences of chronic appendicitis, shown by considerable thickening of the walls, partial encapsulation and presence of adhesions. The pin had become almost black in color.

No history of swallowing a pin.

(25) Lee (1897): Lancet, London, 1897, II, 536.

Woman, with history of sudden seizure with violent pain in abdomen. Death soon after.

Autopsy : A pin was found in the appendix, the point of which had evidently fretted its way through the end of the appendix. The opening thus made communicated with an abscess in the peritoneal cavity.

(26) Officer (1898): Intercol. Med. Jour., of Austral., 1898, 229. Boy, aged 6. Ill nine days; headache; drowsiness; vomiting

and fever ; abdominal pain. No tumor. Two days later abdominal distention and legs drawn up.

Operation : Laparotomy. Peritoneal cavity full of pus. Irrigation and drainage. Death in 36 hours.

Autopsy : General peritonitis. Appendix found with difficulty, and on attempting to cut it out an ordinary pin was encountered, which had ulcerated through the wall of the appendix and was lying partly across its lumen.

(27) Bolleston (1898): Trans. Path. Soc, London, 1898, XLIX. Girl, aged 7. Stitch in right side for a year or so. Five weeks

before death signs of right pleurisy. Fever. Later, operation for abscess of liver with evacuation of pus. Death from asthenia.

Autopsy : Appendix adherent to broad ligament and surrounded by recent fibrinous peritonitis, appendix cut open, and at the point where it was so firmly adherent a pin was found with its bead inside the tube, lying transversely to the long axis of the appendix. The shaft and tip of the pin after passing through the wall of the appendix were surrounded by old adhesions. The whole of the pin was irregularly encrusted with calcareous matter. Abscesses of liver.

(28) Keen (1898): Trans, of Am. Surgical Assoc, 1898.

Man, aged 24. When seven years old he had a great deal of trouble in passing urine, and when examined by the family physician, a pin was found well down in the urethra. He does not remember that he inserted it, and believes he swallowed it.

In March, 1896, it was supposed that a recto-vesical fistula was established following a prostatic abscess, and food was frequently recognized in the urine.

In April, 1897, after two unsuccessful operations for the closure of this fistula, laparotomy was finally performed. A longappendix was detected, the tip of which was solidly incorporated into the bladder, thus acting as a third ureter and discharging fseces instead of urine into the bladder. The appendix was separat. id from the bladder and removed , and the patient recovered, but later died "f intestinal obstruction due to a volvulus.



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The two cases which follow are so much like those under consideration as to deserve being included with them. In these the caecum instead of the appendix was perforated by a pin, and the clinical picture was that of appendicitis.

(29) Boussi (1878): Bull. Soc. clin. de Paris, 1878, II, 15. Woman, aged 40. Three weeks before admission, during and

after menstruation violent abdominal pain and fever. Admitted with tumor in right iliac fossa, semi-fluctuant and tender ; chills and vomiting. Death in sixteen days.

Autopsy: Abscess beneath liver communicating with abscess in right iliac fossa. In the pus was a blackened pin, which had perforated the caecum.

Patient did not remember swallowing a pin.

(30) Southam (1898) : British Medical Journal, Apr. 30, 1898, 1 130. Man, aged 29. Admitted with symptoms of acute appendicitis.

Four days previously sudden pain in light iliac fossa with vomiting. On admission there was fulness above Poupart's ligament, tender and dull on percussion ; rigidity of abdominal walls. Attack subsiding at end of a week. On ninth and tenth days faecal vomiting.

Operation : Incision over appendix. An ounce of thick foul pus evacuated in which was a faecal concretion, ovoid in shape and three-quarters of an inch long. In the centre of this was a pin with the head and point protruding. Drainage. Recovery with faecal fistula.

At a second operation, three months later, there was found a fistulous opening in anterior wall of caecum three inches from origin of appendix. Appendix perfectly healthy. Fistula sutured. Recovery.

Five additional cases have come to our notice too late to be included in the substance of this paper, which thus make thirty-three instances in which we have found a record of the presence of a pin Lu the vermiform appendix.

One is especially interesting, in that it is the only case in which there is any history of swallowing a pin.

Another makes an eighth instance of the association of liver abscess with appendicitis.

(31) Robert P. Harris, of Philadelphia, in a personal communication to Dr. Kelly recalls a case seen by Dr. Wm. Pepper, Sr., in consultation with Drs. Hugh Hodge and Meigs, where Dr. Pepper differed from his consultants and made a diagnosis of peritonitis. The woman died of peritonitis, and at the autopsy "a pin was found sticking through the end of the appendix, the cause of the peritonitis."

(32) Harley (Diseases of the Liver. London, 1883, 846) :

Boy, aged 19. Admitted with fever ; a rapid pulse, and tenderness over liver. Death in nine days.

Autopsy: Large abscess of liver. At the very apex of the appendix was a thick brass pin an inch and a quarter long, the head somewhat green and eroded, pointing downwards, and projecting through the caudal extremity of the appendix. A drop or two of pus was found outside of the peritoneum.

(33) Schooler, Des Moines, Iowa (1895) : (Personal communication to Dr. Kelly.)

Man, aged 48. While pitching hay felt uneasiness in right side of abdomen, which later increased to pain. On second day a large tumor in the region of the appendix was made out. An incision was made and a quantity of pus escaped. Wound packed. On the third day the packing was removed and an opening seen in the bottom of the wound. The finger introduced in this felt a sharp point, which proved to be a pin, surrounded by pus. It was withdrawn with forceps. The appendix was not seen.

(34) Schooler, Des Moines, Iowa (1898): (Personal communication to Dr. Kelly.)

Girl, aged 2. Had been complaining for several days. Under anaesthesia a decided swelling was made out in the region of the appendix.

Operation : Incision into abscess. Evacuation of three ounces of pus. A pin was found sticking through the wall of the appendix, the head remaining inside. Appendix removed and wound packed. Recovery. The child had swallowed a pin several months before.

(35) Harlow Brooks, New York (1S99) : (Personal communication.) Woman, aged 54. Illness of a week ; headache and general

pains; incontinence of urine and faeces. Diagnosis of "epidemic influenza, complicated by broncho-pneumonia." Death in ten days.

Autopsy: Diagnosis of broncho-pneumonia verified. The appendix was 8 cm. long ; its tip dropped down into the pelvic cavity and was adherent to the right ovary which had become almost completely transformed into a cyst. Just at the centre of the appendix, where there were dense adhesions to the psoas muscle, there was a small cavity enclosed by the surrounding cicatricial tissue and containing pus and faeces. This abscess communicated with the lumen of the appendix. Lying in the proximal portion of the appendix, with its head at about the location of the abscess, was an ordinary pin encrusted with lime salts and faecal matter. The pin lay with its head down, the shank extending up in the lumen of the appendix.


(From the Anatomical and Qynascological Laboratories of the Johns Hopkins University.)



By J. G. ('lark, M. 1)., Late Resident Gynecologist in the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Associate in Gynecology in the Johns

Hopkins University.

In February, 1896, at the suggestion of Prof. Mall, I began the study of the ovarian circulation, with a view of determining the normal distribution of the arteries and veins of the ovary

  • Presented before the Johns Hopkins Medical Society, December 19, 1898.

and their relationship to-each other. At first sight the solution of this question did not appear to present greater difficulties than those encountered in the ordinary course of any research. A study of the sections of a few injected adult ovaries, however, at once demonstrated the futility of attempting to draw any conclusion from this source, for the close crowding

together of the parallel vessels of the medullary portion, and the markedly irregular course of those in the cortex or folliclebearing zone, rendered impossible any accurate observations concerning the relative number and distribution of the veins and arteries, and the exact course followed by each system.

With a view, therefore, of securing ovaries possessing a simpler scheme, a study was made of the lower animals, such as the dog, rabbit, guinea-pig, sheep and pig, but with unsatisfactory results, and only after the injection of the generative organs of a monkey was a suggestive clue secured. Beyond this point, however, it was difficult to proceed, and only after the injection of a very large series of ovaries from individuals, ranging in age from a six-months fetus to a woman many years beyond the menopause, were final conclusions reached.

In the search for this normal scheme through an extensive number of serial sections, various questions directly dependent upon the circulation have presented themselves for solution, which have widened the scope of this work until it has developed into a composite anatomical and physiological research.

Thus the various vital phenomena have been considered which transpire within the follicle from its embryological origin aud progressive growth to the time of its disappearance, either through an obliterative process or through its rupture, organization as a corpus luteum and final retrogression as a corpus fibrosum. In this connection theories have been suggested as to the cause of ovulation, the synchronism of ovulation and menstruation, the mechanism of the rupture of the mature follicle and the final cessation of ovulation, which have been based upon observations made in the study of a very large number of sections.

Soon after beginning this work I was struck not only with the difficulty of arriving at a definite knowledge of the scheme, but also of determining the age at which this scheme may be taken as a standard for comparison.

This is certainly not possible after active ovulation is established for the constant changes in the vascular system induced through the maturation, rupture and organization of the follicle, introduce an element of variability into the circulation of this organ which, so far as I know, occurs in noother.

Failing to reach any satisfactory starting point in the adult, the ovary of a girl approaching puberty was next studied, but with little less success, for it was found that almost as constant variations occur in the follicular circulation before as after the inauguration of ovulation. In the hope of finally reaching a period in the life of the female individual, at which a definite standard for comparison might be found, numerous specimens from children of various ages were injected and closely studied. Finally the ovary of a six-months fetus was obtained, which furnished a definite clew as to the arrangement of the vessels, but as the follicular apparatus was still in process of development a new-born child in which the tunica albuginea was well formed was selected as the standard. Even here the solution of the question was not easy, for in order to trace the ramifications of the vessels from the point of their entrance into the ovary to their ultimate termini the study of the serial sections of many ovaries was necessary.

To briefly summarize the chief points in this investigation I have considered them under a skeleton outline, the main headings of which will conform in general to the arrangement in my forthcoming paper.

In this preliminary statement it is impossible to more than hint at the points which will, in the final publication, be developed through schematic demonstrations and many drawings from injected specimens, and for the same reason references to the numerous researches which have been made upon many of the subjects considered in this report must be omitted.

Embryological Considerations.

The primitive circulation of the Wolffian body will be dwelt, upon, and an explanation of the origin of the spermatic vessels as an independent system from that of the former will be offered. As is well known among embryologists the Wolffian and Miillerian ducts are well formed and the germinal eminence is of considerable size before visible signs of the differentiation of sex become manifest. Up to this point the embryo is said to be of the hermaphroditic or indifferent type.

In retracing the steps of development from the well-formed embryo back to this period some very interesting points concerning the differentiation of sex have been secured. The radical differences existing between the vascular system of the testicle and ovary have furnished a valuable sign for determining the gender of very young embryos, before the external differential marks are established.

The fact to which attention will be directed especially is that the testicular circulation is peripheral, the main artery of which courses over the dorsal .aspect of the organ, giving off in its course rib-like branches which in turn send penetrating brauches into the gland. Between the arteries are situated the collecting veins which unite at the base of the testicle to form the spermatic plexus.

In the ovary this scheme is exactly reversed, the arteries with their accompanying veins entering the center of the organ where they branch tree-like and terminate as a fine capillary anastomosis in the tunica albuginea.

Upon the peculiarities of each circulation the differential signs of sex are based — a visible dorsal vessel always indicating a male; an alabastic-like non-vascular white cortex a female embryo.

In microscopic sections the presence of large peripheral vessels also indicates the male, whereas large central vessels indicate the female sex.

The significance of the vascular arrangements in the testicle and ovary will also be discussed from the physiological standpoint, and to the radical differences existing between them will be ascribed the persistence of the testicular function in the male to old age, and the comparatively early abrogation of ovulation in the female. In the testicle the production of sperma is a more or less fixed and constant function like that of the pancreas, the parotid and other secreting glands, consequently the circulation is not subject to variations and is only interrupted through disease or through senile changes, whereas in the ovary there is a constant variation in the circulation incident to the obliteration or disappearance of follicles and the compensatory production of connective tissue which sooner or


later begins to limit the peripheral circulation, and this in turn leads though secondary influences to a final cessation of ovulation.

Incidentally. I may remark that these wide differences in the circulation lead me to the conclusion that the origins of the ovary and testicle are not as generally believed the same, but are totally different, and that the expressions " asexual period," " hermaphroditic stage of the embryo," etc., merely serve to mask our inability to select the differential features of the sexes back of this point.

In view of the fact that the common progenitor of the ovary and testicle is the Wolffian body and that the atrophy or degeneration of the latter is coincident with the active growtli of the former, an endeavor has been made to discover the explanation of this apparent paradox. According to my observations upon this point, it lies in the fact that the vascular system of the sexual glands originates entirely independently of that of the Wolffian body, consequently the synchronous development and degeneration of the two sets of organs is j>ossible.

Having traced the development of the circulation in the ovary and testicle from the so-called asexual period to the point where they have formed systems diametrically opposite in their distribution and ultimate arrangement, the further consideration of the testicle will be dropped and the study of the ovary along the line of its development and progression to its ultimate history will be pursued.

Development of the Graafian Follicle.

My study leads me to reject the Valeutine-Pfluger theory concerning the origin of the follicle and to accept, with some reservation, the general scheme of development as suggested by Waldeyer. So far a3 the genesis of the "egg nests" and their ultimate subdivision into follicles are concerned, I am in accord with the latter investigator, but as to the origin of the so-called follicle epithelium or membrana granulosa, I feel that the evidence in my hands is sufficient to put me at variance with Wahleyer's conception and to incline me towards that of Foulis, who believes that the, germinal epithelium only forms ova and that the lining membrane of the follicle is derived from the connective tissue stroma.

The Ovarian Circulation of the New-13orn Child.

With the completion of the fibrous covering of the ovary (tunica albugiuea) shortly after birth, the vascular system becomes fully developed, and this period, therefore, may be said to represent the typical scheme, for up to this point there has been no derangement of its central or peripheral branches, which will occur later through the progressive development and degeneration of follicles.

The secondary branches of the circulatory tree occupy a comparatively small medullary area, its tertiary branches being given directly off. into the follicle-bearing zone. The follicles are, as as rule, still in their primitive state, only a few of the many thousands as yet showing progressive development.

Even at this early period, however, isolated follicles undergoing progressive and retrogressive changes may be noted. These changes, as I shall hope to show, are closely analogous

to if not identical with those occurring in the ovaries of older children, and in women after ovulation is inaugurated.

The arrangement of the circulation as established at this early age is shown in the following schematic way:

Vasa auastomotica superfieialia

Kami corticalcs ;

Rami folliculares ' Vasa auastomotica follicularia

Venae ovaricae propriae

Arteria ovarica propria

Arteria ovarica

Arteriae parallelae ovarii

Venae ovaricae

As will be seen from this sketch each follicle is provided with a vascular wreath, which is formed by the terminal twigs of the main cortical branches.

The development of this wreath and its final obliteration, along with the disappearance of the corpus luteum, does not affect the general scheme, for it merely represents one small terminal system, the destruction of which, so far as its effect upon the general system is concerned, is like the lopping off of an ultimate twig of the branch of a large tree.

For this reason the changes in the ovarian circulation incident to the progressive development and degeneration of the follicles, even in early womanhood, are local and not general. It is only in the later periods of the ovulating life of the female that the latter effect is noted. Beyond the follicular zone the terminal vessels break up into capillaries which form a fine parallel running anastomosis in the tunica albuginea, which hitherto has not been described.

The extensive anastomosis throughout the ovary renders easy the shifting of the circulation from one set of vessels to another, consequently the destruction of the function of the ovary is almost an impossibility before its final cessation through natural causes.

In the same way the persistence of the function in even tiny bits of the ovary, which are occasionally left after an ovariotomy, may be explained.

In order to conform to the new method of classification, recently decided upon by anatomists, a system of nomenclature has been adopted which is based upon the regional distribution of the vessels.

Jan.-Feb.-March, 1899.]



Classification of Vessels:

English. Ovarian artery.

" veins.

Extra ovarian or liilus branch ' of artery.

Extra ov., or lulus branches of


Medullary branches.

Cortical branches. Peripheral anastomosis.

Follicular branches.

" anastomosis.

Uteroovarian anastomosis.

Latin. Arteria ovarica.

Vena? ovarica? or Vv. ovaricse.

Arteria ovarica propria or Aa. ovaricse propria (Ramus I, II, III, IV, V).

Vena- ovarica? propria?.

Rami meiiullares or arteria; parallela? ovarii.

Rami corticales.

Vasa capillaria anastomotica superficialia.

Rami folliculares.

Vasa anastomotica follicularia.

Arteria anastomotica uterina.

In order to follow the progressive changes in the ovary from birth tii the climacteric, specimens from my collection representing the following ages have been selected : child of 2 years, girls of 9 and 12 years, and of 14 years, just after the establishment of ovulation, young woman of 24 years, middle-aged woman of 35 years, woman approaching the menopause at 42 years, and finally an old woman of 66 years, long after the menopause.

In these specimens an endeavor has been made to follow not only the changes incident to the circulatory system, but also the other progressive histological transformations.

The comparison of this ascending series has suggested certain hypotheses concerning the physiology of the ovary, which I trust have been strongly sustained, if not confirmed, by the specimens in hand.

The Ovary of a Child of Two Years.

In the six-months foetus the main branches of the ovarian artery correspond in the general form of their distribution to the fasciculi of a widely spread folding-fan, the divisions between the arteries being filled with primitive follicles.

As the ovary grows in age the vessels with the connective tissue septa?, which form these divisions, change from a gently curved to a perpendicular course, the branches occupying the medullary portion being crowded into parallel lines (arterise parallels ovarii).

In the two year old child, through the development and retrogression of numerous follicles from birth up to this time, the medullary area comprises a much larger portion of the than that noted in the new-born.

As there is no increase in the number of follicles after birth t'je obliteration of each primitive or partially develop naturally decreases the total original number, which results in an increase in the medullary portion of the ovary at the expense of the follicle-bearing or cortical zone.

The law of development in the follicle is from within outward, that is the primitive follicles lying nearest the central circulatory tree arc the first to undergo development.

In the young child the developing follicles instead of moving towards the periphery, as occurs in the girl approaching puberty or in the adult, tend to maintain their primitive position, their enlargement being simply centripetal without any attempt at mobilization.

Having reached a certain stage in their development, a retrogressive change following the degeneration of the ovum is inaugurated; and the original Bite, occupied by the follicle, is replaced by a very minute addition of connective tissue to the stroma of the organ, which naturally builds up through successive accumulations the central area.

Follicles in various stages of development and retrogression are noted in all ages after birth, and according to my observations the same principle involved in the Obliteration of the unruptured follicles before puberty governs the organization of the corpus luteum after ovulation is inaugurated.

Briefly stated the changes consist in an increase in the vascular wreath around the primitive follicle and a coincident or dependent hyperplasia of the membrana propria and an accumulation of liquor folliculi.

What determines the cessation of these progressive changes and the beginning of the retrogressive or obliterative process remains unexplained. The fact remains, however, that with the degeneration of the ovum the liquor folliculi is absorbed and the cavity is filled in with large embryonic connective tissue cells arising from the theca interna.

Through the gradual diminution in the blood supplied by the follicular wreath the excess of connective tissue undergoes hyaline changes and absorption until finally only a mere trace of the new-growth remains.

In this way the size of the ovary is maintained within reasonable bounds. Were each mature or large follicle to be replaced by permanent connective tissue, the ovary would very early in life assume the proportions of a new-growth, which sooner or later would constitute fibromata of no mean dimensions.

Progressive Changes in the Ovary.

In the progressive growth of the ovary the obliterative changes just referred to continue until the follicle-hearing area, reduced by many thousands in its numbers of primitive follicles, becomes a narrow zone compared with its width in the new-born child.

The crowding together in more or less parallel lines of the secondary and tertiary branches of the ovarian vessels is, to return to our antilogy, simulated by the partial closure of the fasciculi of the fan. The increase in the internal resistance through the building np of a denser medullary centre and the closer crowding together of the parallel vessels sooner or later breaks the equilibrium of forces and consequently the follicles no longer maintain their primitive position while enlarging but undergo mobilization towards the tunica albuginea, that being the direction of least resistance.

The actual rupture of the follicle, according to my opinion, is due to the influx of blood during the menstrual cycle into the medullary blood-vessels, which ba a double action, first to push the mature follicle rapidly towards the surface, and



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second, through the increased pressure, to close the parallel running anastomosis in the tunica albuginea, and thus permit a physiological necrosis and rupture of the follicle.

Concerning the question of ovulation and menstruation I shall endeavor to offer further evidence to prove that the rule of synchronism is the normal, and that deviations from this rule are probably due to modifications in the life habit incident to changes in environment and to departures from primitive methods of living and from primitive laws governing sexual congress.

A brief paragraph will be devoted to the processes through which the mature but unruptured follicles undergo obliteration. I shall assume that this is not a pathological condition, but is merely Nature's method of getting rid of a functionless

cavity. The organization of the vascular system of the corpus luteum, followed by its retrogressive changes and final disappearance, will be considered, and I shall take the position that little or nothing of the follicular vascular system remains when the resorption of the corpora fibrosa is complete.

As a conclusion to this study the cessation of ovulation will be ascribed to the gradual impairment of the vascular systems, through first, densification of the ovarian stroma and second, through the retroactive effect of imperfectly removed corpora lutea, which as an end result diminishes the blood-supply to the cortical area to such an extent that the growth of the primitive follicles is retarded and finally completely inhibited. These final retrogressive changes lead up to and constitute the menopause or climaterium.


By Thomas E. Brown, M. D.

Comparatively little has been written concerning ovarian cysts in the negress, probably partly because that in most hospitals where extensive gynecological operations are performed the proportion of negro patients is very small, and partly because of the comparative rarity of this condition in negro women.

in fact, one frequently hears surgeons say: "The tumor before us presents all the features of an ovarian cyst, but inasmuch as the patient is a negress it is certainly not so, but a tumor of different origin (cystic myoma, etc.), as multilocular cysts are unknown in the negress."

That ovarian cysts are much rarer in negresses than in white women no one will deny, but as to the exact numerical relationship between the two few if any figures of importance are obtainable, and the object of this note is to give definitely and numerically this proportion as obtained by an analysis of ovarian cysts of various kinds operated upon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In considering ovarian cysts the usual divisions have been made into (a) simple retention cysts, including Graafian follicle and corpus luteum cysts; (b) unilocular and multilocular ovarian cystomata, the two being considered together, as many regard the unilocular cysts as originally multilocular; (c) papillary cysts and (d) dermoid cysts of the ovary ; also for sake of completeness parovarian cysts and intral'gamentary cysts have been considered.

I shall discuss the frequency of ovarian cysts in the negress first (I) from a clinical and macroscopical standpoint, and second (II) from a microscopical and pathological standpoint, which is much more important.

An analysis is here given of the various kinds of ovarian cysts occurring in the white and the colored for a period of six years, from January 31st, 1892, until January 31st, 1898, the variety of cyst being determined by clinical observation and macroscopic appearance.


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It will thus be seen that out of 191 cysts, only 12 were in the negress, a proportion of 1 : 15, while the proportion of colored to white gynecological patients treated during the same period was 1 : 6.75 (589 : 3996), i. e. ovarian cysts were relatively 2.2 times as frequent in white as compared with colored women.

When we analyze the proportion in the different varieties of cysts, we arrive at some striking results.

In the case of the dermoid cysts, cysts due to the inclusion of some of the embryonic ectoderm in the ovarian tissue, we find that 7 of the 24 cases reported were in the negress, i. e. 1 : 2.5 (7 : 17), which would seem to indicate that the dermoid cysts are relatively more than twice as common in the negress as in the white woman (the proportion of white to colored gynecological patients being 1 : 6.75).

As regards simple retention cysts, the proportion of 3 to 88 (i. e. 1 : 29.3) is probably not a fair estimate, due to the fact that what to call a Graafian follicle cyst and what to call a dilated Graafian follicle depends largely upon the individual operator.

When we consider unilocular and multilocular cysts, however, we are struck at once by their remarkable infrequency in the negress, of the 55 cases mentioned only 2 being in that race, i. e. a proportion of 1 : 26.5.

This is of especial importance, because this form of cyst of the ovary grows to the largest size, and it is this variety of cyst which many surgeons declare never occurs in the negress.

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No cases were reported of papillary oysts of the ovary, parovarian or intraligamentary cysts in the negress.

Thus it will be seen that with the exception of dermoid cysts, ovarian cvsts are really much less common in the colored race, the results, however, being more or less indefinite, due to the fact that the diagnosis was made clinically and macroBCopically and not microscopically.


An aualysis of ovarian cysts from the microscopical standpoint was made from all cases operated upon in the Hospital from the latter part of 1893 until October, 1898.

During that time there had been microscopically described and diagnosed in the Gynecological-Pathological Laboratory 244 ovarian and parovarian cysts, divided as follows: Dermoid cysts 32, Graafian follicle cysts GS, corpus luteuin cysts 16, unilocular and multilocular cysts 9-1, papillary cysts 10, and parovarian cysts 24.

(a) Dermoid cysts. Of the 32 dermoid cysts, G were in the colored, i. e. the proportion is 1 : 4.3, showing, as in the clinical study above, that these cysts are relatively more common in the negro race.

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(4) S.

(5) V.

(6) C.


Dermoid cyst of right ovary, 7 cm.

in diameter

Dermoid cyst of ovary, 16 cm. in


Dermoid cyst of ovary, 7 cm. in


Dermoid cyst of ovary, 8 cm. in


Dermoid cyst of ovary, 4.5x3.5x3


Dermoid cyst of right ovary, 2.5 cm. in diameter


Myomatous uterus.

2 intraligamentary myomata.

Myomata uteri.

(J) Retention cysts. Of the 84 simple retention cysts (68 Graafian follicle cysts, 16 corpus luteum cysts), 7 were in the colored, a proportion of 1 : 11, showing that these cysts are relatively less common in the negress than in the white woman (as stated before, the proportion of colored to white gynecological patients being 1 : 6.75).

Casks ok Simple Retention Cysts in the Colored.


Double pyosalpinx.

(1) S. Right unilocular ovarian cyst, prob ably dilated Graafian follicle, intraligamentary, 9 cm. in diameter.

(2) C. Right corpus luteum cyst, 5 cm. in Epithelioma of cervix.

diameter. |B] W. Cyst of ovary from corpus luteum

i or Graafian follicle, «x4x4.5 cm. i4 \V. Corpus luteum cyst, unilocular, 5

| cm. in diameter

(5) B. Cyst of leftovary,5cm. in diameter '.

(probably of Graafian follicle).

(6) B. Graafian follicle cyst of rightovary,

4 cm. in diameter.

(7) T. Right Graafian follicle cyst, 4x3cm.

Double perisalpingitis and perioophoritis.

Myomata uteri.

Myomata uteri.

(c) Unilocular and multilocular cysts. Of the 91 uni locular and multilocular ovarian cysts, but 6 were in the colored, the proportion thus being but 1 : 14.7, showing that this form of cyst is relatively more than twice as common amongst white women.

It shows, however, that they are by no means so uncommon in the negress as popularly supposed.

Cases of Unilocular and Multilocular Ovarian Cysts in the Colored.

(1) G.— Color, black.

Pathological Report. — Multilocular ovarian cyst. Myoma uteri.

(2) H.— Color, black.

Examination. — Abdomen, especially right side, is distended by a firm elastic tumor mass reaching 9 cm. above the umbilicus, its longest axis being 23 cm. In left inguinal region is felt a hard, irregular mass, the size of a small hen egg.

Operation. — Cystectomy. Hystero-myo-salpingo-oijphorectomy.

The cyst was thin-walled, filled with bloody fluid ; it was developed fiom the outer pole of the right ovary and was entirely retroperitoneal. The uterus was myomatous, and there were many adhesions, especially about the cyst.

Pathological Report. — Multilocular cyst of right ovary 16 cm. in diameter, springing from the upper pole; the cyst wall is 1 mm. thick, the fluid is dark reddish-chocolate colored. Myomata uteri.

(3) I.— Color, black.

Examination. — Abdomen is much distended in its lower half, and a large mass of irregular outline can be palpated ; to the right it feels elastic ; to the left hard. The upper border of the mass reaches in the right parasternal line to within 11 cm. of the costal margin. Transversely it measures 29 cm.

Operation. — Cystectomy. Hystero-myo-salpingo-odphorectomy.

On the right side a multilocular ovarian cyst posterior to the uterus, filling the cul-de-sac and rising above the pelvic brim, with its walls intimately adherent to the intestines. Myomatous uterus, size of foetal head.

Pathological Report.— Ovarian cyst (either multi- or unilocular, probably the latter) ; fluid is clear, limpid and yellowish. Myomata uteri.

(4) C— Color, black.

Examination. — Abdomen is irregularly distended. On palpation a mass, divisible into two separate masses, can be made out, one occupying the lower portion of the abdomen, with irregular outline and nodular surface, the other reaching as high as the costal margin on the left, measuring 9x12^ cm. with smooth surface and elastic feel.

Operation. — Hystero-myomectomy. Cystectomy.

The cyst was punctured and the fluid withdrawn before the enucleation was started.

Pathological Report— \jeH,um\oca\a.r ovarian cyst, 7 cm. in diameter.

(5) F — Color, black.

Examination.— The body of the uterus is apparently of normal size and is pressed backwards by a large abdominal tumor, which is firm, elastic, tense, of smooth surface and gives a distinct wave of fluctuation. Corona of resonance is well marked.

Operation.— Cystectomy (left). Right salpingo oophorectomy.

The cyst-wall was punctured, the fluid obtained therefrom being of a muddy brown color. The cyst sprang from the left ovary and was adherent to the omentum. The right tube and broad ligament were plastered over the surface of the cyst. Right salpingitis. The uterus contained a lew myomatous nodules.

Pathological Report.— Large multilocular cyst of left ovary, li';l^ cm., containing 1800 c. cm. of dark brown tluic 1 containing much albumen.


(6) H.— Color, black.

Pathological Report. — Right multilocular ovarian cyst, 6 cm. in diameter, dense adhesions, cyst of left ovary 5 cm. in diameter, containing blood and debris.

Thus it will be seen that, although these cysts are less common in the negro race, nevertheless they do sometimes occur, and reach as large a size in some cases as the corresponding cysts in the white race, and thus the possibility of their being present should always be seriously considered when the physical examination points in that direction.

(d) Papillary cysts. No case of this kind was found in the negress in the cases analyzed.

(e) Parovarian cysts. Of the 24 parovarian cysts, only 1 was in the negress, showing the extreme rarity of this variety of cyst in this race.

(1) A. — Pathological Report. Right parovarian cyst. Myoma uteri. Left salpingitis.

Thus, of the 244 cases of ovarian and parovarian cysts, but 20 were in the colored race, i. e. the proportion is 1 : 11.2, showing that the relative frequency of these cysts is 1.66 times as great in the white as in the colored race.

If we exclude the parovarian cysts, of the remaining 220 true ovarian cysts 19 were in the negress, a proportion of 1 : 10.6, t. e. the relative frequency is 1.57 times as great in the white as in the colored race.

If we exclude the dermoid cysts, cysts which owe their origin to some defect in embryonic development, of the remaining 188 ovarian cysts (corpus luteum, Graafian follicle, multilocular, unilocular and papillary cysts), but 13 were in the colored, i. e. a proportion of 1 : 13.4, showing that these cysts are relatively exactly twice as frequent in white women as in colored.

Perhaps the thing that strikes one most in studying these cases is the extreme frequency with which the ovarian cysts in the colored are associated with other pathological conditions, especially with a myomatous condition of the uterus.

In 10 of the 20 cases reported, uterine myoma ta were also found. These were distributed as follows : In 3 of the 6 cases of dermoid cysts ; 2 of the 7 cases of Graafian follicle and corpus luteum cysts; 4 of the 6 cases of unilocular and multilocular cysts ; and in the 1 case of parovarian cyst reported.

In 3 of the 20 cases salpingitis, perisalpingitis or pyosalpinx was reported, i. e. evidences of inflammatory trouble, distributed as follows: In 2 of the 7 cases of corpus luteum and Graafian follicle cysts, and in the 1 case of parovarian cyst.

Thus, to summarize our results, while the simple retention cysts and the unilocular and multilocular ovarian cysts are 1 seen relatively much less frequently in the negress than in the white woman, they are present relatively much more frequently than is universally supposed; while from both a clinical and pathological study the dermoid ovarian cyst seems to be relatively more frequent in the negro race.



(PRELIMINARY REPORT.) By W. G. MacCallum, M. D., and T. W. Hastings, M. D.

(From the Pathological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.)

A. S., aged 37, was admitted to the service of Dr. Osier, September 14, 1898. Occupation and family history unimportant; personal history negative, excepting for an account of an indefinite febrile attack of three weeks' duration, in 1889, which was said to have been rheumatic fever.

Since July 4th, after contracting a severe cold, he had a fever which had been persistent until early in August, when it subsided but reappeared about the middle of the same month, and for this supposed relapse of typhoid fever the patient was sent to the hospital.

The signs of aortic valvular disease were noted on admission and the diagnosis of septicaemia and probable malignant endocarditis affecting the aortic valves was made after obtaining positive blood cultures on September 2 1 1 h.

The growth from the blood cultures was thought to be a short-chained streptococcus often occurring in pairs, but subsequently, on study of that obtained upon different media, it proved to be a definite diplococcus. On October 1st, three days before death, blood cultures wl-w taken a second time from the basilic vein with the same positive result.

The autopsy revealed an acute vegetative and ulcerative

aortic and mitral endocarditis. The aortic valves were bound together by exuberant branching vegetations which had undergone ulceration ; several of the mitral chorda? tendineaj were ruptured and the broken ends covered with vegetations. In the spleen and kidney there were septic infarctions in various stages of softening, the fresher ones being firm and white, the oldest forming large thin-walled cavities with almost diffluent conteuts. One such embolic abscess was found in the ileum. There was also a bronchopneumonia of the left lung.

Sections of the aortic valves showed the fibrinous vegetations to be loaded with masses of diplococci, and in those passing through the infarcts in the kidney plugs of similar cocci were found in the vessels at the edges of the infarcted area. From the heart's blood and the aortic vegetations, as well as the infarcts in the spleen and kidney and from the lung, pure cultures were obtained of the diplococcus which presented, in brief, the following morphological and biological characters :

Morphology. — A small somewhat elongated diplococcus occurring sometimes in chains of four, but generally in pairs,

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which stained easily by methods of Gram and Weigert, No demon strable capsule.

Grmoths showed minute semi-translucent pin-point deep colonies and corresponding minute discrete translucent round superficial colonies. On slant agar the smear gave rise to a thin translucent growth made up of conglomerated colonies, the edge of which is slightly raised and crenated.

Glucose and ascitic fluid agar afforded a more profuse and rather less translucent growth, while on glycerine agar the growth was comparatively scanty. There was no gas formation in glucose agar.

Potato. — The growth was slow to appear; after two or three days it showed as a dry whitish or tawny layer.

Bouillon was rendered very slightly opalescent after fortyeight hours.

Litmus-milk was decolorized within four hours. Later (within forty-eight hours) the milk was coagulated and acidified. After this there was a rapid peptonization of the coagulant, the medium becoming transformed first into a turbid purplish fluid, or a turbid yellow fluid, overlaid by a layer of red, and later into a quite clear blood-red fluid. This reaction is very characteristic and absolutely constant.

Blood Serum. — The growth appeared in minute discrete dew-like colonies. Within forty-eight hours there appeared a depression on the surface of the medium corresponding with the line cf smear. Liquefaction of the medium occurred in course of time.

Gelatin was rather slowly but completely liquefied. Stab cultures took on the appearance of a wide funnel after about four days.

The sediment of organisms like the colonies on gelatin plates had a pale sulphur-yellow color.

The organism is quite hardy and may be recultivated from tubes several weeks old.

robiosis. — It is a facultative anaerobe, cultures in Buchnerjars growing with about the same profusion and rapidity as the aerobic controls. In au atmosphere of hydrogen the growth is rather less abundant.

Thermal Death Point. — The diplococcus is killed in five minutes by a temperature ranging between 60° and 65° C.

Pathogenicity. — Laboratory animals succumb to inoculation. White mice do not survive the intraperitoneal injection of suspension of the cultures. Death may take place as early as eight hours or be delayed for three or four days. The microorganism can be recovered from the blood aud organs gener The subcutaneous inoculations of mice also produce fatal effects after a longer period — two to four days. In the latter experiments no lesion was found at the point of inoculation and the organism was not recovered from am

Babbits appeared less susceptible. Of several experiments Ol.c rabbit which received 3 cc. of a suspension of the organism intravenously succumbed in 16 da}"S. At the at there was found an abscess at the site of inoculation, and from this as well as from the distended urinary bladder the organism was recovered.

One dog has thus far been inoculated after injury of the aortic valves by the passage of a probe into the heart through

the carotid (Rosenbach's operation), the culture being thrown into a vein. After five days the dog was killed and the autopsy revealed a fresh vegetative endocarditis, the tions springing from the edges of the perforation in the valve and from the point on the aortic wall where the intima was scraped off by the probe. There was also an extension of the vi getations onto the mitral valve; and at the point u line | he probe passed into the intraventricular septum an acute suppurative myocarditis hail formed. The organism was recovered in pure culture from the aortic vegetations and from the heart's blood and organs generally.

Experiments with the ferments and toxines are in progress and will be reported later.

This diplococcus which has been proven to be pathogenic for man and some of the lower animals seems not to have been met with before — at least, there is no record of such an organism to be found in the hacteriological literature available t" us. The chief peculiarities which distinguish it from the pyogenic cocci already described are:

(1) The mode of growth which resembles that of the micrococcus lanceolatus. the diplococcus intracellularis meningitidis and the streptococcus rather than that of the pyogenic staphylococci.

(2) The action on gelatin which resembles that of the staphylococci.

(3) Its activity in peptonizing milk and coagulated blood serum in which it differs from all the above-named pyogenic cocci.

In virtue of this last property and for the purpose of distinguishing it for the present, we propose the name Micrococcus zymogenes.


Died at Cambridge, England, on the twenty-first of December, 1898, Alfredo Antunes Kanthack, M.A., M. D., F. R. C. P. (London), Fellow of King's College and Professor of Pathology in the University of Cambridge.

This announcement is a cruel blow to those who have had the good fortune to know and work with this brilliant man. Born in Brazil in 1863, the sou of the former British consul at Para, Kanthack received much of his early education in Germany. Studying in England at the University College in Liverpool and at London University, he obtained his I!. A. in 1884, his intermediate M. B. in L885, and B. Sc. in Pursuing his studies at St. Bartholomew's Eospital, he received

in 1887 the double qualificati f M. R. C. S. and L. I.'. 0. P.

In 1888 he obtained the F. R. C. S. as well as the M. B. and I'.. S. i London), with honors, receiving also the gold medal for obstetrics. The year 1889 Kanthack spent in work under Virchow in the pathological laboratory at Berlin, but he was compelled in lb90 to leave, in the midst of some important investigations, to serve as obstetrical assistant in St. Bartholomew's Hospital under Dr. Matthews Duncan.

In the sumn India as one of the com missioners appointed by the Royal College of Physicians, the


Royal College of Surgeons and the Executive Committee of the National Leprosy Fund to inquire into various points with regard to leprosy in India. A large share of the voluminous report of the commission was his work. Returning from India he became the John Lucas Walker student at Cambridge, but in 1892 he went to Liverpool with the intention of practising medicine. Here he held the post of medical tutor and demonstrator of bacteriology at the Royal Infirmary. Later, however, he went to London as director of the pathological laboratory, lecturer on pathology and bacteriology, and curator of the pathological museum at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. In 1896, during the illness of Professor Roy, he was appointed his deputy, and finally in the fall of 1897 he became professor of pathology at the University of Cambridge. In the same year he became an F. R. C. P., and was given the honorary degree of M. A. at Cambridge.

In his school days Kanthack had planned to devote his life to classical studies, and it was a disappointment to him at first to be compelled to turn to what he feared must be a more practical career; but from the beginning his energy and ability brought him enthusiasm and success. In the laboratory at Berlin he earned the admiration of all who knew him, and his early work in Virchow's Archiv on the pathology of the larynx* gained for him the recognition of many others. By no one was he more appreciated than by his great "Master" as he reverently called him, whose attitude toward his pupil was one of genuine affection.

The feeling of his contemporaries cannot be better shown than by quoting in full the cordial letter of Prof. Langerhans, written at the time of his application for the professorship of pathology at Cambridge :

"Herr Dr. med. Alf. A. Kanthack, zur Zeit in Cambridge, hatte vom Sommer 1889 bis August 1890 im Berliner pathologischen Iustitut einen Arbeitsplatz in demjenigen Arbeitssaal inne, welcher fur vorgeschrittene, selbststiindige wissenschaftliche Arbeiter bestimmt ist und fur welchen ich damals als zw r eiter Assistent von Rudolf Virchow meinem Chef gegenuber verantwortlich war. In dieser Eigenschaft bin ich damals taglich mit A. A. Kanthack zusammen thatig gewesen und besUitige ich hierdurch, dass sich Alf. A. Kanthack durch sein umfassendes Wissen, eiserne Energie, unermiidlichen Fleiss, durch seine grosse Wahrheitsliebe und strenge Selbstkritik und durch seine feinen, liebenswiirdigen und gewinnenden Umgangsformen die Achtung und Liebe aller, die mit ihm in Beruhrung kamen, gewonnen und dauernd erhalten hat."

Kanthack had published a considerable number of valuable scientific communications, a few of the more important of

  • Beitr;ige zu der Histologie der Stimmbiinder mit specieller

Beriicksichtigung des Vorkommens von Drilsen und Papillen. Arch. f. path. Anat, etc., Berl., 1889, cxvii, 531-544; Studien iiber die Histologie der Larynxschleimbaut— I. Die Schleimhaut des halbausgetragenen Foetus. Ibid., 1889, cxviii, 137-147; Zur Histologie der Stimmbiinder : Erwiderung auf den vorstehenden Artikel des Herrn Prof. B. Fraenkel. Ibid., 370-381 ; Studien uber die Histologie der Larynxschleimhaut. Ibid., 1890, cxix, 326; cxx, 273.

which were, perhaps, the researches referred to concerning the larynx, his studies upon snake poison,* his various communications with relation to leucocytosis, chemotaxis and immunity,! his studies on mycetoma,^ his Jackson Prize Essay on the bacillus of tetanus, and his further contributions to the same subject with Dr. Connell,§ and his admirable article upon the general pathology of infection in the first volume of Clifford Allbutt's System of Medicine. He also published in 1894, in association with Dr. Rolleston, a "Manual of Practical Morbid Anatomy, being a handbook for the post-mortem room," and in 1895 with Dr. Drysdale, a " Course of Elementary Practical Bacteriology, including Bacteriological Analysis and Chemistry."

He superintended the observations upon the Tsetse fly disease for the Royal Society, and one of his last publications related to this subject.||

Much of his work, however, through his modesty and generosity, remained unknown. Only his more intimate friends are aware of the fact that he was the first to succeed in cultivating the parasite of actinomycosis. Compelled in January, 1890, to leave Berlin in the midst of his experiments, he made all possible arrangements for the preservation of his cultures, but on his return, they had, unfortunately, " died out " and another observer had anticipated him with the discovery.

A large share of his energy was given to the help and instruction of others who will bear the warmest testimony to the true worth of their friend and teacher.

His uncompromising honesty, his hatred of anything superficial or incomplete, combined with an active, keen, discriminating mind, and it seemed, an almost unlimited power for work, were a source of admiration to all who knew him. His amazing energy and capability for work were, however, too much even for a fine athletic physique, and his friends had for some years before his death looked with anxiety upon the amount of labor which he crowded into the day.

To the writer Kanthack always seemed the most brilliant of

  • The Nature of Cobra Poison. Journ. Physiol., Camb., 1892,

xiii, 272-299. Report on Snake Venom in its Prophylactic Relations with Poisons of the Same and of Other Sorts. Rep. Med. Off. Local Gov., Bd. (1895-6), Loud., 1897, 235-266.

f Acute Leucocytosis Produced by Bacterial Products. Brit. Med. Journ., Lond., 1892, i, 13(11-1303; Immunity, Phagocytosis and Chemotaxis. Brit. Med. Journ., Lond., 1S92, ii, 985-9S9 ; (with Hardy) On the Characters and Behaviour of the Wandering (migrating) Cells of the Frog, especially in Relation to Microorganisms. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond., 1892, Hi, 267-273, and Phil. Tr., Lond., 1895, clxxxviii, 279-318; (with Wesbrook) Report on Immunity Against Cholera : An experimental inquiry into the bearing on immunity of intracellular and metabolic bacterial products. Brit. Med. Journ., Lond., 1893, ii, 572-575 ; (with Hardy) The Morphology and Distribution of the Wandering Cells of Mammalia. Journ. Physiol., Camb., 1S94, xvii, 81-119.

\ Madura Disease (mycetoma) and Actinomycosis. Journ. Path, and Bact,, Edinb. and Lond., 1892, i, 140-162.

§TheFlagellaof the Tetanus Bacillus and Other Contributions to the Morphology of the Tetanus Bacillus. Journ. Path, and Bact., Edinb. and Lond., 1S96-7, iv, 452, and Trans. Path. Soc. Lond., 1896-'97, xlviii, 271-27'*.

|| Kanthack, A. A., H. E. Durham and W. F. H. Blandford : On Nagana or Tsetse Fly Disease. Proc. Roy. Soc, Vol. 64.

Jan.-Feb. -March. L899.]



his contemporaries. His ideals were the highest ; and never was a man truer to his ideals. An exacting and searching critic of his friends, he was a severer critic of himself. This amounted sometimes to self-depreciation ; it was indeed, on such occasions, almost pathetic to note the apparent unconsciousness of his own superiority.

And with his high ideals he was ever full of practical suggestion. He never tired of urging the necessity of a more general introduction of accurate and scientific methods into medicine. His last public address* was an earnest appeal for more systematic and thorough clinical study in hospitals and schools.

His influence which was beginning to be generally felt in his own country was destined to have a far wider sphere. The loss of such a man is hardly greater to his university and to his friends than to the world at large.

Personally, Kanthack was the simplest and most lovable of men.

In 1895 he married Lucie, the daughter of F. Henstock, Esq., of Liverpool. W. S. T.


Operative Gynaecology. By Howard A. Kelly, A. B., M. D. ; Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Gynaecologist and Obstetrician to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. 2 vols., 550 pages each, with 48 plates and 592 original illustrations. (D. Appleton, New York, 1898.)

This work is practically a series of clinical lectures, thoroughly and exquisitely illustrated by drawings from cases which have been under the author's care.

Volume Xo. I contains nineteen lectures upon the following topics :

1. Sepsis, asepsis, and antisepsis in hospitals.

2. Antisepsis and asepsis in private practice.

3. Bacteriology.

4. Topographical anatomy.

5. The gynaecological examination.

6. Gynaecological instruments and dressings.

7. Anaesthesia.

8. General principles involved in plastic operations.

9. Diseases of the external genitals.

10. Rupture of the recto- vaginal septum and relaxed vaginal outlet.

11. Operations on the vagina.

12. Affections of the urethra and bladder.

13. Affections of the ureters.

14. Operations upon the cervix of the uterus, including dilatation and curettage.

15. Prolapse of the uterus.

16. Vaginal hysterectomy.

17. Inversion of the uterus.

18. Vaginal extirpation of the submucous myomata and polypi.

19. The uterus as a retention cyst. The contents of Volume II are :

20. General principles and complications common to abdominal operations.

  • The Science and Art of Medicine. The Mid-sessional Address

delivered before the Abernethian Society on July 7, 1898. St. Bartholomew's Hospital Journal, August, 1898.

21. Care of wound and patient up to recovery.

22. Complications arising after abdominal operations.

23. Tubercular peritonitis.

24. Suspension of the uterus.

25 Conservative operations on the tubes and ovaries. l'i;. Simple salpingo-oGphorectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy for adherent tubes and ovaries.

27. Vaginal drainage and enucleation for pyosalpinx, ovarian abscess, tubo-ovarian abscess, and pelvic abscess.

28. Hysterectomy, with extirpation of ovaries and tubes, abdominal hystero-salpingo-oophorectomy.

29. Ovariotomy.

30. Abdominal hysterectomy for carcinoma and sarcoma of the uterus.

31. Myomectomy — hystero-myomectomy.

32. Operations during pregnancy.

33. Cesarean section.

34. Extra-uterine pregnancy.

35. The radical cure of hernia.

36. Intestinal complications.

37. The more remote results of abdominal operations.

38. On the conduct of autopsies, the making of protocols, and the preservation of tissues for microscopic examination in gynaecological practice.

Those who have been fortunate enough to see Dr. Kelly at home, will, while reading the work, easily imagine themselves in his operating room, listening to a brief history of the case to be operated upon ; a review of the anatomy of the parts ; a description of the operation to be done ; the reasons for selecting this special procedure; the difficulties and dangers to be met, and the best way to overcome them. The style throughout is conversational, clear, concise, clean-cut, and impresses one with the feeling that the writer is presenting a frank statement of his experience in the treatment of the different diseased conditions met with in abdominal surgery.

Few books have been more eagerly looked for ; few have so fully realized our expectations. The author in the opening paragraph of his preface says : " My aim in writing this book has been to place in the hands of many friends who have from time to time visited me, and followed my work, a convenient summary of the various gynaecological operations I have found best in my own practice. It is far from my purpose to present a digest of the literature of the subject, or even to describe all the important operations." The claims to originality are mainly connected with the operation for suspension of the uterus, the investigation of vesical and ureteral diseases, and with Kelly's modification of abdominal hysterectomy for fibroids. The chapters on sepsis and antisepsis, bacteriology, the conduct of autopsies, and preservation of tissues for microscopical examination, have been written with the assistance of acknowledged authorities in these several departments, and are deserving of more attention than is commonly given to chapters devoted to these subjects in surgical text-books.

However much we may desire to give special attention to individual chapters, the space at our disposal would preclude this, and we are compelled to speak of the work as a whole, and to present our impressions of it in a few sentences.

At first sight many will be inclined to think that the illustrations are the feature of the work, but those who have had any experience in abdominal surgery and its difficulties, and have read any considerable portion of the work carefully, will feel, that while the illustrations are all that illustrations could be, both from an artistic standpoint and because of their value in assisting the reader to follow the text, the great feature of the work is the careful selection of the best-known treatment for each disease described. Where, as in uterine fibroids, extra-uterine pregnancy, and pelvic abscess, the conditions in the different cases vary, the procedure best suited to those different conditions is indicated and clearly described. Wherever medical treatment is deemed of use, it is care


fully outlined. The old-time "applications," however, find no place in the work. Where no mention is made of medical treatment it is because nothing can be hoped for from this quarter, and no course of treatment is encouraged which is likely to end in disappointment.

Another feature, and a pleasing one, is the spirit of conservatism which everywhere pervades the book. We find, for example, that par-ovarian cysts are now enucleated without sacrifice of the ovary, contrary to the former practice. In ovarian disease, where the tube is not involved, it is allowed to remain, and in uterine fibroids, when consistent with safety, myomectomy, and not hysterectomy is advised. While the work is of great value to all interested in abdominal surgery, representing, as it does, the most advanced thought of the day, it ought to receive special welcome from those practitioners who live at some distance from hospital centres. Such men, if they study the principles of aseptic abdominal surgery as enunciated in the early chapters of the work, will not only be enabled to retain under their own care cases now referred to the city specialist, but will also be able to extend treatment which in the past, has only been possible in the larger centres, to those v ho on account of their limited means cannot avail themselves of he services of a specialist.

Dr. Kelly's original work on suspension of the uterus and affections of the bladder and ureters, places the profession und:r permanent obligation to him. In originating the operation of e ispension of the uterus he has added materially to our resources in the treatment of certain uterine displacements (decensus and retro-displacements). With this operation we have had some little experience, having done upwards of seventy cases with a single relapse, and without mortality. Two patients subsequently became pregnant and were delivered at term of living children, without special discomfort or complication ; two others are advanced four months in pregnancy, without development of any abnormal position of the uterus. If we restrict the operation of ventral fixation to those suffering from displacement and who have passed the menopaut •, and employ suspension in such as are liable to become pregna 't, the operation is likely to increase in favor, as a safe and reasonably certain method of securing relief from local discomforts, as well as from disorders referred to the stomach, spine and legs. Certainly in no class of cases have we met with greater gratitude, or seen more marked improvement in general health, than in those selected for this operation.

The easy use of the cystoscope and ureteral catheter requires a little experience and manipulative skill. To those who possess these requisites, Kelly's cystoscope and ureteral catheter will prove invaluable instruments, enabling them to recognize and relieve distressing conditions not generally diagnosed and therefore not corrected by the ordinary practitioner. Those who have maste' ed the use of these instruments, and this with a little perseverance is easily possible to all, will not long remain in doubt as to their value.

The work is an embodiment of modern ideas clearly and concisely presented in good order, and well represents the most advanced operative gynaecology of the day.

Lesslie M. Sweetxam.

books received.

Atlns of Legal Medicine. By Dr. E. von Hofmann. Authorized translation from the German. Edited by F. Peterson, M. D., assisted by A. 0. J. Kelley, M. D. 1898. 12mo. (Saunders' Medical Hand-Atlases.) W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, United States Army, Authors and Subjects. Second Series, Vol. III. C — Czygan. 1898. 4to. HOOpages. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C.

A Pocket Medical Dictionary giving the Pronunciation and Definition of the Principal Words Used in Medicine and the Collateral Sciences, etc. By George M. Gould, A. M., M. D. A new edition entirely rewritten and enlarged, including over 21,000 words. 189S. 16mo. 530 pages. P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Philadelphia.

Twentieth Century Practice. An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical Science by Leading Authorities of Europe and America. Edited by Thomas L. Stedman, M. D. In Twenty Volumes. Vol. XVII. Infectious Diseases and Malignant New Growths. 1898. 8vo. 715 pages. Wm. Wood & Co., New York.

Archives of Neurology and Psychopathology . Vol. I., Nos. 1-2, 1898. 8vo. 262 pages. State Hospital Press, TJtica, N. Y.

Diseases of the Eye. A Handbook of Ophthalmic Practice for Students and Practitioners. By G. E. de Schweinitz, A.M., M. D. Third Edition. 1899. 8vo. 696 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

A Manual of Physiology. With Practical Exercises. By G. N. Stewart, M. A.', D. Sc, M. D., Edin., D. P. H., Camb. Third Edition. 1898. 8vo. 848 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

A Text-Book of Mechano- Therapy. (Massage and Medical Gymnastics.) Especially Prepared for the Use of Medical Students and Trained Nurses. By A. V. Grafstrom, B. Sc, M. D. 12mo. 1899. 139 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Saunders' Pocket Medical Formulary. By Wm. M. Powell, M. D. Fifth Edition. 1899. 16mo. 290 pages. W. B. Saunders, Phila.

The Treatment of Disease by Physical Methods. By Thomas Stretch Dowse, M.D.,Abd., F. R. C. P., Ed. 1898. 8vo. 412 pages. John Wright & Co., Bristol.

A Text-Book of Obstetrics. By Barton Cooke Hirst, M. D. 1898. 8vo. 846 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Purity and Truth. Self and Sex Series. What a Young Ma n Ought to Enow. 1897. 16mo. 281 pages. The Vir Publishing Co., Phila

Translation of Lectures Delivered by Aurelio Bianchi, M. D., Parma On the Panendoscope and its Practical Application. With Transla tion of Special Articles by F. Regnault, M. D. and M. Anastasia des,M. D. Translated by A. G.Baker, A.M., M.D. 1898. 8vo 77 pages. G. P. Pilling & Son, Philadelphia.

Cleft Palate; Treatment of Simple Fractures by Operation; Diseases of Joints, etc. By W. Arbuthnot Lane, M. S. 1897. 12mo. 27S pages. The Medical Publishing Co., Limited, London.

Transactions of the American Gynecological Society. Vol. XXIII. 1898. 8vo. 491 pages. Wm. J. Dornan, Philadelphia.


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An Analysis of the Cases of Tabes in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Dispensary from its opening in May, 1889, to December 1, 1898. By H. M. Thomas, M. D., - - - - 51

On Typhoid Septicaemia, with the Report of Two Cases, one of which was a Typhoid Infection without Intestinal Lesions. By August Jerome Lartigau, M. D., - - 55

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By H. M. Thomas, M. D., Clinical Professor of Nervous Diseases, Johns Hopkins University, Neurologist to the Johns Hopkins


In the records of the Dispensary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital there are one hundred histories which have been classed as tabes. Of these I have excluded eight histories, either because the records are too incomplete, or because the diagnosis seems to have been a mistaken one. Twenty-seven cases have been treated in the wards of the Hospital, but unfortunately for the purposes of this paper, many of them were private patients in whose histories the records are often not complete.

Eight (8) of the patients were treated both in the wards of the Hospital and in the dispensary, and we therefore have for comparison the histories of 111 cases of tabes. That these histories are not all equally good, need not be said, and, indeed, nor a few of them leave much to be desired.*

  • After having read through some 130 histories, I feel that I

might with propriety make some observations upon the taking of histories, which, if followed, would be useful at least to the one Who has to tabulate them, but I shall not, only saying as I pass, that it is a subject which deserves more attention than is often given to it.

Kace.— White, 106; negroes, 5. Of the 106 white patients 70 were born in this country, 17 were Germans, 6 were Irish, and England, Scotland and France were each represented by 2; 6 patients were simply registered as white.

The small number of negroes is of particular interest, and deserves more detailed attention. We have, as I have just said, seen but five colored patients, in whom the diagnosis of tabes seemed in the least justifiable; that is to say, but 4.5 per cent, of our cases of tabes have any discoverable African blood in their veins, for it is to be remembered that in the eye of the law and of the statistician it takes but very little African blood to make a negro.

In the two years ending November 1, 1898, there were registered in the dispensary 35,796 new cases. Of these 3598 were negroes. This makes the negroes represent a little more than 10 per cent. (10.05 per cent.) of the new cases treated. In the cases of tabes, however, our percentage of negroes is only 4.5, which is less than half what it should be if the negroes were represented in their proper proportion. This difference, although interesting in itself, is hardly great enough to warrant



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much attention were it not for other considerations. I think I shall not be accused of exaggeration when I state that the great majority of physicians who are qualified to judge have come to the belief that syphilis is the chief, if not the only, cause of tabes.

We in the South know that syphilis is a very common disease among the negroes, but upon examining the records of the dispensary, I was surprised to discover how common it is. In the two years selected for comparison there were treated in the Genito-Urinary and Skin Departments 228 men who were suffering either from the primary syphilitic sore or the secondary skin eruptions. Sixty-three of these men were negroes, that is 27.63 per cent, of the whole number. When we compare this percentage with that which the negro men represent in the whole number of the men registered in the dispensary, during these years, is quite startling. There were registered 17,888 white males and 1223 colored males, i. e. 6.39 per cent, of colored males. Unfortunately there are included in this males of all ages, and so the comparison is not perfectly fair; but I believe the error is not great. We have then, during these two years, the negro males, representing 6.39 per cent, of all the males treated in the dispensary, but of the cases of syphilis seen in men during this time, the negroes make up 27.63 per cent.

If we determine the percentage which the cases of syphilis in white and black men, treated in the Skin and Genito-Urinary Departments during two years, bears to the whole number of males of each color admitted to the dispensary during that time, we find it is for the whites 0.91 per cent, while for the negroes it is 5.15 per cent. From this it would seem that in the men coming to this dispensary, the percentage of early syphilis is more than five and a half times greater in the negro race than it is in the white.

Sex.— Men, 92 white, 5 colored— 97; women, 11 white— 14. That is, the women represented about 12.6 per cent, of the whole number. In the dispensary the percentage of women suffering from tabes is smaller, being a little more than 9 per cent, (9.17 per cent.), whereas female patients represent a little more than 46 per cent, of all patients in the dispensary. In the cases of tabes treated in the wards of the Hospital, the percentage of women is distinctly larger than in the dispensary, reaching 25 per cent.

It is interesting to note that in the first 50 cases treated in the dispensary there was but one woman, and that she was the 50th case. On the other hand, in the wards, 3 out of the first 5 cases were women. This shows how very unreliable such statistics are unless a very large number of cases is considered.

Five of the patients were seen in the private wards of the Hospital and were from the higher strata of society. This is contrary to the usual statement that tabes affects women of the lower classes far more frequently than those who are more fortunately situated. Moebhis, out of 40 cases, found only one belonging to the upper classes.

This relative immunity that women appear to enjoy from tabes cannot be due altogether, I believe, to the fact that'fewer women suffer from syphilis than men. That syphilis is more common among men seems to be universally believed, and I have no doubt is true as a general proposition.

In certain classes of society, however, the difference, if it exists at all, cannot be great. As an illustration of this, the records of the Skin Department are instructive. During the two years preceding November, 1898, 130 men and 121 women were treated for the skin manifestations of syphilis, but during this time, more men were admitted to the dispensary in general, as well as to the skin clinics, so that if these figures indicated anything as to the liability of syphilis, it would seem that women are slightly more liable to the disease than men. We have as yet seen no case of tabes in a negro woman,* whereas syphilis is most common in them ; 42 of the 121 cases of skin syphilis in women were negresses, i.e. 34.87 per cent. The percentage of black females to the whole number of females in the dispensary is 14.23 per cent.

Age of Onset.

25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-50 50 and over.

17 24 27 16 15

Total, 107

The time of onset of the disease showed nothing of very great interest. Most of the cases developed between 30 and 50. The youngest case was 25, and the oldest 66. The series includes 15 cases which developed after 50, and this is a larger number than would be expected. It may be doubted whether these senile cases should be included, but I do not see how we can do otherwise when the patients present the symptoms and signs that would have led to the diagnosis of tabes had they occurred at an earlier age.f

The onset of tabes is often very insidious and the early stages-may last for many years and it seems probable that some of these patients may have been unconscious or may have forgotten the first symptoms.

Duration of the Disease at the Time of Examination. — Cases, 104. This could be determined with more or less accuracy in 104 cases. Duration 1 year or less, 18 cases; between 1 and three years, 34 cases; between 3 and 5 years,

  • Since this analysis was mailewe have examined a colored woman in the Neurological Dispensary (No. 9525) who is suffering from

symptoms that indicate tabes ; irregular pains, numbness of the feet, difficulty in walking, loss of knee kicks, objective sensory disturbances on legs. The pupils were normal, and no history of syphilis could be obtained.

t Neurol. No. 2947. A man 70 years old, who gave the history of having had a venereal sore at 25, which was followed by a doubtful secondary skin eruption, came to the dispensary complaining that for the last 4 years he had had difficulty in walking in the dark. He had also had slight shooting pains and his feet felt numb. His pupils were of normal size. They reacted very slightly to light, the left better than the right. Both pupils reacted well during accommodation. His knee jerks were absent, his walk was stamping, the heel being brought down first, and he was unable to stand firmly with eyes closed. There was considerable anaesthesia of his legs.

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17 cases; between 5 and 10 years, 21 cases; between 10 and 20 years, 10 cases ; 30 years, 1 case.

Most of the cases (69) were seen during the first 5 years of the disease, but in 11 cases it had lasted 10 years or more, ouce even reaching 30 years.

Etiology. — Believing as we do that syphilis is the cause of the vast majority of cases of tabes, we have practically confined our attention to this factor.

Only men have been considered in the following table, and there are definite notes in 95 of the 97 cases.

Exposure to venereal contagion denied... 3 Exposure admitted but infection denied.. 7 Infection denied (exposure?) 7

Venereal infection denied . . 17 17.89per cent.

Gonorrhoea alone 18

Venereal sore denied 35 36.84 "

Gonorrhoea with chancre— indefinite. ...15 Gonorrhoea with syphilis 20

Gonorrhoea* 53 55.78 "

Chancre, syphilis 38

Syphilis with no history of chancre 2

Certain syphilis 40 42.1 "

Chancre indefinite 20

Possible syphilis 60 63.1 "

By certain syphilis is meant the definite history of a chancre which was believed to be syphilitic and was treated as such, or the history of a chancre which was followed by secondary manifestations, and in two instances, where skin eruptions were recognized as syphilitic, although there was no history of the primary sore. All other venereal sores have been tabulated as indefinite chancres.

In taking the histories, the supposition has been that in all cases of tabes syphilis lias preceded, and the burden of proof has been with the patient who denied its presence.

The results are: Certain syphilis, 42.1 per cent.; possible or probable syphilis, 63.1 per cent. These figures fall below those obtained by many of the later observers, but it is not due to lack of zeal.

Some time ago I analyzed the sexual histories of 1238 men who came to the Neurological Dispensary suffering from all sorts of troubles; in them I found certain syphilis in 10.9 per cent., and possible or probable syphilis in 21.4 per cent.

These percentages are much smaller than those found in tabes and the inference that syphilis bears an important relation to the development of tabes is plain, but I must resist the temptation of entering fully into the discussion of syphilis as the cause of tabes. It may not be, however, out of order to sum up what the cases studied here seem to show :

1. In a large proportion of cases of tabes, a history of syphilis can be obtained.

2. In a certain and not inconsiderable number of cases there h no history of a venereal sore or other syphilitic manifestations.

3. In negroes, tabes is relatively uncommon, whereas syphilis is much more common in them than in the white population.

  • Xote.— In some of the early cases the history in regard to

gonorrhoea was not particularly noted and for this reason the number given is probably too small.

1. The partial immunity of women is greater than can be satisfactorily accounted for by the relative infrequency of syphilis among them.

I do not take these conclusions as indicating that syphilis is not the most important cause of tabes; on the contrary, they seem to me to speak in favor of this belief. The fact that we were unable to elicit the history of syphilis in 36 per cent, of our cases does not of course prove that syphilis was not present in a large proportion of these cases.

Although tabes does not seem to be common in the negro, when it does occur, it has usually been preceded by syphilis. In four of our five cases there was the history of a venereal sore, and the same has been shown in the cases of tabes in women.*

That syphilis is not the only factor in this causation of tabes does seem to be shown. What the factors are that make white men so much more liable than black women to the development of tabes, I am sure I do not know; but of this 1 feel reasonably certain — that it is not due simply to the difference of primary syphilis among them. To say that it is due to a racial and sexual difference in the power of resistance of the nervous system, does little more than restate the facts.

Virchowf has lately raised his voice against the methods of study which have led to the all but universal belief that talus is always directly dependent upon preceding syphilis.

The time between the syphilitic infection and the first symptoms of tabes varies a good deal. This point was determined in 47 cases.

Tabes developed after the venereal sore in 47 cases. In the first 5 years, 6 times; in the second 5 years, 10 times ; in the third 5 years, 13 times; in the fourth 5 years, 10 times ; in the fifth 5 years, 4 times ; after 25 years, 4 times.

The shortest interval was 2 years, and the longest intervals were 26, 27, 30 and 42. It occurred about equally in the second, third and fourth five years.

As to the other causes of tabes, our histories show nothing important.

Initial Symptoms.— Either alone or associated, the following symptoms occurred as initial symptoms: Pain, 57 times ; ataxia, 24 times; numbness, extremities, 6 times; eye symptoms, 20 times ; nausea and vomiting (gastric crises), 4 times ; paralysis of bladder, 5 times; loss of sexual power, 1 time; paralytic attacks, 2 ti s; mental symptoms, 1 time; neurasthenia, 1 time.

Pain. — Pain was the first symptom in the majority of cases, occurring first or very early in the disease 57 times, li was unassociated 41 times and accompanied by other symptoms ID times.

Ataxia. — Difficulty in walking and ataxia were the firs! symptoms 15 times, and were associated with other symptoms 9 other times.

Eye symploms. — Double vision was the initial symptom 6 times. Dimness of vision occurred first alone 4 times. Double vision and dimness of vision wei A once, and

  • Kron. Deut. Zeitschr. f.Nervenheilk., XII— 1898, p. 303.

tabes dorsalis beim Weiblicben Geschlecht."

tCentralb. f. Xervenheilkunde in Psychiat., Nr. 105, 1898, p. 623.



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vision with other symptoms 7 times. Ptosis was the first symptom, associated with pain twice.

Numbness of extremities occurred alone 4 times, with pain twice.

Paralysis of the bladder occurred alone 4 times, with pain twice.

Subjective Sensory Symptoms — Pain. — In 71 cases pain was a prominent symptom. This was usually described as the characteristic lightning or shooting pain. In most cases it was severe, but in some it was mild. The pains were usually localized in the legs, but in three cases they were confined to the body, and in two to the arms, and in six others they were more or less general.

Girdle sense or pain, 27. — This symptom was noted as being present in 27 cases. Sense of numbness in the extremities, 45 Numbness of the feet was complained of 30 times, the patients often describing a feeling as if the floor were not solid or as if they were walking on some soft substance. There was numbness in both the hands and feet 12 times, and in the hands alone 3 times.

Crisis. — Gastric crises, 9. There were nine patients who gave the history of having had gastric crises. In two of the cases the nausea and vomiting were unaccompanied by painIn one of the cases very typical gastric crisis and Argyll-Robertson pupils were the only symptoms of tabes.

Laryngeal crises, 2. Two of our cases were subject to spasmodic cough ; one of them was a typical case of tabes, but in the. other the diagnosis was doubtful.

Eectal crisis, 1. One patient complained that early in his disease he had been subject to intense pain that began in the penis and ran to the rectum.*

Eye symptoms — Optic atrophy, 11. — Optic atrophy occurred in 11, possibly 12 cases. The twelfth case was one in which one optic nerve looked as if atrophy had begun. In the other cases it was double.

Eye muscle paralysis, 33. — Transient double vision was noted as having occurred in 20 cases, and in 13 other cases there was a noticeable weakness of one or more of the external muscles of the eyeballs. In one of these cases there was complete external ophthalmoplegia.

Ptosis was present in 7 cases, and in 1 there was nystagmus.

Pupils — Size. — The pupils were unequal in 30 cases. The left was larger than the right 18 times while the right was the larger 8 times. In four instances the history did not specify which was the larger.

There was contraction of the pupils in ten cases and they were noted as dilated twice.

Pupillary reflexes. — Argyll-Robertson pupils, 70. Both pupils immovable to light, reacted well during accommodation, 59. In one eye, 3. Reacted slightly to light, well to accommodation, 8.

The pupillary reflexes were said to be absent 8 times, and weak 3 times. They were found to be normal 21 times.

Ataxia. — Ataxia was present 91 times: in the legs alone, 78

  • Since this list was completed I have seen another case of tabes

that complained of the same symptom.

times; in the arms alone, 2 times; in both arms and legs, 11 times. There was no ataxia 8 times.*

Romberg's symptom, 82. — Present 82 times, marked 59 times, slight 23 times, absent 7 times, not noted 22 times.

Ataxia with optic nerve atrophy. — In the cases which showed atrophy of the optic nerve, ataxia was marked in 2 cases. It was slight in 8 cases and was absent in 1. In two of the cases Romberg's symptom was marked in spite of the patients being blind. It was very slightly marked in 4 cases, and was absent in 4 and not noted in 1.

Deep reflexes. — The knee jerks were absent 87 times; weak 6 times ; normal 4 times ; not noted 14 times.

Bladder. — The condition of the bladder was noted in 83 cases: Weakness, 35 times; paralyzed, 19 times; normal, 29 times.

Sexual power. — The sexual power .was inquired into in 75 cases: Power and desire lost, 38 cases (marked increase before the loss in 3 cases) ; power and desire weakened, 24 cases ; power lost, desire retained, 1 ; power and desire increased 1; normal, 10; sexual power present, intercourse without sensation, 1 case.

Objective sensory disturbances. — There are definite notes in this respect in 90 cases: Objective sensory disturbances were present in 78 cases; absent in 12 cases.

These were more often in the legs (40 times), but were also demonstrated in the arms and about the chest.

Definite areas of anaesthesia were marked out about the chest in several cases, but this was looked for and not found in more cases. The number of examinations, however, was not sufficient to make the definite proportions of any great value.

Muscular sense. — There were definite notes in 44 cases. In these it was disturbed 38 times, normal 6 times.

Trophic disturbances — Charcot's joints (Arthropathies). — These occur in a typical manner in 5 cases. There was suspicious enlargement of the joint in 3 cases.f In the 5 cases it occurred 3 times in the knee joints, 1 in the shoulder, and 1 in the elbow.

Perforating ulcer. — This occurred 5 times.

Mental Symptoms. — There were mental symptoms present in seven cases, and in one case there was a history of a previous attack of acute insanity, and in one epilepsy had been present from the 14th year up to the time of the onset of tabes, at 44. Since then there had been no fits.

In the 7 cases showing mental symptoms general paresis was suggested. In two of the cases this disease developed while the patients were under observation.

  • In eight (8) of the cases the ataxia developed quickly. At times

this followed an accident, but at other times there was no cause that could be determined. In most, if not all, of the cases, symptoms of tabes had been present for some time before the acute development of the ataxia.

t In one of these patients, who, since this was written, has returned to the dispensary after an absence of two years, and who had, at the time of his first examination, in 1897, a suspicious swelling of the last phalangeal joint of the left index finger, there has developed an undoubted tabetic arthropathy of the right thumb. This patient also had a healed perforating ulcer.

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By August Jerome Lahtigau, M. D., Assistant in Pathology and Bacteriology, Bender Hygienic Laboratory, Albany, New York.

Our knowledge of the various forms of typhoid infections has rapidly increased within the past few years, and more particularly that regarding the character of those atypical and more rare forms, the chief interest of which lies in the singularity of localization of the typhoid bacillus. The value of the contributions of recent years is largely the outcome of improved bacteriological technique and closer and more accurate study of the natural history, cultural behavior and experimental manifestations of the bacillus typhosus and the bacillus coli communis. Investigators have appreciated more and more the necessity of exact methods of differentiation between bacterial forms, and especially between more or less closely allied species, such as the bacillus of typhoid fever and the colon bacillus.

The absence of precise methods of differentiation between these two micro-organisms by the earlier workers in this field has, of necessity, thrown much discredit upon the conclusions and results of otherwise much good and brilliant work. The belief of the passage into, and existence of, the typhoid bacillus in the blood of the general circulation is by no means a new one, as shown by the writings of some of the early writers who worked upon typhoid fever. Eutimeyer, Almquist, Meisels, Xeuhaus, and others, claimed to have cultivated the bacillus from the general blood and that of the rose-spots during life, but their work, through the latter researches of Janowski, Staguitta, Grawitz, Fraenkel and Simmonds, and Sittman has not received acceptance. According to some observers the typhoid bacillus in almost every case at some time of the disipes into the general circulation from the more common foci of infection.

This view has received some support from the investigations of late years, demonstrating the great multiplicity of localization of Eberth's bacillus in the human economy: lesions of the bones, pulmonary implications, uterine infection, abscesses of various nature, etc., in all of which the organism has been found in pure culture. Wright and Semple' and Sanarelli 5 and other observers regard typhoid fever as primarily a blood infection, the two former writers basing their contention largely upon the fact that in the urine of almost every case suffering from typhoid fever they were able to find the specific organism. Kecent researches, however, show more and more conclusively that the typhoid bacillus is not, commonly, to be found in the blood of the general circulation. The explanation of this apparent discrepancy between the results of Sanarelli, am! Wright and Semple and other observers, who from their investigations have shown that the bacillus is only infrequently found in the general circulation, is to be found probably in the suggestive experiments of Wyssokowitsch 3 and the observations of Welch and Nuttal*. The first experimenter in some very interesting experiments upon rabbits was able to show that the organs in which typhoid bacilli are commonly found play a very important role in the removal of introduced bacteria from the blood. After injecting pure cultures of the typhoid bacillus into the blood the animals were sacrificed at

the end of eighteen hours, and bacteriological examination invariably failed to show bacilli in the blood of the general circulation, but always showed them in great numbers in the spleen. Welch and Xuttal in 1891, on the other hand, demonstrated the bactericidal properties of human blood serum for the typhoid bacillus, an observation since coufirmed by a host of investigators.

Instances of typhoid septicaemia diagnosticated during life by isolating the bacilli from the blood are very scanty in number. Bozzolo, 6 Guarnieri," and Silvestrini 7 have reported cases of this nature; Wiltschour 8 in the examinations of 35 cases found it once; Ettlinger 9 similarly succeeded in cultivating it from the blood during life, but a second culture in the same case from the vein of the forearm, the day before the patient's death, gave a doubtful result. Thiemich" 1 found it once in the blood taken during life from a vein of the forearm, and Stern" was likewise successful in two instances. P. Teissier 15 isolated the typhoid bacillus from the blood of a young man in the loth day of his disease; Kuhnau' 3 grew the organism from the blood of a pregnant woman during life in which the subsequent post-mortem findings confirmed the existence of a typhoid septicemia; more recently this writer" has published the reports of nine additional instances in which he found typhoid bacilli in the blood out of 11 cases of typhoid fever submitted to bacteriological examinations. E. Dates Block 15 has reported a very conclusive example of this kind in which the typhoid bacillus was discovered in the blood during life on two different occasions, at an interval of four days. This ease presents several interesting features, among others being the fact that a culture taken on the day before the patient's death contained the bacillus typhosus, whilst the bacteriological examination, post mortem, demonstrated its presence only in the spleen, liver, placenta, and kidneys, and the bacillus pyocyaneus in the heart's blood. In the recent Medical and Surgical Keports of the Presbyterian Hospital," Walter K. James aud George A. Tuttle report three cases in which they succeeded in isolating the bacilli from the blood during life.

The diagnosis on the autopsy table of general invasion by the bacillus typhosus is far less rare than its recognition during life, but it must not be supposed that as a post-mortem finding it is a frequent occurrence. The very early reports of this kind will not be considered in this paper, since their study was carried on at a time when the differences between the typhoid bacillus and the colon group were less appreciated than now. Karlinski," Vincent," Klein,"' Banti, 3 " WrigW and Stokes, 5 ' Flexner," Carter, 53 Chiari and Kraus, 5 ' aud finally Blumer" have contributed a fair number of instances in adults that showed the organism in the blood after death. Typhoid septicemia is an occurrence of comparatively greater frequency in the foetus born of a mother suffering from typhoid infection. The passage of the organism from mother to foetus has repeatedly received demonstration in the observations of



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Frascani", Janiszewski", Fremiti and Levy", Durck", Etienne 30 , Marfan 3 ' and probably earlier observers.

The question of the bacterial associations in this class of infections is an exceedingly interesting one, and especially the influence of secondary infections in modifying the relation of the patient to the typhoid bacillus. Vincent" in 1891 called attention to the importance of the streptococcus in typhoidal infections. This observer found in cases of typhoid fever brought to autopsy the streptococcus and typhoid bacillus associated in six out of thirty-one cases. The investigations of Flexner" similarly demonstrated the frequency with which the streptococcus is found as a complicating factor in this disease ; other observations of the same nature were made by Wright and Stokes", Netter", E. Fraenkel 36 , Karlinski 3 ', Carter 38 , and others.

The recently published case by Blumer 39 deserves special mention, not only as an instance of typhoid and streptococcus septicaemia, but also as a rare example of combined typhoid and streptococcus puerperal infection. The case was that of a married woman, 34 years of age, who was confined by a midwife. On the sixth day of the puerperium the patient, shortly after a hearty meal, was taken with dyspnoea and incoherency of speech. She rapidly became delirious and semi-comatose. The temperature was 100.8 F. The uterus was apparently normal. Patient died two days after the onset of her trouble. The postmortem examination showed the existence of typhoid fever: swelling and ulceration of Peyer's patches in the lower end of the ileum, acute spleen tumor and enlargement of mesenteric glands. The cultures from the heart's blood, liver, spleen, and uterine cavity, contained the streptococcus pyogenes and the bacillus of typhoid fever.

For the abstracts from the histories of the two following cases 1 am indebted to Drs. Henry Hun and Joseph D. Craig, of Albany, New York :

Case I. — Miss A., 20 years of age, came under observation October 19, 1897, complaining of gastric disturbances and fever. The past history is unimportant, except that three years before she had an attack of grippe, which was accompanied by very irregular and alarming heart action. On the 16th day of October, 1897, the patient was taken ill with nausea, and was actively sick at her stomach. The following day she still felt ill and a physician, who was called in, found a temperature of 102° F., together with a very decided degree of prostration. The patient brought under observation at this time did not show any tenderness or gurgling in the right iliac fossa and there had been no diarrhoea. From this time there was fever varying from 102° F. to 106.6° F. — the temperature at the time of her death. The spleen and liver became enlarged, later delirium supervened, vomiting persisted and cardiac weakness became prominent ; no diarrhoea at any time. Patient died October 25, 1897.

The autopsy was made on October 26th, 15 i hours after death.

The following notes are abstracted from the autopsy protocol : Exterior. — Body of a slender-built, moderately well-nourished girl. Rigor mortis well marked all over. Post-mortem lividity in the dependent parts. Pupils mid-wide and equal. Mucous membranes slightly cyanotic. Surfaces of body gen

erally pale, subcutaneous fat moderate in amount. Abdominal muscles of a homogeneous red-brown color. Peritoneal cavity dry, parietal layer smooth; visceral layer shows numerous areas over which there is congestion apparently corresponding to Peyer's patches. Omentum delicate, free from adhesions, completely covering the intestines. Appendix about 9 cm. long, has a distinct mesentery to within 1 cm. of its tip ; passes downward and inward across pelvic brim. The liver is visible two fingers' breadth below the costal margin in the mammary line. Spleen not visible. Both pleural cavities were dry; both lungs presented about the same appearance; the upper lobes were slightly congested; the lower and middle lobes on the right side and the lower lobe on the left were much congested, and on pressure a large quantity of dark blood could be expressed. A small quantity of mucus could be expressed from the medium-sized bronchi. Bronchial mucous membrane irregularly congested.

Heart. — Pericardium contains no excess of fluid. Pericardium is smooth. There are a few pin-point sub-pericardial hemorrhages. Heart contains fluid blood. The endocardium on the right side is smooth, the muscle shining through it has a somewhat mottled appearance in places. The tricuspid and pulmonary semilunar valves are normal. The length of the right ventricle is 6 cm.; the average thickness of the wall 4 mm. The pulmonary artery has a circumference of 5 cm. The endocardium of the left side of the heart is, in places, slightly thickened over the auricle. The ventricle is normal. Aortic and mitral valves are normal. Heart muscle is rather flabby and on section has a very cloudy, grayish-brown color, in places somewhat mottled in appearance. In both coronary arteries, which are patent, are small elevated areas of fatty atheroma. Spleen is much enlarged, measuring 17 x 20 x 5 cm. The capsule is smooth, tense; consistency of organ much softer than normal. On section the organ is of a chocolate-red color. The pulp is considerably increased in amount. The Malpighian bodies are plainly visible as pin- point, gray, circular areas. Liver is considerably increased in size, measures 23xl9x6£ cm. There seem to be a number of pinhead-sized hemorrhages beneath the capsule; consistency much softer than normal. On section the organ has the typical boiled appearance; the lobules are indistinct, the peripheries being quite yellow where they can be made out. Scattered throughout the organ is a number of pinhead-sized blood-red areas, apparently hemorrhages.

The adrenal glands appear normal.

Kidneys of about the same size, averaging 13x4£x3cm. fibrous capsule normal and strips off easily ; surface smooth; surface veins little dilated. On section cortex is swollen ; corfcex markings are somewhat indistinct; the glomeruli barely visible; the medulla congested. Pelvis appears normal.

Stomach and pancreas and female generative organs not examined.

Intestines.— Duodenum slightly bile-stained. Mucous membrane slightly congested ; jejunum shows similar changes, but with apparently no ulcerations. In the ileum, beginning 80 cm. above the iliocsecal valve, are a series of lesions affecting the solitary follicles and Peyer's patches. They are least marked in the upper portion of the ileum, where they consist in a great swelling of the lymphatic apparatus. The solitary follicles

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measure as much as one-half cm. in diameter. The most recent swollen patches are considerably elevated above the surface. Thej have a mottled appearance, the predominating color being pink, and the mottling being due to yellowish areas, presumably of necrosis, as in one or two places the surface has been broken and ulcers formed. In the lower portion of the ileum the swelling is much more extensive and the necrosis much more marked. The solitary follicles are often the size of a large pea, their inner surface being capped with an ulcerated area on which a yellow necrotic material is situated. The swollen Peyer's patches in the lower portion of the ileum show, scattered over their surface, numerous ulcerated areas, capped with this same yellowish necrotic material, varying in diameter from 4 mm. to considerably over a cm. The edges of all these ulcerated areas are, in places, distinctly hemorrhagic and. as a rule, the blood-vessels of the intestinal wall can be seen radiating from the edges of the lymphatic apparatus, tilled with blood. The lymphatic apparatus of appendix is markedly swollen, but no ulcerations are present. The upper portion of the colon is thickly dotted with swollen solitary follicles. These have an average diameter of about 7 mm., are considerably raised above the surface of the intestine, and show on their inner surface ulcerated areas capped by yellowish necrotic material similar to those seen in the small intestine. They differ from these latter from the fact that their bases are, as a rule, distinctly hemorrhagic, each nodule being surrounded by a distinct zone of submucous hemorrhage. The lower part of the colon is almost entirely free from such areas, but contains a number of discrete or confluent pin-head areas of hemorrhages.

Mesenteric Glands. — Particularly those behind lower portion of ileum are extremely swollen. They are soft in consistency and on section have a mottled appearance, the predominating color being a bright pink, the mottling being due to pin-point gray areas, which are scattered through them, perhaps the swollen follicular portions of the glands.

Anatomical Diagnosis. — Typhoid fever (beginning of second week), with typhoid septicaemia. Swelling of Peyer's patches and the solitary follicles with superficial necrosis and ulceration. Marked involvementof the solitary follicles in the upper portion of the colon. Great swelling of the mesenteric glands. Acute spleen tumor. Cloudy swelling of the heart muscle, liver and kidneys.

The microscopic examination of the heart, lungs, and kidneys adds particularly nothing to the macroscopic observations, except that the heart muscle showed the evidences of a moderate degree of fragmentatio myocardii. The following are the notes from the protocol regarding the microscopic appearances of the liver, spleen, mesenteric glands, and intestines:

Liver. — Capsule is everywhere normal in appearance. The connective tissue is not increased in amount. Liver cells are greatly swollen and extremely granular. Scattered throughout the liver substance are numerous, almost circular areas, presenting varying appearances, according to the stage of development. In some instances the areas show merely an extensive necrosis of the liver cells, many of them in such areas having lost their nuclei, this loss of nuclei giving rise to a light colored patch in the liver substance. .Many of the other areas show, besides this necrosis, an infiltration with

cells of varying characters. In some of them the necrotic area is infiltrated, for the most part, with small round cells of the lymphoid type. In others, large numbers of irregularly shaped epithelioid cells are present. No giant cells can be made out. The nodules resemble very markedly, in some instances, miliary tubercles, but there is not present a definite arrangement of the two varieties of cell, such as exists in tubercle; but, on the other hand, the two forms are evenly intermingled in the nodules. These nodules apparently bear no definite relation to any particular anatomical structure of the liver in most instances, although at least in one instance the necrotic area lies exactly around the central vein of the lobule. Besides areas of necrosis, there are found scattered through the organ a number of blue-staining areas, usually of much less extent than those occupied by the nodules. These areas have a granular appearance under the low power and which is more marked under the high power. It can be seen, at the edges particularly, that they are made up of individual rod-like structures resembling the typhoid bacilli. The blood-vessels of the liver show no particular change ; nor do the bile-vessels.

Spleen. — Capsule not thickened. Trabecular substance is normal in amount. The amount of blood present in the pulp is tremendously increased over the normal. Furthermore, it can be made out with the high power that in a great many instances the red-blood corpuscles are contained in large cells. Scattered throughout the organ are a numberof almost circular areas, in which it can be seen with the high power that considerable necrosis exists, as is shown by lack of nuclei and many of the spleen cells, and by the presence of nuclear fragments. These areas, as in the liver, are often infiltrated with lymphoid and epithelioid cells. There are also present in the spleen numerous blue-staining granular collections of bacteria similar to those seen in the liver. In some instances these collections of bacteria are in definite relation with necrotic areas, but this could very rarely be made out in the liver.

Mesenteric glands. — The amount of normal gland structure is very small. Almost the entire gland appears to be in a necrosed condition. In some areas the necrotic foci contain very large quantities of fragmented and destroyed nuclei. In other places very few of these are present. Among the necrotic areas are to be found, as in the liver and spleen, numerous epithelioid and lymphoid cells, some of these latter doubtless being cells which normally belong to the lymphoid glands. The areas of necrosis may possibly have been focal in origin, but in the section under observation they are so extensive that one coalesces with the other all over the gland. There are apparently no clumps of bacteria in this section under observation.

Intestines. — The lesions of the intestine vary. In all cases the superficial layer of the intestine seems to be necrotic to a certain extent, but this at any rate is doubtless due partly to post-mortem change. In the earliest stage of the disease to be made out in these sections, the lymphoid apparatus is 1 1 dously swollen, the cells present in the swollen area no longer being apparently lymphoid in character, but many epithelioid cells are also present. All through the swollen area there are evidences of necrosis in the form of numerous nuclear fragments. In the earlier stages the muscular coat of the intestine



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does not appear to be affected. The section which shows a more advanced stage of the disease shows that the progression consists mostly in the extension of the necrotic processes. In some instances the whole involved area is entirely necrotic, almost to the depth of the muscular coat, and there may be present beneath this necrotic material and between it and the muscular coat fibrin, in whose meshes are entangled polynuclear leucocytes and epithelioid cells. In this stage the muscular coat itself usually shows the presence of a few polynnclears and a large number of small round cells or epithelioid cells. Elsewhere in the swollen areas the necrosis is extensive, as in the mesenteric lymph glands. There is hardly an area in the section which has escaped it, In the later specimens the amount of cellular infiltration in the muscular coat is often very large, the muscle fibre being pushed widely apart by it, and in some places being distinctly necrotic over large areas. The infiltrating cells, under these circumstances, seem to be mainly small, round and epithelioid cells with an occasional polynuclear. Blue-staining collections of bacteria are seen in very large numbers in the deeper part of the necrotic areas in some of the sections.

Bacteriologic Report. — Coverslips from the mesenteric glands, spleen and bone marrow all show the presence of medium-sized, short, thick bacilli frequently occurring in clumps. Cultures were taken upon slant agar-agar from the heart's blood, spleen, lung, liver, mesenteric glands, kidney, and bone marrow.

The culture from the heart's blood, after 24 hours' incubation, contained four discrete pinhead-sized, gray-white, slightly elevated colonies. The morphologic appearances showed the presence of a bacillus of moderate length and thickness, apparently a pure growth. Culturally the organism behaved as follows:

Litmus milk. — No acidification or coagulation of the milk after six days' incubation in the thermostat at 37i° C.

Potato. — A moist, just perceptible growth along the line of inoculation.

Bouillon. — Diffuse cloudiness of the nutrient medium. Hanging drop preparations from young cultures show active motility.

Gelatin stab. — Whitish growth along the line of inoculation ; no liquefaction of the gelatin.

Dunham. — Diffuse cloudiness of the medium. No indol reaction. No gas formation in saccharose, glucose or lactose media.

Agar slant. — Moderate, moist, whitish elevated growth. This organism, with the serum of an undoubted case of typhoid fever, showed a very positive Widal reaction in dilutions, varying from 1 to 30 to 1 and 50.

Diagnosis. — Bacillus typhosus.

The cultures from the spleen, liver, mesenteric glands and bone marrow similarly contained a pure growth of a bacillus, morphologically and culturally, like the organism isolated from the heart's blood. The typhoid bacillus was also isolated from the kidney associated with the bacillus coli communis. From the lung the colon bacillus was isolated in association with the staphylococcus pyogenes albus.

Case II. — James K., aged 36, admitted into the Albany

Hospital, August 8, 1898, suffering from severe headache and pains in the arms and legs. The family history showed nothing of importance, and until the present sickness patient had always been quite well. Four days before admission he was taken ill with violent headache, fever, pains in limbs, and a slight chill. The following morning he went to his work, but felt so much worse that he went home and retired to his bed. The day before entering the Hospital he suffered from a nosebleed, and had another on his way to the Hospital.

The physical examination shortly after admission was quite negative, but the temperature was 102.2° F. Later on in the disease the liver became slightly, and the spleen very much, augmented in size. The bowels remained constipated from the beginning of the disease, and at no time did the patient complain of abdominal tenderness at any point. There was some vomiting on several occasions, but at no time was the gastric derangement very severe. Toward the end delirium came on. The temperature throughout the disease varied between 99.8° F. and 103°, until the day before his death when the temperature reached 105.2° F. Death August 25th, 1898.

The autopsy notes are as follows:

Body 175 cm. long, moderately well built, considerably emaciated. Rigor mortis in both extremities. Pupils wide and equal; mucous membrane pale; post-mortem lividity of dependent parts. Abdomen tense and very distended, apparently with gas. Walls discolored ; patches of greenish blue. Subcutaneous fat nearly absent. Muscles of thorax and abdomen pale and poorly developed.

Peritoneum. — Both layers smooth, glossy and free from injection. Omentum free from adhesions and contains a little fat; omental glands not enlarged. Intestines very distended with gas, particularly small intestines. Left lobe of liver visible below costal margin 5 cm. Stomach not apparent. Peritoneal cavity contains a small quantity of dark-colored, turbid fluid. Appendix measures 13.5 cm. in diameter, normal in appearance and free from adhesions; mesentery present throughout its entire length. Diaphragm fifth space on right side; sixth rib on left. Costal cartilages not ossified. Ketro-stern:il glands not enlarged. Both pleural cavities free from any excess of fluid.

Pericardium. — Both layers smooth ; cavity contains no excess of fluid.

Heart. — Contains red and chicken-fat post-mortem clots, and is distended with fluid blood; normal in size. The endocardium of the right heart shows post-mortem discolorations. Tricuspid valve normal ; also pulmonary and semilunar valves. The left heart shows areas of fatty atheroma in auricle; ventricle normal. Mitral leaflets very thick along their free edges. Aortic valves normal. Aorta just above valve shows areas of fatty atheroma. Coronary arteries patent; walls show large confluent patches of fatty atheroma. Heart muscle somewhat soft; on section, of a dark reddish-brown color (brown atrophy).

Left lung. — Bound down by old firm adhesions at the base and posteriorly. The pleura elsewhere is smooth. Lung crepitant; less so in normal than lower lobe. On section, the upper lobe is slightly congested; lower lobe markedly so and

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contains quantity of blood-stained serum, which readily escapes. Bronchial mucous membrane congested and covered moderate amount of mucus. One portion of the upper lobe contains a pea-sized, firm calcareous mass embedded in the lung substance proper.

Right lung. — Bound down by old firm adhesions laterally and posteriorly. Lobes very much increased in consistency, but still crepitant. On section, the three lobes generally present a similar appearance, and contain a large quantity of blood-stained serum, especially the lower lobe, from which it runs oft' in abundance. The three lobes are markedly congested. Bronchi and blood-vessels similar to other side. In several places are a number of nodules very firm, sharp, and circumscribed, varying from a small shot to large pea in size. On section, these nodules are calcareous.

Spleen. — Free from adhesions. The organ is very large, measuring 16x6x10 cm. Capsule not wrinkled, and smooth. Consistency much decreased. Trabecule not increased. Spleen pulp very much augmented. Malpighian bodies also very greatly augmented in size.

Liver. — Bound to the diaphragm and to the abdominal wall by adhesions. The organ is very much enlarged, measuring 26x20x8 cm. The capsule smooth. Consistency softer than normal. On section the organ is pale and cloudy (cloudy swelling).

Gall-bladder. — Distended with greenish-colored bile. Mucous membrane smooth and normal looking.

Left kidney. — Fatty capsule scanty. Fibrous capsule strips off fairly easily, occasionally tearing bits of kidney substance. The organ is somewhat enlarged. The surface is smooth ; veins somewhat prominent. On section the cortex is practically normal in amount; markings quite prominent ; glomeruli very distinct and congested. Medulla normal. Pelvis normal.

Pancreas, adrenals and left ureter are normal. Mesenteric glands not enlarged, or only very slightly so. Aorta shows occasional patches of fatty atheroma. Retro-peritoneal glands. — Enlarged, but not markedly so. The right adrenal gland occupies its normal anatomical position in relation to the surrounding viscera, but below it the kidney is absent. In its place is a small, somewhat (inn, inas.s of tissue 5 cm. long and 2 cm. in thickness, and which, on section, presents a very peculiar appearance, in no manner suggestive of renal tissue. The ureter of this side leads to this mass.

Bladder. — Contains a small quantity of light, turbid urine. The walls are not increased in thickness and the bladder is of normal size.

Intestines. — The small intestines show no injection of the mucous membrane nor are the solitary follicles swollen. In the small intestine Peyer's patches show no evidence of being swollen or of other implication. No evidence of ulceration or cicatrization. The mucous membrane of large int< ■ quite normal in appearance.

Anatomical Diagnosis. — Marked oedema and congestion ol both lungs; chronic adhesive pleuritis and healed (calcareous) tuberculosis of both lungs. Brown atrophy of heart, spleen tumor; cloudy swelling of liver and kidney; congenital

absence of right kidney ; slight swelling of mesenteric glands ; fatty atheroma of aorta ; coronary artery disease.

The microscopic examination of the heart shows some fragmentatio myocardii in addition to the macroscopic findings ; the lungs and kidneys microscopically show nothing very striking.

The following are some notes abstracted from the records of the microscopic examinations of the liver, spleen, and mesenteric glands:

Liver. — Capsule is normal in thickness. Connective tissue of the organ does not appear to be increased. The liver cells are swollen and rather indistinct. The nuclei are apparently, as a rule, well preserved. Scattered throughout the section in large numbers are circumscribed areas of focal change. In places as many as three of these can be seen under a low power. The appearance exhibited by these areas varies in different parts of the section. In some of them the process seems to be almost entirely necrotic in character, the liver cells in the area having lost their nuclei and taking rather an intense stain with the eosin. In these areas can be seen a few polynuclears and a number of small, round cells and cells of an epithelioid type. In other portions of the section the areas are extremely cellular and have the typical appearance of lymphoid nodules. In these instances the cells in such an area are either small or round cells, or rather long, irregular cells of an epithelioid type. There are no giant cells present, and the appearance of these nodules does not suggest tubercles. The nodules have apparently no connection with the vascular system of the organ. Besides these nodules, there can be seen occasionally in the liver substance patches of rather diffuse blue-staining material, which, under the high power, are seen to be composed of small rods, presumably bacteria. The hepatic vessels and the bile ducts are apparently normal. In one Held one of the bacterial patches described above is present in one of the areas of necrosis, but as a rule no such association exists.

Spleen. — The capsule is not increased in thickness. Trabecule appear normal in amount. The Malpighian bodies are rather large, but otherwise show no change. The pulp contains an excess of red-blood corpuscles, which are seal tired irregularly among the pulp cells. Some of these can be seen to be inside of large phagocytic cells. In a few places in the substance of the pulp there are sharply localized areas in n hicn the spleen substance has become necrotic. There are present in these areas a moderate number of cells ; a few of which are polynuclears, the rest either small, round cells or cells of an epithelioid type. The blood-vessels of the organ present about a normal appearance.

Mesenteric gland.". — Show extensive changes in the form of localized or diffuse areas of necrosis. These seem to be most marked in the central portions of the glands, but they are also present in the periphery. The necrotic areas stain sharply with the eosin, and contain large numbers of nuclear fragments, some polynuclear leucocytes, and a fair number of round cells and cells of an epithelioid type. In one or two places in the sections there are to be seen diffuse areas of bluestaining which, under the high power, are seen to be made up



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of masses of bacteria. These have no connection in any of the sections examined with the areas of necrosis.

Sections of the liver, spleen, kidney and mesenteric glands, stained by Flexner's methylene-blue method, showed masses of bacilli, resembling, morphologically, the typhoid bacillus.

Bacteriologic Examination. — Cultures were taken at the time of the autopsy from the heart's blood, lung, liver, gall-bladder, spleen, kidney and urine. From all of these, with the exception of the kidney and urine, one single organism was isolated which, morphologically, was a somewhat short, moderately thick bacillus which decolorized by Gram's method of staining. It grew upon media as follows :

Agar slant. — Abundant, moist, white, elevated growth.

Blood serum. — A growth very similar in appearance to that on agar.

Potato. — A moist, slight, almost invisible growth.

Bouillon. — A diffuse cloudiness. Hanging-drop preparations show a well-marked motility of the bacillus.

Dunham. — A diffuse cloudiness; no indol reaction could be obtained.

Litmus milk. — After several days it acidified milk, but failed to produce any coagulation.

Gelatin stab. — Moderate white growth along line of inoculation, but no liquefaction of the gelatin.

No gas formation in saccharose, lactose or glucose media.

Cover-glass preparations, stained by Pittfield's method, showed the flagella with a peritrical arrangement. Tested with known typhoid serum, the bacillus produced a typical Widal reaction in 12 minutes with a dilution of 1 to 10; in 42 minutes with a dilution of 1 to 100.

Diagnosis. — Bacillus typhosus.

The cultures from the kidney and urine contained the typhoid bacillus, but associated with an organism giving all the tests for the bacillus coli communis.

The possibility of the existence of typhoid fever without intestinal lesions was long since conceived by Louis 40 , who, himself in Observation 52 of his book, reported au instance that during life presented a typical clinical picture of typhoid fever. The patient died on the 55th day of his disease, and the necropsy showed absolutely no existence or evidence of recent implication of the intestinal canal. The belief of the occasional existence of typhoid fever without anatomic intestinal changes was entertained by a number of the earlier clinicians after Louis, but the clinical simulation of enteric fever by other maladies necessarily, in the absence of bacteriologic criteria, makes these reported cases less valuable as contributions to the study of this rare type of typhoid fever. The conclusive demonstration of this form, without intestinal lesions, dates since the discovery of the specific organism of etiologic importance, and more especially from the time when the differentiation of the typhoid bacillus from allied species became more firmly established. In addition to the reported cases of Banti", Karlinski,' 2 Guarnieri", Vaillard", Chantemesse' 6 , and Vincent", other instances carrying more conviction have been published by more recent writers.

DuCazal", in 1893, reported the case of a young man, 21 years of age, who had been ill for fifteen days before entering the Hospital. The clinical history suggested typhoid fever,

subsequently complicated by double pneumonia. At the autopsy the principal lesions were pneumonia of both lungs and acute spleen tumor. The intestines showed absolutely no evidence whatever of any anatomic alterations, but the cultures from the spleen contained bacilli, morphologically similar to, and on media behaving like, Eberth's bacillus. Kiihnau" some years later published an interesting observation of this kind. The patient was a pregnant woman, 32 years old, who developed typhoid fever with the subsequent development of erysipelas of the face. Bacteriologic examination of the blood during life showed typhoid bacilli, as already mentioned. The woman died, and the post-mortem examination showed enlargement and necrosis of mesenteric glands, abscesses of the kidneys and thrombosis of one of the ovarian veins. The intestines were free from any lesions whatever. The bacillus typhosus was cultivated from the kidneys, mesenteric glands and spleen.

The case of Pick" was that of a 23-year-old woman, who died in the fourth week of a typhoid fever. During life the Widal reaction was positive. The anatomic diagnosis of the autopsy was : Typhoid infiltration of the mesenteric lymph glauds, parenchymatous degeneration of organs, and left-sided lobular pneumonia. The spleen was not enlarged and the intestines were free from lesions. The serum test after death was positive in 1 to 10; cultures from the gall-bladder and mesenteric glands contained the typhoid organism ; that from the spleen was negative.

Meunier 60 , at the seance of the Societe Med. des Hop. de Paris of April 7th, 1897, reported an uncommon observation of typhoid infection in a boy, 8 years of age, suffering from acute miliary tuberculosis. Shortly after admission into the Hospital rose-spots appeared and the application of the Widal test gave a positive reaction. The lesions found at the necropsy were tubercular ulcers of the intestine. Typhoid bacilli were demonstrated in the cultures from the spleen, lungs and pleural exudate.

Beatty", about the same time, published a case of typhoid fever, commencing with nausea and pain in the back followed by jaundice. Death on the sixth day. The examination after death showed an enlarged spleen and mesenteric glands, but in the intestines there was au absence of lesions. The spleen contained typhoid bacilli.

Chiari and Kraus", in a very recent and valuable article, have discussed the subject very exhaustively and reported seven cases of atypical typhoid infection, in which there was an absence of anatomic lesions of the intestines. These observers classify enteric fever into four great anatomic divisions : The first include all those cases presenting the characteristic typhoid lesions; the second those anatomically atypical but, nevertheless, recognizable cases on the autopsy table ; the third comprising that class of cases characterized by an absence of anatomical lesions, making the diagnosis, anatomically, impossible, but in the organs of which typhoid bacilli are found ; and finally, the last group to include such cases as cannot be diagnosticated anatomically or bacteriologically, but which give positive serum reaction with the Widal test. Group III, of this classification, is of particular interest to us, inasmuch as the Case II, reported in our paper, belongs to this class. The

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typhoid septicemias frequently fall under this heading. Of the five cases reported by Chiari and Kraus as belonging to this group, only three were based on the presence of the typhoid bacilli in one or more of the organs. The diagnosis of Cases XV and XVI is entirely based on a positive result of the serum test, no typhoid bacilli having been demonstrated in any organ. Although, with proper precautions and in sufficiently high dilutions, the specificity of the serum reaction is almost absolute, nevertheless certain errors must necessarily arise at times, and these become increasingly great as the dilution is made lower and lower. Chiari and Kraus used dilutions of 1 to 10 and 1 to 12, degrees of dilution particularly susceptible to fallacious results. In view of this, Cases XV and XVI lose much of their interest as examples of typhoid fever without intestinal lesions. These remarks likewise, in our opinion, apply with equal force to Case XVI II and all the cases of group IV, the diagnosis of all of which being based on the serum reaction with very low dilutions.

Flexner and Norman Harris (53) very recently have contributed a very carefully studied additional example of typhoid infectioii without intestinal lesions. The case was that of a man. G8 years of age, who suffered from shortness of breath, symptoms of pleuritis, and finally died two days after admission into the Hospital. The autopsy, performed one hour after death, showed thrombosis of pulmonary artery, gangrene of lung, perforation of pleura, pyo-pneumo-thorax, acute spleen tumor, parenchymatous degeneration of liver and kidneys. The mesenteric glands were not swollen, and the intestines showed nothing abnormal. The bacteriologic examination demonstrated the presence of typhoid bacilli in liver, spleen and lung.

Examples of typhoid fever, without intestinal implication, are not entirely limited to adults, but, on the contrary, the apparent small disposition to intestinal lesions of very young children suffering from this disease is one of considerable interest in this connection. Chanteinesse and Widal (54) called attention to the trivial character of the intestinal lesions in the young some years ago; and Brouardel and Thoinot (55) likewise mention this peculiarity, as does also Marfan (50). The publications of Etienne (57), Freund and Levy (58), and others, include cases of this character in which the intestinal lesions were at a minimum or totally absent.


1. Lancet, 1895, Vol. II, p. 190.

2. Riv. d'igiene e sanita publica, 1893, Nr. 211. Annales de lTnstitut Pasteur XI, p. 221, L893.

3. Zeitschrift f. Hygiene, 1886.

4. Block, Bull. Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1897, p. 119.

5. Vchr. d. 10th Int. Cong., Berlin, Vol. II, 1890, p. 188.

6. Riv. gen. ital. di clin. med., 1892, p. 234.

7. Kiv. gen. ital. di clin. med., 1892, p. 330.

8. Rev. Centralb. f. Bak. and Parasitkde, 1890, S. 279.

'.'. Cited by Wurtz, Precis de Bacteriologic Clinique; Paris, 1895, p. 37.

10. Deutsch. Med. Woch , 1895, No. 34.

11. Centralb. f. Innere Med., 1890, No. 49, p. 1249.

12. Arch, de Med. Exp. et D'Anat. Path., Vol. VII, No. 5.

13. Berlin, klin. Woch., July 27, 1*96.

14. Zeitschrift f. Hyg. trad Infetsktn., Bd. XXV, 8. 492, 1897.

15. Bull. Johns Hopkins Hosp., 1897.

16. Medical and Surgical Reports of the Presbyterian Hospital

of New York City, 1898.

17. Wien. Med. Woch., 1891, Nos. 11 and 12.

18. Annales de l'lnstitut Pasteur, 1893; Le Mercredi Midi

cale, Fe.b. 17, 1892.

19. Baumgarten, No. 10, 1894.

20. Rif. Med., 1894, p. 674.

21. Boston Med. and Surg. Journal, March and April, 1895.

22. Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology, April, 1895; The

Johns Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. V.

23. Bull, of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, June, 1897.

24. Zeitschrift, f. Heilkuude, Heft V u. VI, p. 471.

25. American Journal of Obstetrics, etc., Jan., 1899.

26. Riv. gen. ital. di clin. med., 1892, p. 282.

27. Munch. Med. Woch., 1893, No. 38.

28. Berlin. Klin. Woch., 1895, p. 539.

29. Munch. Med. Woch., 1896, No. 36.

30. Gaz. Heb. de Med. et de Chir., Feb. 23, 1896.

31. Fievre Typhoi'de. Traite des Maladies de l'enfance; (I ran cher, Comby et Marfan, 1897.

32. Le Bulletin Medical, 1891, No. 91, p. 1049.

33. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. V.

34. Boston Med. and Surg. Journal, March and April, 1895.

35. Quoted by Block.

36. Quoted by Block.

37. Cited by Vincent, Annales de lTnstitut Pasteur, 1893.

38. Loc. cit.

39. Op. cit.

40. Recherches anatomiques, pathologiques et therapeutiques

sur la fievre typhoi'de, 2d edition, p. 841.

41. Riforma Medica, Ottobre, 1887, p. 1448.

42. Wien. Med. Woch., 1891, No. 11, u. 12.

43. Riv. gen. ital. di clin. med., 1892, pp. 234-258.

44. Soc. des Hop. de Paris, March, 1890.

45. Soc. des Hop. de Paris, March, 1890.

46. Le Bulletin Medical, 1891, p. 1049.

47. Bull, et Memoires de la Societe des Hopitaux de Paris,

Tome X Troisieme, Serie 1893, p. 243.

48. Berlin. Klin. Woch., July 27, 1896.

49. Wiener Klin. Woch., 1897, Nr. 4, p. 84, Fall. II.

50. Bull, et Memories de la Soc. des Hop. de Paris, 1897.

51. Dublin Jour. Med. Sciences, Feb. 1, 1897.

.v.-. Zeitschrift f. Heilkunde, 1897, Heft V u. VI, p. 471.

53. The Johns Hopkins Bulletin, No. 81, Dec. 1897.

54. Soc. des Hop., Paris, March, 1890.

55. Traite de Medicine et de Therapentique, Brouardel, Gil bert et Girode, Tome 1, p. 756.

56. Traite des Maladies de l'enfance, Grancher, Comby et

Marfan, Fievre t.yphoide.

57. Loc. cit.

58. Loc. cit.



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By Robert Reuling, M. D., Lecturer on Neurology, Baltimore Medical College, former Assistant Resident Johns Hopkins Hospital,


Arthur P. Herring, M. D., Demonstrator of Pathology, and Prosector in Anatomy, Baltimore Medical College.

Reports of cases of subcutaneous and visceral invasion by gas-forming bacilli are multiplying rapidly. Chas. Norris' has given the most recent monograph on general infection by the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus. He reviews most of the recent literature and enters especially into bacteriological experimentation. The following case is of interest because the bacilli seemed to have had a predilection for the brain.


Mis. C. B. Age, 35. Colored. Admitted to the Surgical Ward of the Maryland General Hospital, suffering from shock caused by a gunshot wound of the abdomen. Prof. J. D. Blake was summoned and performed a laparotomy, suturing several perforations of the intestine. The bullet was not found. After applying the dressings the patient was put to bed and rallied from the operation very well. There was a slight rise of temperature the first day, but this soon subsided and it seemed as though an uneventful recovery would ensue. There was no pain or distention of the abdomen. Temperature and pulse normal, bowels constipated. On the third day a change in her condition was noticed. She seemed to be getting weaker without any appreciable cause. In a few hours after the change was noticed she quietly passed away. At the autopsy, which was performed 24 hours after death, the following condition was found: Body that of a strongly built and well-nourished negro woman. Rigor mortis marked. No crepitation of subcutaneous tissue. On opening the abdominal cavity the viscera appeared normal. The perforations were healing nicely; no indications of peritonitis. The bullet was found in left iliac muscle. On section of the various organs there were no appreciable signs of gas formation except in the uterus. Here a number of small spaces were seen. No gas could be detected, and on microscopical examination no bacilli were found. The heart and lungs were normal. The dura mater was found closely adherent to the calvarium. The brain was removed, surrounded by its meninges, and placed in a 4 per cent, solution of formalin to harden, before sectioning. The spinal cord was not removed. The external aspect of the brain was normal, the sulci and gyri being especially well marked. After the brain was thoroughly hardened (4 to 6 days), horizontal sections were made from the base upward, which revealed the following condition :

In the right hemisphere there existed a large cavity, involving the external capsule in its entirety, being five centimeters long, one centimeter broad and two centimeters deep, which appeared to be lined by a smooth glistening membrane. A small amount of bloody serum was found in it. Throughout the lenticular nucleus numerous small cavities were found, varying from one-half to one centimeter in extent. The anterior limb of the internal capsule, on a level with the middle commissure, contained several cavities,

also a small one in the optic thalamus. Another section made on a level with the velum interpositum showed the posterior limb of the internal capsule to be almost completely destroyed by two large cavities. None of these spaces communicated with the ventricles. The caudate nucleus was intact. In the external orbital convolution a large cavity existed, being three centimeters deep and one centimeter broad, apparently lined by a smooth membrane.

Left hemisphere was smaller than the right. The first section revealed a cavity in the anterior limb of the external capsule two centimeters long and one centimeter deep. In the posterior limb 3 to 6 small pits or depressions were seen. In the lenticular nucleus several large excavations. The fibres of the internal capsule on this side seemed to pass around the cavities. The caudate nucleus and optic thalamus were "normal. The cavities on this side were not as large nor as extensive as on the opposite side. The sulci and gyri were especially well marked, the former being very deep. No cortical or subcortical lesions were found. On section the cerebellum showed a few small subcortical cavities in the arbor vitae, superior surface. Otherwise, it was normal. After seeing this honeycombed appearance of the basal ganglia, the question immediately arose as to the cause. Was it congenital or acquired? Could the woman have lived in this condition without manifesting any symptoms of cerebral trouble? Could it be porencephalia? Was it produced by formaldehyde? These and numerous other surmises were uot answered until sections were made and examined microscopically.

We submitted several sections to Dr. Barker, who at once recognized the bacteria as the cause of the cavity formation.

On studying sections under the low power of the microscope, the edges of the cavities appear quite smooth, and the clean-cut appearance seen in the gross sections of this brain again shows itself. They are devoid of any membranous or epithelial lining. Indeed, some of these cavities are surrounded by comparatively normal tissue, the brain cells iu some instances forming the very edge. This is, however, an exception ; for surrounding most of them is an area of cell degeneration of variable thickness, which is easily recognized by the absence of nuclear staining; indeed, the absence of all cellular structure is frequently seen in this zone, so that a diffuse homogeneous staining with eosin divides this from the zone to be described next. On passing outwards, this advanced stage of degeneration is gradually superseded by one in which only a partial loss of nuclear staining is evident and staining of the individual cells appears. Lastly, this zone merges into normal brain tissue. As for the spaces themselves, they are usually quite empty, excepting for certain masses which take on a deep hematoxylin staining and under the low-power lens have a somewhat granular appearance; not infrequently these masses lie imbedded in the

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walls of the cavities; but what is especially striking, is that by far the majority of the capillaries iu the section are completely filled by them. When examined under a higher lens (No. 7 or oil immersion), it becomes evident that these darkly staining masses, just mentioned, represent aggregu bacilli, and, as far as we can judge from microscopical appearances alone, tbey are pure growths of a bacillus having the following morphology :

A fairly long, rather thick, bacillus, varying at times in either dimension, at times in both, with an average leno-th from 3 to ('. mm., and with the comparative thickness of the anthrax bacillus; its ends are slightly rounded; the organism occurs singly, in pairs and clumps, and in parts of these specimens as chains. It stains with the ordinary aniline dyes : also by Gram's method. No spores were found, but no special stain was used for their demonstration. The bacilli frequently lie free in the tissues at some distance from cavities, and their clumps are almost invariably surrounded by zones of cellular degeneration, such as have been described surrounding the cavities; similar cellular changes are frequently seen in the neighborhood of bacilli which lie within blood-vessels. Judging from these specimens it would seem that the veins and capillaries are especially active in carrying the organism, for those arteries with well-marked walls showed as a rule, with one or two exceptions, no bacilli in their lumina. As to the part played by the lymphatics in such a conveyance it is difficult to say; we believe they played a minor rule in this case. In none of the perivascular lymph spaces (space of His) could we find the organism.

In no portion of the specimen were there any changes pointing to an inflammatory reaction, the entire absence of small-cell infiltration being very striking.

There are no hemorrhages in the brain tissue, nor could we detect the presence of blood in the cavities.

The arteries throughout are normal, showing no evidence of sclerosis. Any attempt at repair was entirely wanting, there being no neuroglial hyperplasia nor formation of granulation tissue.


We believe that the cell degenerations and cavity formation in this case are due to the presence of the bacilli described, and that they belong to the class of gas-forming bacteria, the gas formation being directly responsible for the presence of the cavities, and the cellular changes being due to the action of toxins.

In 1892 Welch and NuttalP reported in the July-Angusi number of the Johns Hopkins Bulletin their discovery of a gas-forming bacillus obtained from the emphysematous tissues and blood of a man dead of aneurism of the aorta, for which they proposed the name, bacillus aerogenes capsulatus. Gas bubbles were abundantly present in the in organs, notably in the myocardium, the liver, spleen ami kidneys. This gas burned with a pale-bluish, almost coli flame, a slight detonation being heard at the moment of ignition.

' pon microscopical examination of these organs, they found around masses of bacilli frequently, but nof alv disappearance of the nuclei and degenerative changes in

cardiac muscle cell, and the epithelial cells of the liver and kidney, especially iu the neighborhood of gas cavities, in the walls of which the bacilli were often densely accumulated. They describe the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus as follows: The bacillus is non-motile, straight or sometimes slightly curved, variable in size, but averaging about the thickness of the anthrax bacillus, and from 3 to G cm. in length, with adjacent ends slightly rounded or sometimes square cut; occurs singly, in pairs, in clumps, and sometimes in chains, and stains readily with the ordinary aniline dyes, and after using Gram's method, staining is either uniform' or with small unstained spots, less frequently with isolated deeply staining granules.

Capsules, although not constant, were frequently demonstrated, especially by Welch's method for staining capsules in specimens from the animal body and sometimes from agar cultures. No spores were found either in the animal body or in cultures.*

The bacillus grows upon all ordinary culture media under anaerobic conditions, at body temperature slowlv : at is to 80 0. no growth on surface of solid media under ordinary conditions. Gas is produced in all cultures containing fermentable material. Time and space will not permit us to describe the cultural characters more in detail, and those interested in this subject are referred to the original paper and also to that of Welch and Flexner in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. I. Thisorganism is non-pathogenic to rabbitseven when a pure culture is injected into the circulation.

If the animal is, however, killed immediately or soon after intravenous injection, after 4 to hours at 30 C., or about 18 hours at 18 or 20 C, there follows great gas formation in the blood-vessels and organs and the bacilli are found abundantly in these tissues.

Although we cannot prove in the absence of cultural growths of the organism found in this brain that the bacillus under consideration is identical with that described by Welch and Nuttall, there seems to be little doubt from the resem- ■ blance in morphology, staining characteristics and more especially in its reaction to Gram's method, and last but not least, in the changes which it produces in the tissues, that this organism is at least closely allied to the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus and probably identical. As animal experiments show this organism to be non-pathogenic, and clinical experience, with a single exception, (ends to show that general infection with this organism takes place immediately before or after death, practically tin' latter only,as far ascan be judged from the symptoms due to general gas formation in the body; and further, as there is no evidence in this case « hich points to a general infection b\ this organism, before the death of

the individual, we concluded that the chanj red post

mortem, the distribution of the organism most likely occurring in tin' preagonal period. The organism not infreqn produces localized emphysematous conditions only in the tissues, from which recovery usually takes place because it seems essential for the existence ami growth of this organism

•Since this publication Dunham lias found that this organism produces spores when grown on blood serum.



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that the tissues must have been previously injured or that the blood-supply should be poor in oxygen. That an injury may be trivial and still favor its development seems quite clear from two cases reported by Fraenkel,' in which infection followed hypodermic injections, in one case after the injection of camphor, oil and ether under the skin, and in the other of a dilute solution in water of sulphuric acid and chloride of morphia. One of these cases pursued a rapidly fatal course, death occurring two days after the injection. Before the discovery of this organism the cause of death in such cases would very likely have been attributed to the entrance of air into a vein. Welch and Nuttall in thenoriginal paper expressed the belief that many of the deaths attributed to the entrance of air into the veins would prove to be cases of gas bacillus infection, and especially referred to cases occurring in obstetrical practice in which it was supposed that air had eutered the uterine cavity and had been absorbed by the uterine sinuses thus causing fatal air emboli. Perkins' reports such a case following an attempt at criminal abortion, and attributed the fatal outcome to air embolism. Dr. Dobbin, 6 of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, through the kindness of Dr. Perkins, had an opportunity of studying sections from the uterus in this case and found the characteristic lesions of gas bacilli infection, the bacilli corresponding in morphology and staining characters to the bacillus of Welch and Nuttall.

The " Schaumorgane " of the Germans are due to such infections and the elaborate article of Ernst on the "Schaumleber" is especially rich in the microscopical changes in the tissues. He describes the microscopical appearance of the " Schaumleber " as follows : " On making the usual single long transverse section through the liver, the two portions thus formed fell apart almost immediately, and while examining these gas bubbles I saw that they began to appear from the larger vessels soon in such numbers that hillocks of froth were formed on the surface of the section; these hillocks gradually coalesced. If these masses of froth were stripped away, hardly a few minutes passed before fresh ones had formed. This condition of re-formation of froth continued for a long time. The autopsy had been performed 3 hours after death and there were no evidences of decomposition."

In reviewing the literature on this subject one clearly sees that these infections with gas-forming bacteria are becoming more widely recognized, and the number of articles have increased every year since the appearance of those of Welch and Nuttall and that of Ernst. In fact, at present the changes due to these bacteria have been described in almost every organ, including, for instance, the liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, bladder, kidney, uterus, skeletal muscles, etc. Notwithstanding this, we have been unable to find any description of pathological changes attributed to these bacteria in the brain or spinal cord, which seems indeed strange if one considers the comparative frequency of these infections and that they are fairly well recognized by observers in general. One can hardly believe that the central nervous system should be spared from such changes in cases of general infection where almost all organs may show the presence of gas cavities. Of course that the liver, spleen, and perhaps the uterus may pre

dominate in showing the presence of these cavities when once the general circulation conveys the organism is not difficult to understand, for as the veins seem to be especially employed in such a conveyance it is no more than natural that organs which are abundantly supplied with large veins and therefore containing a large amount of the blood after death would contain a relatively greater number of the organism than an organ in whose parenchyma the veins were less abundant and the venous radicles of small calibre. The brain and cord can certainly be classed with those organs possessing a comparatively small amount of blood in their parenchyma after death; of course the membranes covering them must be excluded, for in these the veins being large, and containing a large amount of blood, in all probability an examination would, in the great majority of instances of general infection, reveal the presence of the organism. Of course the smaller venous radicles of the brain parenchyma would also contain a fair number of the organism, but these might be present in insufficient numbers to produce sufficient gases to give rise to appreciable microscopical lesions. We refer here, of course, more especially to cavity formation. The above is only a theory intended to cover the inference that probably in a great number of cases of gas bacillus infection showing gas cavities throughout the organs, the brain and spinal cord will in the great majority be spared. But in looking over the articles on this subject one can easily see why such changes in the central nervous system should have been overlooked and that in the report of cases coming to autopsy we have been unable to find, with one or two exceptions, any mention of a removal of the brain or cord, and it is more than likely that this was neglected, for had 'they been examined mention of this fact would undoubtedly have been made— this of course is a very evident reason for the non-recognition of similar changes as are described in this brain. Although this is, as far as we know, the first case in which cavity formation has been attributed in the brain to the presence of gas bacilli we do not claim that such changes have not been described before, but they have been explained by different etiological factors. Of such an instance we have found but two clear examples ; both the brains are described by the same observers, namely, by G. H. Savage and ^ . Hale White, in an article entitled " Causes of Holes in the Brain," appearing in the Transactions of the London Pathological Society, Vol. XXXIV, 1882. These brains the authors obtained from two general paralytics, and as the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart muscles contained cysts, they very naturally describe the changes by the term of "Universal cystic degeneration." In reading this article one is struck with the admirably clear description of the pathological changes. The illustration of the brain presented herewith shows a picture almost identical with the one reported by us, so that we feel little hesitancy in ascribing the changes described by Savage and White to the bacillus aerogenes capsulatns or an allied organism. A short resume of the description of the brains and the changes in the other organs will not be out of place. " Taking first the kidney, sections appear to show that in

our cases the cystic change is due to dilatation of either

the Malpighian capsules or cortical tubules. And in the liver the cysts appear to be due to small vacuoles in the

Fie. 2. — Reproduction "f section of brain from Hale White and Savage's case of "General Cystic Degeneration." [Transactions of Pathological Society of London, Vol. XXXIV.]

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hepatic cells, which we have proved not to be fatty by their refusal to stain with osmic acid. The several vacuoles in the same cell, by increase in size, run together to form one that occupies nearly all the cell, which being so distended bursts. The vacuoles of adjacent cells thus coming together soon form

one large cyst By this process in parts of the liver the

cysts produced are so numerous that the whole organ has the appearance of a sponge; this is very well shown on holding

up one of the microscopic slides We do not think the

hepatic cysts have any true wall, but the appearance of one is often produced by the cyst in the course of its enlargement coming in contact with some fibrous tissue, which it stretches and pushes before it, so that at last it appears to have a thin lining membrane."

•• Lungs— The cavities are mostly circular and not connected with bronchial tubes ; they contain no lining membrane. They have a tendency to occur in groups, and seem to be situated indiscriminately among the air-cells, from which they are distinguished by their regular shape and containing no granular epithelial debris, but in many cases the cysts have in the interior a peculiar amorphous matter which takes the logwood stain with great brilliancy."

Before going any further we wish to call especial attention to the mention of this "amorphous matter" which takes on the logwood stain so deeply, which the authors describe in the cayity of the brain and in the vessels of the different organs ; this seems especially important as this "amorphous matter" which they describe is undoubtedly composed of masses of bacteria which the reader will remember often completely filled the vessels in the brain we describe and were so abundant in the walls of the cavities. Savage and White give only a short description of the appearances of the brain, but substitute for this a good illustration of the specimen. The description of the microscopical appearances of the brain cysts corresponds in all particulars to those found in the other organs. It would be useless for us to go into a minute comparison of the changes described in the case reported in this article and the other pathological conditions giving rise to cavity formation in the brain. One could hardly, after a careful consideration of such conditions as porencephalia which has been so admirably treated by Kundrat' to which the reader is referred— the condition known as Hut crible'—is now considered by most observers as of no pathological significance and the holes in this are extremely small, generally of pinpoint size and are frequently due to slight dilations of the \ u-chuw-Kobin lymph space, or by a shrinkage of the brain snbstance from the action of hardening fluids, causing a rather wide separation between vessels and parenchyma.

The holes produced in sclerotic processes found at times in the brain of general paralytics, and patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, could hardly take a form to resemble those Otaties produced by this organism, as the former would almost nee warily contain a lining membrane, and evidences of neuroglial hyperplasia in different localities would speak for the chromcity of the process.

Discussion. Dr. Welch— In connection with Drs. Herring and Hea

ling's contribution, it may be of interest to exhibit a microscopical section from a pig's liver which I examined to-day. I received the section from an eminent pathologist H ho was puzzled by the appearances. Two or three of the superficial lobules of the liver presented to the naked eye small, bleb-like spaces. The sections show a honeycombed appearance of the affected lobules, caused by an abundant development of bacilli identical, morphologically, with the B. aerogenes capsulatua. The gaseous spaces are sharply defined, and the appearances are indeed such as to be very puzzling, unless one is familiar with the blebs produced by the post-mortem development of our gas bacillus. The specimen is an example of emphysematous liver (Schaumleber), but is remarkable on account of the limited production of gas and the circumscribed arrangement of the holes, due in part to the large amount of connective tissue normally surrounding the hepatic lobules of the pig.

In the light of Drs. Herring and Reuling's observation, it is probable that certain cases reported in the literature as holes in the brain are really due to the post-mortem development of the gas bacillus.


1. Journal American Medical Sciences, Feb. 1899. Vol

CXVII, No. 2.

2. Johns Hopkins Hospital Bull. Vol. Ill, No. 24.

3. See Article of Welch-Plexner. Journal of Experi mental Medicine, Vol. I, No. 1.

4. Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Feb. 1897.

5. Johns Hopkins Hospital Bull. Vol. VIII, No. 71.

6. Virchows Archiv. Bd. CXXXIII, p. 308.

7. Die Porencephalic. Kundrat. Gratz. 1882.

8. Zur Pathologischen anatomic der Central organe des

Nervensystems Uber den Etat Crible (Oriesinger) Virchows Archiv. Bd. <;:i.

Report of five cases of infection by the Bacillus au-ogeues eapsulatus. Ed. K. Dunham. Johns Hopkins Hospital Bull. Vol. VIII, No. 73.

Eug. Fraenkel. Centralblatt fur Bakteriologie. I'.d. XIII. No. 1.

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Wound infection with the Bacillus aerogenes eapsulatus. Medical News, Oct. 9, 1897.

Graham, Stewart and Baldwin. Columbus MedicalJournal, Aug. 1893.


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[No. 97.




By W. T. Howard, Jr., M. D., Professor of Pathology in the Western Reserve University, Pathologist to Lakeside Hospital,

Oleveland, Ohio.

(From the Pathological Laboratory of Lakeside Hospital.)

For the clinical history of the following case my thanks are due to Dr. Dudley P. Allen. H. E., male, white, aged 31 years, was admitted to Lakeside Hospital, service of Dr. Allen, March 22, 1898. His family history was without interest. The patient had had chicken-pox and scarlet fever, but denied syphilis.

In August, 1897, he contracted gonorrhoea, and shortly after this he noticed a painful swelling in the perineum. Six months later this ruptured, with the discharge of a considerable amount of pus. After this there was a permanent urinary fistula at this point. Three months after the occurrence of the first swelling another formed in the same region, and after the escape of pus healed and disappeared.

With the usual precautions under ether anaesthesia Dr. Allen curetted the fistulous tract which communicated with the urethra. After dilatation of the urethra a catheter was inserted and the wound allowed to heal.

A few days after the operation the patient became unconscious, developed symptoms of meningitis and died during the night of March the 29th, 1898. After the operation the temperature ranged between 99° and 104°, reaching 105° F. before death.

A few minutes after death the body was placed in a coldstorage chest kept constantly at 32° F.

The autopsy was begun ten hours after death. Anatomical Diagnosis. — Operation for cure of perineal fistula. Acute fibrino-purulent cerebro-spinal meningitis and ependymitis, with abscesses of the cerebrum, gas-cysts in the cerebrum, cerebro-spinal exudation and in the liver, septicasniia (?), due to the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus; fatty degeneration of the liver, heart and kidneys; cloudy swelling of the kidneys.

The body was 182 cm. long, the surface cold, rigor mortis was marked. There was no oedema and no emphysematous crackling of the subcutaneous tissues. The abdominal muscles were well developed. The peritoneum was smooth and glistening. The pelvic cavity contained a small amount of slightly blood-tinged fluid with a few gas bubbles. The abdomen was not distended.

The chest was well shaped. The pleural cavities and the pleurae were normal.

Both lungs were enormously congested and showed small areas of consolidation. On section a large amount of dark fluid-blood containing gas bubbles escaped. Gas bubbles escaped from the pulmonary vessels on pressure. The mucous membrane of the bronchi was deeply congested. The lungs were moderately pigmented. The bronchial glands were pigmented, but were free from tuberculosis. The mucous membrane of the trachea and larynx was congested.

The pericardium was negative. The heart was of ordinary size. The myocardium was pale. In the right auricle and auricular appendage and the right ventricle there were dark fluid-blood and loose clots, with a large number of large and small gas bubbles. The valves and coronary vessels were normal.

The liver was of ordinary size and its capsule smooth. On section a large amount of dark red blood containing large and small gas bubbles escaped from the hepatic and portal veins. The lobules were well marked ; the consistencies were not specially increased. Scattered throughout the organ there were a large number of small opaque areas the size of a pin's head. The bile-ducts and the gall-bladder were negative.

The spleen was four times the ordinary size. The capsule was not thickened. On section the organ was soft, dark red in color and markedly hypenemic. The Malpighian bodies and the trabecules were obscure. A large number of gas bubbles escaped on section.

The kidneys were of ordinary size. The capsules were readily removed. The surfaces were pale. The cortices were somewhat thicker than ordinary, and the glomeruli and veins were markedly congested. There were no gas bubbles to be found in the kidneys. The adrenals were negative.

The pancreas, oesophagus, stomach and small intestines were markedly congested. The colon and rectum showed nothing of interest. . The testicles were negative. The urethra was normal ; there was no stricture to be found. The perineal wound was healed, and no pus and no gas bubbles could be found. The right lobe of the prostate was larger than ordinary. No abscesses were found. The bladder was distended with urine. The mucous membrane was moderately congested; there were no ulcers. The pelvis was deep and narrow. Careful dissection failed to show any focus of suppuration. The pelvic veins, the inferior vena cava and the portal vein all contained large and small gas bubbles.

Head.— The scalp was of ordinary thickness and moderately congested. The skull was normal. The vessels of the dura-mater were moderately congested. The sinuses contained dark fluid-blood with large and small gas bubbles.

Brain.— The vessels of the surface of the brain were very much congested. The pia-arachnoid over the cerebral hemispheres showed a number of small opaque areas of fibrinous exudation. The structures at the base of the brain, including the nerves, were bathed in a thick yellow pus. The piaarachnoid over the inferior surface of the cerebrum, a large portion of the cerebellum, the pons and the medulla were covered with a thick fibrino-purulent exudation.

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Sylvian fissure, involving the intra-parietal fissure, and the ascending parietal and the supra-marginal convolutions, there was an abscess with soft, necrotic walls. This abscess varied from 0.5 to 2 cm. in diameter. Near this abscess at one side there were a number of smooth-walled cavities measuring from 1 to 5 mm. in diameter.

On the inner side, this abscess extended deep into the tissue. Occupying the anterior half of the left superior temperosphenoidal convolution there was an irregular abscess with soft necrotic walls. The abscess cavity was filled with a semi-fluid necrotic material. This abscess varied from 0.5 to 1.5 cm. in diameter. Both of these abscesses extended inwards and communicated with the left lateral ventricle. Nearly the whole of the surface of this ventricle was covered with a thick layer of pus and the wall over a large surface was necrotic. The lenticular nucleus of the left side contained a number of small smooth-walled gas-cysts or cavities varying from 1 to 5 mm. in diameter. In the internal capsule there were several similar gas-cysts. The right lateral ventricle, the right cerebral hemisphere, the cerebellum and the pons and medulla showed nothing abnormal on section.

Spinal Cord. — The dura mater was moderately hyperemia The vessels of the pia-arachnoid were bypersemic and contained small gas bubbles. In the membranes there were gas-cysts from 1 to 3 mm. in diameter. The cord was of ordinary consistence and appeared normal.

Bacteriological Examination. — Coverslip preparations made from the lungs, heart, vena? cavse, portal vein, pelvic veins, liver, the cerebral and spinal exudations, and the brain abscesses, showed in great numbers and in pure culture a large stout bacillus often in pairs, threes and fours end to end, and usually with capsules. Careful study of the meningeal exudate failed to demonstrate the presence of any other bacteria. Half a cubic centimeter of this pus was injected into the ear-vein of a rabbit. The animal was killed a few minutes later and put in the incubator. After five hours the animal was enormously swollen, its subcutaneous tissues being emphysematous. At the autopsy gas was found in the heart and blood-vessels and in all the organs. Oapsulated bacilli similar to those injected were found in pure culture in the various organs.

At the autopsy plate and slant cultures were made on glucose agar and upon slanted coagulated blood serum from the brain abscesses, the meningeal exudate, the heart's blood, and from the liver, lungs, spleen, kidneys and portal vein, were grown both aerobically and anaerobically (Novy's jars).

The aerobic cultures were sterile after three days in the incubator. All the anaerobic cultures showed, after 24 hours in the incubator, numbers of grayish-white colonies, which after a few days were from "-i to 3 millimeters in diameter. In gelatine cultures slow liquefaction of the medium occurred. Milk was coagulated in forty-eight hours. There was slight visible growth with gas formation on potato. Sugar bouillon was rendered diffusely cloudy. The organism was non-motile. In blood serum-cultures spores were found.

The bacillus produced gas in media containing fermentable substances. Cultures of this bacillus were pathogenic for guinea-pigs and pigeons. Rabbits killed after intravenous

inoculation and kept in a warm place always showed marked emphysematous swelling with typical " Sohaumorgane." This bacillus stained well with the aniline stains and by Gram's staining method.

From the brain abscess and the meningeal exudate, then, as well as from the various organs there was obtained in pure culture a bacillus identical with the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus (Welch).

Microscopical Examination of the Ohgans.

The brain and spinal cord were hardened in 10$ formalin, and portions of the other organs were hardened in Zenker's fluid and in 95$ alcohol.

Central Nervous System. — Sections made from the cerebral and cerebellar cortex, from the pons and medulla and from the spinal cord, and from the brain abscesses were stained in hematoxylin and eosin, in eosin and methylene-blue, in thionin, and m carmine .followed by Weigert's fibrin stain. A study of the meningeal changes showed marked dilatation of the blood-vessels. Many of the small arteries were filled with both polymorphous and mononuclear leucocytes. In some vessels the endothelium was partially or totally desquamated and the sub-endothelial tissue infiltrated with cells, and well marked thrombosis was found in some arteries. In some vessels both polymorphous and mononuclear leucocytes could be seen in the media and adventitia. In some places there was proliferation of the cells of the adventitia with the formation of large round or spindle-shaped cells. Only a few bacilli were seen in the vessels, but in places numbers were found in the adventitia. The exudation varied very much in thickness, being thickest at the base of the brain over the cerebellum, the pons and the medulla. The most numerous cells were polymorphous nuclear neutrophils. Besides these there were many mononuclear cells of varying size and answering to the description of plasma cells. In addition to these in some places large round or oval mononuclear cells of the connectivetissue type were seen. Here and there a few red-blood cells were found. In some places the exudation was rich in fibrin, while in others this was scanty.

In many places on the cerebral and cerebellar cortex, proceeding along the course of the vessels in the sulci, there was a marked infiltration with polymorphous nuclear leucocytes and plasma cells. The exudation was, in general, rich in fibrin. The blood-vessels were dilated, and many of the arteries showed the same changes described in the meningeal vessels. In these areas bacilli were always found. In some of these broad bands of cellular infiltration in the cerebellum gas-cysts of varying size containing bacilli were seen.

Sections of the cord made at differenl levels showed wellmarked meningitis. The exudation was most marked in the cervical and upper dorsal regions, and was in every way similar to that described in the cerebral meninges. At various places, especially, however, in the exudation over the medulla and the cervical cord, there were a number of gas-cysts. The gas-cysts of the spinal meninges varied from twenty," to four to five mm. in diameter. The cysts of the pons and medulla did not exceed one hundred /« in diameter. These cysts were round or oval in outline and contained, both in their cavities



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and along their margins, a number of large bacilli. The exudate in the neighborhood of the cysts was usually compressed.

Brain. — Sections made through the abscesses in the supramarginal and ascending parietal convolutions and including the infra-parietal tissue, and through the abscess of the superior tempero-sphenoidal convolution showed large central areas of necrotic material. This material was homogeneous and hyaline in appearance and stained diffusely with eosin. Here and there a few nuclei could be made out. Nuclear fragments were numerous in some places. In this material myriads of bacilli were found. The bacilli occurred singly and in small and large groups. About the necrotic area there was always a deep zone of dense cellular infiltration. The most numerous cells were polymorphous nuclear leucocytes. Lymphocytes and plasma cells were found in great numbers. Many of the cells resembling plasma cells contained two nuclei and were evidently proliferating. In some places cells with kidney-shaped nuclei were seen. This zone of cellular infiltration varied from one to three or four mm. in thickness. Bacilli in small and large groups, sometimes in huge clumps, could always be found in this zone. Infrequently bacilli were found in leucocytes. The blood-vessels near this zone were dilated. In many of the arteries among the redblood cells many polymorphous nuclear and large mononuclear cells were seen. In some vessels thrombi were found. In these the intima cells were often desquamated and leucocytes were seen in the media. Well-marked cellular infiltration was found about many of the arteries. Bacilli were but rarely seen inside the vessels. Near the zone of cellular infiltration a varying number of bacilli were sometimes noticed. In rare instances in this region small spaces (gas-cysts), varying from ten to thirty ;j. in diameter and containing bacilli, were found.

In sections including the wall of the left lateral ventricle no trace of the ependyma remained. The ventricular surface of the sections was covered with a thick layer of hyaline material staining diffusely with eosin. This hyaline, homogeneous layer varied in thickness, and was similar in appearance to the necrotic material of the abscesses of the cortex. This layer contained myriads of bacilli and often nuclear fragments, with an occasional polymorphous nuclear leucocyte. Beneath this layer there was a thick zone of cellular infiltration in every way similar to that described in the abscesses. Many bacilli were seen among the cells in this zone. The underlying tissue showed areas of infiltration with cells about the blood-vessels, many of which contained thrombi. With the exception of the gas-cysts and the inflammatory lesions above described, no special changes were made out in the white or gray matter of the brain or cord.

Sections of the gas-cysts or cavities in the internal capsule and in the lenticular nucleus showed simply separation and compression- of the tissues due to the pressure exerted by the gas. None of the cysts appeared to be dilated blood-vessels. Large numbers of bacilli were always found along the walls of the cysts. In some places large clumps or colonies were to be seen. There was no inflammatory reaction about the cysts.

Four varieties of gas-cysts could be recognized in the central nervous system in this case. (1) Cysts developed in

the meningeal exudation on the surface of the cerebrum, cerebellum, pons, medulla and spinal cord. These cysts varied from twenty // to from two to five mm. in diameter. (2) Small cysts, never exceeding fifty ,u in diameter, occurring in the inflammatory exudation following the course of the arteries in the cerebellum. (3) Small cysts from ten to twenty ii. in diameter, occurring near the abscesses in the parietal lobes. (4) Cysts varying from 0.5 to 1.5 mm. in diameter found in the superior tempero-sphenoidal lobe, in the lenticular nucleus and internal capsule on the left side.

Lungs. — Sections of the lungs showed slight chronic interstitial pneumonia and emphysema. There was marked congestion of the air vesicles about some of the small bronchi. No bacilli were seen in the alveoli or in the blood-vessels, though some of the latter contained many leucocytes.

Liver. — The liver showed extensive fatty degeneration, best marked in the liver cells at the periphery of the lobules. The interlobular fibrous tissue was increased, and in many places was infiltrated with cells resembling lymphocytes and plasma cells. Nuclear figures were occasionally seen in the latter cells. The veins and capillaries were congested and in many bacilli were seen. In a number of sections there were areas varying from 0.5 to 1 mm. in diameter, in which the nuclei of the liver cells did not stain. The cytoplasm was swollen and more granular than ordinarily. Many cells contained fat drops. Many of the liver cells, especially in the centre of the areas, were shrunken to one-half their normal size. In these areas the endothelial cells of the capillary walls did not stain. Occasionally leucocytes still retaining their staining properties were seen. Long stout bacilli were always found, sometimes in small, but usually in great, numbers. Small gas-cysts containing bacilli were occasionally seen. The necrotic areas bore no special relation to the central veins, the portal veins or the bile-ducts. The latter were normal. The liver tissue in general was well preserved and stained well with the usual dyes.

Spleen. — The spleen showed marked congestion, but no : areas of cell destruction and no gas-cysts.

Kidneys. — The kidneys showed cloudy swelling of the ! epithelium of the convoluted tubules, congestion of the glomerular and intralobular capillaries, and of the veins. No bacilli and no gas cavities were found. The heart showed nothing of interest.

The bacilli noted in the sections of the various organs were identical. They were most numerous in the brain abscesses and in the meningeal exudation. The bacilli varied considerably in size. They were sometimes two ,u long, but the most common forms were from four to six ;i in length. A few bacilli were seven /* long. Some of the bacilli had square ends, but usually the ends were rounded. They often occurred in pairs, threes and fours, end to end. Not infrequently they were bent or curved, and some were wavy in outline. The bacilli stained well and uniformly with hematoxylin, thiouin, methylene-blue and by Weigert's method. The last method gave the most clear-cut pictures. With this stain the outlines of the bacilli were often somewhat irregular, due to irregular swelling or contraction of their protoplasm. Slightly clubbed forms were sometimes seen. No stained capsules

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were found in the tissues, but occasionally ill-defined masses resembling empty capsules were seen. Careful search of the affected tissues failed to disclose the presence of any other bacteria.

In this case it is evident that the tissue necrosis, the inflammatory lesions and the gas-cysts were due to infection by the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus. The pyogenic properties of t his bacillus are now well known.

In my opinion the presence of the bacilli in such great numbers in the nervous system and their relative paucitj in the blood-vessels and other organs precludes the idea thai thej were post-mortem invaders. When an unusual organism is found in association with inflammatory lesions it is no longer thought necessary to assume that the pyogenic cocci have caused the lesions and died out before the case came to bacteriological examination, thus reducing an organism found

in large numbers and in pure culture to the level of an accidental and innocuous invader. The complete revolution of our views concerning the pyogenic properties of the typhoid

bacillus is an illustration in point. The formation of gascysts in the brain, the cerebro spinal exudation, and in the liver is probably to be regarded as a post-mortem change. The perineal wound must be regarded as the portal of entry for the bacilli. A search of the literature fails to disclose a case of abscess of the brain with cerebro- spinal meningitis due to the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus. 1 have found this bacillus in the blood-vessels of the brain in several cases without inflammatory lesions. Through the courtesy of Dr. Reuling, I have examined a section through a gas-cyst of the brain of the case he reports in this number of the Bulletin. In every respect it agrees in appearance with gas-cysts of the internal capsule and lenticular nucleus of my case,



Resistance to (Juinine of Certain Forms of Malaria.— Dr. Camac

The value of the following temperature records is both diagnostic and therapeutic. Where the aid of the microscope is not to be had the temperature chart may be all the physician has to guide him in both diagnosis and treatment. It is with the object of drawing conclusion on these two heads that the present malarial temperature charts are exhibited. In each of the following cases the malarial parasite was, of course, found and its type determined, so that the conclusions are reliable as referring to malaria only.

Case I. — J. B. Type jEstivo-Autumnal. Blood Examination by Dr. Hamburger. Sept. 30 (day of admission), intracellular hyaline amoeboid ring-sbaped bodies ; one crescent. Oct. 1, a crescent ; organisms scarce ; hyaline intracellular body. Oct. 2, 10 a. m., quinine gr. x ; 12 m., quinine gr. v q, 4h.; p. m., one intracellular hyaline body. Oct. 3, No organisms.

Temperature. — Daily paroxysm ; not reaching normal during the intervals ; temp, normal on Oct. 4.

Treatment. — "0 grains of quinine required to control fever. Time required, 3 days.

Case II. — R. B. (colored). Type iEsnvo-AuTUMNAL. Blood examination by Dr. Pancoast. Sept. 24 (day of admission), 7 p.m., one ring-shaped body. Sept. 25, 10 a. m., ring-shaped amoeboid body. 12 m. quin. gr. x ; 4 p. m., quin. gr. v. q. 4 h.

Temperature. — Daily parox.; slight drops, not reaching the normal (WidaPs agglutination negative); temp, normal 27th.

Treatment. — 9-3 grs. required to control fever — 3 days.

Case III. — JI. .1. Type JCstivo-Autdmnal? Blood examination by Dr. Pancoast. Sept. 27 (day of admission), one ring-shaped body ; 10 p. m., quinine gr. x ; 12 m., quinine gr. vq. ! h.

Temperature. — Daily paroxysms ; not reaching normal during intervals. 2 p. m., 27th, temp. 104.2; fever apparently controlled by quin. ; parox. only delayed. 10 p. m., 29th, temp. 101.8. 10 p. m., 30th, temp, normal.

Treatment. — 105 grs. required to control fever; time required, 3 days. Especially instructive case as blood examination was not conclusive.

Case IV. — P. C. Type Double Tertian. Blood examination by Dr. Runner. Numerous organisms. 2 sets, 1st full grown in very pale corps ; fine, actively motile pigment ; 2d, half-grown intracellular pigment, motile ; corps somewhat enlarged.

Temperature.— Parox. 27th, from 2 p. m. to 3 p. m. Parox. 28th, 2 p. m. Quin. gr. xx, 2p.m.; quin. gr. v, 6 p. m. q. 4 h.

Treatment. — 50 grains controlled fever, inclusive of time when parox. should have occurred. Time required, y 2 day.

Case V. — J. S. Type Double Tertian. Blood examination bg Dr. Banner. Two sets of organisms : 1st group, Sept. 13, parox. 2 p. m.; 2d group, Sept. 14, parox. 6 p. m.; 1st group, Sept. 15, parox. 2p.m.; 2d group, Sept. 16, parox. 4 p. m.

Treatment. — Sept. 16, 4 p. m., subcutaneous inject, xviii. Sept. 17, parox. of 1st set delayed to 6 p. m.; also modified Sept. 15, 104.8 ; Sept. 17, 102.6. Sept. 17, 6 p. m., intravenous inject, gr. vii ss. Sept. 17, abortive rise at 10 p. m. Sept. 18, fever controlled. Fever controlled by 25'i gis. Time required, 2 days.

Case VI. — J. B. Type Double Quartan. Blood examination by Dr. dishing. Two sets of quartan parasites. Case developed on surgical side. Further blood examination made by Dr. Thayer. Oct. 26, 10 p. m., paroxysms complete ; quin. grs. v, 2 and 4 p. m. Oct. 28, 2 a. m., paroxysms complete. Oct. 29, 12 noon, quin. grs. v q. 4h. Oct. 30, slight parox. Oct. 31, slight parox.

Treatment. — 30 grs. greatly modified parox. of two group ; 76 grs. controlled fever.

There are to be observed in these six cases several striking features: 1st, The marked resistance to quinine of the sestivoautumnal type. 2d, The tendency of the sestivo-aulumnal not to reach normal during the intervals. 3d, No form resisting the quinine beyond :'. days.

The most effectual time to exhibit quinine has been fully investigated by Golgi ; Marchiafava and Bignami, and Case VI of the present series demonstrates well Golgi's observations. He finds that quinine administered in quartan fever, 4 or 5 hours (even in small doses) before segmentation reailily kills the young form=, but has no influence upon the adult forms, the following paroxysn a occurring uninterruptedly. The tertian, however, is readily influenced by the administration of quinine just before the paroxysms (Case IV), the following paroxysms being prevented or delayed. From the teachings of Marchiafava and Bignami the following may be concluded for tertian and quartan fever ;



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Fall dose at crisis :

Full dose 6 hours before crisis :

1. Parox. prevented.

2. Aborted.

3. Delayed 6-24 hours.

1. Delayed.

2. Aborted.

3. Pseudocrisis.

By watching the chart and observing first its character uninfluenced by quinine, then its character after the administration of quinine, and noting at the same time when the quinine was administered with reference to the paroxysm, the diagnosis not only of malaria but of its type may sometimes be made. Fever which shows no signs of breaking three days after the administration of full doses of quinine every four hours is other than malaria; if it yields earlier than the third day, on moderate doses, it is likely to be of the tertian or quartan type, whether double or single. The tendency of the aestivo-autumnal fever to resist quinine has led the Italian observers to speak of the gradual destruction of the parasite as one of "fractional sterilization," and this tendency would induce the careful physician to prolong his quinine for a greater period in dealing with this form. Here, however, we may take as a guide the lact that the aestivoautumnal fever often fails to touch normal during the intervals between paroxysms, whereas the tertian and quartan more commonly do. To those cases therefore who bear quinine badly it may be discontinued earlier and with greater safety in the tertian and quartan than in the sestivo-autumnal.

It may, however, with profit, be repeated, and repeated emphatically, that fever which does not show signs of breaking within three days, when propierly met by quinine, is other than malarial, and quinine is being given not only to no advantage, but in many cases with harmful effects.

We have, therefore, in the proper observation of the temperature chart, both a diagnostic and therapeutic guide, though we have not the aid of the microscope.

It may be interesting in this connection to mention a recent conversation with Dr. John T. Metcalfe, one of Louis' students, who remembers the pre-quinine days. I think it was about 1820 that quinine was separated by Pelletier, prior to which Peruvian bark was used exclusively. The preparation known as Peruvian paste was so thick that it could be just swallowed. A tablespoonful was taken at a dose, and frequently vomiting was so severe as to require the use of opium. A 3-ounce bottle of quinine was brought to Natchez, Miss., and was sold for $90.

A New Method of Staining Malarial Parasites.— Dr. Fitciier.

As Dr. Lazear and myself, during the past winter, came across a convenient method of staining malarial parasites in dry specimens, I thought it might be of interest to report it to the society. We do not claim originality, either for the method of fixing, or the method of staining, the organisms, but, so far as the combining of the two methods is concerned, we think it has not been done before. It is a very quick process and very- serviceable in cases where one is called out to see a suspicious case and has not a microscope at hand with which to examine the fresh blood.

The dried-blood specimens, made in the usual way described by Ehrlich, are then fixed in a i per cent, solution of formalin in 95 per cent, alcohol. It is important that the formalin

solution should be made up fresh each time it is used. We have found satisfactory results by adding four or five drops of a ten per cent, aqueous solution of formalin to 10 cc. of 95 per cent, alcohol just before using. This method was first described by Benarioin the Deutsche Medicinische Wochenschr., No. 27, 1891. He used a 1 percent, solution of formalin in 90 per cent, alcohol, however. He stated that not only was the haemoglobin of the red cells well preserved, but the granules and nuclei of the leucocytes were well fixed and took the stain particularly well. The cells were especially well stained with eosin and hematoxylin. The specimens are fixed in this solution for only one minute, washed in water, blotted and then stained in the special mixture.

As to the staining agent, our attention was first drawn to the use of thionin by Dr. W. G. McCallum, who referred us to an article by E. Marchoux, in the Annales del'Institut Pasteur, Vol. ii, p. 610, 1897, in which the author gives a report on the malarial fevers of Senegal, and in which he describes his method of using thionin in staining the parasites. The author considered it especially serviceable for staining malarial organisms, but instead of formalin he used the ordinary alcohol and ether fixing method and, so far as we know, the use of formalin and this stain have not been combined before. He makes a saturated solution of thionin in 50 per cent, alcohol, of which 20 cc. are added to 100 cc. of a 2 per cent, carbolic acid solution. This solution can be kept in stock and used as required. It is perhaps better to keep the stain for some time before using as it improves with age. Thionin phenate is formed, which is believed to be the active staining agent. Only 10 to 15 seconds are required for staining.

The malarial parasites come out very distinctly as reddishviolet bodies with this stain, and it is especially serviceable in staining the ring-shaped bodies of the ffistivo-autumnal infection. These are very hard to distinguish in fresh specimens and usually do not stain satisfactorily with eosin and methylene-blue. Any one who has stained specimens in this way knows how he has regretted, on examining them two or three months later, to find that they have faded. With the thionin stain the parasites retain the color much better than they do when stained with methylene-blue.

The method of fixing and staining malarial parasites is then as follows :

Make the ordinary smear preparation, fix in the formalin solution for one minute, wash in water, thoroughly dry, stain with the thionin solution for from ten to fifteen seconds; ten will probably give the most satisfactory results. Wash off the excess of stain, blot, mount in balsam and the specimen is ready to be examined. The whole operation does not last more than two minutes from the time you begin to fix until it is ready for examination, whereas with the old method of fixing with alcohol and ether, one usually has to wait two hours to get satisfactory results, and even theu it is often found, if eosin aud methylene-blue have been used, that the haemoglobin of the red cells has not been properly fixed and the cells show peculiar vacuolic areas. With the formalin fixing and thionin staining the protoplasm of the reds is well fixed and practically unstained, and the parasites stand out

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distinctly as reddish-violet bodies in the substance of the red cell. The ring-shaped bodies of the aastivo-autumnal variety come out much better than with any other agenl in use.

We also used the thionin stain to try and bring out the flagellated processes in the aestivo-autumnal infection. Probably one of the most convenient methods for obtaining permanent preparations of the flagella is that described by Sakharov, in which an ordinary specimen on the slide is made and at the same time several specimens of blood are taken on coverslips, leaving the latter in contact with each other m a moist chamber and watching the ordinary preparation under the microscope until flagellation begins, when the coverslips in the moist chamber are taken out and drawn apart and dried. One will then most likely catch the organisms in the flagellating stage.. We have fixed some of these by heat and then stained with thionin, and have obtained some good specimens showing the flagellate processes coming off from the body of the parasite. At this time we had not been using the formalin fixing, but there is no reason why it should not be substituted for the heat.

This method of fixing and staining is not to supersede the examination of the specimen of fresh blood, always the most satisfactory method, but only where staining is the only resource and rapid results are desired. We have placed under the microscope on the table specimens of the three types of malarial organism staiued by this method.

Dr. Flexner.— There is a method, you will remember, which was worked out by Dr. Mallory for staining the amoeba coh. The specimen is stained in thionin and placed in a weak solution of oxalic acid to remove the coloring matter from all other cells except the amoeba. I also had the opportunity of stinking recently some specimens of amoebic dysentery stained by Dr. Harris of Philadelphia, witli toluidin blue and the organisms are as easily made out as when stained with thionin. I do not know whether these methods would succeed with the malarial parasite, but they might be tried.

Dr. Lazear.— During the summer I tried the toluidin blue for the malarial parasite. It is fully as good as methvlene-blue, but does not stain so deeply as the thionin.

Dr. Thayer.— It appears to me that the method of staining advised by Dr. Futcher is one which is of very considerable oractical value. It is often impossible for the busy practitioner to examine the fresh specimen of blood, and most of the other methods of preparation are rather delicate proceedings, at least if one wishes to obtain really good specimens. A thoroughly satisfactory method which can be carried out almost inside of two minutes is a great advance.

T should like to emphasize particularly its value in staining the aestivo-autumnal parasites. The hyaline bodies take up all dyes very feebly, and it is often extremely difficult for the unskilled eye to distinguish them. By Dr. Futcher's method )f staining with thionin, however, a perfectly satisfa specimen may instantly be obtained. I know of no method which brings out the testivo-autumnal parasite so well.

Laparotomy for Intestinal Perforation In Typhoid Fever

[See Bulletin for November Discussion, 1898. |

Dr. Thayer.— I had the good fortune to observe the first

case which Dr. Cushing has mentioned throughout the greater

part of its course. I happened to walk into the ward on the

night upon which the second operation was done and found

the boy in a condition of profound collapse. This 1km ■,

on very suddenly, Dr. Cushing having seen the child bul a short time before. When 1 saw him he had been vomiting; the skin was cool; there was profuse sweating; the temperature had fallen several degrees: there was abdominal tenderness; the pulse was feeble and rapid : the face was drawn ; the cheeks and eyes sunken. There could scarcely have been a more typical picture of acute peritonitis. And" vet, when the abdomen was opened, there was not only no peritonitis, but there was not enough disturbance to suggest the existence of obstruction to any one present. Such a picture is an excellent demonstration of the difficulties which may stand in the way of a correct diagnosis in these cases.

What Dr. Cushing has said of the leucocytes is, it semis to me, of considerable importance. I have no doubt that it is quite true that in an individual with distinct evidences of perforative peritonitis a normal or subnormal number of leucocytes is a very bad prognostic sign. I remember one or two instances of general streptococcus septicemia where the leucocytes were normal or subnormal in number; one case in particular where there were but 3000 leucocytes to the cubic millimeter. As long ago as 1892, Werigo showed that after inoculating animals with cultures of pyogenic bacteria there occurs primarily a reduction in the number of leucocytes to the cubic millimeter. In the milder cases this initial' fall is followed by a subsequent leucocytosis. In the particularly malignant and rapidly fatal cases, however, no subsequent rise in the number of leucocytes occurs. The same condition has been noted experimentally by various other observers. And I am inclined to believe that, as in pneumonia, so in other malignant general infections, a subnormal number of leucocytes may be regarded as a bad symptom, and it is not at all impossible that in Case III the fall in the number of leucocytes following the direct evidence of perforation may well havi been associated with the sudden onset of what proved to be a rapidly fatal streptococcic infection, the previou leucocytosis having been due to the moderate local peritonitis about deep ulcers.

Monday, December L9, 1898.

Presentation of Pathological Specimens.— Drs. MacCalmjm

and Harris.

Dr. MaoCallum presented lultiple

metastases from a sarcoma primary in the pelvis. The patient was a young man, aged '.'I, who had complained of chills and obstinate constipation with greal pain on defecation. There was also severe pain in knee, hip and back, and recently considerable loss in weight and strength. Physical examination revealed signs of consolidation at left api tumor mas Q g laterally out of the pelvis in the

inguinal regions: and per rectum a large smooth ma.-., filling the pelvis over which the mucosa of the re< turn could be



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moved. There were also several subcutaneous nodules. After a very painful illness the patient developed a pleurisy and died without any great elevation of temperature.

At the autopsy the most extensive tumor growth was found in the pelvis. The pelvis was completely choked by the new growth which projected over its brim and formed the nodules palpated during life. The mass lay between the bladder and intestine, projecting into the bladder and forming a large ridge across its posterior wall. The prostate retained almost its normal appearance, the median lobe being apparently unchanged. Rectal mucosa was not involved. This large tumor was directly continuous with the chain of retroperitoneal glands which were densely matted together and surrounded the recto-vesical cul-de-sac. Sections showed that the tumor — an alveolar large round-cell sarcoma with giant ce ll s — had invaded the bladder from without, as remains of epithelium exist over the intra-vesical projection. The prostate was almost completely replaced by the tumor mass, and the seminal vesicles pushed far back towards the rectum. Metastases occurred in the testes, liver, epicardium, lungs and mesentery, as well as the subcutaneous tissues. The lymphatic glands, with the exception of the immediately adjacent retroperitoneal glands, were very slightly involved.

In the lung, in addition to a mass at the hilum, the metastases were chiefly in the form of flat, button-like nodules on the pleural surface, and on cutting up the arteries which run to these nodules, the arterial walls were seen to be infiltrated with tumor cells so as to form a thick cord-like structure with relatively narrow lumen— a few of these arteries were actually plugged with masses of tumor cells, evidently indicating the channel of metastasis. The possibility, perhaps, cannot be excluded that the perivascular involvements in the neighborhood of the subpleural nodules are merely extensions iu the lymphatics of the vessels from the tumor masses which themselves may have arisen from an infection of the pleura — an idea supported by the extensive involvement of the costal pleura.

The very similar cases of Audree and Zenker (both reported in Virchow's Archiv) were referred to.

Dr. Harris. — The greater interest of this case, no doubt, lies in the pathological statement that Dr. MacCallum has presented, but the bacteriological findings will, I think, prove by no means unworthy of consideration.

The bacteriological analysis of the autopsy was as follows : The streptococcus pyogenes was isolated iu pure culture from the liver, the spleen and a sarcomatous nodule on the abdominal wall ; associated with this organism was the bacillus proteus vulgaris in a culture obtained from the lung.

Subsequently, additional interest was added to the case by the accidental infection with the streptococcus of Dr. dishing and Miss Eeed. In the former, the symptoms of beginning trouble appeared within six hours at the site of a small prick in one finger; within twelve hours the axillary glands and lymphatics of the limb were swollen and tender. The symptoms of infection becoming more pronounced, surgical aid was required, and, with excision of the infected area, recovery

soon set in. From the excised portion of the finger the streptococcus pyogenes was obtained in pure culture.

In the latter case of infection the trouble was entirely local in character, being confined to the tissues at the root of a finger-nail. Redness, pain, swelling and pus formation were the cardinal symptoms. The finger received surgical treatment and slowly healed by granulation. Coverslips from pus showed streptococcus. In consideration of these two ca'ses of accidental infection it was thought advisable to continue the bacteriological study of the organism, and tests were made to determine its virulency upon mice. The first mouse received subcutaneously 0.3 cc. of a bouillon culture. It was found dead next morning, and had probably died within twelve hours— rather a rapid result. The animal was autopsied, but all that was found was a subcutaneous cedema with possibly a small focus of necrosis. The inguinal glands were swollen, but not hemorrhagic. The axillary glands were in the same condition, and all the vessels leading to them were tremendously engorged. The lumbar and mesenteric glands were increased in size. The spleen was greatly swollen, dark-red and soft; the liver was also enlarged and friable; the kidneys in the same state, but pale instead of dark. Cultures from the organs of the mouse were negative, the organism being recovered only from the site of inoculation.

From that organism the second mouse was inoculated, using only one small loopful from the agar culture and administered beneath the skin. This mouse died in sixty-five hours, and the same appearances were found on autopsy of this animal. In addition the lungs showed numerous broncho-pneumonic patches. From these and from the heart's blood the organism was obtained in abundance.

From a liver culture of this mouse a third mouse was given the same quantity, and it died in less than sixty hours.

Upon the grounds of susceptibility to infection with the streptococcus pyogenes we are at once struck by the fact that the human being is very much more prone to this infection than mice, for, in a large number of cases occurring in the human subject, the isolated organism fails to kill a mouse inoculated with it. I can call to mind several occasions where I injected rabbits and mice with streptococcus obtained from cases of puerperal septicaemia, and had entirely negative results. Therefore, upon the high degree of virulence exhibited by this streptococcus, is the bacteriological side of the case presented.


Twenty-ninth Annual Report of the Massachusetts State Board of Health. {Boston : "W right & Potter Printing Co., 1898.) The Massachusetts State Board of Health Report for 1897 contains the records of work done by the Board during the year set forth in the lucid style so long characteristic of preceding issues. A general report, including a joint report upon the restoration of Green Harbor, is followed by a section relating to water-supply and sewerage. This section contains a report to the legislature, advice to cities and towns regarding their respective water-supplies ami sewerage systems, records of chemical and microscopical work done in the examination of water-supplies and rivers, water-supply statistics and a complete account of the work at the Lawrence Experiment Station on sewage purification and the filtration of

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water. The sewage purification of cities and towns in Massachusetts ia finally discussed.

Section 3 consists of a report on food and drug inspection and the analytical examination for adulterations, etc.

Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 describe the work and results of the State Bacteriological Laboratory, including diagnostic examinations and the making of antitoxin.

Statistical summaries of disease and mortality follow, and a review of the sanitary statistics of the various towns of the commonwealth completes the report.

There is, perhaps, no publication in this country in which statistics are more carefully worked out, or made to yield more definite information, than those collected by the Massachusetts State Board of Health, largely due to the fact that its well-known secretary is one of the most careful and patient statisticians in this country.

From this report, we gather that infectious diseases in Massachusetts have steadily decreased during the last forty years, with the exception of a slight rise in 1S96. An outbreak of small-pox, limited to about eighteen cases, occurred in Boston and neighboring municipalities during the first half of the year. In this connection, and in view of the recent retrograde changes in the vaccination laws of England, it is interesting to note that during the ten years (18S8-1 897) the death-rate in Massachusetts amongst vaccinated small-pox patients was 6.3 per cent., and amongst unvaccinated small-pox patients 25.5 per cent., about four times greater. We may note here that in Massachusetts, also, the vaccination laws suffered, in 1894, an unnecessary amendment, still in force, allowing any regular physician to certify to the unfitness of a child for vaccination, so exempting the child from the legal restrictions otherwise imposed. The granting of such exemptions should certainly be left to the discretion of boards of health.

Typhoid fever showed a reduction of about twelve per cent. Careful consideration of the mortality lists of the different Massachusetts towns confirms once more the rule that a continued high Jeath-rate from this disease in any one community points to the probable pollution of the water-supply of that community and calls for careful investigation. The number of diphtheria cases steadily decreased during the years 1894, 1895 and 1896. The fatality of cases diminished in a much greater ratio due probably to improved treatment and greater sanitary precautions. It can be definitely established that the fatality of epidemics, as well as their extent, is generally lessened by rigid supervision and painstaking care.

The epidemic of cerebro-spinal meningitis, which occurred early in this year (1897), has been exhaustively treated in the monograph of Councilman, Mallory and "Wright, to whom the investigation of the epidemic was entrusted by the State Board of Health. This monograph is abstracted in the report. It is interesting to compare with this epidemic of the year 1897 in Boston, the similar epidemic in Chicago during the year 1898, an account of which has been recently issued by the Chicago Health Department.

The food and drug inspection and examination upset some of the popular notions regarding the supposed extensive adulteration of foods. The adulterations in most cases are usually of a nature commercially fraudulent rather than physiologically harmful. It is curious to note that the production of pure butter is provided for by the maintenance of no less than four separate sets of o while on the other hand, the laws supposed to control the sale of poisons allow the unlimited sale of proprietary medicines containing violent irritating poisons or narcotics, a defect certainly requiring correction.

In most of the large cities of the State, bacteriological laboratories have been established for the diagnosis of diphtheria, tuberculosis, malaria, etc. The bacteriological laboratory of the State Board, in addition to the production of diphtheria and tetanus antitoxin, undertakes diagnostic work for those communities unprovided with a local laboratory. The use of formaldehyde as a gaseous disinfectant has become quite general throughout the State.

A large part of the report deals, as usual, with the analysis of the public water-supplies of the State, and also of rivers not now used for water-supply but receiving sewage from communities on their banks, a very provident proceeding; also with the investigations of the Lawrence Experiment Station on the filtration of water and disposal of sewage. In January, 1897, the laboratory for water analysis was transferred from the rooms of the Institute of Technology to the State House. Both this laboratory and that of the Experiment Station at Lawrence are now under the charge of Mr. H. W. Clarke. The chemical and microscopical methods developed in these laboratories continue in use. The bacteriological work is restricted to the usual efficiency tests of the filters and examination of Merrimac river water at the Experiment Station. No record of bacteriological work on the other public water-supplies is given. Owing to the distance which many of the samples of water must travel to reach the laboratory, and to the difficulty and expense of providing cold storage in transit for them, we think it probable that the additional information which may be obtained by bacteriological analysis of the water-supplies of the whole State is likely always to be restricted to qualitative work, omitting the quantitative as impracticable. Nevertheless, so many interesting and valuable chemical and biological determinations embracing not only the mere analytical results, but also the methods of analysis themselves, have come from the laboratories of the State Board in the past, that one is tempted to hope the near future may see quantitative bacteriological methods employed, for a time at least, on all the water-supplies of Massachusetts, if only to demonstrate their practicability or impracticability, in such work as the Board undertakes for the public. We think that the value of such bacteriological work is considerable and its practicability has been already amply demonstrated, certainly where the laboratory can be reached within a few hours of the collection of samples. The Lawrence experiments this year (1897) have been devoted to a continuation of the experiments of last year (1896) on the purification of tannery, papermill and wool-scouring establishments, on the filtration of highly polluted waters, and on the removal of iron from the waters of certain parts of the State.

Under food and drug inspection, and in addition to the ordinary routine work, the foil used for wrapping various preparations, the metal stoppers of liquid preparations, etc., have been examined for lead with interesting results. In certain countries, the inspections of these wrappers and stoppers as well as of culinary utensils, beer faucets, etc., is controlled by law. The refractometer, principally, is used in the detection of adulteration of such fats as butter, lard, olive oil, etc. A large percentage of cheap jellies were found to contain no trace of the raspberry, strawberry, etc., which the label proclaimed as present.

The report of the bacteriological laboratory of the Board at the Bussey Institute, under the charge of Dr. Theobald Smith, contains a number of tables illustrative of the results of the use of antitoxin, classification of the bacteriological diagnoses made and of the examinations for the malarial organisms.

Under the Health of Towns, an epitome of the reports -of the various boards of health of the State is given. The action of the Lowell authorities in attaching a " poison " label to all the faucets in the mill fed with canal water shows that they at least are troubled with few doubts on the dangers of polluted water-supplies.

In conclusion, we may congratulate the State Board of Health, through its president, Dr. Walcott, on the continued excellence of its Annual Report as exemplified in this issue. It mustbe confessed that we miss the detailed accounts of methods of water analysis, their applications and limitations, which have made certain of the previous reports indispensable adjuncts to chemical, biological and bacteriological laboratories throughout this country. No oni tution has contributed more to these subjects in the past ; certainly no one of these subjects is yet exhausted. We believe that much of the information liearin;; on these points is ftill practically unknown in many sections of the country. Nor can we do other



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wise than regret that the able pen of Dr. Smith has not yielded to this report some account of the routine methods in his department. Changes in technique, however slight, are often of considerable value, and in any case, the repeated publication of even an unchanging routine, wearisome as it may seem, gradually tends to bring about a greater uniformity in method as new laboratories are established and the latest and most successful methods are considered for adoption. To the sanitarian and statistician, in general, the present volume will prove fully as interesting as its predecessors, but the student, the analyst aud the ubiquitous "laboratory man" will certainly turn back, with some disappointment, to the reports of 90-96.

To the general public, the explanations accompanying some of the statistical tables of this report and the brief summaries of the conclusions to be deduced from the tables are most valuable. "We can only wish that this method of making clear to "the laity" the meaning of the endless succession of figures in which statisticians delight was more extended in this report and more generally followed in others of a similar nature. H. W. H.

A Primer of Psychology and Mental Disease. For use in Training Schools for Attendants and Nurses, and for Medical Classes. By C. B. Burr, M. D., Medical Director of Oak Grove Hospital, &c. Second Edition. Thoroughly Revised. {The F. A. Davis Co., Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, 1898.) The appearance of a second edition of Dr. Burr's Prime* of Psychology is, in itself, evidence that it has met a want and, considering that there are other more or less similar works to compete with it in its rather limited circle of patronage, is an indication of its worth. The present edition, in addition to the general revision, has had added an address given before the Training School class of the Eastern Michigan Asylum, in 1895, a valedictory address on the occasion of his leaving that institution.

If one is to offer any criticism of the work it would be on some minor point, such, as for example, the statement that in mania there is no tendency to suicide. Maniacs do sometimes commit impulsive suicide, and like most other insane are to be considered as rather uncertain in their conduct and needing watching. This and possibly one or two other similar statements should be less absolute, and in a future edition iheir modification is suggested. As a treatise for the instruction of hospital attendants we can heartily recommend this book.

Archives of the Roentgen Ray. Edited by W. S. Hedley, M. D.,

and Sidney Rowland, M. A. Vol. II, No. 4; Vol. Ill, No. 1.

{W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1898.)

These two issues of this now well-known publication appear to be fully equal to their predecessors, and to contain the usual number of scientific communications. Most of them are of a rather technical character, relating to the physical characteristics of the X-Rays and their management, as would be naturally expected, but one or two are of medical interest. One of these is the preliminary notes of Drs. Wolfenden and Ross on the influence of the Roentgen Rays upon the growth and activity of bacteria and micro-organisms, in which they were found to have a very marked stimulating influence on the bacillus prodigiosus. The authors are continuing their research on the pathogenic bacilli especially, and it will be an important gain if they can give us some authoritative data on their behavior under the action of the rays.

The same issue reproduces from the British Medical Journal an abstract of the papers and discussions on the uses of the Roentgen Rays in the diagnosis of tuberculosis at the late congress on this disease at Paris last summer. Their value, in this particular direction, seems fairly settled, or at least highly probable, when they are utilized by experienced operators.

On Cardiac Failure and its Treatment. With special reference to the use of baths and exercises. By Alexander Morison, M. D., Edin., M. R. C. P., Ed. {London: The Rebman Publishing Co., Ltd., 1897).

This work is a scientific monograph on cardiac weakness, a condition that is sometimes too little recognized, though, unfortunately frequent enough and often of serious importance, even without actual irreparable organic disease affecting the mechanical action of the heart. Whether it be the nervous system that is at fault, or the muscular tissue has iost its tone, or the heart is embarrassed by the mal-cooperation of other important organs or tissues, the general result is alike in all, a cardiac failure, varying only in degree in any particular case. The recognition and treatment of each and all of these factors is an important question, and serves to indicate how complete in this, as in other affections, the investigation of the disorder should be from the very beginning of the treatment.

The book appears to give within its compass reliable and thorough monographs of its subject, and the latter portion on the treatment of these conditions will be doubtless found valuable and suggestive. The remarks upon and descriptions of the gymnastic and nydrotherapeutic methods ought to be particularly useful as comparatively new in our literature, and the author has supplemented his own skilled observations and opinions with an appendix by Dr. Groedel, of Bad-Nauheim, who has also had the revision of the chapters on these special subjects.


Arcfiives of the Roentgen Ray. Edited by Thomas Moore, F. R. C. S., and Ernest Payne, M. A. (Cantab). Vol. Ill, No. 2, November, 1898. 4to. The Rebman Publishing Co., London. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Annual and Analytical Cyclopedia of Practical Medicine. By Charles E. de M. Sajous, M. D., and one hundred associate editors, etc. Volume 11.1899. 4to, 607 pages. The F. A. Davis Co., Publishers, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.

The American Year-booh of Medicine and Surgery. Collected and arranged with critical editorial comments by S. W. Abbott, M. D., J. J. Abel, M. D., et al. Under the general editorial charge of George M. Gould, M. D. 1899. 4to, 1102 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Saint T?iomas' Hospital Reports. New series. Edited by Dr. Hector Mackenzie and Mr. G. H. Makins. Vol. XXVI. 1898. 490 and 170 pages. J. & A. Churchill, London.

3000 Questions on Medical Subjects Arranged for Self '- Examination. Second edition. 32°. 1899. 189 pages. P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Philadelphia.

An American Text-book on Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Edited bv G. E. de Schweinitz, A. M., M. D., and B. Alex. Randall, M. A., M. D., Ph. D. 1899. 4to, 1251 pages. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia.

Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Reports. Edited by N. Moore, M. D., and D'Arcy Power, F. R. C. S. Vol. 34. 1S99. Svo, 396 and 258 pages. Smith, Elder & Co., London.

Thirty-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Boston City Hospital, with report of the Superintendent, February 1, 1897, to January 31. 1898, inclusive. 1898. 8vo, 215 pages. Municipal Printing Office, Boston.

Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of North Carolina, Forty-fifth aimual meeting held at Charlotte, N. C, May 3, 4 and 5, 189S. Svo., 173 and 50 pages. Carolina Publishing Co.. Winston, N. C.

Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society. Thirtyfourth annual meeting, New London, Conn. 1898. Svo, 471 pages. Published by the Society, Hartford.

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Acute Diffuse Gonococcus Peritonitis. By Harvey W. Cushing M. D., ■ .

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By Harvey W. ('ushixc;. M. D. '<> Surgical Clinic of Dr. Ilalsted, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.)

Owing to the influence of Bumm's original assertion, that gonorrhoea] processes remain limited to surfaces lined by mucous membrane, it had until comparatively recent times, been generally doubted that the gonococcus of Neisser, without ■me association of the more common pyogenic organisms, was capable of inducing an acute general peritonitis. It is howw recognized that structures other than those of an epithelial character are liable to invasion by the gonococcus and. indeed, parts covered by endothelium seem particularly attack by this organism. Thus the joints, plura, periand endocardium are liable to gonococcal infection, and - :i these affections are metastatic in character, and occur fcnng the course of a general gonococcus septicaemia, they nevertheless suffice to prove the untenableness of Bumm's original statement. Nevertheless surgeons have clung to the belief in the immunity of the peritoneum to gonococcal infection, and it has generally been granted that gonorrhceal processes in women are checked in the neighborhood of the abdominal ostiaof the tubes, where by continuity of extension, a peritonitis otherwise might readily be induced. We must for the p continue to believe that such an inhibition of the growth

organisms does usually occur when the serosa is reached, bul whether under unusual circumstances a general peritonitis may not follow, by implantation of gonocoeci from the tubes

upon the peritoneum, has hitherto I n regarded as extremely

improbable. The usual conception is concisely expressed in a recent paragraph by Frederick Treves,* as follow.-:

"Peritonitis lias been met with in association with gonorrhoea, but inasmuch as the gonococcus cannoi survive in the •• ity ii is doubtful whether peritonitis due to the

gonococcus alone has any existence It is very probable

that a mixed infection is the cause of the pyosalpinx often met with in gonorrhoea. That pyosalpinx may lead to acute peritonitis is undoubted, but it has not been demonstrated tch a complication is due to the action of the gonococcus alone; it is probably the outcome of a mixed infection. . . ."'

Even among those Ee\i >i 3, who have d

attention from an experimental as well as a clinical standpoint to the possibility of this complication of gonorrhea in

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women, the subject remains one of debate for the want of one link in the chain of evidence, which it is hoped that this communication will establish.

The recent observation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of two cases of diffuse peritonitis, clue to pure gonococcal infectiou, which it is the design to report, has led to the following brief historical review of the literature dealing with the question outlined in the preceding paragraph.

Bumm,* in 1889, published the following statement in which the principles laid down by most subsequent writers can be seen reflected. "Ab es eine gonorrhoische Entziindung des Peritoneum giebtistmir immer sehr Zweifelhaft gewesen. Die Mikroben der Gonorrhoe vermogen nur auf Schleimhauten pathogene Wirkungen zu entfalteu, gehen aber in Serosen Hohlen zu Grande. Reiner gonorrhoischer Eiter, der sich aus geplatzten Tubensacken in's Peritoneum ergiesst, wirkt in der Kegel nun als aseptischer Fremdkbrper. Es wird abgekapselt, etc." He goes on to say that only a mixed gonococcal infection can be followed by a septic peritonitis.

At the meeting of the German Gynaecological Society, held in Bonn, in 1891, Bummf further emphasized his views. He believed that gonorrhoeal infections ran a course as a superficial mucous membrane affection merely and never penetrated the deeper connective tissue in which the gonococcus would perish : that the organism of Neisser had nothing to do with septic processes, which occurred only through the medium of mixed infections : that the gonorrhoea] process, usually localized in the urethra and cervix, under certain influences, primarily that of menstruation, but also during the puerperium, and from coition and instrumentation, might extend to the endometrium of the body and tubes. Beyond these parts, however, he believed the process did not pass, being limited by the endothelial peritoneal surface.

At this same meeting WertheimJ presented the results of some clinical and experimental investigations which question the assertion as to the immunity of the peritoneum in Bumm's sense, and which remain to-day the most important contribution to this subject.

His observations, which are directly in opposition to those of Bumm, demonstrated conclusively that at all events a circumscribed pure gonococcal peritonitis could be produced experimentally in animals and was possible in human beings.

  • Bumm, E. Zur Aetiologie der septisehen Peritonitis. Miinchener

med. Wochenschr., Bd. XXXVI, No. 42, p. 715, 1889.

tBumin. Ueber die Bedeutung der gonorrhoischen Infection fur die Entstehung schwerer Genitalaffectionen bei der Frau. Verhandlungen der deutschen Gesellschaft fur Gyniikologie, IV. Kongress, 1891, p., 359.

Ref. Centralbl. f. Gyniikologie, Bd. XV, p. 448, 1891. Ref. Journal of Obstetrics, Vol. XXIV, p. 1265, Nov., 1S91.

tWertheim, Ernest. Zur Lehre "von der Gonorrhoe. Verhandlungen der deutschen Gesellschaft fiir Gyniikologie, IV. Kongress, 1891, p. 346.

Die ascendirende Gonorrhoe beim Weibe. Bakteriologische und klinische studien zur Biologie des Gonococcus Neisser. Archiv fiir Gyniikologie, Bd. XLII, p. 1, 1892.

Ref. Journal of Obstetrics, Vol. XXIV, p. 1379, Nov., 1891.

Ref. Centralbl. f. Bakteriologie, Bd. XII, p. 105, 1892.

In a carefully conducted series of experiments he found that the inoculation into the abdominal cavity of certain animals of a pure culture of gonococci, which organisms he had cultivated successfully upon human blood-serum agar, would produce a localized peritonitis, provided that there was introduced at the same time a non- absorbable material. For his purposes nutrient agar sufficed. He found, however, that even in white mice and guinea-pigs, the most susceptible of the lower animals, the process remained localized, was evanescent and never fatal. The acute circumscribed seropurulent reaction consisted of a deposit of pus cells and gonococci in great abundance on the hyperaemic serosa of the bowel. Nor was this all, for in sections the gut showed the gonococci penetrating deeply under the serosa and between the muscle bundles in ever-increasing intensity for about seventy-two hours, after which the multiplication of the organisms would cease and they would become more difficult of cultivation. The control animals would invariably recover. In his entire series of laparotomized animals no instance of mixed infection was encountered, and he recovered the introduced organisms in pure culture, and afterwards conclusively demonstrated their nature by the production of a specific anterior urethritis in man.

He further demonstrated that in a considerable percentage of cases of chronic salpingitis, which, from the absence of any growth upon ordinary media had previously been supposed to be sterile, a pure culture of gonococci could be obtained upon his blood-serum agar. Similarly from two cases of ovarian abscess he isolated pure cultures of these organisms.*

By his experimental and pathologic studies, therefore, Wertheim showed that the gonococcus was capable of multiplication upon the peritoneal serosa and in the tissues, and of inducing an acute localized, though evanescent, peritonitis. Similar occurrences in the human peritoneum and the possibility of a diffuse peritonitis of similar nature remained undemonstrated.

Wertheim! in a subsequent report published a case in which, during a laparotomy for salpingitis, he found an extensive acute pelvic peritonitis. In the exudate he demonstrated gonococci and succeeded in cultivating them on his bloodseruni agar. The abdominal ends of the tubes were open and discharging pus. The fimbria? were free from adhesions. Had the process been left to itself it would have gone on to organization of the exudate and the formation of extensive pelvic adhesions, the usual sequel of these conditions. The author believes this to be the first assured case of acute gonococcal infection of the peritoneum in a human being.

Since Wertheim's communications occasional contributions

  • The frequent demonstration by other observers since Wertheim,

of gonococci in the pus of ovarian abscesses, when the organisms are no longer demonstrable in the chronic peritonitis about the append dages, is most naturally explained on the supposition that the bloodclot of a ruptured follicle offers a more favorable culture medium for their maintenance than does the peritoneal serosa.

tWertheim, Ernest. Ein Beitrag zur Lehre von der Gonokokkenperitonitis. Centralblatt fiir Gyniikologie, Bd XVI, p. 385. 1S92.

Ref. Centralbl, f. Bakteriol. und Parasiten, Bd. XII, p. 108, 1892.

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to the subject have been made by various writers, all of rather negative value.

Menge,* at the Tenth International Congress in Berlin in 1891, reported the results of examination of twenty-six cases of purulent salpingitis. He found micro-organisms on eighi occasions and gonococci on three, but, like Bumm, he Failed to demonstrate the latter in inflammatory processes of the peritoneum. Menge, however, unlike Bumm, does not commit himself, but leaves the problem unsolved as to whether the acute and chronic pelvic peritonitides, which we find accompanying purulent gonorrheal salpingitis, are due to a specific gonococcal infection, or to the chemical irritation of the overflowing secretion, or are the product of a definite mixed infection.

Zweifel,-f in his discussion of Menge's paper, gave the conclusions drawn from a great number of personal observations, namely, that the formerly denied sequence of infection of the abdominal cavity with gonococci stood in contradiction to clinical experience. He believed in the existence of a gonococcal peritonitis, and that the organisms can be found only in the very acute cases, such as, for example, do not last louger than a week. He acknowledged, however, that definite proof to support this statement had not yet been brought forward.

Similarly Charrier,| in Pozzi's clinic was not able to cite a definite instance of such acute gonococcal peritoneal inflammation, although he believed in its existence. He considers it a short-lived process and one complicated, as a rule, by ;onCOmitant infection with other pyogenic cocci.

Menge reported a case to the Gesellschaft fur Ceburtshiilfe in Leipzig, in 1893,§ in which, following the correction, under anaesthesia, of a retroflexed uterus associated with a small pyosalpinx, a general peritonitis supervened. Zweifel operated and found a double pyosalpinx with beginning general peritonitis. The pus from the tubes showed a few gonococci on culture. Xone, however, could be demonstrated on coverslip preparations. The abdominal contents were negative culturally, nor could any organisms be found on stained preparations. The patient recovered and Menge believed that the peritonitis was attributable less to the micro-organisms than to ptomains present in the pus. He believed that they were dealing with a purely chemical peritonitis.

The principle which Bumm had laid dowu, namely, that peritoneal infection after gonorrhoea was more apt to occur after menstruation, parturition, &c, soon became emphasized by the reports of cases in the literature tending to disprove the common belief that the infection to involve the general cavity must be a mixed one. The observations alluded to did this,


  • . Menge, K. Ueber die gonorrhoische Erkrankung der Tuben

und des Bauchfells. Zeitschr. fur Geburtschulfe und Gynakologie, Bl. XXI, 1, p. 119, 1891. Ref. Centralbl. f. Gynakologie, Bd. p 711, p. 457, 1893.

fZweifel. Verhandlungen des X. Internat. Medic. Congresses, Berlin. 1S90. Bd. Ill Abeth. 8. Gynakologie, p. 176, 1891.

it'harrier, P. De la po'ritonite blennorrhagique chez la femme. Th.'se .le Paris, 1892.

S Menge. Ueber Laparotomie bei geborstener Pyosalpinx.

Centralblatt fur Gynakologie, Bd. XVII, p. 457, 1893.

however, more because of negative findings of the pyogenic group than by any positive demonstration of the existence of the gonocoeeus alone.

Veit,*in L893, reported five cases in which the sym of acute diffuse peritonitis had occurred in women in childbed, who had become infected in two instances shortly before the confinement and in three during the puerperium. In these eases after a stormy period of a fVw days the threatening symptoms disappeared, leaving a condition .if chronic gonorrhoea] pyosalpinx. Veil declared that the peculiar anatomical condition present in the puerperal state occasioned the rapid onset of the peritonitis and offers the suggestion that possibly the lochia affords a good culture medium for gonococci, a view which BrSsef holds because of the observation that one often finds during the child-bed period, the gonococci in great abundance in old infected eases which previously were in such a quiescent state that few, if any, organisms could be demonstrated in the discharges.

Penrose^ reports a somewhat similar case of a colored woman who, four weeks after her confinement, contracted an acute gonorrhoea, which was followed in six days by symptoms of acute peritonitis. A laparotomy was performed disclosing general peritoneal involvement with a recent double salpingitis. Both tubes were removed. Unfortunately the value of this case was lost by the failure to investigate the bacteriology of the peritonitis and the uncertainty of the pathological report on the tissues which had been removed.

Chaput,§ also cites a case in a girl of seventeen, in whom a general peritonitis followed a double pyosalpinx. The abdominal openings of the tube were patent, and pus could be squeezed from them. The patient died of -paralysis of the intestine." Chaput considered the ease an example of general gonococcal peritonitis.

Korte|| also, in his second report on peritonitis, describes a case (No. 20) in which a general peritonitis, sudden and with great collapse, followed the rupture of a pyosalpinx. The patient recovered after the laparotomy which disclosed a pronounced degree of peritonitis in the exudate of which a few intracellular diplococci were found. Unfortunate!) thej could not with surety be demonstrated to be gonococci.

In 1896, Brosel reported two cases of non-puerperal peritonitis for which he held the gonococcus alone responsible. As in Menge's case, referred to above, the cause of the peritonitis on oue occasion was the rupture during manipulation of a small gonorrhoea! pyosalpinx. Signs of collapse and

  • Veit, J. Frisebe Gonorrboe bei Frauen. Dermatologisebe Zeitschrift. Bund. I, p. 165, 1893.

t Brose, P. Ueber die diffuse gonorrhoische Peritonitis. Berliner klin. Wochenschr., Bd. XXXIII. p. 779, Aug. 31, 1896.

t Penrose, Chas. B. Acute Peritonitis from Gonorrhoea. Medical News, Vol. LVII, p. 16, July 5, l

i Chaput. Peritonite blennorrhagique, etc. Bulletins de laSociete Anatomiquede Paris. Annee tie p, 9, 246, IS94.

|| Kbrte, W. Weitere Bericht iiber die chirurgische Behandlung der diffusen Eiterigen Bauchfellentzundung. Mitteilungen aus den Grenzgebieten der Medizin und der Chirurgie, Bd. II, p. 167, 1897.

' Brose, P. Loc. cit.



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general peritonitis followed. In the light of Wertheim's and Veit's observations, Brose, although urged to intervene, withheld operation, and after four days the symptoms subsided. His second case was one of a spontaneous rupture of a gonorrhoea! tube. Here also extreme symptoms, not only of pelvic, but of a generalized inflammation with profuse vomiting, extreme meteorism and collapse so marked that the ease looked hopeless, followed. Again operation was withheld, and by the sixth day all symptoms had subsided. Brose naturally believed that these peritonitides, differing so greatly in their course and prognosis from the ordinary streptococcus and staphylococcus invasions, represented a distinct form of peritoneal infection. Their symptoms, such as great pain, general tenderness, vomiting, meteorism, singultus, high temperature, small and frequent pulse, are the same as those of general peritonitis from any cause. Their prognosis is however widely different, as complete recovery, except for the chronic condition left in and about the appendages, is the usual outcome, lie acknowledges, however, that as no ease has been confirmed by section, the pathologic anatomy and the bacteriology of " gonorrhceal peritonitis" are only matters of conjecture.

During the discussion* which followed Brose's report, the apparent verdict was "not proven." Diihrssen believed that he had seen two cases similar to those reported, and he had treated them also in an expectant manner. He regarded the fresh cases, where only endo-salpingitis existed, as the most dangerous for the production of general peritonitis, for in them the abdominal ostia are not closed. A previous pyosalpinx with adhesions naturally renders its occurrence less likely. Bagiusky, at this time reported a fatal case in a child following a vulvo-vagiuitis of gonorrhceal origin. Unfortunately no note was made on the bacteriological findings of the peritoneum at autopsy. Kiefer expressed doubt as to the extent of the process in Brose's cases, believing that a local peritonitis might have given similar symptoms. He truly said, " Einen wirklich einwandfreien Fall von diffuser gonorrhoischer Peritonitis giebt es bis jetzt nicht."

Bland Sutton! later in the same year briefly reported a case which almost filled the requirements demanded by Kiefer. It was that of a young girl presenting acute abdominal symptoms supposed to be of appendicular origin. On opening the abdominal cavity he found pus leaking from the ostia of the tubes, which were as large as the thumb, and a general peritonitis of a peculiar form with free purulent fluid described as " gummy." This fluid contained " myriads of micrococci and an abundance of gonococci." The patient was found subsequently to have had a vaginal discharge for three months.

The infection here was regarded as a mixed one, though the variety of micrococci" was not given. Bland Sutton's report is brief, and no note is made concerning any relation to catamenia or other setiological factor in the spread of the infection.

If this case is to be regarded as one of general gonococcal

  • Berliner klin. Wochenschr., Bd. XXXIII, p. 261, Mar. 23, 1896.

tSutton, J. Bland. Some interesting pelvic cases. Brit. Med. Journ., Vol. II, p. 1309, Oct. 31, 1896.

peritonitis, it and Wertheim's (1. c.) are the only two which I have been able to discover in a careful search of the literature which carry any convincing proofs of such an origin.

It is hoped that the two following cases, in which the condition was unsuspected and the diagnosis not made until the gonococci were demonstrated in the abdominal cavity, are sufficiently conclusive to establish beyond question the existence of a diffuse pure gonococcus peritonitis.

Case I. — Surg. No. 7719. — Acute Abdominal Symptoms during Menstruation and following Qonorrho «. Laparotomy. General Peritonitis. Recovery.

Mollie C, a maid, aged 25 years, was admitted to Dr. Osier's service May 20, 1898, complaining of abdominal pain.

Her history given on admission was without note. There was nothing to call attention to any pelvic disturbance. She denied the possibility of gonorrhoea] infection, and a cursory pelvic examination was negative. Catamenia had always been regular.

The patient stated that four days previously her usual mensirual period had begun. Two days later after an exposure to cold, having fallen asleep in a draught while drying her hair, the flow partially ceased. The same day she began to have some sharp colicky pains in the abdomen and back, but kept at work until the day before admission, when the pain became more severe and quite constant. She remained in bed. Her bowels were constipated. She had some pain in the abdomen during evacuation of the bladder. The next day she was admitted to the medical wards from the dispensary by Dr. Frank R. Smith.

On admission the patient was very much excited and restless, and the history and examination were equally unsatisfactory. The temperature was 100.5°; pulse 110, of good quality; respiration not accelerated. A leucocytosis of 19,000 was present. She was flushed and had a thickly coated tongue. She lay with her knees drawn up.

The abdomen was symmetrical, somewhat full in the umbilical region. Liver dullness extended from the sixth rib to the costal margin. Neither liver nor spleen were palpable. There was no dullness in the flanks; no rose-spots. The only areas of tenderness which the patient acknowledged were in the upper zone of the abdomen. Some muscle spasm was elicited on palpation there. There was no rigidity. Rectal and vaginal examinations were negative (though the patient subsequently said they gave her great pain).

The following day the symptoms became more pronounced. General abdominal tenderness was more marked; the temperature rose to 102.8°, the leucocytes to 22,000. She was transferred to the surgical side for exploration.

Operation May 21,1898, ether anaesthesia.

Median exploratory laparotomy. General peritonitis. Acute double salpingitis. Gonococci demonstrated. Salpingectomy. Peritoneal toilette. Drainage.

An incision was made through the inner border of the right rectus muscle. On opening the peritoneal cavity no free fluid, but a deeply injected serosa quite universally covered with a deposit of yellow fibrin, was found. The appendix was immediately sought for. It was deeply injected and covered with flakes of" lymph," but there was no evidence of perforation, adhesions or anything identifying it as the source of trouble. Cultures and coverslip preparations were made from the surface of the appendix, and a flake of fibrin was removed for examination. While the coverslips were being examined a systematic examination of the abdominal viscera was made.

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The serosa of the uterine appendages and pelvis presented uo evidences of an older process than that covering the appendix and right iliac fossa. The incision was enlarged and the small. bowel evertrated while the region of the stomach, liver and gall-bladder were explored. No perforations could be found. There was the same injection and deposit of lymph everywhere. The under surface of the liver was covered quite uniformly with a thick deposit. The coverslip examination meanwhile was reported as showing a deeply staining biscuitshaped coccus, for the most part intracellular, occurring in pairs and not decolorizing by Gram's method. This led to a further examination of the Fallopian tubes. Like the rest of the exposed viscera, they were deeply congested and quite abundantly covered with lymph ; they were somewhat swollen, but not markedly so. There were no adhesions of any note about them, and the fimbriae were free. Both appendages presented the same appearance. On gently squeezing the tube and stripping it toward the free end a thick drop of purulent material could be made to appear much like that seen at the external meatus in gonorrhceal urethritis in the male. An abundance of organisms with the morphology of gonococci were demonstrated in the pus.

Both tubes were removed. The abdominal cavity was thoroughly irrigated with salt solution, and much of the lymph willed away with salt sponges. The abdominal wound was partly closed, and two drains of gauze wrapped in rubber protective were left leading to the stumps of the tubes.

The patient was quite ill for two days after the operation; restless, with dry tongue, meteorism, vomiting and general appearance of peritoneal infection. She subsequently made a complete recovery. The protective wicks were withdrawn on the fourth day and the wound closed immediately. Doubtless the drainage was unnecessary.

There was a little irregular bloody discharge from the vagina, with some leucorrhcea for a few days. No organisms could be positively identified as gonococci in the urethral or vaginal secretions.

After the operation this additional note was obtained from Hie patient. She had been exposed to infection for fivi or more, and for two years bad had some menstrual irregularity, the flow at times being replaced by leucorrhcea. For some months she had had quite a profuse leucorrhcea and considerable burning pain with micturition. She had been expo re-infection a few days before her menstrual period.


Peritoneum — Smears and cultures were made from the large

flakes of fibrin which were adherent to the intestines: very little

flu ill pus present. The smears showed pus cells and fibrin without

Cultures made on agar slants are negative after several

days in the thermostat.

Cultures on ascitic-lluid agar (inoculated with pus and fibrin w.iich had been on an agar-slant for twenty hours) show no growth after many days in the thermostat.

Fallopian tube; surface burned; tube incised with sterile knife. Smears from pus show leucocytes and epithelial cells, and numerous bacteria resembling morphologically the gonococcus. Most of them are inclosed within leucocytes in numbers varying from two to sixteen, typical biscuit-shaped, grouped generally in

pairs, sometimes in tetrads. No other bacteria present. After Gram's stain all are discolorized.

Diagnosis, gonococcus.

Cultures were unfortunately not taken from the tubes.

Note.— The negative result of inoculations of large amounts of fibrin and pus from the peritoneal cavity upon ordinary agar slants practically excludes the possibility of the presence of the ordinary organisms of peritonitis.

The absence of growth on ascitic-lluid agar signifies nothing, as the medium was inoculated from the surface of an agar-slant twenty hours old. While the positive cultural evidence of the presence of the gonococcus in this case would have been desirable, the certain identification of the organism in the tube and the absence of growth on the ordinary media makes the diagnosis of gonococcus infection convincing.

The demonstration in this case of gonococci on coverslip preparations from the peritoneum made and examined during the operation showed that the peritonitis was not simply of a chemical nature, as the negative cultural findings upon the ordinary media inoculated in the operating room might otherwise have led us to believe. The routine immediate examination of the flora of the exudate in cases of peritonitis often is of the greatest service to the operator, and may give a distinct clue to the prognoses and proper treatment of the case. Had no such examination been made in this instance possibly the source of the infection might not have been recognized, and not improbably the peritonitis have been regarded as a chemical one, as Menge believed it to have been in his case. Negative bacterial results have characterized nearly all of the observations previously mentioned in this report, except the experimental ones of Wertheim. Whether "chemical" peritonitis, so-called, has any actual existence remains a question of doubt. Tavel and Lanz* recognize such a condition, while Flexnerf has never failed to find organisms in his L06 cases of peritonitis examined after death. The pathologist doubtless may be less likely to encounter these rather benign cases than the surgeon, but it is possible that some of the " chemical "cases described by surgeons may be, afterall, of bacteriologic origin, though difficult to recognize, as was the one here reported.

Cask [[.—Surgical No. 7760. — Acute abdominal symptoms during menstruation simulating appendicitis. Laparotomy. General peritonitis. Recovery.

.M. B., a factory girl, aged IS, was admitted lo Dr. Osier's service May 30, 1898, complaining of pain in the right side of tin- abdomen, with persistent nausea and vomiting. The meagre history relative to her condition which could be obtained at entrance was as

follows: Six days previously she was awakened in the mi ig

with abdominal pains so severe that she could not gel up. Up to this time she had been perfectly well. Her bowels were constipated for some days after this onset, and she had been constantly

nauseated with frequent spells of prolonged vomiting, which had increased of late. She bad been hiccoughing some. All disturbance with micturition and menstruation was positively denied at this time. Her pain had been , stant and always in the right

♦Tavel. E., and Otto Lanz. Deber die Aetiologie der Peritonitis.

Mittheilungen alls kliniken und medicinisrhen [nstituten der

Schweiz, f Reihe, f Heft., [893.

f Flexner, Simon. The Etiology and the Classification of Peritonitis. Philadelphia Medical Journal, Nov. 12, 1898.



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iliac fossa. She had had no chill and was unaware of any pyrexia. Her general appearance was that of collapse, with peritonitis.

She was seen by Dr. Halsted in consultation with Dr. Thayer, and a provisional diagnosis was made of general peritonitis presumably of appendicular origin.

She was immediately taken to the operating room, where the following note was made before anesthetization: "The patient is a young woman with flushed cheeks, a thickly-coated tongue and a general appearance of acute toxoemia. Her respirations are costal in type, somewhat accelerated— thirty-four to the minute. Pulse is 100, rather small, but regular and fairly good quality. Temperature is 98.6°. Her extremities are cold, but not clammy as from collapse. There is a leucocytosis of 26,000.

Abdomen. — There is no distention. On the left side there is no rigidity or muscle spasm and no apparent tenderness. Tenderness on the right side is marked, but protective spasm is not a prominent feature. There is a definite point of tenderness two or three centimetres to the right of the umbilicus on a line to the anterior spine. Percussion note has about the same quality over the whole abdomen, with no dullness in the flanks."

The patient insisted that her chief tenderness was in the epigastric region. A vaginal examination which had been made in the ward previously was reported as negative, except for an absent hymen and slight vaginitis.

Operation May 30, 1898, 2 P. M. Ether anesthesia. Exploratory laparotomy. Oeneral peritonitis. Oonococci demonstrated in exudate. Double salpingectomy . Irrigation and drainage All incision was made over the site of the appendix. On opening the peritoneal cavity the whole serosa was found greatly injected and quite uniformly covered with a layer of fibrin. There was no free fluid; no pus. The appendix was found to be deeply congested and covered with " lymph," but in no respect differing from the appearance of the rest of the bowel. The distribution of the exudate was so uniform that (as in Case I) there was nothing to draw attention to any particular organ in searching for the origin of the peritonitis."

The under surface of the liver, the spleen, stomach and pelvic viscera, all were deeply injected and more or less thickly covered with exudate. This seemed especially abundant on the under surface of the liver, from which it could be peeled off in large flakes, leaving a raw surface exposed.

The tubes were examined early in the search, as the peculiar character of the peritonitis resembled so closely that seen in Case I. They were, like the appendix, congested and covered with lymph, but the fimbriae were free and there was no evidence that the pelvic peritonitis antedated that in the upper portion of the abdomen. Only after a careful examination of the gall-bladder, stomach, mesenteric glands and bowel were the tubes re-examined when, with some difficulty, it was found that a purulent drop could be brought to the abdominal ostium.

Coverslip preparations were immediately made from this pus, and a biscuit-shaped diplococcus decolorizing by Oram's method was demonstrated in moderate numbers. Cultures were made on various media from this material and from different parts of the abdominal cavity, and a sheet of fibrin about three centimetres in diameter was stripped from the under surface of the liver for future study, and by chance was dropped in a bouillon tube.

Both tubes were removed, the pelvis was carefully wiped out with saline sponges, the intestines irrigated and much of

the thick fibrin sponged off. The abdominal wound was partly closed, leaving a small drain leading into the pelvis.

The patient made a satisfactory and complete recovery.

An attempt, made subsequent to the operation, to demonstrate gonococci in the vaginal discharge was unsuccessful. The following important feature of the history was obtained after the operation. She had been frequently exposed to infection for a year and had had considerable leucorrhcea for six months, with some burning and cutting pain during micturition. Several days before her last menstrual period she was re-exposed after a long interval of freedom, and had a return of abundant discharge. Menstruation began as usual, but ceased after three days with the onset of the abdominal pain and vomiting, leucorrhcea and ardor. The patient to protect herself had referred her pain to the epigastric region, and denied any tenderness on pelvic examination.

The appendicular tenderness is an interesting feature. Possibly the great congestion of the organ may have been responsible for the tenderness on pressure near McBumy'a point.


May 30, 1898 — A. coverslip preparation from the purulent contents of the right tube shows many pus cells and a considerable number of diplococci, with typical morphology of the gonococcus, mostly intracellular. Some cells contain a number of cocci, ODe showing as many as twenty-five. All completely decolorized by Gram's method.

Diagnosis, gonococcus.

Smear from peritoneal cavity (poor preparation; stains badly) shows four typical gonococci, all intracellular; too few to decolorize.

Cultures: 1. Bouillon culture from pus from peritoneal cavity shows no growth after three days in thermostat.

2. Another bouillon tube, into which a large mass of fibrin stripped from the under surface of the liver was dropped, shows slight cloudiness in the bouillon at the bottom of the tube (around the fibrin) after three days in the thermostat. Coverslips made from this show numerous, fairly large diplococci, biscuit-shaped and otherwise typical, morphologically, of the gonococcus. Numerous coverslip preparations were made, and all show diplococci in great numbers and nothing else. All decolorize by Gram's method.

Cultures from this bouillon and also from the fibrin show no growth on ordinary agar after many days in the thermostat.

3. A hydrocele rluid-agar tube was inoculated with a small mass of fibrin which was removed from Douglas' pouch. After twentyfour hours in the thermostat five small, transparent, pin-point colonies were seen on the surface of the medium adjacent to the fibrin. At the end of forty-eight hours they are as large as a small pin-head and semi-translucent in appearance.

Slide-smear preparations show diplococci, morphologically the same as gonococci in pairs and tetrads. All are completely decolorized by Gram.

Transfers on agar from colonies on the hydrocele-agar show no growth after many days in the thermostat.

Diagnosis, gonococcus.

Note. — The growth of the gonococcus in ordinary bouillon into which a large mass of fibrin had been dropped is interesting. As is well known, the gonococcus grows well in Marmorek's human serum bouillon (composed of one-third human blood-serum and two-third bouillon) and it seems probable that the fibrin in this instance added the chemical ingredients which sufficed to convert the ordinary bouillon into a fluid resembling this mixture.

The growth was very abundant, and the typical morphology,

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decolonization by Gram, and negative growth on agar made the diagnosis of gonococcus positive.

The fact that this culture was taken from just beneath the liver is also conclusive evidence that the gonococcus infection was general throughout the peritoneal cavity.

The similarity of these eases is very striking. In both there was a diffuse involvement of the general peritoneal cavity occurring during menstruation and following a recent exposure to infection associated with the exacerbation of a preexisting leucorrhcea. Apparently the uterus and tubes at such a time are less able to resist invasion, and an acute gonorrheal process may the more rapidly ascend from the cervix through the patent abdominal ostia to the serosa. In both cases the onset of abdominal symptoms was sudden with pain and vomiting, but without the shock and collapse seen in perforative peritonitis. In neither case was abdominal tenderness a marked feature, nor was there any distention from paralysis of the bowel as would have been expected with such a pronounced degree of peritonitis under ordinary circumstances. No information was gained by pelvic examination, as both patients concealed the nature and seat of the trouble. The examination of the appendages, however, under more favorable circumstances would have been negative, as the tubes were patent and there had been no accumulation in the lumen. Leucocytosis was pronounced in each case.

The character of the peritonitis in both was the same; a dry fibrinous peritonitis having, as Brose has said, a distinct individuality. There was practically no pus or serous exudate. In the pelvis there was no evidence that the process had been of longer duration there than elsewhere. The whole serosa was uniformly injected and the deposit of fibrin on the liver and spleen was so thick that it could be stripped away, showing that there was an extensive dissemination of the infections agent, whether the gonococcus itself or some chemical product of its growth. The fibrinous pseudo-membrane, however, was not essentially of the adhesive kind. Adhesions even in places where the " lymph " was thickest were not a pronounced feature.

From our knowledge of the self limitation of the gonococcal peritonitides and fromBrose's clinical observations, it seems probable that both of these cases might have recovered without operative intervention, but probably with a following chronic pyosalpinx which would subsequently have demanded operation.

Microscopical sections of the tubes showed, especially in Case I, an advanced degree of endo-salpingitis with leucocytes and broken-down epithelial debris in the lumen, and great congestion of the sub-epithelial tissues, which contained many leucocytes with greatly fragmented neuclei. The tubes in Case 1 1 showed a much less marked catarrh ; one of them i- deed (left), being only slightly abnormal. This case, however, showed possibly the most advanced peritonitis and the more severe symptoms. Attempts to demonstrate the organisms in the stained sections were unsuccessful. /

The gonococcus has made a place for itself as one of the most important pathogenic bacteria. Few organisms, not even

the bacillus typhosus, rival it in the number of suppurative sequela' which may follow a primary infection. Its occurrence in the conjunctiva, and in the iris, the joints, bursa? and tender sheaths; its occasional demonstration, as I be cause of endo- and pericarditis, pleuritis and phlebitis, and the recent observations of cases of pure septicaemia* with its cultivation from the blood shows that its possibilities for metastatic complications are as numerous as are those arising from the spread of infection by direct continuity of surfaces. A general peritoneal involvement by direct extension of an unmixed gonorrhoea! process, though long considered among these possibilities has heretofore remained nnproven. It adds another variety to the peritonitides of mono-infection which are rare except when of hematogenous origin.


1. The gonococcus is capable of causing a specific infectious disease, namel}', gonorrhoea and at the same time other and less specific pathological conditions.

2. There is experimental proof that in certain small animals the gonococcus can set up acute alterations in the peritoneum homologous with the acute septic serositides in man, but differing from these in their tendency to rapid and spontaneous healing.

3. Hitherto there has been wanting conclusive proof that in the peritoni tides attendant upon gonorrhoea occurring in women, the gonococcus was solely or chiefly concerned. The inflammations had been variously regarded as mixed infectious and chemical inflammations.

4. The cases reported in this paper bring for the first time convincing evidence of the existence of a diffuse, general intlammation of the abdominal cavity caused by the gonococcus.

5. It has been recognized that extension of the gonorrhoea! infection from the genital organs to the peritoneum may occur in the puerperal state; a similar sequel is shown to be possible during menstruation.

6. Such ascending forms of gonorrhoea doubtless under ordinary circumstances remain localized in the pelvis, and rarely demand surgical investigation in the acute stage.

7. A general involvement of the peritoneum such as occurred in the two cases given, must either be rare or unrecognized, and may depend upon some especially receptive condition of the serosa or virulence of the organism.

8. The peritoneum is not more immune than are the peri- or endocardium to gonococcal infection, and being more exposed, suffers more commonly in females, although the relatively benign course of the disease makes it a rare condition to come to the attention of the surgeon in the acute

  • Colombini, P. Bakteriologische und experimentelle Untersuchungen uber einen merkwurdigen Fall von allgemeiner gonorrhoischer Infection. Central!)!, f. Bakteriologie, u. s. v., Bd.

XXIV, No. 25, p. 955, Dec. 30, 1898.

Thayer and Lazear. A second case of gonorrha?al Bepticcemia and ulcerative endocarditis, &c. The Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 81, 1899.



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By Samuel Theobald, M. D., Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Otology, Johns Hopkins University.

Loss of vision as a consequence of hemorrhage from the stomach is an occurrence of sufficient rarity to warrant the reporting of every well-authenticated case of this character. In a paper upon "Amaurosis and Amblyopia after Hsematemesis," by Dr. Ed. Pergens, of Brussels, in the January number of the Annales D'Oculistique for 1896, the author, after a seemingly exhaustive search of the literature of the subject, has been able to bring together data of but 64 published cases, two of these being newly reported cases of his own.

The unanimity with which the text-books upon diseases of the eye mention excessive hemorrhage, and especially hemorrhage from the stomach, as one of the causes of optic neuritis, would seem to indicate that cases of this character are of not infrequent occurrence — a conclusion scarcely warranted. 1 am inclined to believe, by the facts.*

Briefly reported, the case which has recently come under my observation is as follows:

A. B., set. 57, formerly a lumberman of West Virginia, and more recently a restaurant keeper in one of the small towns of that State, was first seen December 5, 1898. He gave a history of serious disturbance of the stomach of twenty years' duration, the most prominent symptom being frequently repeated attacks of vomiting. On the 6th of May (1898) he had, for the first time, a hemorrhage from the stomach. It was of severe character, and was followed, at intervals of forty-eight hours, by two other equally severe hemorrhages. The loss of blood was so great that his life was despaired of, and he was confined to bed for six weeks. For part of this time (two or three weeks), according to his account, he was in a semi-conscious state — was aware of the presence of people about him and could hear their voices, but could not speak to them or express his wauts.

On the day of the second hemorrhage his sight, which had previously been good, became greatly impaired, and his belief is that during the two succeeding weeks he was "entirely blind." At tin.- end of this period his vision began to improve, and he was able to see people moving about the room. This improvement in vision continued, so that by the last of June or first of July he could see well enough to walk upon the without guidance; and this amount of vision he retained until about the middle of November, when his sight began again to decline. The decline from this date was pretty rapid, so that when I saw him he had to be led about like one entirely blind. He admitted that he had been a pretty constant smoker, but denied having been a hard drinker, and also denied having had syphilis.

  • I have been able to find in the Catalogue of the Surgeon General's Library, under the title " Inflammation of the Optic Nerve,"

but a single reference to optic neuritis following hemorrhage.

The condition of his stomach was carefully investigated by Dr. Osier and Dr. Thayer, who found a nodular mass near, and partially occluding, the pyloric orifice, which they regarded as the result of a chronic ulcerative process, the indications pointing to a more recent development of a malignant growth in the old cicatricial tissue.

The examination of the eyes gave results as follows : Pupils semi-dilated, somewhat oval in shape and entirely unresponsive to light. The ophthalmoscope showed advanced atrophy of both optic nerves, with some cupping, and marked contraction of the retinal arteries. The optic discs had a woolly appearance, their outlines were irregular and ill-defined, and in each eye there were pigment changes in the retina, not only about the margin of the disc but at points some distance from it and especially in the macula region, indicating that the atrophy of the nerves had been preceded by an inflammatory process which had involved the retina as well as the optic nerves. Upon testing his vision, I found that with each eye he was able to count fingers at about 12", but only in a very limited part of the field, which in each eye was slightly to the temporal side of the central fixation point.

After an interval of eight days, he having meantime been under treatment in the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he thought his sight somewhat better, and I found that he could then distinguish with each eye Snellen C. at about 10". An attempt was made at this time to take his visual fields; but this was very difficult and the result unsatisfactory because of his macula blindness and consequent inability to maintain central fixation. The result obtained in the right eye is shown in the accompanying diagram; the attempt as to the left eye was abandoned. Although there seemed but little probability thai his sight could be improved by any plan of treatment, he was placed upon small doses of hydrarg. biniodid. with potassium iodid. and increasing doses of strychnias sulphas.

Although, as has been said, the text-books, almost without exception, speak of loss of sight following severe hemorrhage from the stomach, usually ascribing this result to optic neuritis, they have but little to say as to the way in which the loss of blood induces such disturbances in the visual apparatus.

The theory, advocated by Samelsohn* and others, that the optic neuritis is not due to the loss of blood, but that it and the diseased condition of the stomach which induces the haunatemesis are both dependent upon a central lesion, probably in the optic thalamus, does not seem to be tenable; for we know that other severe hemorrhages, as well as those from the stomach, are followed by loss of sight. Thus Fries| states that while 35J per cent, of the reported cases of amblyopia from loss of

  • Graefe's Arch., Vol. XXI, 1, p. 150.

t Klinische Monatsblatter f. Augenheilkunde, 1S7S.



, less marked contraction of the reins, specially about the disc and the tnacu la, at the macula, and occasionally, hemorire grounds for believing that many of past have been regarded as embolism of lie retina were, in fact, cases of thront i picture, let us consider, more in detail, ndings described in Pergens' paper and agree. In the twenty earlier examinastated, are the more instructive, we find ■ conditions:

i ■


-ially arteries 2


very thin ; 1

is dilated 3

i mention of contracted arteries 13



white 1

vas isclnemia of the disc 15


with cherry-colored macula 2

ixudates, etc., in retina 3

ere characteristic changes in theretina 12 r upon optic disc 8

least, three instances the typical piclu recirculation — the case in which the and the two cases in which there was with the red spot at the macula — and is safe to say, 1 think, that the condiiccounted for more satisfactorily upon any other.

ire two cases in which the retinal vesimial (vision being recovered in each) ; es were slightly enlarged and tortuous o; one in which the veins were dilated present in each eye; and one in which "arrested circulation," all the retinal 1 in size. In the three last-mentioned mm nt to interference with the venous ,u with the arterial. This might be jurrence of a hemorrhage into the irve, as suggested by Samelsohn, or by i in I retinal vein, all hough it cannot be

■istic signs of this latter c lition were

ise cases. In this connection, however, it n a case id' marked impairment of vision ine hi observed by Dr. Harry

more, in which the ophthalmoscope ie typical picture of thrombosis of the

1. Art. centr. Re tin re. Inaug. Dies., Zurich,

82 JOI


Clinical Pre

Loss of vision as a consequence of stomach is an occurrence of sufficient reporting of every well-authenticated ( In a paper upon "Amaurosis and Anil mesis," by Dr. Ed. Pergens, of Brussels ber of the Annales D'Oculistique for li seemingly exhaustive search of the lib has been able to bring together data of 1 two of these being newly reported cases

The unanimity with which the text-1 the eye mention excessive hemorrhage, rhage from the stomach, as one of the c would seem to indicate that cases of tb infrequent occurrence — a conclusion sc inclined to believe, by the facts.*

Briefly reported, the case which has my observation is as follows :

A. B., ast. 57, formerly a lumberman more recently a restaurant keeper in on that State, was first seen December 5, 1 of serious disturbance of the stomach tion, the most prominent symptom bei attacks of vomiting. On the 6th of J the first time, a hemorrhage from th severe character, and was followed, at i hours, by two other equally severe hem blood was so great that his life was de confined to bed for sis weeks. For pa: three weeks), according to his account, scious state — was aware of the presenc and could hear their voices, but cou or express his wants.

On the day of the second hemorrhag previously been good, became greatly i. is that during the two succeeding wi blind." At the end of this period his v and he was able to see people moving ; improvement in vision continued, so th or first of July he could see well eno streets without guidance; and this retained until about the middle of Nov began again to decline. The decline fr rapid, so that when I saw him he had t entirely blind, lie admitted that he h stant smoker, but denied having been also denied having had syphilis.

  • I have been able to find in the Catalog

eral's Library, under the title " Inflamma but a single reference to optic neuritis foil

May. 1809.]



blood were due to hemorrhage from the stomach and intestines, "25 per cent, were due to uterine hemorrhage, 25 per cent. to abstraction of blood, 7^ per cent, to epistaxis, cent, to bleeding of wounds, and 1 per cent, each to haemoptysis and hemorrhage from the urethra.

The theory of Westhoff and Ziegler that the loss of vision is caused by a primary fatty degeneration of the optic nerve induced by ischsemia; as well as that of Hoffman, who attributes the amblyopia and the subsequent atrophy of the optic nerve to a retro-bulbar neuritis, seems to receive but little -upport from the evidence afforded by the ophthalmoscope in the majority of the reported cases.

In the paper of Pergens, already referred to, a brief abstract is given of each one of the sixty-four cases of amaurosis and amblyopia following hamiatemesis which he was able to find upon record. In a considerable number of them no ophthalmoscopic examination was made; in forty-three instances the ophthalmoscopic findings are given, but the time at which the examination was made varies greatly in different cases.

If we decide, arbitrarily, to regard all the ophthalmoscopic examinations made within three weeks of the onset of the eye symptoms as early, and all after this jjeriod as late examinations, it will be found that 20 of the 43 cases belong in the Erst category and 23 in the second. The early examinations are, of course, the more instructive. Now, after a careful consideration of the findings in these earlier examinations, it seems to me that, while a very few of them might, perhaps, be cited as supporting the theory of primary fatty degeneration of the optic nerve of Westhoff and Ziegler, the great majority of them point strongly to an obstruction of the blood current in the central retinal artery as the cause of the subsequent intra-ocular manifestations; and, in view of the well-recognized tendency to the formation of thrombi in post-hemorrbagic anaemia, it seems highly probable, if this theory is Correct, that the obstruction was of thrombotic origin. This jeems the more probable because there is, I believe, a reason why the disposition to thrombosis after loss of blood should manifest itself especially in the retinal vessels.

The occurrence of thrombi after excessive hemorrhage is to be explained by the reduction of blood pressure and the consequent slowing of the blood current, the alteration in the condition of the blood itself (especially the multiplication of the platelets), and, probably, also by changes (consequent upon anaemia) in the vessel walls. Now in the retinal circulation, beside all these general conditions, we have, in the intra ocular tension, a special condition tending further to obstruct the enfeebled blood current. Here then, it would seem, at the point where the central retinal artery pierces the lamina cribrosa and becomes subject to the intra-ocular pressure, the

' >'< conditions for the development of a thrombu ■ere we have the especial point of constriction or obstruction behind which, when other conditions are favorable, a thrombus is prone to develop. The intra-ocular pressure, doubtless, impedes the bloodstream in the retinal veins also, but probably not to the same degree as in the arteries.

The ophthalmoscopic picture in thrombosis of the central retinal artery is much the same as is found in embolism of the artery, namely, paleness of the optic disc, marked contraction

of the retinal arteries, less marked contraction of the veins, opacity of t he retina, especially aboul the discand the macula, a cherry-colored spot, at the macula, and occasionally, hemorrhages; indeed there are grounds for believing that many of the cases which in the past have been regarded as embolism of the central artery of the retina were, in fact, cases of thrombosis.*

Having in mind this picture, let us consider, more in detail, the ophthalmoscopic findings described in Pergens' paper and see in how far the two agree. In the twent] earlier examinations, which, as before stated, are the more instructive, we find recorded the following conditions:


Arteries contracted 5

Vessels contracted, especially arteries 2

Vessels contracted 2

Arteries filiform, veins very thin 1

Arteries contracted, veins dilated 3

Total in which there is mention of contracted arteries 13

Optic disc, pale 11

Optic disc, greenish-gray 1

Optic disc, clouded 2

Optic disc, clouded and white 1

Total in which there was ischsemia of the disc 15

Cloudiness of the retina 7

" " with cherry-colored macula 2

White plaques, miliary exudates, etc., in retina 3

Total in which there were characteristic changes in the retina 12 Hemorrhages in retina or upon optic disc 8

Here we have in, at least, three instances the typical picture of obstructed arterial circulation — the case in which the arteries were filiform, and the two cases in which there was clouding of the retina with the red spot at the macula— and in all of the others it is safe to say, I think, that the conditions present may be accounted for more satisfactorily upon this theory than upon any other.

Besides these there are two cases in which the retinal vessels are described as normal (vision being recovered in each) ; one in which the arteries were slightly enlarged and tortuous and the veins greatly so; one in which the veins were dilated and hemorrhages were present in each eye; and one in which there was a picture of "arrested circulation," all the retinal vessels being increased in size. In tie- three last-mentioned cases the indications point to interference with the venous circulation rather than with the arterial. This might be explained by the occurrence of a hemorrhage into the sheath of the optic nerve, as suggested by Samelsohn, or by thrombosis of the' central retinal vein, although it cannot be said that the characteristic signs of this latter condition were present in any one of these cases. In this connection, however, il is of interest to mention a case of marked impairment of vision following a severe uterine hemorrhage, observed by Dr. Harry Friedenwald, of Baltimore, in which the ophthalmoscope showed in each eye the typical picture of thrombosis of the

  • Kern. Zur Embolied. Art. centr. Keticse. Iraug. Dits., Zurich




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central retinal vein. The vision of one eye was. regained, but that of the other was permanently lost.

As to the evidence afforded by the ophthalmoscope in the twenty-three cases described by Pergens in which only a late examination was made, it cannot be claimed that it throws much light upon the question under consideration; for the atrophied nerves and contracted arteries usually mentioned as present might have been due to other conditions as well as to thrombosis of the central artery, and this is equally true of t he case which I have reported.

The character of the visual field in my case, as well as that in several of the small number of cases in Pergens' paper, in which the field is described (vision having been retained only in a circumscribed area in the temporal field) is significant, and seems to point to the partial preservation of the retina in the neighborhood of the papilla by means of the cilio-retinal arteries.

Of the whole number of cases collected by Pergens, autopsies were made in but four. In one of these a thrombosis of the splenic artery was found, but no mention is made of the condition of the eye. In a case reported by Hirschberg* there was complete atrophy of the optic nerve of one eye, and atrophy of a limited portion of the optic nerve of the othereye. In the affected portion of the nerve there were numerous bloodvessels with thickened walls but no thrombosis and no signs of hemorrhage in the optic nerve sheath. The death of the individual, it should be stated, did not occur until three years after the loss of vision.

In an autopsy by Ziegleiyf twenty days after the attack which led to loss of vision, no macroscojiic changes in the optic nerves or their sheaths were found ; but the microscope showed fatty degeneration of the nerves and their iutra-ocular expansion.

The only other autopsy was one made by Eaehlmanu.J All the arteries presented constricted lumina from a fibrous endarteritis. The veins also had undergone slight constriction, in

two places being almost totally obliterated. There was oedema of the retina, especially in the neighborhood of the disc. In the choroid the endarteritis was pronounced and there was hyaline degeneration. Here, too, it will be seen, we have mention of vascular changes, the thrombosis of the splenic artery in the first-mentioned case being, at least, suggestive, and the condition of the retinal vessels and of the retina itself in Kaehlmann's case being especially significant.

The fact that both eyes are so frequently involved in blindness dependent upon acute anaemia* seems, at first sight, to make against the theory that the loss of vision is due to thrombosis of the central retinal artery, since it implies the occurrence nearly simultaneously, at different points, of two thrombi; but, if the iutra-ocular tension plays as important a role in the etiology of these cases as I believe it does, this objection loses much of its force.


1. That the weight of evidence afforded by the ophthalmoscope points to thrombosis of the central retinal artery as the usual cause of the blindness which occurs iu post-hemorrhagic anaemia.

2. That the resistance offered to the already enfeebled blood current in the central retinal artery by the intra-ocular tension is an important etiological factor in determining this result.

3. That, in exceptional instances, the ophthalmoscope indicates that the thrombosis occurs not in the artery but in the central retinal vein.

4. That, in other exceptional instances, it may be that the loss of sight and the ophthalmoscopic changes which accompany it are the result of a hemorrhagic or serous effusion into the optic nerve or its sheath (Samelsohn). And here, again, the obstruction and damming back of the blood current in the central retinal artery by the intra-ocular tension, probably, have much to do with bringing about this result.


By T. Caspar Gilchrist, M. R. C. S., L. S. A.,

Clinical Professor of Dermatology in the Johns Hopkins University. (From the Pathological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.)

This case is of interest not only on account of its great rarity in this country, only four cases having been previously reported, but also because it is the first recorded instance in the negro. In the four cases already reported, one of which occurred in Canada, no microscopical examination was made.

While attending a number of negro children in an orphan asylum for tinea tonsurans, one young girl, eleven years of age, was brought to me with some lesions on the back and thighs which the attendant thought were ringworm patches

  • Zeitschr. f. klin. Med., Vol. IV.

t Ziegler und Nauwerck's Beitr. z. path. Anat., Vol. II.

% Fortschr. d. Mediz., 1889, p. 92S.

and which had been noticed a few days previously. The patient appeared to be a healthy, well-nourished girl ; she was not anaemic, did not complain of anything, had a good appetite but was rather quiet iu her manner. The tongue was clean. On examination there were found on the upper portion of the back a number of round and oval patches varying from about 10 to 20 mm. in diameter. A few similar patches were found on the extensor surfaces of both thighs, about the left groin, on the anterior surface of the right thigh and in the

  • Whether one or both eyes were affected is stated in fifty-seve n

of the cases collected by Pergens. Of these, both eyes were involved forty-nine times ; one eye only eight times.

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pubic region. The patches all consisted of groups of small. conical, slightly scaly and therefore whitish firm papules each papule being about 0.5 mm. in diameter, raised and presenting a flattened summit which was covered with a somewhat adherent but uot profuse whitish scale, on removal of which a bleeding surface was exposed. The papules presented in every patch exactly the same character and were always discrete and of the same size. There was a slight red areola surrounding the base of the papules. The most recent patch presented a group of seven rather closely aggregated conical papules which were uot scaly. The oldest groups which were in the groin were much larger and the central portion appeared to be clearing up, although on close examination one could still detect the remains of slightly scaling papules which were much Battened. Many of the lesions were pierced by lanugo hairs and were therefore situated around hair follicles. Two patches ou the left groin were becoming confluent and thus formed an irregularly shaped area.

This case was not diagnosed absolutely at first, and numerous scales were examined in the usual way for the ringworm fungus lint no evidence of any mycelium or spores could be found. The patient was seen every other day and numerous new lesions were observed developing, especially on the back as well as on the abdomen, forearms, and arms. Five weeks after the first appearance of the eruption a typical phlyctenular conjunctivitis of the right eye developed. The diagnosis was confirmed by Dr. Theobald. The distribution of the lesions at tills time was as follows: A few scattered patches on the extensor surfaces of the forearms and arms; 4 patches on the right side of the chest; 5 scattered areas ou the abdomen between the umbilicus and pubes ; nearly 60 groups distributed over the whole back ; a few extensive patches on the es surfaces of both thighs and numerous areas in both groins. The head, neck, hands, legs and feet were all clear.

Patches which were only two days old were seen to consist of from four to seven, conical but flattened, firm, non-scaly papules, some arranged around, others between the hair follicles. Many of the lesions presented the appearance of a keratosis pilaris. The papules always appeared in the same way, gradually developing whitish, but not profuse, adherent

m removal of which a bleeding surface was ex] The patches were gradually increased in size by the addition of new papules around the periphery while the older central lesion gradually flattened but remained seal)'. The I then assumed a circular or oval-shaped aspect with a cli up center. The long axis of the patches in the lumbar ■•'as transverse to the body. When two adjoining pa approached one another the intervening papules showed a

. to gradually disappear, but over the region of the

right scapula there was a large irregular area of papules which was made up of 10 groups, none of which had cleared up in the center. A whitish collarette extended up the hairs in "f the papules in the lumbar region. Xo vesicles or pustules were observed clinically during the course of the A few solitary papules could be i attered

over the back. All varieties of the lesions are well shown in the photograph (Fig. I) especially if a hand magnifier I There were no subjective symptoms.

A probable diagnosis of lichen scrofulosorum was made al first which was confirmed by the extension of the lesions, their uniform character and the appearance of atypical phlyctenular conjunctivitis. Numerous enlarged lymphatii glands were also present hut as they occur of ten in health] negroes, this symptom was not regarded as important.

Tin' patient is the fifth of eighi children (live girls and three boys), all living and in good health with the exception of oue girl who died of " consumption." The father and mother are living and in good health. There is no tuberculosis in any form in the family now living.

Under the internal administration of hypophosphites and cod liver oil the cutaneous and eye troubles both rapidly disappeared. The sections all presented two striking features :

(1) semiglobular-looking masses situated in the homy layer and in the majority of instances around the hair follicles, and

(2) marked pathological changes in the upper portion of the corium beneath these papular masses and also around I be hair follicles, especially the deepest portion. The latter was characterized by its tubercular structure. One could followin the sections the formation of these clinical papules. Fig. II explains their genesis. The blood-vessels in the upper portion of the corium and papillaj were dilated and many polynuclear leucocytes had wandered out into the tissue and into the epidermis up to the horny layer where these cells became disintegrated; numerous lymphoid cells were found in the same situation, undergoing the same processes. Thus a mass of detritus and an apparent firm ground substance is deposited in the horny layer. This ground substance takes up the eosiu stain very readily while the cells take up the hematoxylin. There are also a few degenerated epithelial cells in the mass of detritus. The stratum lucidum and stratum granulosum have disappeared. Xo apparent fluid exudation accompanies this emigration of cells through the rete, and the epidermal cells are but little swollen, nor an- the interepithelial spaces much widened. Large numbers of pigment granules are also scattered throughout the papular lesion.

In Fig. Ill is represented a section of the whole patch excised showing three papules, (/') all of which are well marked. One shows its relation to a hair follicle (P); from the second it is evident that the section has just passed outside of the follicular opening as e\ idenced by i he pr< • the lower portion of the follicle ( // | ; while the conned the third with a hair follicle is seen iii another Bection. The more pronounced papules show that they arc made up of the same materials which have already been described, with the exception thai there is a larger amount of pigment in the lesions. Directly in contact with the hair (£T) there is awellmarked hyperkeratosis encircled by the papular lesions. This hyperkeratosis extends nearly half way down fo I be bailfollicle. The- middle papule exhibits completely the nature of the lesion just outside of the hair; it consists of a firm substance imbedded in which are i numbers of

degenerated polynuclear leucocytes, lymphoid cells, many epithelial cells and masses of pigment granules. The m layer beneath consists of two layers oi i jh which are

emigrating hundreds of wandering cells. There i- -one



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widening of the interepithelial spaces, but no marked oedema. The corium, especially directly beneath the papules and around the hair follicles shows marked changes. In the first region there is a fairly well defined area consisting of the papilla' and upper portion of the corium, in which are massed large numbers of lymphoid cells, numerous polynuclear leucocytes and some plasma cells with dilated blood-vessels.

(Fig. in, c.)

Around the hair follicles in the lower portion are masses of chiefly round mononuclear cells, some plasmacells and epithelioid cells and a few mast cells. In four sections typical tubercles were observed in this situation (Fig. Ill, G), with giant cells forming the center surrounded by numerous epithelioid cells and mononuclear round cells at the periphery. The hair follicles themselves are unaffected. The blood-vessels (V) throughout the corium are dilated, are surrounded by numerous mononuclear round cells, a few plasma cells and numbers of polynuclear leucocytes. Two unaffected sebaceous glands were seen in one of the sections. The sweat ducts and sweat glands were normal, although a duct was seen passing close to the lesion. The blood-vessels accompanying the sweat duct were dilated and surrounded by additional cells as were other vessels. No tubercle bacilli were found in any of the sections stained for this purpose.

Hebra first described the disease and named it lichen scrofulosornrn to characterize its clinical features. He declared that it was always acccompanied by other symptoms of scrofula. The disease had been previously described as lichen simplex by Erasmus Wilson, and as lichen circumscriptus by Cazenave. Jacobi in 1891 drew attention to the tubercular nature of the lesions, which he thought to be a perifollicular tuberculosis of the skin. Although he demonstrated a single tubercle bacillus in one of his sections, an inoculation into guinea pigs gave negative results. Later (1896) he demonstrated the presence of tubercle bacilli in a typical case and obtained positive results in a rabbit. In 1892 Sack decided, after a careful histological examination, that the disease was a miliary tuberculosis of the skin, the nodules showing a central caseation, then giant cells, epithelioid cells and small round cells. He suggested "tuberculosis lichenoides cutis" as a more applicable title. Later observers have apparently demonstrated the tuberculous nature of the affection especially of the severer forms. Thus Jadassohn found in 19 cases 14 associated with tuberculosis, and only one case in which no such disease was present. He was of the opinion that the disease was non-bacillary, but that it was a disease of tuberculous persons. Of 16 cases treated with tuberculin 14 reacted typically, but although inoculations were made into guinea-pigs from nine of the cases, negative results followed. Kaposi believes that there is nothing to prove that lichen scrofulosorum is a manifestation of tuberculosis, although he asserts that tuberculosis is always present. In Tilbury Fox's six cases he noted the presence of tuberculous symptoms in the patients. Pellizarri succeeded in producing tuberculosis in a guinea-pig after the inoculation from one case.

Haushalter (1898) inoculated 4 guinea-pigs from 2 cases and they became infected with tuberculosis, one of the cases had an otitis media, the other a tuberculous lymph gland as

well as enlargement of other cervical glands. Some German dermatologists, e. g. Kromayer, Kaposi and Lukasiewicz, are opposed to the tubercular origin of this disease on account of the absence of caseation, the mildness of the affection and the rapid recovery. Only a very few cases have been recorded in France, and in those examined histologically no tubercle bacilli were ever demonstrated, although the subjects were tuberculous. It was believed, therefore, by the French dermatologists, Ilallopeau, Brocq and Bureau that the lesions of lichen scrofulosorum were uot due to direct infection but rather to the toxin of tuberculosis. Hallopeau reported one case which was associated with lupus. The lichen eruption was scattered chiefly over the trunk, but one group of papules was situated directly around the lupus nodule which had a scar in the center. In Lefebre's case no bacilli were found in the sections, and the animal inoculation was negative. In both the cases recorded by Morris and Crocker tuberculous glands were present, but in Walker's case tuberculosis in any form was absent, neither was there any tuberculous history.

With reference to the American reports, only two cases have been exhibited at the meetings of Societies, and of these only clinical histories have been given. In all the cases recorded, the histological findings always show a likeness to those in tuberculosis, but in most instances after diligent search no bacilli have been found nor was the disease reproduced in guinea-pigs after inoculation. The inoculations, however, which have resulted successfully have demonstrated its tuberculous nature in those cases. My own case is a comparatively mild one and the presence of bacilli could not be demonstrated. Clinically it presents all the typical features of a lichen scrofulosorum as originally described by Hebra with the exception of the color, which would naturally differ in a negro's skin. Tilbury Fox called attention to the fact that instead of always appearing in groups, the papules may occur singly.

Sack in his desertions and drawings shows that the papule is formed by the miliary tubercle being deposited directly beneath the epidermis and by some slight hyperkeratosis of the horny layer.

In my case the papules consist of distinct lesions involving the horny layer, and form, as it were, a dry pustule. . It was neither clinically nor histologically a pustule, since it appeared to be made up of a homogeneous ground substance with masses of nuclear detritus and numerous pigment granules. There was no special hyperkeratosis. The tubercular nature of the disease was far from being pronounced histologically in the present case and the tubercles were situated around the lower portion of the hair follicle.

It is strange that a tubercular cutaneous eruption which yielded so readily to cod-liver oil should arise in a well-fed, healthy child with good hygienic surroundings and without previous history of tuberculosis. Clinically the case suggests the adoption of Hebra's title of lichen scrofulosorum or Unua's folliculitis scrofulosorum rather than tuberculosis follicularis. Since successful inoculations, however, have been made in at least three cases, then the latter title would be more correct.


Fig. II. — Shows a commencing papule (A) which is formed between the horny layer (JJ) and the mucous layers (M\. Numerous polynuclear lencocytes (/'i and lymphoid cells are emigrating through the epidermis to the horny layer. Two papillae \ B) are Blled with wandering cells and dilated vessels.

Fig. I. — Photograph of a ease of lichen scrofulosorum in anegro girl. The lesion can be best seen by using a hand magnifier as a small scaly papular eruption.

2 m

, x r *

• •■■< '...■• '-■'■■ ■ :"

Fig. [II.— Sliows thi '■ ■ p )i ""' ' > i //i; in thi tWl , the i s pening. //. //. are hail Colli of lymphoid, plasma and conn " leucocytes; I V, dilated bloodvessels; <?, is a tnbereli , . >t the hsir follicle IT; P.isfat; S D, collection of cells around

M\v, 1390.]




Bronson: Archives of Dermatology, Vol. r, p. 137.

exhibited before the New York Dermatologies! Society, April. 1874.

Crocker, H. R.: Transact. Clin. Soc. of London, XII, p. 195, 1879.

Fox, T.: Ibid., p. 190.

Gottheil, W. : Journ. of Cu tan. and Genito-Urinarv Dis., IV. 18S6.

Hallopeau: Monatsch. fur prakt. Dermat., XXIII, p. 354, 1896.

Hallopeau and Bureau: Annales de Dermat. et de Syph., VII. p. 10S4 and 1264, 189G.

Haushalter: Ibid., IX, p. 455, 1898.

Hebra: On Skin Diseases, Sydenham Society Translation, 1868.

Jacobi: Deutsch. Dermat. Gesell. Verhandl., 2-3 Congress,

1890-'91, and Annales de Dermat. et de Syph., VII, p. 1112, 1896.

Jndassohn : Annales de Dermat. et de Syph., VII, p. 1111, 1S96.

Kaposi : Ibid.

Lefebre, II.: These de Dermat., Paris. L897-'98, Abst. Annales de Dermat. et de Syph., IX, p. 1045, 1898.

Morris, M.: Brit. Journ. of Dermal., X, p. 333, L898.

Pellizarri, C. : Annales de Dermat. et de Syph., VII, p. 1111, 1896.

Rieketts, B. M.: Cincin. Lancet and Clinic, XV, L885.

Sack: Monatsch. fur prakt. Dermal.. XIV, p. 137, L892.

Shepherd, F. J.: Canad. Medic, and Surgio. Journal, Montreal, IX, p. 283, 1880-'81.

Walker, N.: Scottish Medic, ami Surg. Journal, Is98.

Text-Books: E. Wilson, Cazenave, Unna, Duhring, Crocker, Hyde, Twentieth Century Practice of Medicine, Vol. V.



By Frederick Herman Verhoeff, Ph. B., Student of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

This evening I wish to describe a new instrument that I have recently devised for the estimation of certain functional disturbances in the extrinsic muscles of the eyes. The Instrument is equally useful for testing both the heterophoria Bind the combining power of the eyes, but as one of its main features is that of a phorometer, I shall speak of it as a reflecting phorometer.

The instrument consists essentially of four mirrors, two for each eye, arranged one above the other and mounted in a rectangular frame so as to rotate on axes. The axes of the two upper mirrors are in the same line and are parallel to the horizon and perpendicular to the direction of sight. The axi of the lower mirrors are parallel to each other and lie in planes perpendicular to the horizon, and parallel to the direction of sight. The distance between the two lower axes jc 6.25 cm.- This distance may be greatly varied without . any material effect on the accuracy of the instrument, but the distance given was chosen as the most convenient one and closely approximates the average distance between the eyes.

The lower mirrors are made as large as possible without their interfering with one another. The upper mirroi

me size as the lower except perhaps a little longer. A good size for the lower mirrors is 3 cm. s 5.5 cm., and for lieupper mirrors 4 cm. x 6 cm. In this model the s es of the upper mirrors are 5 cm. ahove the middle points of the axes of the lower mirrors, but this distance is unnecessarily

•Read before the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Society, Iannary 23, and before the Maryland < iphthalmological and Otological Society, January 26, L899.

The axes of the lower mirrors are at an angle of 45 degrees to the perpendicular, but I think it would be better to reduce this angle as much as possible. The ideal way would 1"- to have the axes perpendicular, but this is impossible since the lower mirrors would shut oft' the view from the upper ones. One of the upper mirrors is permanently set at an angle of 43 degrees to the perpendicular, while the other is freely movable about its axis, and to its outer end is attached a lever, 15 cm. in length, which is arranged to move along a scale and mark oft' the amount of rotation of the lever. Since I he angle through which a mirror rotates is half the angular deflection produced in a ray striking it, the scale must be made so that one-half a degree of rotation of the mirror corresponds to one degree on the scale. The scale must be still furl her changed if it is desired to have it register prism-degrees.

To each of the lower mirrors a lever is firmly attached perpendicular to the axis at its middle point. These levers are each 8 cm. Ion"/, and at a point on each, 6J cm. from the mirror, a small hole is drilled about the size of a cambric needle. Below this another, larger hole is dialled into which a key is fitted similar to those used on violins for tuning purposes. To a partition, placed midway between these levers, is attached another lever 1 I cm. in length and pivoted at a point :! J cm. directly behind a line joining the two levers

and extending from I be needle hol< ne to 1 be similar bole

on the other. Three centimeters from the pivol of this middle lever a small bole is bored and a thread is then run through this hole by means of a needle and then continued through the holes of the other two levers. The thread connected with the keys on these levers and wound np until it is 3.1 cm. in length on each side. It must be firmly fastened


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in the hole of the middle lever so that it will not slip. The thread is then made tense by means of rubber bands or helical springs attached to the levers and then to the sides of the frame. The object of the middle lever is to produce equal though opposite angular displacements in the two laterally moving levers.

A diagrammatic representation of the arrangement of the mirrors and levers is shown in Figs. ] and 2. In Fig. 1, the two upper and the two lower mirrors are parallel and hence both scales register zero. In Fig. 2, one upper mirror is rotated to estimate hyperphoria or right sursumduction and the middle lever is depressed, tilting the two lower mirrors towards each other, to estimate exophoria or abduction.

A double level is fastened to the top of the instrument and the latter, resting upon a suitable stand (I have been using a camera tripod), is leveled and pointed at a small circular spot, distant twenty feet or more. To find the zero point for lateral displacement, one sights over one of the lower mirrors and then through this mirror and ascertains whether the image is in line with the object. If not, the middle lever should be moved up or down until this condition is obtained and then zero marked on the scale provided for the purpose. One must then sight over the other mirror in a similar manner, the adjustment being made this time however by the key attached to the lever of this mirror. A one-half decree prism is now held, base in, before one of the mirrors and the image as seen through both prism and mirror is put in line, by means of the middle lever, with the object as seen over them. One degree must now be marked upon the scale since there is a lateral displacement of one-half degree produced on

each side. Similarly a scale of degrees for both esophoria and exophoria is obtained. To obtain the zero point for the upper mirrors, the middle lever is pulled clown until both images can be seen with one eye and they are then placed on a level by means of the lever attached to one of the upper mirrors. Another method is to put the middle lever at zero and then view a horizontal line with one eye, moving the lever attached to the upper mirror until the line is apparently continuous. By the use of prisms an empirical scale may be obtained by this method.

After the zero point for the lateral displacement is once obtained, it is an easy matter to readjust the instrument if the threads should break or stretch. All that is necessary is to place the middle lever at the zero mark and then turn the keys attached to the levers of the lower mirrors until the object is in line with the images seen through the mirrors.

It is important both in graduating and in using the instrument to have the object at the same height as the instrument and also directly in front of the latter.

At the back of the instrument there is a door with two horizontal windows cut in it so as to correspond to the level of the eyes and their distauce apart. On a pivot on the inside of the door is a shutter so arranged that when worked by means of a string it alternately closes one window and opens the other, one being always closed while the other is open. It would be very advantageous to have this shutter worked by some sort of clock-work arrangement.

To use the instrument, the patient is directed to sit down behind it, place his eyes on a level with the windows, and look through them at the circular spot, which, as has been said, should be at a distance of about twenty feet. The levers are then placed at zero on both dials and the shutter is moved to and fro at a moderate rate of speed. The patient is now asked to state whether the object seems to move or not. If not, his muscle balance is perfect. If he sees the object apparently moving obliquely, the outside level", that is the lever attached to the upper mirror, is moved until the patient .says the movement is horizontal and then the middle lever is adjusted until there is practically no movement. The outside lever will then register the amount of hyperphoria while the middle lever registers the amount of exophoria or esophoria, according as it is below or above the zero point.

If now it is desired to measure the relative adduction, abduction, or sursumduction of the eyes, that is the combining power of the eyes, the door at the back of the instrument is opened and the patient directed to look through the mirrors with both eyes. He will then see the object single, aud without effort, since his heterophoria has been corrected by the previous adjustments. The middle lever is now depressed until the patient, by the greatest effort that he can make, is just able to fuse the images. The dial will then register the number of degrees of abduction. Similarly the amount of adduction and of right and left sursumduction may be obtained.

In addition to the test with the shutter, the amount of heterophoria may be estimated by this instrument in a manner similar to that adopted when prisms are used. To do this all that is necessary is to produce vertical or lateral dip

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lopia by the levers, and then move the proper lever until the images are in line. It is well to use this test as a confirmation

of the shutter test.

The diagram, Fig. 3, is intended to illustrate in as simple a manner as possible the construction involved in locating the position of the image for each eye. The relations of object and mirrors to each other are exaggerated in order that the construction lines may be more plainly seen. The mirrors are in their primary positions, so that a line drawn perpendicular to the axes of the upper and lower mirrors will be perpendicular to the plane of the lower mirror. is the object, M and J/' the mirrors. From <>, a line A is so drawn that it is perpendicular to and bisected by the prolongation of M. Similarly from A the line A /is drawn perpendicular to and bisected by the prolongation of J/' at K. All the rays from striking M will be reflected in lines Airected from .-1 and these rays will be reflected from M', in lines directed from /. Therefore an eye directed towards the mirror J/', will see the image of at I. The actual path taken by a ray of light from is indicated by the line B P E. The locus of A, as M is rotated on its axis, A', is evidently the circumference of a circle whose radius is R. The locus of /during this rotation is the circumference of a circle with the same radius but whose center is at 0, R C being drawn perpendicular to, and being bisected by, the prolongation of M'.

When M' is rotated on its axis, which lies in the plane of the construction, ic is evident that / will move along the circumference of a circle perpendicular to the prolongation of M and whose center is K. This circle being at an augle to the line of sight, /will apparently take an elliptical path.

From this it will be seen that when the middle lever is moved the image pertaining to each lower mirror moves in the circumference of a circle tilted at an angle of 45 degrees to the perpendicular and whose center is at the foot of the

perpendicular drawn from theobject to the axis of the mirror. Since the projection of a circle is an ellipse, the image of each mirror will apparently move in an elliptical course, and will thus not only move laterally, but also upwards to a slighi extent. This, of course, would seriously interfere with th< accuracy of the instrument if each lower mirror were rotated independently, but by the arrangement previously described, both mirrors are made to move equally though in opposite directions and hence the images when viewed with both eves maintain their horizontally.

If the test object is a perpendicular line its image will generate the surface of a cone and thus when projected the two images, as they are carried apart, will make increasing angles with each other. In this way a certain amount of rotation of the eyes on their principal axes could be measured, and with this model about eight actual degrees of such rotation can be determined. This method is entirely distinct from that just to be described.

The rotation of the eye on its principal axis is spoken of as torsion. Where this rotation remains constant I would sug gest that the term torsional strabismus or squint be used. Where the eye has simply a tendency to rotate, the term cyclophoria has been suggested. These conditions may be accurately determined by the following arrangement: Two equal circular disks each having two perpendicular lines drawn through its center are placed one above the other so that one of the perpendicular lines in the upper disk is continuous with one of the lines in the lower. The upper disk is so made as to rotate upon its center when desired and degrees should be marked off upon the background to which it is attached. The lower disk should have its semi-circumference plainly marked off in degrees. The instrument is then pointed at the two disks and the hyperphoria lever so manipulated that the images of the two are exactly Bupe) "imposed. The patient's esophoria or exophoria should be corrected by prisms.

To measure the amount of torsion the eyes are capable of undergoing, that is. the torsional combining power of the eyes, the upper disk is rotated until the lower or upper lines are beginning to be seen double and the number of degrees read off. To test the torsional squint, the upper disk is rotated until only two lines are seen ami the number of degrees read off. To test the cyclophoria it is best to rotate tin' upper disk a definite number of degrees and then have the patient read off the number on the lower disk as he sees it. the difference between the patient's reading and the number of degrees the upper disk has been rotated will lie tin- number of degrees of cyclophoria.

From a few experiments made upon myself and others, I am inclined to believe that normal eyes have little or no torsional combining power. In the few cases I have examined I have not found the slightest evidence of cyclophoria in tin otherwise normal eye. Considering tin- disinclination normal eye to undergo torsion, it seems to me that if cyclo phoria were present to any extent it would soon lead to torsional squint and produce amblyopia in one of tie

A certain amount of angnlar displacement of the vertical lines may be produced without diplopia resulting, but this is



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not overcome by rotation of the eye, however, as diplopia is almost immediately produced by the equal angular displacement of the horizontal lines. The phenomenon must be due, I think, to a psychical compensation, if I may be permitted to use such an expression.

The reason this psychical compensation is so much greater for the perpendicular lines than for the horizontal is due, I think, to the fact that in viewing perspectives, the eyes have a stimulus to fuse non-corresponding points that are displaced laterally, while there is no call upon them to fuse perpendicular displacements, the eyes being always upon the same plane with regard to each other.

In this connection I quote the following from G. T. Stevens*: " It is an interesting as well as an important practical fact, and one to which little attention has been given, that horizontal lines cannot be held in union while being rotated from the horizontal direction to au extent nearly equal to that in which vertical lines can beheld in union. If vertical lines can be held in union with a rotation of 20 degrees or more, horizontal lines become double with a total rotation for both tubes of from 6 to 8 degrees. Indeed, it requires some practice to hold the lines in union with a rotation of each tube either out or in to the extent of 3 degrees."

Stevens made his observations by means of an instrument which he calls the Clinoscope. This instrument enables him to superimpose various figures. The observation just quoted was made by superimposing two straight lines only. Stevens believes the phenomenon is due to differences in torsion, for he says: "A very considerable latitude is permitted in respect to the position of the vertical lines and the torsional act may overcome an important normal deviation." My experiments, however, lead me to believe that what Stevens has been studying is not the amount of torsion, but the variations in the psychical compensation for the different meridians of the eye. I have found that the greatest angle of separation of the lines at which they may still be fused, depends to a certain extent upon their length or what is just the same thing, upon the distance at which they are observed ; the greater the distance, the greater the angular displacement allowed. This could not be the case if the phenomenon were due to torsion. On the other hand, if due to a psychical compensation for noncorresponding points, the increase in the angle with the increase in the distance would be expected, since the extremities of the lines would have to be placed farther apart in order for the extremities of their retinal images to be the same distance apart as before the increase in distance.

Another observation that I have made seems to prove conclusive! v that it is not by undergoing torsion that the eyes combine lines which are placed at an angle to each other. This observation was made by having the upper part of the vertical line on one disk separate from its lower part so that it could be put at an angle to the latter. If the upper part is rotated it will be seen that the line is no longer continuous, but consists of two radii of the disk placed at an angle. This line is readily fused with the vertical line on the other disk even when its two parts are at an angle of more than 10

degrees. It is inconceivable that such a line could be combined with a straight line by a process of torsion, since at least one of the eyes would have to rotate in two opposite directions at one time, but the assumption of the existence of a psychical compensation explains the phenomenon here just as satisfactorily as when both verticals are straight lines.


In Fig. 1 the upper disk, A, has been rotated 8 degrees, while the lower disk, B, is in the primary position. C represents the appearance presented to the eyes when A and B are superimposed. In Fig 5 the upper and lower parts of the vertical on A have each been placed at an angle of 5 degrees to the perpendicular, and are thus at an angle of 10 degrees to each other. The horizontal line remains perpendicular to the lower part of the vertical line and hence has been rotated 5 degrees. C shows the appearance when A and B are superimposed. It will be noticed that the angle between the two parts of the displaced vertical line on C, is less than the corresponding angle on A.

F,c 5

  • Archives of Ophthalmology, Vol. XXVI, pg. 201.

In the proper use of the reflecting phorometer the shape of the object to be viewed is of very great importance. As mentioned above, when the images are displaced lateralis they are also inclined towards or away from each other and consequently it would be impossible to combine them if the object were a line, unless the eye underwent torsion. This, I find, it refuses to do, and it is necessary to adopt a plan to overcome the difficulty. Practically I have found that the images of a small circular spot about 3} cm. in diameter are readily combined. As a matter of fact, the images of the round spot when lateral separation is produced are converted into ellipses whose axes are inclined to one another, just as in the case of the straight line, but there does not seem to be

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enough difference in the images to interfere with perfect fusion. Theoretically a sphere should be employed as the object, for no matter how rotated its projection would bra circle. If used, however, it must be evenly illuminated otherwise the shading would defeat the purpose in view. Lighted caudles, of course, cannot be employed. The best arrangement is, either a small white circular spot on a black background of good size, or a lamp with a round window.

The number of degrees the hyperphoria lever moves is almost exactly half the number of degrees of the vertical displacement of the images. It is not exactly half, however, because the circumference which measures the angle made by the moving image, has for a center a poiut a little in front of ih.' eve. (Fig. 3, C). But at a distance of 20 feet this error is not appreciable, and even if it were the dial could be graduated empirically. The closer the mirrors are together and the nearer the eye is held to them the less is the error. For the near point, however, the error becomes considerable, and if it is desired to test hyperphoria for the near point a special scale is necessary.

Ju a theoretically more perfect instrument, it would be necessary to have both the lateral and vertical movements produced by the lower mirrors. This would entail, however, a more complicated mechanism, and I think it is hardly demanded. In this model only one of the upper mirrors is moved. It would be better, however, to have them so arranged that they would move equally but in opposite directions. This is so, because if the lower mirrors be tilted for a high degree of lateral displacement, the moving of one upper mirror would produce a movement of the image along an oblique line instead of a vertical one and hence diminish or increase the reading. This error is very slight, however, and diminishes directly with the amount of lateral displacement.

The center of the curve along which the lateral movement of each image is made, is, for practical purposes, at the intersection of the line of sight with the axis of the lower mirror. Since the eye is a short distance behind this point, the lateral movement for near objects is perceptibly less than that registered by the instrument. It is thus necessary to make a scale for the near point and on this model I have done so, taking as the near point an object whose image is 30 cm. from the eye. The method of obtaining the scale must be modified from that adopted for the 20 ft. scale, since the image is about as far back of the real object as the distance between the upper and lower mirrors. The difficulty is overcome by laving an upright line at this distance behind the object and in making the scale the image is adjusted with regard to this line and not with regard to the object.

The range of this model is from 10 degrees of exophoria to 15 degrees of esophoria. If additional range is required all that is necessary is to add prisms to the cells at the back provided for the purpose. Thus if a 5-degree prism, ba frere added before each eye, the range obtained would be from degrees to 25 degrees esophoria, and if base in, from 5 degrees esophoria to 20 degrees exophoria.

There may be some objections raised to the use "f I be thread in this instrument. I must admit that it does seem rather reckless to have the accuracy of the instrument hanf


thread, as it were, but the little likelihood of the thread being broken and the ease with which a new thread can be inserted and the instrument readjusted, I think fully warrant its use. Other mechanisms could be devised for the purpose, but 1 think they would not increase (he accuracy of the instrument to any extent.

The advantages of the instrument are obvious. Even without the use of the shutter mechanism it has the same advantage that Stevens' phorometer has over the ordinary prism test. This lies in the evenness and rapidity with which the reading may be obtained. In Stevens' phorometer, it is necessary to separate the images primarily at a distance equal to the limit of the instrument, that is about 10 degrees, and they are farthest apart when the heterophoria is least, and therefore most difficult to estimate. I think this is a decided disadvantage, for one image is on the fovea while the other is on a less sensitive portion of the retina, and it is consequently not only more difficult for the patient to estimate their relative positions, but he is likely to overlook or suppn image entirely. In the reflecting phorometer, on the other hand, the images need be separated only so far as to produce constant diplopia.

Moreover, such difficulties are entirely overcome by the use of the shutter previously described. By means of this it is possible to locate the images upon corresponding points, in fact upon the foveas of both eyes. The very slightest heterophoria is thus detected at once, the image apparently moving in one direction or another, and when the apparent movement is overcome by moving the levers, not only the esophoria or exophoria is indicated on the scale, but the amount of hyperphoria as well. I have not tested the instrument with cases of amblyopia, but it is extremely likely that it will prove of the greatest value in just such cases, since the patient is seeing with only one eye at a time and hence has little tendency to suppress either image.

In testing the strength, or really the combining power, of the eye muscles, the instrument has very decided advantages. Ordinarily in testing the combining power of the muscles, first one prism and then another is placed before the patient's eyes until a strength is reached which the patient cannot overcome and diplopia is produced. The objection to this method is that the patient is tired out by having to overcome prisms so many successive times, and one can never be sure that he is not suppressing one image. With this instrument, however, separation of the images is gradually, though quickly, produced by the proper lever, and when the patient says the images are slipping apart the result is read off on the scale. This occupies no more time that ii hikes I.. read ii.

Another very important use to which the instrument can be put is to give gymnastic exercise to the eye muscles. By moving the lever, the patient himself can do this, not by jerks as with prisms, but smoothly, and 1 find that if is possible for the eye muscles to abduct, adduct, or snrsumduci to ;i greater extent than with prisms and that it is not so fatiguing to the eyes. By the use of this instrument I have no doubt that ezerciseof the muscles of the eyes will produce mon factory results than have hitherto been generally claimed for it.



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I wish to express my great obligations to Mr. R. F. Rand for the very careful drawings he has made for me, and to Dr. James Bordley, Jr., for looking over the literature. So far as he has gone, Dr. Bordley has found no mention of any instrument at all similar to this one.

During a discussion following the reading of the above paper before the Maryland Ophthalmological and Otological .Society, my attention was called by Dr. Hiram Woods to an article by Dr. Alexander Duane in the New York Medical Journal for August 3rd, 1889. In this article Dr. Duane describes a test for the insufficiencies of the ocular muscles that he calls the parallax test. The principle of this test, I find, is undoubtedly the same as that involved in the shutter test as described by me. " It consists of shifting the screen from one eye to the other and making the patient observe if the image moves, aud if so, in what direction." Dr. Duane measures the amount of insufficiency by determining the prism required to overcome the movement in any one direction, and he claims that the test is an extremely delicate one, especially for hyperphoria. Dr. Duane evidently shifted the screen by hand, and it seems to me that if lie obtained such excellent results in this rough way, the test, used in connection with

the reflecting phorometer in the way I have described, should prove of still more value.

I have given personal instructions regarding points necessary to the manufacture of the instruments to E. B. Meyrowitz, of New York, from whom in future they can be obtained.


Dr. Theobald. — I think Mr. Verhoeff has devised an instrument that is going to be of distinct value aud one having decided practical merits. The shutter device, so far as I know, is entirely novel and very ingenious, and accomplishes exactly what is aimed at. The instrument combines with the qualities of the Stevens' phorometer the power to determine the ability of the muscles to fuse images; in other words, it gives the strength of the muscles in overcoming diplopia. At the same time it is simjde and not likely to get out of order. I at first made the criticism that if one of its strings should be broken it would be difficult to get the instrument gauged again, but Mr. Verhoeff promptly threw it out of gear and in a few moments had it rearranged, showing that objection was not well founded.

I congratulate him upon having done such an excellent piece of work, and I think the oculists will consider it an instrument of great practical value.


By Arthur Smith Chittendex.

{From the Pharmacological Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University.)

The apparently ready absorption of metallic mercury and its subsequent elimination in a soluble form has led numerous investigators to inquire into the action of the body juices upon the apparently insoluble metal.

That inunctions of finely divided mercury or the inhalation of the vapor can give rise to marked symptoms of mercurial poisoning has long been a matter of common knowledge. That this fact involves somewhere and somehow a solution of the metal is obvious; and the determination of the place aud nature of this solution has held the attention of mauy investigators.

For some time it was supposed that the blood exercised an oxidizing influence on the metal; and although this belief obtains substantially today among pharmacologists, yet the experiments which first led to this vie\, have long been considered fallacious. For purposes of investigation the method of introducing mercury into the blood usually consisted in anointing either abraded or vesicated surfaces with quantities of mercurial ointment : animals were also compelled to inhale mercurial vapor. As a result of these experiments, soluble mercury was found in the blood, urine, and feces, and apparently, also in the form of metallic globules, in the depth of the epithelium and in the dejecta.

Oberbeck* in a series of painstaking experiments found, upon

! Oberbeek, Mercur. u. Syphilis. Berlin, 1801.

making microscopic sections of the area treated with mercurial ointment, that the corium was infiltrated with minute globules of the metal. After a similar inunction of vesicated surfaces, Zuelzer* found the ducts of sebaceous glands as well as the sheaths of the hair follicles filled with the metallic globules.

In a paper some years previous to the foregoiug, Hoffmannf obtained precisely opposite results in a series of similar experiments. It remained for llindlleischj to repeat these investigations and to determine the reason of the discrepancy in results.

After anointing an unabraded surface and cutting sections as described, he found that if he sectioned with the blade passing through the deeper tissues first and out through the skin, no globules of metal appeared in the corium and deeper structures; whereas, if he reversed the block and cut through the skin first, the mercury droplets could be made out in the depths of the tissue. In other words, the metal was carried iuto the tissues mechanically in sectioning.

In the experiments in which inunction on abraded surfaces was practiced and in which the insoluble metal was found in the internal organs, the lymphatic spaces and the capillaries werq

  • Wein. Medicinal Halle, 1864.

f Hoffmann, Inaug. Diss. Wurzburg, 1854.

X Rindfleisch, Arch. f. Dermat. u. Syph., 1870.

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doubtless opened and the metal was picked up U the circulation.

The appearance of metallic globules in the faeces of dogs which have been anointed with mercurial ointmenl may also be explained by the fact that unless the ears alone be treated, it is almost impossible to prevent the animal from licking off and swallowing the mercury.

According to Hermann.* generally speaking, metallic mercury cannot as such pass through the intact epithelium in any part of the body. This is true of the respiratory epithelium as well as of any other. In cases where the mercurial vapor is inhaled, the metal is found condensed upon the surface of the epithelium, no globules passing beneath the surface unless they enter by some break in its continuity. Still other investigators, such as Hoffmann, Rohrig, Barensprung, Neumann and Fleischer concur in this opinion.

If. then, in inhalation and inunction experiments insoluble mercury does not pass through the intact skin to be acted upon by the circulating fluids of the body, but does appear in soluble form in the blood and dejecta, what are the factors effecting solution ? They may be found in two situations : in the secretions on the surface and in the menstruum of the ointment. That the secretions of the skin contain materials which will effect the solution of mercury has been sufficiently proven. Lewald has shown that by treating mercury with ammonium bntyrate, a component of the secretion of the skin, solution follows; moreover, the sebaceous secretion contains various other agents capable of acting in this way.

When mercury is precipitated on the respiratory epithelium in inhalation experiments. Hermannf says that, aside from the oxidation processes which might be effected by the air in passing oyer these surfaces, we must suppose some supplementary oxidation as a result of the activities of the tissue juices. • borne out by the researches of Eindtleischt wherein he finds, after introducing blue ointment into the conjunctival sac and suturing the eyelids, that, although inflammation has occurred and pus has formed, subsequent section of the glycerine fails to reveal any metallic globules. The questionable methods of experimentation and the wide discrepancy in the results of investigation lead Schmiedeberg§ to cast serious doubt upou the power of the blood to oxidize mercury.

The possibility that the various investigators refermay have unwittingly introduced soluble mercury and therefore obtained positive results is apparent, and it was with this eontingency in mind that Fiirbringer|| devised a method calculated to eliminate experimental errors.

Having rubbed up definite amounts of mercury with gum arable and glycerine, he obtained a dark -gray emulsion from which the larger globules separated out on standing; the remaining globules were exceedingly fine and remained

•Hermann, Toxikologie, Berlin, IS74. Also Harnack, Arzm mittellehre. Leipzig, 1883. tLoc. cit. Also Harnack, loc. cit. tLoc. cit.

gSchmiedeberg, Arzneimittellebre, Leipzig, 1895. II Furbringer, Virch. Arch., 1880, B-1. 62.

Pension. In the supernatant liquid Furbringer found only rery minute amounts of mercury; this emulsion he injected ■ nto the femora] veins of dogs. After a definite time, varying from twelve hours to seven .lays, he drew off and immediately

defibrinated the blood. Eaving allowed bhe bl I to stand

until the corpuscles had settled to the bottom,, the serum was decanted off and the organic matter destroyed by oxidation with IK'l and KC10.;the resulting solution was then submitted to electrolysis and positive evidence obtained in a number of experiments of the presence of soluble mercury.

In five experiments in which the animals were killed respectively, one, two, three, five and six days after injections, the chemical manipulations afforded plain evidence of Hie pres

enceof mercury in the lor f mercuric iodide rings. In

four experiments no mercuric iodide whatever could be detected, and in three further instances the presence of mercury was questionable, as if could not be asserted positively that mercuric iodide was obtained.

Ffirbringer's work is open to criticism in two particulars. In the first place, it is possible that a soluble compound is formed when mercury is rubbed in a mortar with solutions of gum arabic. Here, certainly, we have an exposure of finely divided mercury to oxygen, organic substances and to salts of potassium, calcium and magnesium. That it is possible for a soluble compound to be formed under these circumstances, Furbringer admits; for, when his emulsions were allowed to stand for a long time in loosely stoppered vessels, a soluble mercurial compound, presumably mercurous mucate, was obtained. This possibility is further strengthened by the experiments of many investigators which show that when mercury is shaken with fluids containing salts and proteids a small amount of a soluble mercurial salt is formed.

A second criticism is that, oxidation of blood serum with HC1 and KCIO. will make soluble any metallic mercury which may be in suspension in the serum.

In justice to Furbringer it must, however, be stated that he attempted by means of control experiments to show that he had not introduced soluble mercury into his animals and that the operation of defibrinating lie- blood and the subsequent chemical manipulations could not account for the mercury found in those of his experiments which yielded positive results.

Bearing in mind the criticism made upon previous in gations of this character, it. is the objecl of this paper to present a method which shall, in so far as may be, eliminate questionable details of experimental ion.

I have chosen the urine an. I faeces as the objects of investigation because tbej seemed to present, theleasl possibilities of error; in so doing, the dangers of oxidation and contamination of the mercury by salts and fatty acids of are avoided.

Method or Preparing \m> Injecting the Mercury.

An alcoholic solution of mercuric chloride was treated with stannous chloride until all the mercury was precipitated in a finely divided form; Ibis was tillered ami washed with hot water until the lilt rat.' gave no precipitate with silver chloride. The residue on 1 1. .. r was then suspended in a physi



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ological salt solution ; when examined under the microscope this suspension showed the presence of globules of mercury which were smaller than a red-blood corpuscle.

Having dissected out the femoral artery and clamped it centrally, about 5 com. of this suspension, containing approximately 0.25 g. of metallic mercury, was injected peripherally into the artery of each of four dogs.

The needle was withdrawn and in each case the clamp removed and the wound closed by deep and subcutaneous sutures. By thus deeply burying the artery the possibility of hemorrhage or of the animal licking up mercury was obviated. The urine and fasces of these animals were collected for a period of six weeks after the injection and analyzed for mercury.

jIethod of Detecting the Mercury in the Urine


For the method of detecting and determining the mercury in the urine and faeces I am indebted to Wiuternitz* I constructed a system of three upright glass tubes each of which connected with a common T-tube and contained a roll of pure copper gauze 20 cm. in length. The urine was collected from time to time, filtered, acidulated to 1 per cent, with HC'l and passed over the copper rolls through the uppermost arm of the T-tnbes.

Karh day's urine passed through this system six times and the collecting was continued for six weeks. The rolls of copper gauze were then withdrawn from the tubing, washed with water, alcohol and ether and submitted to a high temperature in the combustion furnace for one hour.

In glowing the copper rolls, a bayonet tube was used which contained beyond the rolls of gauze a layer of copper oxide and a spiral of silver wire separated by suitable asbestos plugs. In the straight end of the tube which projected from the furnace a small bulb was blown and in this were placed leaves of gold foil.

During the heating a stream of dry carbon dioxide was passed continuously through the tube from the bayonet extremity; at the end of an hour a large number of minute globules of mercury could be clearly seen on the sides of the tube as it projected from the furnace and in the bulb ; also an amalgam had formed upon the gold foil. These globules could be rolled together into larger ones and gave red crystals of mercuric iodide when subjected to vapors of iodine.

To determine the mercury in the collected feces, these were extracted for several days with water, the nitrate acidulated and passed over another series of copper rolls ; the heating of the rolls was then carried out as in the urinary determination but failed to reveal any mercury in the form of visible globules. When, however, the tube and bulb were subjected to iodine vapor, plain evidence of a ring of mercuric iodide was obtained. The amount of soluble mercury present in the feces was very minute as compared with that in the urine. This is hardly contrary to what might be expected, since secretion of mercury in the bile is slowf and the reabsorption in the intestine is

  • Winternitz, Arch. f. Exp. Path. u. Pharm., Bd. 25, p. 225.

fLewin, Toxikologie II Auf., 1897, p. 110.

rapid.* Furthermore, my method would not detect the mercury present in the feces in the form of a sulphide. The total amount of mercury injected into the four animals was approximately one gramme; the amount recovered from the urine was estimated to be about 20 mg. That the amount recovered should be small is borne out by the researches of Lewinf who finds that after inunctions with blue ointment, mercury continues to appear in the urine for eight months.

The finely divided mercury used in these experiments was freshly prepared for each animal in order to eliminate any possibility of oxidation on standing.

That finely divided mercury could have been excreted as such by the epithelium of the urinary tubules would hardly seem probable inasmuch as repeated microscopical examination failed to reveal the presence of any globules either in the lumen or in the epithelial cells themselves.

Ftirbringer speaks of the formation of thrombi during his experiments at the point where the cannula was introduced into the vein ; other observers have mentioned emboli in the lungs. By injecting into the femoral artery it was sought to have the emboli form peripheral wards. Having killed one of the animals used in the experiments, I examined microscopic sections of the pavv of the leg injected and failed to find any emboli. When Prof. W. H. Welch examined sections of the lymph glands which were submitted to him he made the following interesting observation: Scattered among the lymphoid cells were numerous large multinuclear megakaryocytes, a condition resulting from parenchymatous^ embolism of the bone marrow ; these cells are subsequently expelled into the circulation from which they are filtered out by the lymphoid tissue.

The appearance of these cells in the lungs has also been observed in animals in which embolism of the bones had been produced.

Just how the solution of mercury by the body juices is effected and what part is played by the albuminous constituents, we cannot say, but that solution is effected and the mercury eliminated as an albuminate§ seems to be true.

Van der Does|| finds that after shaking dilute egg albumen with finely-divided silver and then filtering, the filtrate is no longer coagulable by heat; the albumen thus treated will not decompose when exposed to air, and that silver has gone into solution. Albumen treated in this manner with mercury does not give a similar result.

  • Real encylopudie des gesammten Heilkunde, Bd. XVI, p. 317.

t Lewin, loc. cit.

J Lubarsch, Fortschr. d. Med., 1893, II, p. 805. Maximow, Virch. Arch., 1898, CLI., p. 297.

§ Real encylopadie der Gesammten Heilkunde, loc. cit.

|j Hoppe-Seyler's Zeitschrift f. Physiol. Chemie, XXIV, p. 351.


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THE JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL MEDICAL SOCIETY. Monday, January 9, 1899. Exhibition of Medical Cases.— Dr. Fi rcHER.

During the fall of 1898, Lancereaux, of Paris, published a now method of treating aneurisms. He published the first communication, in connection with Paulesco, about the October and the method is as follows:

He injects into the subcutaneous tissue of the thigh 250 cc. of a -J per cent, solution of gelatin in normal salt solution. Of course, it is thoroughly sterilized and injections are made with aseptic precautions. The injections should always be made at a considerable distance from the aneurism, and he considers the most satisfactory place to be the subcutaneous tissue of the thigh. The interval between injections should be from two to fifteen days, He states that about 20 injections are necessary to produce a cure, and from a considerable series of cases in which he has adopted this treatment quite a large percentage are reported as cured. He finds, however, that ordinary diffuse dilatations of the arch of the aorta are not relieved by the treatment, but that the most satisfactory cases are the saccular dilatations of the aorta, or of any of the other vessels.

Hachard, also, used this method of treatment, but recommends that a weaker solution than the 2 per cent, be used. He found that after the injections were given a great deal of pain was complained of for several hours at the seat of injection, so he recommends the use of a 1 per cent, solution, which apparently causes no pain. He reported two cases in which death occurred; one was a case of pulmonary tuberculosis, in which he believed the haemoptysis was due to minute aneurisms ou the small vessels crossing the pulmonary excavations. This patient died rather suddenly during the treatment. The second case was one under the care of Dr. Barth, and, in this instance, the patient after the sixth injection had a sudden attack of dyspnoea, suffocation, and died in a few minutes. An autopsy showed definite clotting in the aneurisms] sac; there was a layer of fibrin about 4 cm. thick all over the wall of the sac, but the clots had extended into all the vessels, excepting the left subclavian, springing from the arch of the aorta, completely occluding them, and causing sudden death.

The beneficial effect of the treatment is supposed to be

due to increased coagulability of t lie blood ritonea)

injections have been made in the rabbi* by I. am

he believed that the coagulability of the blood was always

d. However, the adoption of this mode of treatment

of aneurism has led to a great deal o n before the

■ of Medicine, in Paris, and variou claim

that the coagulability of the blood is not increased. Laborde

ch'ims that it is not, and says that gelatin is not absorbed when

injected into the peritoneal cavity, and that he has found the

same amount of gelatin several hours after injection, as was

originally given. He states that possibly eventually it may be

1, and if so, it is because it undergoes peptonization.

Laborde recommends that the gelatin injections be mad

the sac itself. Camus and Gley have performed experiments

and found that there is no increase in the coagulability of the blood after infcra-peritoneal injections of gelatin in rabbits— that is, there is uo diminution in the time required for coagulation to take place.

We have now tried the treatment in four cases of aneurism in the medical wards of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The first was that of J. B., who was admitted about two months ago, with a definite saccular aneurism of the arch of the aorta about the junction of the transverse and descending portions of the arch, at least that is where we believed it to be during life. He had received six injections— two of the 2 per cent, solution, and four of the 1 per cent., because it was found that the first gave considerable pain. This pain was very intense and most severe about six hours after the injection. The patient appeared to be doing fairly well, when he was suddenly seized with an attack of dyspnoea, coughing and profuse hemorrhage, and died. At the autopsy there was found a general dilatation of the arch of the aorta with a localized saccular dilatation about the junction of the transverse and descending portion of the arch. At the point of pressure of the sac on the left bronchus there had been a perforation causing hemorrhage and death. There was no deposition of fibrin on the sac wall. The second case in which the treatment was adopted was a patient, U. C, with aneurism of the descending portion of the thoracic aorta. He has now had 28 injections, more than the number supposed to be required to produce a cure. There was definite pulsation visible and palpable over the lower part of the thorax with a definite diastolic and systolic murmur in the back. There was intense pain at the seat of pulsation previous to the adoption of this treatment. Since the treatment was begun he has had very marked diminution in the amount of pain, and the pulsation is appreciably diminished. During the time of treatment he has gained 19 pounds in weight. It is the most satisfactory case we have had, so far, out of the four. The third case is that of 0. G., who has a saccular abdominal aneurism. He has now had 16 injections, with little or no evident improvement. He still has a great deal of pain.

The fourth case, C. L., has had 2 1 injections for a rather diffuse dilatation of the arch of the aorta. In this case, and in that of U. 0. and 0. (i., there has been a marked increase in

the coagulability of the bl 1 after each injection— that is, the

time of coagulation was distinctly diminished. (Exhibiting cases.)

An in!' mlilion that has followed the injections in

Case IV is the occurrence of localized tumors at, the seal of infection in the abdominal wall. Tim injections were made here because we thought there might be less pain than that which followed injections in the thigh. Tim pain wa however, much diminished. The day following the injection a nodule the size of a hickory-nut frequently developed, occasionally accompanied with an elevation of temperature. These nodules persist lor eighl or (en days and then gradually disappear.

In the second case the coagulation time averaged about three minutes for the first ten injections and a! came



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much delayed, for a short period, requiring 17 minutes for coagulation to take place. What the explanation of this is I cannot say, for it has again come down to Ave minutes.


About two years ago Dr. Camac read a paper before this society describing fully this method of treatment. Last summer I had the opportunity, through the courtesy of Dr. Theodore Schott, of seeing the method as used at Bad Nauheim. The treatment consists of two factors: the giving of thermal saline and carbon dioxide baths and the use of carefully regulated muscular exercises. The constituents of the saline bath consist largely of sodium and calcium chloride and the temperature is about 93 degrees F. After a series of these baths the patient is given a series of the carbon dioxide baths. The effect of the bath treatment is believed to be due to a stimulation of the peripheral circulation, thus increasing the amount of blood in the skin and subcutaneous tissue and in this way relieving the heart.

The exercises are believed to have practically the same effect; the patients usually get the baths in the morning and the exercises in the afternoon. The baths are given first for about six minutes and the time gradually increased until the patients are allowed to remain in the bath for about eighteen minutes.

I saw a patient given his first bath. It was a case of myocarditis in which the heart was very large, much dilated and its action extremely weak. Before putting him in the bath the area of cardiac dullness was carefully mapped out on a piece of transparent paper, and after the bath the cardiac dullness was again percussed out, the first diagram was placed over the second by means of definitely located points and any change in the area of cardiac dullness was thus noted. It was remarkable in this case to see the change ; there was fully a finger's breadth difference in the extent of dullness before and after the bath.

At first the diminution after the bath is not permanent, but eventually a gradual gain is made and a widely dilated heart may diminish to practically its normal size.

Efforts have been made to devise a means of giving these Schott baths in hospitals and other institutions, and Theodore Schott has given formulas according to which the various baths can be prepared and carbon dioxide generated. The usual method of preparing the latter has been to use hydrochloric acid and sodium bicarbonate. During the past year a firm in New York known as The Triton Company have devised a means of dispensing with the use of hydrochloric acid and recommend a simpler way of generating the gas. They have prepared boxes containing a package of sodium bicarbonate and cakes of sodium bi-sulphate, the gas being generated by the action of these two salts upon each other. In addition to the bicarbonate of soda five pounds of salt and varying quantities of calcium chloride should be first added to forty gallons of water in the bath. The sodium bicarbonate is then put into the water and the cakes of sodium bi-sulphate, of which there are eight, are placed about the patient as follows: Two beneath the shoulders, two at each side of the body, and

two under the knees. In two or three minutes there is a rapid generation of the gas and the patient may then be placed in the bath, where he remains a variable tim -, according to the stage of the treatment.

This patient with myocarditis has received the treatment here. He has had no rheumatism; has not been a heavy smoker, but a rather hard drinker, and it was found on physical examination that he had a much dilated heart, the point of maximum impulse being in the sixth interspace 12 cm. from the mid-sternal line, just before the first saline bath was given. His heart's action was very weak, the pulse very feeble and many of the beats not recorded at the radial pulse. Dr. Hastings was kind enough to make these charts, on which the red lines indicate the area of relative cardiac dullness before the bath, and the dotted lines that after the bath. The greatest width of relative cardiac dullness before the first bath was 12 cm., and after the bath 9 cm. With each succeeding bath the area of dullness gradually diminished and this chart represents the present area of relative cardiac dullness, which you see is markedly diminished. The apex beat is now in the 5th interspace 7.5 cm. outside the median line and the greatest breadth of relative cardiac dullness is only 7 cm. His condition is much improved and he goes about the wards with very little dyspnoea.

Dr. Welch. — Referring to the first cases, I should like to ask whether in the gelatin treatment for aneurism any attention has been paid to factors other than the coagulation time, particularly as to whether there is any increase in the number of platelets in the blood or any diminution in the red-blood corpuscles ? I speak of this because the coagula in aneurism are not ordinary clots as they form outside of the body, but are genuine thrombi which consist in their inception of platelets, and it is difficult to bring the occurrence of these thrombi in the body into any definite relationship with the rapidity of coagulation of the blood. Many diseases like lobar pneumonia and acute rheumatism in which there is increased fibrin content are not so frequently associated with peripheral thrombi as are typhoid fever and certain anaemic and cachectic conditions in which the fibrin content is low. We cannot bring the appearance of coagulation in the living vessels into direct parallelism with the coagulability of the blood as ordinarily understood. There are indications suggesting a connection of these thrombi with the number of platelets in the blood. In chlorosis, for instance, the number of platelets is increased and peripheral thrombosis is a well-recognized complication,whereas in pernicious anaemia the number of platelets is diminished and thrombosis rarely, if ever, occurs. In haemophilia there is sometimes total absence of platelets. There is much for the view that the number of platelets is an index of lowered resistance of red corpuscles. If, therefore, there is any evidence that the gelatin treatment favors the production of thrombi in aneurisms, it seems to me that some light may be thrown upon the explanation of this occurrence by the study not only of coagulation time and fibrin content, but also of the possible influence of the gelatine injections upon the resistance and number of the red copuscles and the number of platelets.

May, 1809.]



Aneurism of Aorta, Compressing and Rapturing Into Lefl Bronchus. — Dr. Flkxnf.r.

Anatomical Diagnosis: Aneurism of the aorta, rupture into the left bronchus, haemoptysis; aspiration of blood into the lungs; compression of left bronchus; slight bronchiectasis, ami carnificatiou of the lung; acute splenic tumor; slight chronic nephritis.

The pericardial sac does not contain an excess of fluid; both layers of the serous membrane are smooth. There projects into the summit of the sac a roundish tumor springing from the aorta, which is intimately united with the pulmonary artery. The heart was opened in situ. It was found that springing from the left lateral wall of the ascending portion of the aortic arch is a saccular aneurism projecting toward the left side. The projection into the pericardial sac is found to be due to an extension from this aneurism. The dilatation of the aorta begins 5* cm. above the attachment of the aortic valves and, as will be seen, includes portions of the ascending, transverse and descending aorta. An opening which is approximately circular and measures 6i cm. is situated on the left lateral side of the artery. This opening can be divided approximately into three segments ; the first third springs from the ascending, the second from the transverse portion and the third, which is the shortest, from the descending portion of the arch. The depth of the sac is approximately 4 cm. The sac, as stated, extends to the left and pushes aside the upper lobe of the left lung to reach the pleural surface with which it is firmly united. Finally it comes to impinge on the left bronchus, and it has also grown together with the fibrous wall of this structure. The oesophagus also is pressed upon by that portion of the sac which has come to lie next it.

The entire main bronchus, from the bifurcation of the trachea to the first division in the hilus of the lung, is pressed upon by the sac of the aneurism. As a result the walls of the former are distinctly thinned and there is a marked lateral compression of the tube. The bronchus has been perforated just below bifurcation of the trachea at a point coinciding with the intercartilaginous tissue between the second and third rings. The mucous membrane covering the second ring is eroded, while that over the third is swollen and defective superficially. The membrane between the third and fourth rings is much attenuated and appears to be covered by nearly intact mucous membrane only. There are two small ruptures to be made out in this membrane, which might readily have iroduced in the removal of the lungs and bronchi. The mucous membrane of the bronchus where it is freed from the recently coagulated blood which covers the surface is pale. The left lung is bound to the chest wall and to the pericardium and aneurism by old adhesions; the apex only is crepitant. The bronchi upon section show a moderate dilatation of the medium-sized tubes, while the lung substance is congested, dense and more or less airless, the consistence being inci In this carnified and congested tissue there are sea whitish or grayish points, and from the surface a cloudy Quid can be expressed. Certain areas of tin- lungs present a grayish and slightly coal-pigmented aspect and are semi-translucent. The right lung is voluminous. There tire moderate pleural adhesions, the anterior and superior half being bound to the

pericardium. Where free from adhesions to the chest walls and pleura it shows blotches of haemorrhage, and upon section there are present deep red areas corresponding to points of blood aspiration. The medium-sized bronchi are plugged with recent clots of blood. The trachea and larynx, except for the staining of mucosa, are free from coagula of blood.

The aorta is the seat of marked arteriosclerosis with slight, calcification. The sclerosis does not begin immediately above the valves in that it leaves the first part of the aorta (dear for a distance of 5 cm.; the most marked sclerosis is in the transverse arch. The sclerosis is less marked again in the thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta where relatively few sclerotic patches occur. The sac of the aneurism is almost, entirely free from clots ; the coats of the artery are shown to be present everywhere, the inner coat presenting an irregular corrugated appearance. Fatty patches, a few elevated fibrous nodules and a number of calcified areas measuring several millimetres in diameter — these last showing a slaty pigmentation- — occur in the sac of the aneurism. These slaty and calcified areas are, on section, found to agree with underlying and closely adherent, nearly black lymphatic glands. The coagula upon the wall consist merely of a recent granular deposit, not exceeding a millimetre in thickness and imperfectly covering the inner surface.

Bacteriological examination showed the lung, liver and kidneys to contain the bacillus lactis aerogenes. The lung and liver, spleen and kidneys gave the micrococcus lanceolatus. 0.3 cc. of a culture of the micrococcus injected into a mouse produced death from general septicaemia.

Miss Reed has kindly examined the sections from the case, the chief interest of which centres in the spleen and the lefl, lung. The spleen shows in its substance, especially in the neighborhood of the capsule over the ventral surface, a number of haemorrhages, some small and others larger, although the largest does not exceed 1 or 2 mm. in diameter. In a broad way two kinds of haemorrhages may be distinguished, although the line of demarcation is not absolutely sharp. The larger ones consist of red-blood corpuscles chiefly, with probably a due proportion only, of white corpuscles; the smaller, infiltrating areas which may not certainly be haemorrhages, but localized congested areas, show a less perfect preservation of the haemoglobin and the number of leucocytes with irregular nuclei considerably increased. Among the leucocytes in these latter situations are cells, the protoplasm of which reacts in a manner peculiar to haemoglobin, which contain single nuclei or nuclei undergoing fragmentation. Similar cells to these are found distributed throughoul the pulp of tie spleen and are probably relatively as numerous as in the congested or haemorrhagic areas jusl mentioned. £ lined by the Biondi Heidenhain method seem to prove what those stained in methylene-blue and eosin indicated, l hat these cells are normoblasts. The contents of some of the larger branches of the splenic vein are red co shaped nuclei; the latter were not improbably endothelial cells,

derived from the ve 'tern. Small thrombi consist

ing of platelets and of leucocytes an- ale > found in dilated veins containing in addition red corpuscles and endothelial cells presumably desquamated. The mixture of leucocyl



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platelets form small islands within the lumen of the vessel. Capillary thrombi in the region of the small haemorrhages were not discovered. In sections stained by Weigert's fibrin method this element occurs in foci in the splenic pulp. Finally, a fairly large number of cells containing red corpuscles are present in the pulp.

The description of the lung is limited to the left lung. The bronchi are moderately dilated and contain mucus, fragments of red corpuscles, and more or less modified desquamated cells. The blood-vessels in the wall are swollen and the wall is infiltrated throughout with round cells, some of which present exquisitely reticulated nuclei, placed somewhat eccentrically, and resembling plasma cells. This infiltration is not limited to the wall of the bronchus but involves the connective tissue which includes in the same sheath the vein and the artery. The artery shows a new growth of tissue in the intima, which is young and cellular and not annular, but is developed especially on the side of the vessel next the bronchus. The irregular distribution of the new tissue in the intima is shown in a section which includes a branch of the artery, for the new tissue is developed almost exclusively on the side of the vessel, next to the bronchus and is very little present in the point of origin of the new branches. In the lung the new growth of tissue is in the pleura — in the interlobular and perivascular tissues especially. The alveolar walls, it is true, do show an increase in the immediate neighborhood of the perivascular infiltration, but at distances from this there is only a filling up of the alveoli with desquamated epithelial cells, serum, a lew leucocytes and a minimal amount of fibrin. The greatest amount of fibrin is in the immediate vicinity of the largest and most infiltrated bronchus. Not a few of the desquamated epithelial cells contain blood-pigment, or coal-pigment, or red-blood corpuscles. In sections stained in alkaline methyl ene-blue and eosin there were short chains of cocci to lie made out. Thrombi are want ing in the vessels in this organ.

The type of liver cirrhosis is syphilitic. Sections through the coarse librous band in this organ showed adense sclerotic tissue containing numerous islands of liver substance and a moderate number of newly formed bile ducts. Some blood-pigment and partial obliteration of the smaller-sized arteries throughan annular growth of connective tissue in the intima are also present. Gummata as such are not present in any of the sections examined. The kidney showed a marked degree of parenchymatous degeneration and a small amount of new connective tissue. The heart muscle exhibited a marked degree of fragmentation and segmentation of the myocardium. The type of fragmentation is that regarded by .Mi-. MacCallum as being preceded by degeneration (sarcolytic) of the affected fibres.

.Multiple .Metastases from Tel vie Sarcoma.— [See Bulletin for

April, 1899.]

Da. Flexnee.— The case reported by Drs. MacOallum and Harris is interesting from several standpoints. The distribution of the metastases exhibits two modes of dissemination of tumor cells: (I) Blood-vascular and (2) lymph-vascular. The nodules in the lungs undoubtedly owe their development to the first-mentioned mode. This is rendered probable not only by the relations of the primary and secondary tumors,

but also from the fact that Dr. MacCallum succeeded in tracing the growth along the walls of the blood-vessels to the nodules situated especially in the pleura, and also found groups of tumor cells in blood-vessels in the lungs. The testicular growth is conceivably of blood-vascular origin, the tumor cells having passed through the lungs and gained access to the general circulation. I am, however, disposed to regard the invasion of the testes as having taken place through the lymphatics, from the pelvic growth, by means of retrograde transport — a phenomenon not so very infrequently met with under similar circumstances.

As Dr. Harris pointed out, the streptococcus in this instance was highly pathogenic, not only for human beings but also for mice, an observation that has interested us greatly, in that our experience has been that growths of streptococci from human autopsies do not usually exhibit striking pathogenicity for these small animals. The streptococcus infection in this case was doubtless an example of terminal infection. We have now encountered a number of instances of terminal bacterial infection in malignant tumors.


The American Year Book of Medicine and Surgery. Edited by George M. Gould, M. D. [W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 18994

The standard of previous years has been kept up in this work. It contains 1032 pages of text and 70 pages of a complete index. In the preface Dr. Gould refers to the omission of the name of Dr. William Pepper from the list of contributors. His place has been taken by Dr. Stengel and Dr. Edsall. The editor draws attention to the increasing difficulty of the yearly task of selecting what articles shall be noted. In this connection the hope may again be expressed, that it might be possible to give the titles of the most important articles not referred to in the text. If space allowed this, it would be an addition to the value of the book. The extracts are well made and evidently combine a maximum of information in a minimum of space. Altogether Dr. Gould and his staff of editors are to lie congratulated on the Year Book for 1898.

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Manual of Physiology, with Practical Exercises. Third Edition, By G. X. Stewart. Ph. I)., Professor Physiology, V Reserve University. (Philadelphia: II". B. Saunders, 1898.)

The rapid appearance of successive editions of this conveniently sized manual is sufficient evidence of a continued demand among medical students for text-books of smaller compass than the wellknown stan lard works.

The present author, unwilling to meel this demand with a more or less elementary account of the subject, succeeds in crowding into his hooks all its details and gains the desired reduction in size l'v conciseness and brevity of treatment. The hook is accordingly replete with facts, and extremely suggestive to one who possesses a previous knowledge of the subject. But as the high degree of condensation is necessarily attended with a corresponding loss in clearness and intelligibility, it is at least questionable whether it is really suited to the needs of medical students.

The practical exercises which, at first glance, enhance the value of the hook, occupy about one hundred pages out of a total of 8omewhatover eight hundred. But the conviction grows on one the author might have utilized this space more profitably to the leader as well as himself, if it had been expended upon a fuller and more lucid exposition of the general text. The frequent en ss references from text to exercises in itself seems an acknowledgment on the part of the author of the insufficiency of the former. After all, the exercises claim no special merit as far as the choice of experiments is concerned ; quite a number of excellent laboratory manuals, such as Stirling's or Brodie's, amply provide for the students' needs in this direction, while their grouping under the several chapters with reference to the systematic course, to which the author calls attention in the preface, will hardly be expected to secure a similar arrangement in practice. That the latter is advantageous an 1 desirable for many reasons goes without saying, but its actual attainment depends on more things than the position of the exercises in a manual.

The book otherwise possesses many admirable features. We need only mention the superior character of all that pertains to its mechanical make-up, the number and variety of its illustrations, and the extent to which the most recent advances in physiology have been appropriated and used throughout the volume. We are a littie surprised to find in so crowded a book a long paragraph on the Care of the teeth, a sort of error in perspective which also crops out occasionally in passages in which a relatively unimportant point is spread over a number of pages, out of all proportion to its value and significance. The discussion of the " Kate of bloodflow" covers about nine pages while the "origin of urea" is disposed of in three pages. In thechapteron nutrition wealso note the omission of Drechsel's theory of the formation of urea and the scanty treatment given to the inorganic compounds, some of which like Ca have lately acquired so much significance in the genera! economy of the body. A few minor errors, like the formula for uric acid on page 136, the reference to Fig. 143 on page 519, and the incorrect account of the Holmholtz arrangement of the induction coil should have been corrected in a revised edition.

G. P. D.

The Peritoneum. By Byron Robinson, B. S., M. D. Part I : Hisand Physiology. 4°. Numberof pages 405 (not including a bibliography of 103 pages). 247 illustrations. {Chicago: The W. T. Keener Co., H97.)

itiis volume is the first of what the author evidently intends to be a series of books dealing completely with the subject of the teum. He tells us that it " is the outcome of a half dozen years of personal labor in 2xperiments in the peritoneum, in the study of its anatomy and in microscopical research. The I others have been consulted and credited." Indeed, so ready is the author to give credit to those who have aided him, he has

often, we fear, ascribed to other investigators much that they would not claim as their own.

Dr. Robinson has been anxious to follow the example of the illustrious John Hunter, by distinguishing himself in scientific Studies Of value to medicine. He has pul his whole soul into the work. It is dedicated to his wife and professional associate, Dr.

Lucy Waite. Each chapter is he itations from general

literature which have appealed to the author as particularly lit. Wordsworth and Dryden, Gibbon and Froude, Lord Bacon and Emerson have all served to inspire the author in his work. The chapter on the blood-vessels, for instance, is headed by a quotation from Tennyson's Brook :

" Men may come and men may go, bul I go on forever."

i In the title-page the following is quoted from Schiller :

" To COntro a subject, to he its master, to concentrate upon ii all thai is absolutely necessary, demands, in truth, the powers of a giant, and is more difficult than one would think."

Eager to discover the secrets of the structure of the peritoneum. Dr. Robinson has been led into attempting the mastery of many subjects necessary for this work, histology, histological technique, physiology, pathology, comparative anatomy and the history of medicine. The result has been moat remarkable, as the extracts given below will show 7 .

The book is divided into chapters. "Owing to an attempt to make each chapter as complete as possible," says the author in the preface, " repetitions have been to a certain extent unavoidable." Indeed, the author has been so desirous of expressing in every paragraph andsentencethe totality of his knowledgeof the subject, that repetition might be found on every page were Dr. Robinson capable of expressing his ideas so accurately that they would appear to be quite the same when they are the second time transcribed. The titles are the only clues as to the specific nature of the various ediapters.

The absolute disregard of logical order displayed by the author is the most remarkable thing about the book. This is indicated in the extracts quoted, but to he fully enjoyed must be sought in the original.

" Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which an historical writer may ascribe to himself."— Gibbon, heads the historical sketch with which the book opens. In the first paragraph the time of Erasistratus is given as from 340-280 B. C; in the second paragraph that of Galen is given as 131-201 to 210 A. I). Then the author goes on to say, " Galen must have been in the possession of the writings of Erasistratus. for he noted the fact in regard to the lacteals of kids 150 years after the death of Erasistratus." Further on in the book the following account is given of the origin of the cell doctrine and of its application to the study of the peritoneum. It will not seem strange to state that the organ known as the peritoneum is composed of simple cells, when one recognizes the penetrating power of the microscope and t lie vigorous and far reaching invest i gations of the nineteenth century " (p. 20). After a conn discussion of the work on the cell of Schleiden, Schwann, Midler and Johannes Miller, to each of the last two of whom is given in different parts of the same paragraph the credit of popularizing Schwann's works (Johannes Mueller is evidently meant), the author goes on to say : " U this period of the world appeared the immortal Bichat, whom the French claim founded histology, by employing the discoveries of Schleiden in the plant cells and those of Schwann in the animal cell ll will, perhaps, be

remembered that Bichat died in [802, two years before tin- birth of Schleiden, ami eight years birth of Schwann.

What has confuse. 1 the historian is the fact that I'.icbat called the peritoneum a "cellular membrane," meaning, thereby, one containing areolar connective tissue, which, at his time, was commonly called cellular tissue. For any understanding of oui modern cell concepts, the use of the microscope is necessary.



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Bichat, owing to the imperfections which existed in the instrument while he lived, put little faith in the value of the microscope as a means of tissue study. Considering the work done of recent years in cytology, it is not uninteresting to read the concluding remarks of Dr. Robinson on this subject : " Finally, the last break in traditional thought was made by the celebrated Brecke, who stated that a nucleus was not necessary to any cell. We now have the final definition of a cell— that is, a mass of protoplasm" (p. 27). Briicke is here probably referred to. Briicke is celebrated for having been the first to suggest definitely ('61) the modern conception of ultra-cellular units ranking between the molecule and the cell.

"The peritoneal membrane," he tells us, "is not dissimilartothe skin, being of about equal area"(p. 14). In the discussion of the various elements composing the peritoneum, he tells us " Perhaps the most typical specimen to observe a connective tissue corpuscle is in the blood-vessel wall of the broad ligament of a gestating turtle." Among elements not before described, is the " elastic tissue cell." "The elastic cell is what gives to the peritoneum its peculiar quality of adaptation to environments. The elastic cell must belong to a certain extent to the endothelia, for which they are capable of extension and contraction to a wide degree. The elastic fibre, composed, of course, of cells, is produced, according to Ranvier, by fusion of small globules. The elastic cell is very abundant ; it is associated with the genital organs and endows them with the wonderful power of changing their conditions and of returning to normal without loss of integrity" (p. 31-32).

Here we have a most curious example of the confusion of ideas of form and function, so characteristic of the author. He has evidently fused an idea of the elasticity of the endothelial cells, and an idea of the existence in the peritoneum of elastic fibres into the vague conception of elastic cells.

We have not space at our disposal to quote here at greater length the author's original descriptions of his anatomical findings.

As to the physiology, "especially will we be surprised to know that the peritoneum of the dead animal will absorb, for many hours after death, exactly similar to that of the living" (p. 35). "The physiology of the peritoneum must be looked for in the inter-endothelial space by its dilatation and contraction. The cover-plates are, perhaps, not engaged much in physiology (sic). The hard, indurated metamorphized protoplasm of the cover-plate aids chiefly in a mechanical way to facilitate motion, when aided by the visceral fluid secreted through the inter-endothelial space. However, the cover-plate doubtless plays a role in osmosis. " The forces which are said to induce peritoneal absorption of fluids may be enumerated as follows: (a) Vital cell forces; (b) stomata ; (c) imbibition ; (d) filtration ; («) intra-abdominal mechanical pressure ; [f) osmosis " (p. 394). " Through ages of evolutionary processes of iufective invasion, the pelvic, appendicular and gall-bladder region (the region of the large intestine) has acquired a physiology which resists the infectious germs in the common regions of peritonitis" (p. 399).

Although the object of the present volume is to deal mainly with the normal histology and physiology of the peritoneum, the author does not hesitate to refer to his extensive clinical and pathological experience when this may aid in making clear his thought. " The peritoneal surface is equal in area to the skin, and when injured by traumatic processes or attacked by disease, shows similar effects, as profound shock, significant vascular disturbances and depressions. A square foot of peritoneum being inflamed shows similar disturbances as the inflammation of a square foot of skin. In the peritoneum the inflammation is not so apt to be circumscribed or limited as it is in the skin, and hence the more danger of sepsis. Sepsis may pass through the peritoneum and leave it, as a bullet leaves a gun-barrel, uninjured" (pp. 256-257). " When foreign bodies (microbes or colored granules) enter the peritoneum the leucocytes swarm out (a) to digest the invader, (6) to surround or imprison the microbe or (c) to sterilize the germ" (p. 289).

Of equal value are the author's researches in the comparative anatomy of the peritoneum. "In this work we have examined the peritoneum of man, horse, dog, sheep, cat, cow, pig, hen, woodpecker, sbypoke, frog, turtle, rabbit, crawfish, dove, guineapig, rat, fish, and embryos of man and some other animals. The material has been ample, but it would have been desirable to examine the peritoneum of monkeys and other animals only obtainable by living in proximity to a menagerie, where one could examine systematically the various genera and species and note the differences. However, material has been sufficient to induce me to believe that the peritoneum of vertebrates is constructed so much alike that it is equally well to select two animals, as the rabbit and the frog (cheap and conveniently obtainable), and carefully interpret the phenomena of structures and function of their peritoneum. The endothelia of the fish are like those of mammals. The crawfish has relatively small-sized endothelia, and they are very compact " (p. 34). " This work has proved that the structure of the peritoneum of vertebrates and mammals is quite similar " (p. 23). "The turtle (amphibia, sic) is one of the best animals to show vast interstitial subperitoneal spaces " (p. 395).

Many of the illustrations taken from the literature, especially those from Kolossow's articles, are well reproduced. The great number of the drawings, made by the author himself, serve to adorn the text. The bibliography is as complete a one as money can buy.

Taking the book as a whole, it reminds us more strongly of the remarkable Syllabus of Ephraim Cutter on Clinical Morphologies, than any other book that we have seen, though -the latter has the additional merit of better order and of much greater condensation. It may be remembered that Cutter names among other things in a long list of objects to be looked for when examining the sputum, the "lumina of blood-vessels," and apologizes for not adding to the list the difficult "morphology of the air." B.

The American Pocket Medical Dictionary. Edited by W. A. Newman Dorland, A. M., M. D. Containing the Pronunciation and Definition of over 26,000 of the terms used in medicine and the kindred sciences, along with over 60 extensive tables. (Philadelphia : W. B. Saunders, 1898.)

This is a handy little volume that, upon examination, seems to fairly fulfill the promise of its title, and to contain a vast amount of information in a very small space. It must be, of necessity, incomplete ; but it is somewhat surprising that it contains so many of the rarer terms used in medicine as it does.

The principal criticism suggested, and this seems a little ungracious when so much is given in so small a compass, is that it might well have contained a few more of the modern synonyms of the nervous system, proposed by Dr. Wilder, than we find in it. These terms have already been employed in medical literature and are likely to be employed again, and their inclusion would have added to the value of the book.

The work is of rather convenient size, and is attractively gotten up.

Hay Fever and its Successful Treatment. By W. C. Hallopeter, A. M., M. D. (Philadelphia ; P. Blakiston, Son & Co., 1898.)

About two-thirds of this little volume is taken up with the history of hay fever, or, what amounts to the same thing, the discussion of its exciting and predisposing causes. Then come descriptions of the symptoms and theories of its pathology, etc., and about ten pages at the end of the work are devoted to the treatment. The author pins his faith upon a systematic course of daily atomizing, and swabbing the nasal and post-nasal mucosa with antiseptic solutions (Dobell's solution, well diluted, is recommended), with such general tonic measures and attention to the diet, habits, etc., as appear indicated in each individual case. Any existing




abnormal condition of the nasal passages is, of course, to be looked for and remedied if possible. In old cases, when the nerve habi1 of this disease has become established, he advises this treatment for several weeks before the expected onset of the attack, but does not apparently give the duration of the treatment, and i; assumed that in some cases, at least, he would continue it through the whole hay fever period. It is to be inferred that by this method also, and indeed he expressly so states in his remarks on prognosis, he succeeds in time in breaking up the tendency and curing the patients in the majority of cases.

The book is clearly written and can be read comfortably at a sitting. A bibliography is appended that seems fairly full as regards recent American contributions.

Diseases of the Eye. A Hand-book of Ophthalmic Practice, for Students and Practitioners. By G. E. de Schwbinitz, A. M., M. P., Professor of Ophthalmology in the Jefferson Medical College ; Professor of Diseases of the Eye in the Philadelphia Polyclinic ; Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Philadelphia Hospital; Ophthalmologist to the Orthopaedic Hospital and Infirmary for Nervous Diseases. 'With 255 illustrations and two chromo-lithographic plates. Third edition; thoroughly revised. (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. 925 Walnut St., 1S»9.)

The fact that the publishers have found it necessary in so short a time to issue another edition of the work of this gifted ophthalmologist is strong evidence that the fruits of his labors are speaking positively and that the " Hand-book " has won its success by supplying, probably more fully than any other American text-book on this subject, the wants of students and practitioners.

The author is to be congratulated upon such a substantial tribute to the value of what he has done for ophthalmology in this country.

The first edition of Dr. de Sehweinitz's book was wide favorably criticised, and it is unnecessary here to review 7 at length a third edition. We note that paragraphs on the follow! I jects have been added to this edition : Favus of the Eyelids, Blepharo-chalasis, Koch- Weeks' Bacillus Conjunctivitis (Acute contagious Conjunctivitis), Pneumococcus Conjunctivitis, Diplo-bacillus Conjunctivitis (subacute Conjunctivitis), Parinaud's Conjunctivitis, Pneumococcus Infection of the Cornea, Mixed (Staphylococi, Streptococci) Infection of the Cornea, Schizomycetal Infection of the Cornea, Oyster Shucker's Keratitis, Fugacious Periodic Episcleritis, Roentgen Rays for detecting foreign bodies in the Vitreous. Retinitis Striata, Hereditary Optic-nerve Atrophy, Eucain and Holocain. While it is evident that the author is no advocate of the so-called mechanical theory of the origin of pannus (page 249), we think that he might have expressed his own views more positively with reference to this interesting process. The belief is gaining ground that pannus is the corneal manifestation of trachoma,— in other words, that it is an invasion of the cornea by the trachomatous process. The fact that the region of the upper lid is the seat of the intensest manifestations of trachoma is, we think, sufficient reason for the usual location of pannus, not because the granules are more marked in this region, but because the specific bacteria are probably there in greater numbers and purity than anywhere else in the conjunctiva, consequently the upper part of the cornea is peculiarly exposed to infection.

W hat the author says about the use of eserine in corneal ulcers (page 278i should be remembered, and we are in accord with him in thinking that atropine in such cases is the better drug,— indeed further than this, it has always seemed to us that eserine o of its use in glaucoma, deserves a very insignificant place in ocular therapeutics, and that so far as its use in corneal ulcers is concerne .', the condition of irritation is far more apt to be heightened than ameliorated.

The author quotes Nettleship (page 308) as saying that episcleritis is more common in men than in women. We have found just the reverse, and so also have Meyer and Stellwag. It would be

interesting to know what the author's own experience has this connection.

It is not uncommon to hear students complaining of t number of remedies and methods of treatment laid down in the text-books out of which a choice must be made. We think that the most effective and, in many respects, the safest teacher of ophthalmology to whom we have ever listened was one who was in the habit of delivering his opinions as axioms, who used \ drugs, and who rarely spent much time upon the rehearsal of other men's theories and suggestions. There is probably no Bcii rich in discarded theories and so hampered with worthless suggestions as medicine, and the text-book which banishes such material from its pages will be apt to leave the most lasting impression upon its readers.

The book which Dr. de Schweinitz has given us, we are gratified to see, bears throughout the mark of personal experience and is unusually free— except when essential— of "what others think." The chapters on diseases of the conjunctiva and iris (Chapters VI and IX) which are supremely important for students and practitioners are admirable, and did the limits of a review permit we might multiply examples of valuable observations and advice. We cannot close without calling attention to the accuracy and suggestiveness of the many illustrations (235), and to prophesy for tins third edition of Dr. de Sehweinitz's book no diminished measure of success. r, l R.

The Care of the Baby. A Manual for Mothersand Nurses. By J. P. Crozer Griffith, M. D. ( W. B: Saunders, Philad, !

Although a manual for mothers and nurses, and not distinctly a work for the use of the practicing physician or one interested in the purely scientific side of the subject, the present volume contains so much excellent material, and is so admirably compiled, that it can be read with great advantage by any one who is interested in the care and proper bringing up of young children.

The book is written for the layman, or, rather for the lay woman, and for that reason the author has made use of a style an i writing which can be easily understood by her, and has avoided the many technical words and phrases which are so characteristic of the usual literature on this subject. This popular style, we think, will not only be of advantage to those for whom the book is especially designed, but has made the text such attractive reading that it is difficult to see how any one can take up the bookbecoming interested in its contents.

The entire subject of the "Care of the Baby" has bei thoroughly taken up, and the author begins with a consideration of some points of importance to be observed by the mother and nurse during the latter part of pregnancy and labor. This is followed by chapters on the baby's growth, the baby's feeding the baby, exercise and training, the baby's nn i rooms, and, finally, the sick baby.

There are so many excellent points throughout the entire volume that, in so short a review, it is almost impossible to give a just criticism. The section on feeding the baby is particularly good, and we are glad to see that the author has taken sui as to the duty of every mother to nurse her own child; and also that, in the consideration of the subject of artificial feeding, be has followed largely the rules laid down by llotch, of Boston. the sections on exercise and training, and the baby's inn rooms the mother will find many valuable bints on the proper hygienic management, care, and moral training of her offspring, the importance of which cannot be possibly overestin

The chapter on the sick baby has been er the

following headings: I. The features of disease. M. The management of sick children, and III. The disorders of chili lirst of these divisions, that on the features of disease has, we think, the disadvantage of not being complete enough to be of value to the physician and probably too full and technical for the



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mother, whose mind may be filled with so many apparent symptoms that she will be made very miserable by the slightest indisposition on the part of her child. It contrasts markedly with the section on the management of sick children, which deserves nothing but the highest commendation. Under the third section, on the disorders of childhood, a brief account is given of all diseases peculiar to that period of life, and especial stress laid on their nursing and management. The work is completed by a good appendix containing accurate directions and receipts for making various articles of diet and medicines and for giving baths, hot and cold packs, spongings, etc.

Dr. Griffith has avoided criticism by making the statement in his preface that "the chapter on the sick baby is not intended to supplant the physician, but is designed especially for mothers in emergency, where medical aid cannot be quickly obtained "; and in emphasizing the importance of this statement we feel that we are not doing wrong in recommending the book most highly to mothers, nurses, and physicians.

A Text-Book of Obstetrics. By Barton Cooke Hirst, M. D., Professor of Obstetrics in the University of Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 925 Walnut St., 1898.) Professor Hirst is so very well known both as a practical obstetrician and a teacher of obstetrics that the title of this volume alone should be more than enough to assure its getting into the hands of the majority of specialists, general practitioners, and students of obstetrics throughout the country. The work is an admirable one in every sense of the word, concisely but comprehensively written, in a style which makes its reading more a matter of entertainment than the perusal of numerous dry facts and dogmatic statements, which is unfortunately so characteristic of many other books on this same subject. Frequent reference in the text has been made to the work of others, both in this country and abroad ; but a laudable effort evidently has been made to avoid mentioning the long lists of names and the tedious recapitulation of literary productions, which, in the opinion of the author, only tend to confuse and to complicate matters for the student. Hence, only the epoch-making articles have been referred to.

The illustrations of the book are, for the most part, excellent, and although some of them cannot be said to come strictly into the category of art, yet they have the advantage of bringing out the points which the author wants them to show. Exceptions to this might be made, however, in the case of a few reproduced photomicrographs, which occur in the section on the placenta. Photomicrographs may be scientifically accurate from the purely optical standpoint, but it is so very rare that one sees the reproduction of one of these pictures showing what is claimed for it, that it is with considerable regret that we see them, however few, in a publication possessing so many other advantages.

The author has divided his subject into the following sections : Pregnancy, Physiology and Management of Labor, and the Puerperium, the Mechanism of Labor, the Pathology of Labor, Pathology of the Puerperium, Obstetric Operations and the Newborn Child.

The section on pregnancy is, in the main, excellent, and offers no points for criticism, except that possibly enough stress has not been put upon the development of the fcetal appendages; we do not mean by this that there should be anything like a full treatise on human embryology in this place ; but the development of the placenta with its relation to the decidua and uterine wall is so important a subject that we think a little more space might have been allotted to it. The diseases of the fcetal appendages, placenta, membranes, decidua, etc., are considered immediately after the question of their development. This is a new departure, for these subjects are, in the majority of text-books, given a section to

themselves, and put later in the volume. Their consideration, however, at this time and place may have distinct advantages, for, clinically, many of these conditions cannot be recognized until after labor, and when put under a separate heading, as is usually done, the student may get the idea that they are desperate diseases to be treated per se.

Too much credit cannot be given to the masterly manner in which the author has presented the subjects of the management of normal labor and the puerperal state, but it is difficult to see whv these subjects should have been taken up before the mechanism of labor has been considered.

The treatise on pelvic contraction and deformity, and labor when complicated by such conditions, is an excellent one in every possible sense of the word. This section appeared a few years ago in the first edition of the American Text-Book of Obstetrics, and to those who are familiar with this work it needs no recommendation.

We are somewhat surprised that the author has not mentioned the importance of a bacteriological diagnosis, by means of the uterine culture, in puerperal infection, nor can we agree with him in thinking that in many cases the repeated, frequent douching of an infected uterus to be of value, for in our experience such cases are by no means the rule. He also advises the routine use of the curette ; and strong (1-2000) bichloride intra-uterine douches ;upon this point we must also confess that we are skeptical. In our opinion the treatment of puerperal infection and the determination as to whether we shall use the curette and douche are directly dependent upon the nature of the infection as indicated by the bacteriological findings in the uterine lochia. Except the above, the section on puerperal infection is good.

Operative obstetrics and the section on the care of the new-born child are both well worked up, though that on the new-born child is short and more might have been said on the subject of infant feeding.


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The Duties and the Dangers of Organization in the Nursing

Profession. By George M. Gould, M. D., 103

A Pin in the Vermiform Appendix. By James F. Mitchell,

M. D., - 10S

The Presence of Typhoid Bacill i in the Urinesof Typhoid Fever

Patients. By Norman B. Gwyn, M. B., 109

A Case of General Infection by the Diplococcus Intracellulars

of Weichselbaum. By N. B. Gwyn, M. B., 112

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By George M. Gould, M. D., of Philadelphia.

\\ hen I received the kind and honoring invitation of your committee to speak to you to-day I chanced to be chatting with a friend; I read the letter to him and asked him what I should do. His answer was a description of his personal efforts in behalf of nurses and their calling, efforts extending "ver many years, and most unselfishly carried on. The general effect was not encouraging to me. My friend could not see how he had done any good to others while he had sadly wasted his own time and life, to find at last that he had aroused only suspicion and had ended in resultlessness. When I came to ponder the matter I thought I bad found the solution of my friend's pessimism in the fact of the needs, difficulties, and dangers of organization, and that in the swift historic uprising of your large body, these needs, difficulties and dangers musl at first necessarily end in much confusion and disap ment. All human institutions reach a condition of equilibrium through manifold trials, and the trials should not deter us from adding our personal influence as one factor thai . it is true, that may not have influence in determining or hastening progress. If our contribution is in

  • An address to the Graduating Class of the Johns Hopkins

Hospital School for Nurses, delivered June 2, 1899.

must remember that in science a negative experiment is always of value. We must learn the " No thoroughfares" of life for the first time and before signs have been put op across them, by actually running against them and thus experimentally proving that there can be no advance in that direction. Moreover, some later Baron Ilaussmann of progress may be able to crash the Boulevard of Science straight through the obstruction thai we, in our impotence, deemed insuperable.

I shall say but a passing word as to the need of organization, — and that consists only in the emphasis of its inevitableness.

^ on find yourselves in a a what chaotic condition to-day so

far as pertains either to social, national, international, or professional organizations. But in these times of a th kinds of "combines" and concentralizations, there is no escaping the evolutional fatality of union. I use the word ••fatality" advisedly because I would at least hint by it my feeling thai there are cruelties and dangers of many kinds almost inevitablj connected w i t F 1 any verj thorough organization, — not enough to make us refuse to join, hut surely enough to make us cautious. Majo tyrants and

democracies are as tyrant other type of govern The very forces of cohesion which compel lit to bind themselves to solidarity and unity of purpose have an



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inherently fatal tendency to crush out the independence of the units and to reduce effort to a huge and ungovernable mechanicalism in which freedom is sacrificed to the attainment of object, and method is scorned for result. Up to now you illustrate none of this, and my warnings may seem very much like foolish croaking. I learn, indeed that your class is an instance of the good of organization, and with all my heart I congratulate you on the fact that the educational ideal has been uppermost, in your three years of work, and that you have not been bribed and whipped to do an atrocious amount of slavish work for the benefit of some heartless institution, which pays you in a sheepskin, the significance of which lies in the knowledge fought for despite jaded bodies and minds. But the point of my croaking is that you compare the lots of many of your sisters in other training schools which demand so many hours a day of toil that the educational aspect is lost sight of, aud is impossible for the weary ones. There you see the evil of organization.

In a calling like yours and, I may add, like mine— that of the nurse and the physician — the need of organization is most evident, and yet there is a strange waywardness, an unaccountable shyness which preserves freedom and individualism by an aloofness that serves at least as an excellent "governor" of the machine, and which keeps it from self-sacrifice to ultramechanicalism. For many years, in season and out of season, I have been pleading for a unitized medical profession and the dire consequences of our disorganization have never been more frightful than to-day. But none would be more prompt than I to delimit sharply the range of action of medical organizations, should they seek to tyrannize over the righteous freedom of the individual member.

In your calling and condition the duties and dangers of organization are greater than in almost any other. Among several reasons for this there is one that 1 trust you will pardon me for alluding to. I may do this the more freely because I have a hundred times urged the greatest liberality toward and encouragement of the desires of women for a wise equality of opportunity with men. But no such generosity ueed blind as to the fact that by nature woman in her uses of social power and organization is a "born tyrant." In the purely personal relation she is grace divine, but whenever put in authority over others, and especially over other women, she usually manages to make herself as hateful and as well hated as human ingenuity will permit. It is, of course, not always so, and thank God for the blessed exceptions! In organizations of women, women must necessarily be officers, and of course majorities must rule. It strikes me therefore in selecting the officials of whatever organizations you may form, you should use your best endeavors effectually to squelch politicians and tyrants and to reward those who show das Ewig-Weibliche, the graciousness of justice, and the justice of graciousness, in the exercise of authority and power. In governing, for Heaven's sake do not learn of us men only our faults while you assiduously forget both our virtue of justice and yours of love. The hardest duty you will have to learn is thai of kindness and justice to minorities. Politically, the most tyrannous of human beings and the most enslaved is the American. Can you not manage it so in your treatment

of those who do not vote with the majority, that you do not march over their rights with the ruthlessness which is fast reducing the terms Democracy and Republicanism to hideous jeer- words of inverted significance?

The roots of institutions and of organizations too frequently spring from the richly manured depths of selfishness. The commercial doctor is despicable enough; do not add the commercial nurse to the terrible burdens under which humanity must stagger !

If the spirit of trades-unionism gets control of your societies and organizations, I hope they will quickly be blown to utter smithereens. The very essence of your life, the heart of your work lies in the personal relation, the wooing back to health and life of bodies and minds hurt in the world's financial warfare. Send metal, even gold, instead of blood, into your hearts, and you may have very perfect corrosion-images of the cardiac structure for the laboratories of the future nursopathologist, but you will then be deservedly dead while the pathologist will be lecturing learnedly upon your fatal disease I beg that you will keep the financial relations to your patients utterly out of the reach of your laws and by-laws and resolutions. This is absolutely a personal matter to be governed by your character, your ability, your whim and fancy, and by your patients' condition in life; I hope you will withdraw from any society that in the least attempts to govern you in this matter. Money you must have to live by, as must all of us. Nursing is your trade ; it must give you the means necessary for carrying on your trade; but if you wash dishes for money alone they will be dirty dishes when they leave your hands. When your work is an art and when it is with the material called life, the rule holds all the more strenuously; the great God of Life will not allow you to have a master above Him !

This brings us logically to a thought concerning the relation of the nurse to the family of her patient. There is oue pretty effective answer to the impertinence of some families which would look upon the nurse solely from the employer's point of view. If you let such upstarts see that the financial motive is the dominant one in your mind and in your organizations, your answer to the one impertinence is only by another: I'm a? good as you! But the killing reply to all false pride is the acted one: I am in truth better than you,-£ that is, I will prove to you that I am more unselfish than you. To those who would positively or negatively treat you as a kind of servant paid for by your demanded wage, you may, as does the true physician, teach a nobler way, both by word and action, that while the laborer is indeed worthy of his hire, the hire is not by any means the worth of the laborer.

Not the least of the dangers to which as an organization your guild will be subject is another kind of subserviency — to the physician and to his profession. To steer clear of the Soy 11 a of a too smart independence and the Chary bdis of a too decided servantship will task the tact of the best of you. In all matters pertaining to therapeutics, of course you must be unflinchingly loyal and eveu obedient to the medical man's orders. And yet you have your own individuality, and. as an organization, yours should be an entity subject to your own corporate ideals and conditions. There, has been much criticism of a tendency, for the existence of which 1 cannot

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vouch, for the nurse to supplant the physician. Many nurses are doubtless wiser than many physicians, bul tragedy awaits that nurse who is conscious of the fact, at hast if she even whisper it to the person in her mirror!

I suspect the nurse's greater danger lies in the loves and hates of partisanship. "Her favorite doctor" is liked

her too much, and the one she does nol ia>,. half so bad as she thinks. It may be that she needs herself of all such likes and dislikes and tix herattentio the impersonal aims and needs of her calling. 1 have heard of chief nurses who turned hospitals topsy-turvy and transformed training schools into hothouses of evil and cliqueism by assigning hated nurses to detested physicians, or by worts ing her girls to death, and other such petty savageries. It is Bad,— but possibly the world will be better when you all become head nurses and superintendents !

The business conduct of your organizations will need careful looking after. To be effective, charity itself must become a business. Some wise unwise mot-maker has said that charity is the basest of human passions. Doctors are proverbially bad business men, (though I do not believe they are quite so pitiable as they are represented) but surely despite all their native shrewdness in buying and selling, women will probably commit grievous business errors in conducting their orgai isations. A lawyer-like prudence is demanded nowadays to guide any great movement right. The friend of whom I spoke tells me that a most excellent scheme of an insurai ce or beneficial organization for the benefit of nurses went all to smash after great efforts and partial successes because of — but that is another story ! Would it be rank heresy to suggest a cool, legal, male brain as an adviser even to the wisi best of women? Surely the lied Cross Society has demonstrated with appallingly glaring colors the need of such a head. When an organization handles millions of dollars without accounting for a cent, it is high time that san< and women should pinch themselves to see if they are really awake or not. You need to make every training school in America demand a free three-years' educational course with hours a day devoted to practical work; you need a great journal devoted to your interests and your progress : you imething corresponding to an insurance company adapted to your peculiar conditions ;you need a post-graduate school for superintendents; you need a systematization ol business, how to hud work, how to supply country towi farms with trained nurses, where to secure special training, aad how to find the people wanting that kind of specially trained nurse, etc.; you need nurses' houses or homes, where you can meet each other, and have something like a when you are off duty: you need special loan-libraries; you need laws to protect your calling from the scandal o corrupt, who, for purposes of gain and immorality, don the the nurse: you need a rigid ordering of your relations with the city, the State, and the National Government, and particularly with the military departments; you need an ional and even an international organization, and tor all these and other things you need wise and clear bi raids to govern and to guide you, and to mold you one of the great agencies for alleviating sociologic ill and for


bringing about a more lowly civilization than we have .-.. far dreamed id'.

And. with it all. will you bate quackery more than vou do th.' devil himself? Already i he quacks, those pathogenic microbes of the profession of medicine, those verminous para >!' poverty and ignorance, are quoting Trained Nurse So-and so as endorsing such and such a concoction or cot traption for the magical cure of all disease. I bese by all that is holy and of good report, thai you renounce this wickedness! When the official head of a representative American nursing organization officially sprawls over and through the advertising iper as a

limitless endorser of "Greene's Nervura" and of "Electropoise," i1 behooveth yoa to haul up sharp and see that your skirts do nol draggle even in the shallowesl of these filthj puddles!

I wish I could say something of use, and that might encourage you to add your influence in pro\ iding an effi ctive and systematized service of trained nurses f or |)„. | ,,;,,. ,i States Army. Whether in peace or in war i except perhaps in the front during actual battle) the army needs you. The lack of such an organization with its resultant terrible morbidity and mortality among the sick soldiers during the late Cuban skirmish was demonstrated beyond all doubt. The Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and I al their second annual meeting in New York about a month ago, took up this important matter, and are earnestly trying to secure the passage of a bill by ( longress to bring aboul I he desired object. In this way only can the' business he ■ atized, the wasted efforts of competing organizations neutralized, and as Oarlyle would say. the work get itself done.* Another good that would follow the establishing id' such systematization would be the disappearing forever and ever, world without end. amen, of the advertising self Beekers, the quack doctors posing as philanthropists, and the silly mob of the eharity-beerazed senr s about with

their incapacities and fatuities like the myriads of Blue-Bottle Plies of The four Little Children, I in a wise

geographic book actually written before the Hispano-American W'ar.i

Women in; 1 d into three classes, the flood for somethings, tie- Good-for-nothings, ami the Unspeakables. There is nothing which fashion h; class. In its heart it likes the third class far more. With

  • In our imperialism-craze you must suffer for the sins of your

rulers, and must prepare yourselves to meet tin di mand for nurses in tropical countries where in the name of liberty we are shooting down those win. ask for Liberty. The English Colonial

'(■m was formed in 1896 to provide specially trained for England's colonies in all parts of the worl.l. The Lancet makes the wise sui^eBtion to try to train up a school of native Here is a great work for you also.

t "And on the signal being given all the I'.lue-Bottle Flies buzzing at once in a sumptuous and sonorous manner, tbi lions ami mi,' OUnde echoing nil ovej the waters ami

resound he tumultuous top of the transitory titmice,

upon the intervening ami verdant mountains wit. a serene ami sickly suavity only known to the truly virtuous."



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the sharp X-ray eyes of moralized intelligence, look through the walls and roofs of a vast number of modem homes and you will find doless daughters whom their parents are trying to get rid of, and doless wives who, money alone excepted, are trying to get rid of their husbands.

When servant-girls marry, the first thing they demand is a servant-girl. Shop-girls — I beg pardon, I mean Salesladies — must not work after marriage, they must ape the vices of the second class of ladies who scorn their too perfect flatterers. Lazy, cunning, pretty, empty-headed, and empty-hearted, the young ladies of the foolish ill-to-do well-to-do, while nursing their hysterics, and their flaccid muscles, manage to twist ever tighter the silken bands whereby, sitting at the center of the commercial economic slaveries of civilization, they draw into their laps the stolen products of human industry and cruelty, avid to get the most and give the least. But even here are awakening, thank Heaven, an increasing number of women who, like Bore's monk, are looking about them with horror and alarm, and are determining that their lives at least shall not sink into the degradation of spiderhood. Yours is the splendid proving that there are at least ten thousand American women unsatisfied with araneal ethics.

In other reactions from spiderliness we have many sad morbidities, the "New Woman" being not the very least. Perhaps the "New Nurse" is to be another if she is not wise and wary. Institutional medical charity justifies all the bitterness wrapped in the jibe that "charity is the basest of human passions." If it is incapable of turning all the milk of human kindness to bonnyclabber and even to mitey cheese, if it cannot at one stroke and directly pauperize the patient, curse the giver, and debauch the medical profession, it labors hard to do it by indirection ; then if all plans fail, trust some advertising medical college for getting hold of several hundred nurses and making them help the Professors to attain notoriety, students, consultations and iniquitous state appropriations! Organization and Institutionalization may be good things for you, but not unless you are somewhat wiser than serpents and more shy of nets than are many doves.

The most powerful antidote for the evils of malorganization or over-organization, and for the dangers that beset your future career, I believe will be found iu the very nature of your calling and in the goodness of the human heart, which rarely fails to respond sympathetically to the cry for help by the suffering.

And this work of yours is so good, and will only remain so good, if you refuse to allow any institution, or rules, or organizations to come between you and your patient. Your calling is of the best and most truly evolutional (not revolutional) because it continues the kind of occupation and by the same methods you have inherited from Mother Eve, — personal work by personal methods. The giving of love, care, helpfulness, sympathy, nurturing, nursing, — what else has woman done in the world? What better thing could any being do? The female man-imitators are doomed! Is evolution a word, a philosophy, a thinker's game of thought, or is it the most actual (if facts and the most inescapable of biologic laws? There can be no rejection of the law of heredity. The habits of a million ancestors are commands which we seek to break

only at our infinite peril. The fact, of course, is that each of our personalities is the last link of the biologic chain which binds us to the infinite number of our ancestral organisms, and God, if you please, has yet some control of the cosmic process! He will hardly permit the last link to cut itself from the past and set up as an independent existence. The ghosts of all history unite in and direct each individuality. Strength and effectiveness consist in obedience to their orders.

There is one way in which organization can help you, if you, as you must, use it as a tool and not allow it to use you as one. This consists in making it a means whereby you come to your patient. The hospitals have half turned you into servants, — they at least are well supplied with nurses, so we may leave them out of the count. Then the rich have you at command; for we are all the slaves of the plutocrats. Upon them then we may waste no thought or sympathy. The poor, ('. e. the very poor of the cities, can also command you, through the hospitals. But there are far more needy, more numerous, more worthy classes to whom neither you nor your societies, I fear, have hardly given a thought. Among these are the farmers and the people of small villages. These constitute the great majority of the good people of the United States, and they do indeed need your advice, skill, knowledge, and help, quite as much as do any city-folk. Ignorance and disease await you there fully as much as they do in crowded places. It seems to me that one of your primal duties of organization is to secure a machinery of distribution whereby you and your knowledge of hygiene, the knowledge par excellence of the trained nurse, shall be brought to the country and to the village. Genuine missionaries you must be to carry the gospel of nursing to your far-away over-worked and untrained sisters of a million country and village homes, and to the sick ones there.

The reckless poor and the reckless rich of the cities, as we have seen, are well nursed and provided for; they are your masters. But let it no longer be said that " none but a pauper or a millionaire can enjoy the luxury of a nurse." You have yet to organize a machinery to reach the wants of the great and more deserving middle classes. To this class let us add another that still more acutely touches our sympathies, — the proud and self-respecting poor of the cities, who, no worse off financially than the spongers, have as yet not been bribed, corrupted, and herded in the hospitals and almshouses by the professional philanthropists and the selfish charity-mongers. It seems to me that your most pressing duty is to these two sets of people. The clerk, the prudent workman, the little shopkeeper, the working woman, etc., with incomes of from three hundred to one thousand dollars a year — these cannot afford to pay you twenty dollars a week for your services. And if this is so, those with still smaller incomes can afford to pay you but a small percentage of this amount. And for that matter, is your conscientious, skilled, and devoted help for seven days and nights, not really worth far more than twenty dollars? Ilemember too that your profession is fast rilling and like every other, filling to overflowing. Give, then, in advance and in chosen cases, before pitiless competition forces the wage-limit down. But that is a deplorable argument; so let us return to the more gracious, eterually-to

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be-repeated, eternally forgotten, Noblesse oblige! Wage-pride id a nurse or a physician is the devil in the pulpit; it is Croker and Quay throned and lording it as statesmen. In

this matter I beg and beseech you to think of the duty and the blessing of grace, and the gift of yourselves. Most other giving than self is, in the last analysis, but a fraud and a delusion. Whether you will or will not, you are. if nol copartner of the medical profession, at least a chief assistant ; and the tradition and the practice of the members of that profession is to give on the average at least one-third of their lives to the needy and suffering, without thought of compensation in money. Verily, verily, I say unto you that you must go and do likewise ! If you wish us to love and honor you, that is the surest way to command our honor and love. " By what means? Quickly comes the answer: First, by individually meeting the need of the needy with your service, or a part of it, at a price or at no price, corresponding to the ability to pay ; Secondly, by means of the Visiting, or District, or Instructive Nursing Society. If there is no such society where you live, then establish such a society! Start it with a membership of one ; get others to join ; plan it out, work it out, with the help you can and will find if you do really wish to find it. If the established society works badly, if it is the outcome of dilettantism and unbusiness-like sentimentalism, set to work to put it in better order. All things are possible to the resolved woman !

The Instructive District Nursing Associations of Chicago and of Boston, seem to be models. These and similar have recognized the profound need of teaching the members of the families among which they go how to become good nurses; how by example and precept to care for each other and for themselves, and in a hundred ways to brighten and purify their lives. A nurse is not a good nurse unless she is a good teacher and inspirer of others to emulate her skill, neatness, and unselfishness. In district nursing one has a greater variety of cases, more out-of-door exercise, greater freedom Saturdays and Sundays, etc. One also, I think, does more good and leaves more lasting impressions. There is a commingling of pathos and fun that is altogether blessed, and seeing more life, one's own character is broadened and sweetened. In the choice and method of carrying on an occupation, the purer the purpose and the more earnest the emotion, the closer must one come to actual life. All desire to get away from the blood and muscle and heart-thro of actuality, ends in resultlessness, ennui, md even in doWnight sin. Keep your finger on the pulse of life if you would know how the heart of life is beating. But all who can, must be made to pay for the work and for the teaching. charity is very pleasant but it is very iniquitous. Nay, more, all charity is a curse unless it seeks to do away with the need of charity. You must not let your noble calling degrad vHous relief-doling. i s aristocratic flummery and class-prejudice beginning to imong you ? I hear whispers of the fact, and in some of the literature I have glanced over, especially in that emanating from England, it crops out in amusing innocence. I have found there such recurring expressions as " Nurses of nigh birth," " of lower birth," etc. I'am treadingon dangerous

ground perhaps, inn I trusl that there is sufficienl American ismin you to scorn such long-eared nonsense. Neither in your speech nor in your hearts let such expressions and distinctions arise. If in the sisterhood of nations our country has any function it is surely to show the unchns! ianit \ .' 1 1,,untruth, and the unscience of such prides and such lack oprides. The only professional or scientific significance of such terms I can imagine is the obstetric one:— the high-birthers must have entered the world after the maimer of Caesar! The common fashion of the low-birthers seems preferable! But I hear that the high-birthers make the best nurses, ate better for the instructive and district nursing societies to employ, that they are better received in poor families, that they are not so "stuck up " as regards what is call,.,! menial work, etc. Let every low-birther make it her chiefesl point of pride to disprove this !

Let me read a few sentences from the history of the .Mayflower people by oue of them. They surely were low-birt hers if there ever were any such :

" But that which was most sadd & lamentable was, that in 2. or 3. moneths time halfe of their company dyed, espetialy in .Ian ■ ,V February, being y" depth of winter, and wanting houses & other comforts; being infected with y" scurvie & other diseases, whirl, this long vioage & their inacomoilate condition bad brought upon them ; so as ther dyed some times 2. or 3. of a day, in y" foresaid time ; that of 100. & odd persons, scarce 50. remained. And of these in y<= time of most distres, ther was but 6. or 7. sound persons, who, t'o their great comendations be it spoken, spared no pains,' night nor day, but with abundance of toyle and hazard of their owne health, fetched them woode, made them fires, drest them meat, made their beads, washed their lothsome cloaths, cloathed A uncloathed them ; in a word, did all y bomly & necessarie olliees for them w cL dainty & quesie stomacks cannot endure to hear named; and all this willingly & cherfully, without any giudgingin y e least, shewing herein their true love unto their friends& bretheren. A rare example & worthy to be remembered. Tow of these 7. were M r William Brewster, ther reverend Elder, & Myles Standish, ther Captein & military comander, unto whom my selfe, & many others. were much beholden in our low & sicke condition. And yet the Lord so upheld these persons, as in this generall calamity they were not at all infected either with sicknes, or lamnes. And what I have said of these, I may say of may others who dyed in this generall vissitation, Mothers yet livirig, that whilst they had health, yea, or any strength continuing, they were not wanting to any that had need of them. And I doute not but their recompence is with y" Lord."— The Bradford History of the Plymouth Plantation.

"Servants of the poor" is another term used by orators to graduating nurses and by writers of mock heroics. Itisquite highfalutin— and quite silly ! I trust you will not go to your life-work a victim of any phrase-maker's tricks. Sour firs! duty, like that of all of us, is to see facts; your Becond, is to know facts; your third, is to make facts. If you musi dub yourself with any other titles and think of yourself as anything less or more than a nurse— quite a noble and ennobling name, I think— is not the word friend enough ? A se

you must not he. a patronized or a patronizer 5 [are not be.

Friendship is what is needed by the patientand by his family. The friend maj teach and hi Ip : be

must always sympathize with and love.

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dangers than I have of the benefits of organization, and I shall not very emphatically deny the charge. The shame and infamy of anti-Dreyfus France, the degradation of American politics, the cruelty and selfishness of monopolies, our pension demagogery, such things are ever before our > to warn us against giving up our freedom and our honor to any organization. The hardest of all problems you will have to solve will be to secure the good things that are obtainable only through organization and at the same time to avoid the evils so generally the consequences of organization.

It is only by means of money that one can get that which is worth more than money, and that which money cannot buy. Just so it is only by means of organization that you can obtain that which organization alone cannot give. This means, of course, that you must use the power derived from organization as a mere instrument. There is nothing more harmless, neutral and unorganized than water — the oceans of it that cover so much of the earth. There is nothing more symmetric and beautiful than a snow crystal; but transmute an ocean into a polar ice-cap, and death is its command, even to the wandering splinter of it called an iceberg. Let love ami ethics fail for a day to use, fill and thrill your organizations, and the devil will surely seize upon them and make them serve his purposes.

In the polar regions of our earth the cold is so intense and continuous that ice and snow are always forming and it is

impossible to say what would be the disastrous consequences as regards the temperature, climate and vegetation, even the life of the entire globe, were it not for the existence of one great countervailing fact: Up from the great oceans of the equatorial and temperate regions softly creep the massive currents of warmer water, until approaching the poles, they dip deeply downward beneath the arctic ice-cap, and spreading through these freezing ocean abysses, they bring the melting messages from the far-away sun, from summer days and smiling climes. Your work in life seems wonderfully like all this. However lethal and frightful our civilization, it shines with such splendid and alluring auroras that into it with reckless fatalism press the infatuated discoverers and travelers from lands where labor wearies and deadens, and where love is becoming the legend of idle singers of empty days. Over this white waste of frigid expanse deepen the glaciers of selfishness, and glitter the ice and snow of luxury and of greed. Among the influences that prevent this palsying congelation of death from crawling and crunching through the whole wide world, comes Love! And what love is purer and more vivifying than that of you workers, what more heartening than that which gives itself to win back to health, to hope, and to life, those who have been broken by disease and worn by suffering ? Yours the privilege, cosmic and yet personal, of throbbing beneath and through the bitter chill of an icing civilization the softening warmth of divine beueficence and love!


By James F. Mitchell, M. IK, Assistant Resident Surgeon. The John? Hopkins Hospital.

In the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, Xos. 94, 95, 90, January, February, March, 1899, was published a collection of thirty-five cases in which pins had been found present in the vermiform appendix, or had been the cause of attacks of appendicitis.

Since this publication a most striking case has appeared in the service of Dr. Halsted, and in connection with the subject seems worthy of record.

History.— \X. 0. R. (Surg. No. S898), a colored boy. aged seven years, was admitted to the surgical wards April 20. 1 399, complaining of "cramps in the stomach."

Since he was two years of age he has offered from repeated attacks, with abdominal symptoms referable to the right iliac region and accompanied by pain, tenderness and vomiting. These have recurred at intervals of a few months for the past ars, the duration of the attacks varying from a few days to one or two weeks. The intervals have never been completely free from local symptoms.

No history of the ingestion of a foreign body could be obtained from the' parents.

On April 22 (four days before admission) he complained of feeling badly, and of a feeling of tightness in the abdomen followed in a short time as usual by cramps and vomiting; no chill ; not much apparent fever. Since onset there have

been paroxysms of pain about the navel, the attacks lasting three or four minutes and being so severe as to cause him " to be doubled up." Abdominal tenderness has been marked ; bowels constipiated, one movement yesterday, after medicine ; no pain on micturition, but increased frequency.

Examination on admission (Dr. dishing). " Well developed colored child with slightly pinched fades ; lying mi back with knees drawn up. Pulse compressible, rather poor quality. Tongue has a diffuse, thin, white coating. Respiration costal in type ; abdominal movements slight. Abdomen slightly and symmetrically distended. Child protects right iliac region with hands. Dulness over whole of right iliac region. No dulness in left Hank. Abdominal spasm and rigidity limited to right iliac fossa render palpation difficult. There seems, however, to be a mass in the right iliac fossa. Temperature 103.2°. Leucocytes 11,000.*' He was prepared for immediate operation.

Operation under chloroform anaesthesia (Dr. dishing!.

Laparotomy for appt ndicular abscess. Evani/dion of abscess. Appendectomy. Pathological anastomosis of tip of appendix with ileum, through which a pin passed, producing a perforation in opposite wail of ileum. Closure of two appendicular communications. Drainage.

Under anaesthesia the tumor was found to occupy the

Situation of Absc

Head of pin appendix

Pin pe rforatin g Jle u m

From a sketch at the time oi operation bj Dr. Cashing. Showing the relations of the pin to the appendix, ileum and caecum.

The appendix and pii "'- lhr i ,ln ' " "' ,r ' 1 with faecal matter.

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whole right iliac region from median line to level of umbilicus. Incision was made over the tumor through outer border of rectus muscle, and subsequently enlarged, dividing the epigastric vessels. Theabdominal wall was oedematous. The tumor mass was covered by a layer of infiltrated omentum, which was adherent to anterior parietes. Adhesions were freed and walling-off gauze placed about the mass at po approach to the free cavity.

The tumor mass was attacked and an a itaining

about 15 cc. of bad smelling fiocculent pus evacuated, t loverBlips showed some bacilli, no streptococci.

The appendix was sought for and finally freed from the side of the tumor mass. Xo perforation could be made out in the appendix. The abscess was situated at some distance from it lying between caecum and ileum. The appendicular serosa was not markedly injected. The appendix was found to have a double communication with the bowel : one at its base and another about 5 cm. from its tip, where it anastomosed with the ileum by a free communication opposite to the mesentery.

In the appendix opposite to this communication a hard. round body, the size of a hat-pin head, could be felt, and running from this through the passage into the ileum extended the shaft of a pin, the point of which reached the abscess some distance away.

The rueso-appendix was tied off and the appendix amputated at its base, the stump being inverted into the caecum. The communication with the ileum near the tip was treated in the same way, the opening into the ileum, which was by mucous membrane, being closed by three mattress, Halsted sutures which had been placed before the division.

I lie seal of operation was drained with iodoform gaii

the abdominal wound partly I

The patient took the anaesthetic well and had no bad Symptoms referable to it.

The operation was performed inth andthechild

seemed in good condition at its close, although the pulse was rapid — 134. During the evening be was comfortable and apparently doing well. Frequent salt-solution enemata were

given to relieve thirst. At midnighl he was seen 03 lb-. Baer, the ward surgeon. The pulse was then 116 andof fairvolnme and the patient complained only of slight pain.

At six o'clock next morning the nurse noted no change in his condition ; pulse slower. Happening to pass his bed a few minutes later she noticed his eyes rolled up and glassy, and was unable to rouse him. Attempts to resuscitate him were unavailing and he died at (5.45 a. m.

Autopsy (Dr. MacCallum) showed localized peritonitis, about caecum; broncho-pneumonia of slight extent; great enlargement of thymus; small hemorrhages about thymus and mediastinal tissues: moderate glandular hyperplasia.

No definite assignable cause of death.

Bacteriology. — Bacillus coli communis and an unidentified

bacillus were obtained from the appendix. (Dr. Clopton) cultures from the heart, spleen and thymus gland were sterile. Pneumococcus was gotten from the lungs, and from the kidney ami liver bacillus coli communis. Cultures from the kidney, liver and peritoneal cavity gave an unidentified bacillus, probably proteus Zenkeri.


By Norman B. Gwyx, M. 1'... Assistant Resident Physician Johns Hopkins Hospital.

It has been frequently shown that typhoid bacilli may be presentin the urine of typhoid fever patients and convalescents and that the danger of infection from this source was to be considered ; up to the present time, however, we have completely overlooked this question, and systematic disinfection of the urine has never been perfectly, if at all, carried out. It the presence of these bacteria in the urine were but an occasional happening and associated always, as in somecasi 3, with urinary disturbances marked enough to attract attention and arouse suspicion, no great danger of infection need be feared, but their occurrence in 20 to 30 per cent, of all cases, often in urines presenting slight if any alteration, ma evident that in the spread of typhoid fever the urine plays a far greater part than has heretofore been suspected. Bouchard,

. seems to have been the first to describe this cot his investigations showing bacilli in 50 per cent, of faulty differentiation of the typhoid from colon bacilli may have given this high percentage.

Hueppe, Seitz, Konjajeff, Karlinski, Neumann, Borges, de la Faille give varying results in describing the same condition. Hueppe fiuding bacilli but once in eighteen cases,

Karlinski in twenty-one of forty-four. Blumer, in this hospital, investigating pyuria in typhoid fever found typhoid bacilli twice in sixty cases. Wright, of Netley, obtained typhoid bacilli in the urines of six of sevi n casi 3. P.esson in six of thirty-two. Neumann noted that the bacilli were usually in pure culture and were often so abundant as to render fresh urine turbid, the urine remaining, however, acid in reaction: the evident danger of infection is emphasized by this writer and others.

More recent work has been done by Petmschky, HortonSmith, and Richardson. Petruschky, though obtaining bacilli but three times in fiftj eases, dwells upon the number and persistence of the organisms, calculating 1 bat in one case 170 million of bacilli were present in one cubic centimetre of the urine; persistence ofthe bacilli for three months after convalesces 1 n one case.

Smith found bacilli in three of sevei 1 id confirming

Neumann'- adds that it is often possible b

the organisms in the freshly-voided urine.

Richardson's investigations are perhaps the most important. In two series of thirty-eight and ail I - of typhoid



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fever, bacilli were obtained from the urine in nine and fourteen instances ; the time of appearance, the persistence and disappearance of the bacilli, the coincident condition of the urine, and therapeutical resources for removing the organisms are fully discussed.

The results obtained by the above observers may be thus briefly tabulated:

1. In quite a high percentage, perhaps from twenty to thirty per cent, of all cases of typhoid fever, typhoid bacilli may be present in the urine.

2. When present they are usually in pure culture, often so numerous as to make the freshly- voided urine turbid and may then be detected by a coverslip examination.

3. Appearing generally in the second and third week of illness, the organisms may persist for months or years, probably multiplying in the bladder, the urine being apparently a suitable medium for their growth.

4. Though often showing evidences of cystitis, and marked renal involvement, the urine containing bacilli has usually only the characteristics of an ordinary febrile urine ; the presence of bacilli has no prognostic importance, and their disappearance or persistence without having induced local change is the rule.

5. Lastly, as shown by Richardson, irrigation of the bladder with bichloride of mercury, and the internal administration of urotropin, a compound of ammonia and formaldehyde, seem to be safe methods of removing the bacilli; thirty or sixty grains of the latter quickly' removing all bacilli in six cases.

In discussing the conditions under which bacilli may he present in the urine, it must be mentioned that an association of bacterium with the typhoid roseola was early noted and has been mentioned by most observers. Konjajeff held thatbacteriuria indicated always the presence of the lymphoid nodules in the kidneys; according to Borges some impairment of the renal tissue was always necessary to allow passage of bacteria ; Wright sees in the bacteriuria and roseola clear evidence that typhoid fever is a general infection; Blumer thought that occasionally the bacilli came to the bladder through the anterior rectal wall; Futterer's work showing the almost immediate appearance in the gall-bladder and urine of organisms injected into the portal and jugular veins, together with the fact that many urines containing bacilli show no evidences of renal changes, may be taken as indicating that the typhoid bacilli may appear in urine as a simple excretion from the blood. That typhoid bacilli are present in the blood in practically the same per cent, as in the urine is seen from the work of Kiihnau and others.

Siuce Blumer's investigations in 1895, no bacteriological examinations of typhoid urines have been followed in this hospital. The occurrence of several cases of cystitis in the typhoid cases, and the outbreak of a small house epidemic of typhoid fever drew our attention thereto ; although in the first case examined aspiration of the bladder was resorted to, it was found that cleansing the meatus and anterior urethra with 1-50000 bichloride sufficed to give pure cultures in almost every case, the standard tests for differentiating the typhoid bacillus were employed; if on examination of the fresh speci

men no organisms were to be seen, as much as five to ten cubic centimetres of urine were plated out.

In most of our cases pyuria and signs of bladder irritation were present, the development of which led to the bacteriological examination ; in others the urinary condition aroused no suspicion.

Case I, for the report of which I am indebted to Dr. dishing, was at once the most remarkable and interesting, presenting a chronic cystitis of four years' duration, following shortly after an attack of typhoid fever. Pure cultures of typhoid bacilli were obtained on aspiration of the bladder; the patient left the hospital much relieved by bichloride irrigations. Unfortunately we have not been able to follow the further history of this case. Houston reports a somewhat similar case of three years' duration.

Case II showed the development of an acute cystitis at the end of a relapse six weeks from the onset of his illness ; typhoid bacilli in large numbers were obtained in pure culture from the urine; the pyuria and symptoms cleared up on irrigation (bichloride of mercury 1-50000) and at present, three months after discharge, urine is quite clear and, on culture, negative.

In Case III, an outside case ; marked pyuria in the third week together with the fact that the patient had never given a Widal reaction induced the physician to have cultures taken from the urine ; the examination of the fresh urine showed myriads of motile bacilli, proving on culture to be typhoid ; the urinary condition improved on bichloride irrigation, and three mouths later the urine was clear and showed no bacilli on culture.

Case IV developed pyuria in the fifth week of his illness. Numerous bacilli were present in the fresh urine; the urinary condition cleared up on bichloride irrigation; patient could not be followed after his discharge.

In Case V, the development of a cystitis three mouths after an attack of typhoid fever; typhoid bacilli were presentin abundance in the fresh urine; the condition improved on irrigation and an examination three months later showed the urine clear and no bacilli.

The three next cases we could follow more closely, and could also watch the effect of urotropin on the bacteriuria.

In the first of these a severe nephritis and cystitis had developed in the third week of illness ; the freshly-drawn urine was turbid from presence of pus and innumerable bacilli ; it could be calculated in this case that 500 million typhoid bacilli were excreted in each cubic centimetre of urine.

Urotropin grs. x three times daily was begun and in two days no bacteria were to be seen in the urine, ten colonies of typhoid bacilli however growing on culture from one cubic centimetre ; the nephritis and cystitis improved and after 5 days no bacilli could be cultivated ; cultures remained negative for two weeks and the urine was now free from all traces of nephritis or cystitis. At this time however although patient was still taking urotropin, and after six hundred and thirty grains had been administered, typhoid bacilli reappeared in considerable numbers.

In the second of these three cases pyuria and signs of cystitis developed in the third week of illness, numerous bacilli were to be seen in the turbid fresh urine, which bacilli, though the

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patient had never given a Widal reaction, proved to be (\ phoid organisms: after SO grs. of urotropin grs. v three times daily the bacilli disappeared and pyuria improved, but in spite of the fact that urotropin was continued, both bacilli and pus reappeared on the eleventh day of treatment, or after 165 grs. of urotropin had been given. Treatment was continued, and in six days more bacilli disappeared entirely, and have never reappeared. In this patient it was calculated that 3 million typhoid bacilli per cub. centimetre were being excreted at the time of first examination.

The last of our cases, one of typhoid septicaemia, running an irregular course with intermittent fever and chills, and one in which the Widal reaction was at first uncertain, had nothing in the urine to attract attention, there being but a trace of albumin and slight turbidity. The turbidity was found to be due to innumerable typhoid organisms. TTrotropin grs. x three times daily reduced the number of organisms to one hundred per cub. centimetre in four days. The patient died on following day still showing few bacilli in the bladder. Typhoid bacilli were found everywhere throughout the body at autopsy and in the blood before death ; till the appearance of a marked Widal reaction the urinary condition in this case gave the only reliable indication of the nature of the illness, and it seems reasonable to suggest that in cases where the Widal reaction is delayed a bacteriological examination of the urine should be made, especially since it has been repeatedly shown that with the presence of the typhoid bacillus in the blood, the serum reaction may be long delayed or feeble. This absence of the Widal reaction with presence of bacilli in the urine was noted in two of the foregoing cases. As most of our cases were selected for examination on account of their urinary condition we cannot use them to figure percentages of results. In a later series of seven cases positive results were obtained in the three final cases above recorded, or in 42 per cent, of cases.

We were not able to determine at what time the bacilli appeared in the urine, their persistence for four years in one case and three months in another being seen. In the latter case the urine showed nothing suspicious till the development of cystitis at the end of three months ; this patient during convalescence probably excreted millions of bacilli daily, and might have continued so to do had his urine not come under observation; estimating, as in one of our cases, 500 million bacilli per cubic centimetre of urine, a daily amount of 1000 JC. of urine would contain 500,000 million organisms. According to Petruschky's calculation, such a urine if .1 in ten cubic metres of water or sewage would give 50,000 colouies of bacilli per cubic centimetre of the water. In most of our cases there was pyuria; albumin was present twice in large amount, usually however, only in traces, with albumin generally a few hyaline and granular casts: in one case the urine showed no pus and neither albumin nor casts; complete repair of the affected bladder or kidneys, as far as could be seen from the urine, was the rule, the cystitis of four duration had been untreated and had become very chronic.

The observation of Neumann that in typhoid fever cloudy, freshly-drawn urine acid in reaction could usually be sus


pected, was frequently confirmed, the possibility of detecting the bacilli in the fresh specimen as emphasized by Smith, being shown in all but one ease. For the removal of the bacilli, bichloride irrigations (1-50(100) were completely effective in threeof five cases which could be followed; 165 grains of urotropin removed the bacilli in one case; in another reap pearance of the bacilli during its administration was ^^n :,, a third there was immediate reduction of the number ol organisms, the death of the patient preventing further observation.

The infected urine could be readily rendered sterile in half an hour by the addition of an equal volume of 1-10 carbolic acid.

Since typhoid bacilli are present so frequently and in such abundance in the urine, unless a systematic bacteriological examination can be made, all typhoid urines should be disinfected before being thrown out; great care should also he exercised in the handling and routine examination: careful centrifugalization of urine is usually possible and in the absence of cultural tests should be insisted upon ; detection by this means of bacilli in fresh urines, should suggesl the applicable anti-bacterial treatment and proper disinfection of the urine.


1. Bouchard : Rev. de Med., I, 1881.

2. Hueppe: Fortschrt., der Med., IV, 1886.

3. Seitz: Munich, 1886.

4. Konjajeff: Central, fur Bakt., VI, 1889.

5. Karlinski: Prag. med. Woch., XV, 1890.

6. Neumann : Berlin klin. Woch., 1SS8, 1890.

7. Borges: Wurzbiirg, 1894.

8. Baart de la Faille : Utrecht, 1895.

9. Blunier: Johns Hopkins Hosp. Reports, V, 1895.

10. Wright: Lancet, 1895, II, 196.

11. Besson : Rev. de Med., X VII, L897, 405.

12. Smith: Trans, of Med. & Surg. Soc, London, 1897.

13. Petruschky: Central, fur Bakt., 1898, XXVIII.

11. Richardson: Journal of Experimental Medicine, L898, III, 1899. 15. Houston : Brit. Med. Journal, Jan. 14, 1899.


De. Harris.— We are greatly indebted to Dr. (iwyn for this painstaking work in regard to the very important question of the elimination of typhoid bacilli through the urine. If is remarkable that as long as the organism has been known to be so very ubiquitous more examinations have nol been made heretofore of the urine The necessity for examinations of the urine as a matter of routine in all cases should be stronglj brought forward. I would like to ask Dr. (iwyn some questions regarding bis methods of procedure. Were dilu (ions mad.-, or were plates made straight from the urine: and secondly, was any attempt made to exclude the so-called pseudo-organisms? In some of our analyses we have met with an organism that gave the reaction of the typhoid bai illu in all culture media, except in gelatine which it slowly liquefied, and even there it would he from ten bo fourteen days before



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it would show this difference from the typhoid bacillus. With the dry blood method it always gave a pseudo-reaction, thai is, au imperfect clumping, which in a hasty examination might be mistaken for the action of the typhoid bacillus. I would also like to ask if he has tested the Hiss media, which is said to far surpass Eisner's in respect to efficiency.

As regards the lurking of the organism in the bladder for so many years is it not possible that the patient may be reinfected and a nephritis or cystitis set up by the second invasion without any of the usual symptoms of typhoid? Rearing upon my question there was a case I believe in the hospital last summer in Dr. Young's service where he credited the patient with carrying the organism for seven years, lie isolated the organism and permitted me to go over the work and it was evident that he had obtained the bacillus typhosus ; but he had great doubts as to whether the patient did reallj suffer with cystitis all the years after the primary infection.

As regards the finding of the organism in the urine 1 would like to know^ whether it has been isolated at any time in the absence of albuminuria, cystitis, or symptoms of nephritis. There are cases on record in which the urine has been reported as completely free from evideuces of bladder or renal involvement: practically always, however, slight traces of albumin are found with few casts. These are matters I

think that would make the routine examination of the urine very necessarv. The disease may be spread, especially in country families, through the friends attending the patients and then going about ordinary household duties, neglecting the disinfection of urine and faeces of the patients, and of their own hands.

Dk. (iwvx. — I would say that in many of these cases a dilution was not necessary. As to the tests for differentiating the typhoid bacillus the usual tests, the growth in ordinary media, the motility of the organism, the non-production of indol and especially the serum test, were always used. We have not used Hiss's media this year, but I have used it before with satisfaction. In many cases the urine will show quite large amounts of albumin with casts and pus; evidences of acute nephritis and cystitis. In the majority of cases a mere trace of albumin with few casts and little or no pus will be found. Cases are reported in which the urine has shown absolutely no evidence of changes, either in the kidneys or bladder. All of our eases have shown at least a trace of albumin.

The first case 1 referred to is, 1 think, that which was under Dr. Young's care.



By N. B. Gwyn. M. B., Assistant Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore.

The diplococcus intracellularis meningitidis, now recognized as the causative agent of cerebrospinal fever, while found in the meningeal lesions, has not as yet been demonstrated in I he general circulation, nor have we known it to play the pail of a general infective agent. During the past few months there have been admitted to Professor Osier's wards a series of 11 cases of cerebrospinal fever, and in one of these the specific organism has been demonstrated not only in the meningeal lesions, but in the blood and in the inflamed joints. The history of the case is as follows :

Jacob B., aged 24, native of the city, was admitted November 4, 1898, supposed to be suffering from typhoid fever. The patient was a packing-clerk in a manufactory, and had always been strong and veil. There was no history of contact with any cases of meningitis. On Nov. 1, after two or three days of slight indisposition, the patient was seized with severe pain in the back of the neck ; subsequently be had a chill with nausea, vomiting, and fever. On Nov. 2 he was very much worse. He had become delirious and was feverish. He had diarrhoea, and friends noticed that there were "drawing" movements of the hands. There was no retraction of the neck nor any stiffness of the muscles. On Nov. 4 he was seen at home by Dr. Hastings. The temperature was 100.8°; he was delirious ; the limbs were very rigid ; the spleen was palpable, large, and firm. He was ordered to be sent at once to the hospital. The condition on admission was as follows :

He was a well-nourished man ; the cheeks were flushed, the pupils dilated, equal, reacting to light and on accommodation. He was unconscious and could not be roused. The tongue was coated ;

the throat was clear. The rigidity of the muscles of the neck and back was marked, and the body could be lifted with the hand placed under the occiput. The respirations were quick and jerky and there was impaired resonance in the right axilla. The pulse was 140, temperature 100.2°, respirations 44. There were swelling and redness of both elbows, the right wrist, the right knee, and several of the smaller joints of the hands.

On Nov. 5 he remained in much the same condition, with marked rigidity of the neck and of the abdomen. Purpuric spots developed about the feet. The defective resonance over the right lower lobe of the lung increased, and was present also in the left infrascapular region. The affected joints were more swollen and red. Slight external strabismus had developed. A reddish purple mottling of the skin of the body and extremities was noted. The urine contained a large amount of albumin with hyaline and granular casts and red blood corpuscles. The patient gradually failed and died at 10.40 on the morning of the 6th, the temperature having gradually risen to 105.5° before death. The leucocytes increased from 17,000 per cubic mil. on admission, to 37, C00.

Lumbar puncture was performed on November 5, and cultures were taken from the blood and from the swollen and inflamed right knee joint. By the lumbar puncture a rather characteristic sei-opurulent exudate was obtained. In it the characteristic hemispherical diplococcus was found, both in the leucocytes and lying free, isolated, and in small clumps. Numerous large swollen forms were also seen, all of these readily decolorized by Gram's stain. Cultures from the meningeal exudate were made by inoculating the surfaces of Loeffler's blood-serum and glycerin-agar tubes with a large quantity, as much as one-half cc. After 18 hours in the thermostat at 37°C, the blood-serum and glycerin-agar tubes

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showed a characteristic growth — small, isolated colonies from J to 1-J mm. in diameter, on the Loeffler's hlood-serum, raise viscid and white, on the glycerin-agar, rather translucent, the colonies, as seen hy the microscope, heing (inely granular with regular horders. Morphologically the organisms showed typical biscuit-shaped or hemispherically-shaped cocci, arranged as diplococci, staining well with gentian violet, better with methylene blue, and decolorizing readily by the Gram stain.

From the knee joint about 3 cc. of thick, yellow stringy pus was obtained. Hemispherical diplococci, both intracellular and extracellular, were found in it, corresponding in morphology to those found in the meningeal exudate. Of the plates taken from the knee-fluid the blood-serum agar showed numerous small colonies about i mm. in diameter, the agar plates showing also nine or ten smaller ones. The organisms were identical in form and staining reaction with those from the meningeal exudate.

The Blood. 10 cc. were taken. On the blood-serum agar plates three minute but well-marked colonies grew. They presented the typical hemispherical cocci easily decolorized by Gram's stain. In a tube of undiluted blood at the upper end of the clot which had formed, there was a faint, greyish patch, in which were diplococci similarly arranged and of similar staining reaction. In all of the cultures there were found occasional, deeply staining, large, swollen diplococci, and others again which remained pale among the neighboring well-stained organisms.

Further cultures from the knee and blood gave typical growths on Loeffler's serum. The cultural peculiarities of the organisms from the three sources were identical and are as follows : on agar, faint growth of isolated, small colonies ; in litmus-milk, no change noted, no coagulation, no acidification ; growth was proved by reinoculation from the litmus-milk tubes. In bouillon, a slight cloudiness with a stringy precipitate. On potato (slightly acid) there was no visible growth, though the organisms could be demonstrated

on coverslip. In gelatin and glucose-agar there was a very slight, disconnected growth, with no evolution of gas in the latter, doi liquefaction of the former.

Transplants from the undiluted blood tube gave no further growth.

In all the protocols the characteristic diplococcus, decolorizing by Gram, could be demonstrated. The feebleness of the growth of the organism was shown by the number of inoculated tubes which remained sterile, and in the fact that after 48 hours on a culture-medium reinoculation frequently gave negative results. The morphological and cultural qualities show that the organism from the three sources was identical, and was the diplococcus intratellularis meningitidis or meningococcus.

This is believed to be the first instance recorded in which general infection or septicemia has been demonstrated in this disease. In the report on epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis Councilman, Wright, and Mallory make the statement that " so far as can be learned from cultures of blood, liver, spleen, and kidneys, at the post-mortem, septicemia is never produced. The organisms may have been present and not grown out on cultures. They are never found except in connection with the lesions of the disease."

The autopsy on this case showed the organisms only in the characteristic lesions in the brain and cord. No serum-reaction could be demonstrated. Of special interest is the fact of the separation of the organism from the inflamed joints, which throws light upon the cause of the arthritis, not infrequently associated with the acute infections, and particularly with cerebrospinal fever.



May, 1, 1899. Editor of the Johns Hopkins Bulletin, Baltimore.

Dear Sir. — In your issue of January, February and March, there is an article by Dr. Mitchell on foreign bodies in tbe vermiform appendix with special reference to pointed bodies. I was not aware that these cases were so rare.

I reported such a case to the New York State Medical Journal, Oct. 24, 1896. In this instance the appendix had ulcerated and perforated; nature had taken care of the condi

tion with adhesions. After the appendix was removed we found a pin in the appendix, head down, with the point caught iu the wall. Upon inquiry later the little fellow said he had swallowed a pin about a year previous while playing witli his brother, who tried to take it away from him, and he swallowed it to avoid his brother getting it.

Yours very truly,


511 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N. V.



A Demonstration of Intestinal Anastomosis by Means of a New Forceps. — Dr. Ernest Laplace.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen. — Allow me, if you please, the privilege of expressing my great appreciation of the honor conferred upon me iu being allowed to appear before tin; Medical Society of the Johns Hopkins University. It is a compliment, perhaps the greatest one that a member of our

profession can have at present, because of the credit which the Johns Hopkins University has brought to the profession of medicine in America. This is only appreciated by those who have traveled over this country and abroad and learned of I hi standing of your members. Therefore when I realize that I am with yuti fco-nighl 1 find it impossible to express my true feelings and I can only hope that you will think me sincerely thankful for the privilege of being here.

The object of this demon ,-i i : , is to show an instrument

that has for its purpose the facilitating of the operation of



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anastomosis. Without entering into a consideration of the operations done heretofore for this purpose, all of which have their advantages and, of course, some disadvantages. I believe it is agreed among surgeons that the ideal operation is that performed by means of sutures, that operation by which the ends of the gut are sutured together, and it matters little whether we use a continuous, a Lembert or other suture. The suture operation is the operation of to-day, and I believe is destined to be the operation of the future. Any apparatus, any instrument, any contrivance that can facilitate the accomplishment of this operation is, I believe, something to be studied and if it possesses any merit, something to be adopted in such cases as require rapidity. We know that rapidity in operating will diminish the amount of shock, and may, perhaps, remove the last straw that would have broken the camel's back.

Now I have been trying for sometime to devise these simple forceps which consist only of two ordinary haemostatic forceps, bent or curved at the end into a semicircle so that placing the two together they form a complete ring or circle. Then I have a little clasp here which holds them together. ISlow these two rings are to subserve the same purpose that the -Murphy button or the Halsted rubber bags do, or that ,m\ other support within the gut can accomplish and in addition, no matter what stitch you use, these rings can be removed just before the last stitch is placed, without any difficulty.

1 shall now demonstrate the manner of operating on the intestines which we have here. Inasmuch as we have to deal with intestines of different caliber we have devised live different sizes of the forceps as seen here. The smallest is for work on the gall-bladder, and it makes a quick way of operating.

I have here a stomach and a bit of intestine and my purpose shall be to unite the gut to the stomach. Putting them side by side in this way, I take the knife, and, depending upon the size of forceps I wish to use, I make the incision. Here I shall make a large one and use the large caliber forceps. Making the incision directly into the stomach and then one into the gut I have here the two openings, into one of which I introduce one blade of the forceps, and into the other the Becond blade ami they are ready to clasp. Now when this is done the operation is practically over. All I have to do is to put the stitches in.

Now as I go around the gut towards the end of the area to be sutured I reach that part of the operation which is ordinarily difficult to perform. Here, however, my assistant will simply turn the forceps over, reverse the whole thing for me and, as he brings the unsutured portion of the gut before me, what has heretofore been so difficult, is now the easiest part of the operation. Now I have sutured it all around, except where the handle of the instrument projects through the wound and I want to remove it. I first remove the clamp, which allows the two halves of the forceps to fall apart ami then, drawing out one half, not straight, but describing a semicircle, it is easily removed and the other half can be made to follow in the same way. Now all I have to do, is to put in one more stitch and the operation is finished. I shall now make an opening in the stomach, however, and show you that the gut is perfectly patulous.

Now let us do an end to end anastomosis. Wishing to unite the two ends of the gut you first measure for the size of the forceps needed and to make sure that the mesenteric surfaces will meet, you begin by placing the four fixation sutures at the four cardinal points. Now I can introduce the forceps anywhere between these stitches. Dr. Gushing very properly asked me to-day, " What would you do if you had to anastomose guts of different caliber?" The answer to that is that I should invaginate the two ends, and for that purpose I have devised this little instrument for catching the gut at its border, dipping it down into the bowel, stitching it nearly all the way around, and then withdrawing the forceps.

Now gentlemen, this I believe meets all the possible indications for operation upon the intestines. I first presented this method at the last meeting of the American Medical Association in Denver, last June, and on the same day it was published in the Philadelphia Medical Journal. I have since then demonstrated it in Philadelphia and other places. At one of these demonstrations I invited a gentleman in Philadelphia to see the operation, and at its close he told me that he could simplify these forceps, and within 24 hours he exhibited the forceps he had made. His description of them was published last Saturday in the Philadelphia Medical Journal. I wish therefore, in justice to this instrument, to say a few words, not in criticism of his forceps, but simply to show how they were developed. It is natural to suppose that in getting up an instrument of this kind it did not jump into existence all of a sudden ; it had to grow, as it were. The idea was to have a ring that would be removable and it was natural to think first of a ring such as he devised instead of one like this, and in fact, the very first forceps I made had exactly the shape of that published by this gentleman last week ; it was i round and 1 open. He has no claim to originality except that the forceps are simpler than mine. You can easily see that when I remove one-half of these forceps at a time I have to describe a semicircle, and if either branch of the forceps were more than a semicircle I should have to make the turn something more than a semicircle to remove it. In other words, to divide a ring into the two smallest possible portions I must divide it in half, for if one portion be smaller than a half, the other must be larger. This gentleman published his claim 24 hours after he first thought of the idea and he therefore had no opportunity to test it, and he does not know what I learned by experience. I claim therefore that while his may be simpler it does not meet all the requirements of the case and I have given mine the shape you see because it seems to be the simplest possible instrument that will meet every possible emergency. I have in my possession the first forceps I used for this purpose more titan a year and a half ago, which are like those published Saturday, and which I discarded because it was not the required thing.

Dr. Halsted. — I should think that for a lateral anastomosis it promises all that Dr. Laplace claims for it and we shall certainly give it a trial very soon. It is quicker, much quicker, I should say, than the method we employ; I cannot say how many minutes, because, of course, one cannot deter

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mine thai point bj work upon alcoholic specimens. I should think it would be of great assistance especially EorchoL enterostomies. It is possible, of course, to do this op without an instrument, but it is a very difficult one.

I was interested in Dr. Laplace's reply to Dr. Cushing's question as to what he would do in an end to end anastomosis if the guts were of different sizes. If I understood him he would really do a lateral anastomosis, or reduce them to the same caliber. The fact is that iu surgery one very often, perhaps usually, when doing end to end anastomoses, has to deal with intestines of different sizes. I think we have had three or four within the last year where the intestines were of different size and it is a question still,! suppose, as to whether it is not advisable, if possible,— if it is not preferable I mean, l» do an end to end anastomosis rather than a lateral anastomosis, because we do not. as you know, have as good ultimate results in the latter as in the former.

Dr. Laplace.— I believe that in such a ease as Dr. Halsted speaks of, if the gut is distended and thin it can be puckered up in the manner I have hinted at. thai is, having Blade the four cardinal sutures, if the guts do not invert, all you have to do is to insert a temporary suture, pucker the large gut and theu continue as you would with the Murphy button.

A New Operation for Vesicovaginal Fistula.— Dr. Kelly.

I wish to present two interesting eases which I have had during the past year, in which I have been obliged to resort to new procedures in operating upon vesico-vaginal fistulse. You all know very well that the history of the vesico-vaginal fistula; instituted an important era in the history of si at large ; in fact, I imagine the enthusiasm over the work of Jobertof France. Sims of this country, and Simon of Germany, was due to the fact that men recognized that it was the replacing of older surgery by newer and more accurate work. .Now when Sims closed vesico-vaginal fistula' and succeeded as no one had succeeded before, and as Dr. Emmett sui 1 even better afterwards, better perhaps, than any one ever will again, I think men felt that the chapter on this subject had been closed. The truth was, it had only been opened, for the operation was applicable only to the simple cases and it was necessary to devise new operations for the more difficull A\e know that even these operators did not succeed in a large percentage of cases, for in many they were obliged to n

\ the vagina and turning the current of the urine into the rectum.

The great difficulty in handling certain cases of \ vaginal fistulae is due to two facts: in the first place. 1 tula may be a very large one, and in the second place there may be such an amount of scar tissue surrounding the fistula that its resistance prevents bringing together the parts. In cases of large fistula' with entire loss of the base of thi der and with scar tissue in the vagina, the old method of Operating was to open through Douglas' cul-de-sac, turn the uterus so that its fundus was brought out at the vulva, the bladder to the posterior wall of the uterus so thai it was made to do the work of the base of the bladder, finally making

a hole in the fundus through which tin- woman emit,] menstruate. The mosl important recenl finding has been the recognition of the fact thai the Madder tissue itseli often seriously involved in the sear tissue, and that thi der can be drawn .low u and sutured to itself so as to cl< fistula. This is a very important factor in the treatment of certain of these cases thai cannot be treated in the classical way.

A case came' to me from New York this fall, upon which an abdominal hysterectomy had been performed for fibroids. There was a large fistulous opening into the bladder, from the vault of the vagina. It wa< to the peritoneum,

high up in a virginal vagina, had been operated upon several limes and there was an abundance of scar tissue. The edges of the fistula were of such character that I could have no hope of bringing them together and securing union. I opened the abdomen, my intention being to expose the pelvic lion,. dissect the bladder away and sew it up. The patient had a. very large ventral hernia and, unfortunately for the facilityof the operation, was very fat. I opened the abdomen, started on my plan, but in attempting to separate the bladder ii to tear and tore so widely that I saw at once a successful operation as planned would be impossible. I then cut through the top of the bladder to see if I could get at it from the inside, and then freshen and bring the edges together. 1 could not do this and therefore split right, down through the opening tc draw- the parts together, but I found that this procedure could not be carried out satisfactorily and so I followed this jdan wdiich succeeded. The bladder was widely opened, in fact split, in half; 1 found the bladder in front id' the fistula fairly movable and I continued the denudation directly down, starting with the bladder walls above and then, passing some catgut sutures, bringing the wounds together. I had thrown out of use a little of the bladder at the sides of tin- fistula. I then put a drain through the vagina, up into the peritoneum and closed up the hernia., which was an extensive one. The patient made an immediate and perfeci recovery.

It is a new thing to have gone, by means of a suprapubic incision, through the mucosa of the bladder, draw the fistula out and closed it by diminishing the capacity of the bladder.

Case 2. A doctor wrote me from Virginia thai he had a case of vesico-vaginal fistula and wanted to know what was the best way to operate upon it. 1 replied that the besl waj was to send it, up here, as he had had no experience in operating upon such cases. The fistula could not he gotten at from below:! therefore opened the abdomen, separated the bladder, freed the fistula on both side- and brought the edges together with catgut. Theresull was a perfeci recovery.

Dr. Halsted.— In the firsi case, Dr. Kelly, did the portion of the bladde lined the fistula ?

Dr. Keu.y.— No.

Dr. Halsted. -U hal I it ?

Dr. Kelly. — It lay up in the peritoneal cavity pro by a drain.

Dr. Halsted.— Does she still bavea little fistula ?

Dk. Kelly. — .No. it is all closed up.



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Primary (aucer of the Appendix.— Dr. Hurdon.

Dr. Hurdon presented a case of primary cancer of the vermiform appendix.

Dk. Kelly. — This subject is a large one and it would require a volume to go into it completely and do it justice, so that here one can only outline a few of its important relations. I have been paying close attention to the relation of appendical disease to pelvic diseases for a long time, and the records of our department will show the exact condition of the vermiform appendix in every case in which the abdomen has been opened for about 2 years past.

We meet with appendical disease in a great variety of relationships. We may have cancerous disease of the appendix as in this case, where there was an adeno-carcinoma, which showed no relationship to the pelvic disease; then, again, we meet with cases in which the disease is dependent upon the condition of the pelvic organs. I had within 48 hours, last weekfive cases in which I had to remove the appendix.

Where the disease depends upon the pelvic organs, the appendix becomes adherent to the diseased organ, as a uterine fibroid, or an ovarian tumor; these cases we see quite frequently. Then again we meet with a class of cases iu which the appendical disease has followed an operation ; these are more rare, but quite interesting. After a clean operation, as the enucleation of a diseased tube or ovary, the patient within a few months or a year complains of a pain in the right side, etc. The abdomen is opened and the appendix is found adherent to the seat of the former orjeratiou. I have had such a case within the past ten days, where the appendix was pulled out long, and was adherent to the old wound.

It is important to bear this in mind and always inspect the appendix whenever a laparotomy is performed.

This case emphasizes another important fact, that is, how to treat these cases by operation. I believe in the removal of all abnormal appendices, but I do not believe in taking advantage of the opportunity to remove a normal appendix.

Monday, February 20, 1899. New use for Renal Catheters.— Dr. Kelly.

I have a brief but important communication to make regarding the further extension of the use of renal catheters.

It did seem a few months ago that certain discoveries were going to limit the use of them. Dr. Neumann, of Guben found that without catheterizing the ureter he could separate urines and retain them separated in th i bladder, obtaining them later from the bladder by means of tubes. This was done by using an instrument of this kind (drawing) which he calls a urine separator. It is a tube with a solid septum running down the centre and projecting beyond the end of the glass tube ; the form of the catheter is retained by means of a wire cage. Urine running in this side will run down and discharge at the oute'r end, and the same for the other side. If we put this instrument into the female urethra and bladder, press it up against the symphysis and then with the index finger in the vagina, push the floor of the bladder against the instrument, we have the floor of the bladder separated into two loculi so that the urine coming out of the right ureter

runs down on one side, and that from the left on the other, thus giving us a simple method without using the catheter.

This was published in October in the Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift and not long after Dr. Harris, of Chicago, was able to use a small staff so as to form two little pockets in which the urine was accumulated and was drawn off by the catheter.

These methods did look at first as if they would very much limit the field of the catheter, but a new and very important use for the catheter has recently arisen.

We all know that some of the most obscure cases with which we have to deal are those in which there is vague but distressing pain in the side, especially the right, and one may long be in doubt as to whether the pain is renal, hepatic, intestinal or hysterical. By means of this catheter, I have been able to include or exclude the kidney. When the upper end of the catheter presses upon the pelvis of the kidney the patieut will sometimes tell us that we are touchiug the very point where she had the pain. Further than that, I have been able to produce an attack of artificial renal colic by injecting solution of boracic acid into the kidney through the catheter. Again, a patient who has been suffering from renal colic will often have afterwards an attack of genuine renal colic following the treatment. I have had two cases recently that are interesting in this connection. In one there was a tumor below the ribs on the right side. Some five or six consultants gathered together to determine what it was, some thinking it to be a tumor of the gall-bladder. I injected fluid and the patient at once complained of pain in the back quite as severe as a genuine attack of renal colic, so we were satisfied that the kidney was in its normal position.

In the other case which occurred not long ago, the condition was so exactly like a large floating kidney that I unhesitatingly made that diagnosis, nevertheless I passed in the catheter first and produced an attack of colic. The patient would not locate the colic in the lump we felt in front but insisted that it was in the back. We then made a median incision to examine the opposite kidney. Instead of cutting posteriorly I cut in the median line and found by the hand that the left kidney was normal, but on examining the other side I found an eularged gall-bladder in front of the kidney. The induction of the renal colic and location of the pain by the patient thus gave us our correct diagnosis.

There are then, several valuable uses for ureteral aud renal catheters in the future, especially to diagnose the cause of pain, particularly in the right side.

Every surgeon must think at once of the chances of introducing infection into the higher urinary tract, and I am extremely careful about introducing catheters in a case where there is much infection.

I have never seen an infection conveyed from the lower into the higher urinary tract by catheterization of the ureters.


An American Text-Book of the Diseases of Children. By American Teachers. Edited by Louis Starr, M. D., assisted by Thompson S. Westcott, M. D. Second edition, revised. (Philadelphia : W. B. Saunders, 1898.)

June, 1899.]



The second edition of this work is in many respects an improvement on its predecessor. In any work, by so many authors, a certain overlapping of material and variety of opinion on important subjects is to be expected, and compared with similar works by a single author, must seem lacking in uniformity. Under the competent editorial direction of the present volume, however, this defect has been as far as possible eliminated. The entire subjectmatter has been revised, many articles rewritten, and some new ones introduced.

Among the latter are " Modified Milk and Percentage Milk Mixtures," *' Litha?mia," and a section on " Orthopaedics."

The first of these is brief but sufficiently practical for a working knowledge of the important subject.

" Lithaemia " is well discussed by Dr. B. K. Rachford. The author, however, speaks with a certainty of the role of the alloxuric bodies hardly warranted by our present imperfect knowledge of the pathology of the so-called uric acid diathesis.

In a short section of twenty-seven pages, Dr. J. E. Moore has condensed much of real use to the general practitioner on the subject of orthopaedics. The article is well illustrated and is a decided addition to the volume.

The articles rewritten are "Typhoid Fever," "Rubella," "Chicken Pox," " Tuberculous Meningitis," "Hydrocephalus" and " Scurvy."

Those on "Infant Feeding," "Measles," "Diphtheria" and "Cretinism" have been thoroughly modernized.

In the treatment of diphtheria one expects more emphatic mention of the antitoxin and less of the use of such almost extinct measures as swabbing with hydrogen peroxide, calomel fumigations and the various solvents mentioned.

The articles on hereditary syphilis and diseases of the new-born are very good.

In the light of recent investigation more mention might be made in the articles on cerebrospinal meningitis of the bacillus intracellularis of Weichselbaum. On the whole, however, the book very well fulfills the purpose for which it was compiled — a textbook for students carefully condensed with few omissions, and a reference book sufficiently practical for the general practitioner. The mechanical construction is excellent, and the numerous illustrations instructive. R. A. TJ.

Text-Book of Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacology. By G. F. Butler. Second edition. (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 189S.)

A review of this book was published in the Bulletin about two years ago. The changes in this edition seem to be very slight, the only notable additions being a table of the " untoward action of drugs" which brings a large amount of very useful information into a small compass and a form convenient for reference.

Annual and Analytical Cyclopaedia of Practical Medicine. By Charles E. de M. Sajous, M. D., and one hundred associate editors assisted by corresponding editors, collaborators and correspondents, Vol. II. (The F. A. Davis Co., Philadelphia, 1898.)

Volume II of the Annual and Analytical Cyclopaedia of Practical Medicine contains some valuable articles on therapeutics; not only are the latest papers and cases cited, but a systematic account of the preparations of the drugs and their physiological action is given ; special emphasis, however, is laid upon the untoward action of the drugs and their use in therapeutics. All the most important drugs between bromide of ethyl and digitalis are discussed in this volume, and in most cases with considerable fullness. Thus 22 pages are given to chloroform and 17 to digitalis. Under chloral the various new combinations of this drug with other hypnotics are described and their relative merits discussed. Under bromine and its preparations consider

able attention is given to bromism and a word of warning raised against the reckless use of these remedies in epilepsy.

Some of the other drugs discussed in this volume are cinchona, caffeine, colchicum, the preparations of copper, curare (which seems to be yielding good results in certain diseases), cubeb, etc. In some cases (notably in the article on digitalis) there is a tendency on the part of the editor to quote freely from the ordinary text-books on the subject rather than from original papers, but on the whole perhaps the most recent views of physicians as to the value and methods of administering the drugs which are discussed in this volume are nowhere better expressed than here.

Essentials of Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Prescription AVriting. By Henry Morris. (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1898.)

This useful little book has now reached its fifth edition. The general plan is the same as in former editions, the chief alterations being the omission of certain parts and the introduction of some of the newer remedies. Welcome additions are the introduction of the metrical, as well as of the apothecaries' system of weights and measures, and a very carefully prepared index. It seems to us that this little work has more value than some of the numerous manuals which though more pretentious are neither fuller nor more accurate.

Saunders' Pocket Medical Formulary. By W. M. Powell. Fifth edition. (Philadelphia, 1899.)

This book contains over seventeen hundred prescriptions arranged alphabetically according to the diseases to be treated ; these formulae are taken from a great variety of sources — textbooks and manuals of therapeutics, medicine, surgery, obstetrics, the various specialties, from original papers, and not a few from various hospitals. The book also contains tables of doses, incompatibles, antidotes, gargles, inhalations, a " surgical remembrancer," a diet table, obstetrical tables, etc., all arranged in such a way as to make consultation of it as easy as possible. It is remarkable how much information the author has succeeded in getting into so small a book.

The Anatomy of the Central Nervous System of Man and of Vertebrates in General. By Ludwig Edinger. Translated from the Fifth German edition by Winfield S.Hall, Philo Leon Holland and Edward P. Carlton. 445 pages. 25S engravings. (F. A. Davis & Co., Publishers, 1899.)

Great productive activity has characterized of recent years the study of the anatomy of the nervous system. Even the investigator devoting his whole time to the subject finds it almost impossible to keep thoroughly acquainted with the results of others in the same field, and any text-book grows old so fast that revised editions of it appearing only a few years apart, have to be so much rewritten as to seem like new books.

The two authors who have been most successful in seizing from the great mass of ideas and facts annually brought forth materials wherewith to build clear and definite representations of modern neurological conceptions are Van Gehuchten of Louvain, and Kdinger of Frankfort. The former writes mainly from the point of view of outline schemes based upon the neuron concept. Edinger, on the other hand, while utilizing both the neuron doctrine and outline schemes, is concerned rather with the form relations of the anatomical mechanisms of the nervous system. His illustrations have, many of them, the rare merit of suggesting real structures and the third dimension. He has been especially interested in comparative studies. In the preface to the second edition, 'pinted in the fifth, he writes as follows :

" There must be a number of mechanisms which are present in all vertebrates: those which make possible the simplest expressions of the activity of the central nervous system. It is only



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necessary to find that animal or that stage of development in any animal in which this mechanism appears in so simple a form that it may he completely understood. Once any one has anywhere perfectly established the relation of such a mechanism, e. g. a nerve hundle or a cellular structure, he is ahle usually to find it again, even where, through adventitious matter, it is made more or less obscure. The discovery of such fundamental features of brainstructure appears to be the next and most important task of brain morphology. Once we know them it will be easier to understand the complicated mechanisms with which the more highly organized brain performs its function."

The suggestiveness of this point of view, together with a clear and attractive style have rendered Edinger's book deservedly popular. Successive editions have rapidly followed one another, the first, quite a small volume, appearing in 1885, the fifth, greatly enlarged, in 1896. . The book is now divided into three parts.

Part I is introductory. In forty pages a clear, interesting and concise description of the fundamental ideas accepted by most modern neurologists, is given.

Part II gives a review of the embryology and the comparative anatomy of the vertebrate brain. Something over 100 pages are given up to this subject. It is especially attractive because of the author's personal researches in this line.

Part III treats of the structures found in the mammalian, especially in the human brain. To this nearly two-thirds of the book is devoted. Text and illustrations serve to make this intricate subject uncommonly clear.

The translation is for the most part fairly satisfactory. The illustrations have been well reproduced. The book should meet with the welcome reception it so richly deserves. B.

The Pocket Formulary for the Treatment of Disease in Children. By Ludwig Freyberger, M. D., Vienna. M. K. C. P., London. M. R. S. C, England. (Rebman Publishing Co., London, 1S98.)

As is stated in the preface the object of this little book is to give the busy practitioner and senior student of medicine, in a concise and handy form, all of the information which may be required as regards the treatment of diseases of children by drugs.

The greater part of the work is taken up by a list of remedies, arranged in alphabetical order, which are best suited to the treatment of children's diseases, and each drug accurately but briefly described as to its properties, source and dose. The scheme which has been adopted in the discussion of the various remedies is as follows: Properties, under which are mentioned the source, ingredients, methods of preparation, etc.; Use, whether internally or externally, and for what ; Therapeutic dose, in both English and French (metric) system ; Incompatibilities, Correction of Taste, followed by one or more formula which, in the author's opinion, are the most suitable modes of administration of that particular drug. The Appendix contains formula? for sprays, gargles, hypodermic injections, enemata, and suppositories, and the Therapeutic index, which completes the volume, contains an alphabetical list of the diseases of infancy and early childhood, together with the special remedies, which are indicated in each affection.

The book is of a convenient size and of suitable binding to be carried in the pocket, and cannot fail to fulfill the mission for which its author has put it before the profession.

A Text-Book of Mechano-Therapy : by Axel V. Grafsteom, B. Sc. M. D. (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1899.)

This little book is designed for the use of medical students and trained nurses. There is a strong need for a concise presentation of this subject. In part, it is well supplied here. The book throughout is dignified in tone. Its average merit is more than fair, but its execution is unequal, and many details are open to criticism.

The work treats of both Medical Gymnastics and Massage. A synopsis of the Swedish movement system constitutes the first division. The classification here is especially to be commended, and stands in contrast with much of the discursive and sometimes bewildering literature of this subject. The movements are graphically described, and with or without practical demonstration will serve as a competent guide or reference book to the student. It is to be regretted that in the second division of the book, which relates to Massage, the nomenclature which has become classic through use in the best schools and by the best writers, has been abandoned. Further, while it is of course impossible to master the detail of technique from text-books only, the chapter which treats of it will be little help to the novice. The illustrations of a patient's position while undergoing a kneading of the abdomen is, indeed, distinctly incorrect. At most it can be said that there is furnished here a working basis solely for teachers. The chapter on General Massage is negative, and falls short of the requirements of teachers or scholars. There should be outlined, as was shown to be possible in the Swedish movement system, a definite and recognized system of massage — like that of Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, or of the Swedish or the German school. This outline should include directions as to the position of the patient and of operator; and something of the action of the hand and of its relation to the presented surface.

The concluding chapters, which treat of the application of mechano-therapy to the treatment of disease, aside possibly from the omission of some practical suggestions, are exceptionally thorough, although necessarily and intentionally condensed.

It is interesting to find here included, among the applications of mechano-therapy, the treatment of hernia by taxis, and the kneading of the uterus after labor to maintain contraction — all legitimate forms of massage and very properly so considered.

Foundations of Zoology. By William Keith Brooks. A course of lectures delivered at Columbia University, on the Principles of Science as illustrated by Zoology. (New York: Published for the Columbia University Press by The Mac M Ulan Co., 1899.)

The theme of most of the thirteen lectures is the nature of life which, rather than the physical basis of life, is held to be the foundation of zoology. Huxley's statement that protoplasm is the physical basis of life, leaves out of account the essential idea of fitness as an attribute of such a basis, and the nature and origin of this fitness form the subject of a large part of the discussion.

The author in approving Spencer's definition of life — the continual adjustment of internal to external relations — elaborates it by considering in more detail the nature and effect of external relations or environment, all of which he includes in the term " nurture." " Life is response to the established order of nature." In nature each stimulus which may call forth a response is a sign with a significance, and life is the use of the ability to read and act on these signs— to read the language of the environment.

From this he passes on to show that the nature of the response depends on what, in the experience of the ancestry was found beneficial, and here he develops in an interesting way a reconciliation between the opposing ideas that the development of the complicated nature of an organism with its ability to respond to stimuli is due on the one hand to the inherent potency of the germ, or on the other to response at each stage of its embryological development to external stimuli, by the idea that were we to know exhaustively the nature of the germ, we might see that the responses made to the external stimuli were no more than, from the nature of the germ, we might expect. From all this it is plain that the beneficial result of interpretation and response to stimuli depends on whether the stimuli or signs have the same significance as they had in the time of the ancestors.

These ideas are based on the essential conception that those

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animals which do not respond to stimuli properly, in the end die out, and the ability to respond is continued from one general i< n to another, not by the inheritance of the results of individual adaptation, but by the inheritance of the adaptive mechanism, which is in the end the object of the selective process. Do we exaggerate the importance of the adaptive mechanism when we say that we acquire no nurture except that which our nature provides for? Life is, perhaps in each invidual case, an acquired art. and the adaptive mechanism the inherited thing, and the basis of our expectation of what the organism will do under certain stimuli. In other words, except for the guiding influence of the adaptive mechanism, the influence of nurture will be fortuitous in its effects.

It seems to appear from this that as physical modification is, in the end, dependent on the function demanded for the existence of the species, the adaptation must occur in the active relation to environment, i. e. the response to stimuli, and this response depends on the adaptive mechanism which is inherited and competent as long as the environment is essentially that for which in the ancestors the adaptive mechanism was prepared by selection. As soon as this environment changes selection must again intervene and modify the adaptive mechanism.

The views of the Lamarckians are discussed with no great forbearance, and their absurdity especially brought into relief by the idea that " the probability that haphazard effects of nurture will be injurious is prodigious — even if they are inherited, they will probably not chance to be beneficial independently of selection— the chances' are, therefore, against adaptive modification by the direct action of the environment."

The effects of nurture are to be distinguished from those of ancestry, and here there is introduced an interesting conception of the genealogical tree ; for while most writers speak of a geometrical progression in the increase of ancestors, as we go further and further back, Prof. Brooks shows that these diverging lines, after a little, essentially converge, and that if we go back far enough the plan of ancestry of an individual is rather like a long thread with frayed edges, and from this he deduces the origin of a species from a very few individuals — perhaps one, whence the origin of genera from individuals, and of the metazoan from one protozoan. He pictures the development of the individuals of the bottom fauna from the pelagic in the ancient ocean — their growth in size and powers, so that they subsisted on their ancestors, and traces the peopling of the earth from these. Even to-day the existence of animal life in the sea is still ultimately dependent on the most minute pelagic creatures, which form their food. He gives a most vivid account of the tropical marine fauna, impressing on us the extraordinary absence of vegetable life in those depths, and the 98 of competition in the bottom fauna as compared with the pelagic — the larva; of animals living on the bottom become pelagic in the deeper part of the ocean, because otherwise they would be devoured by their parent's neighbors.

The author goes on to the discussion of the argument from contrivance in creation as opposed to the evolution of beings— the consideration of the teleological explanation of creation. As to the 'eternal paradox about necessity and freedom he, as an humble zoologist, who almitshis accountability, is quite content to leave to Milton's fiends the discussion of ' Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute.' "

\s to the manner of the creation he attempts a reconciliation of the views of Darwin, Gray and Huxley in the wider teleology of Huxley. He does not wholly agree with Huxley in considering that the argument of Paley that the contrivances of human artificers prove nature a contrivance and the work of an artiti received its death blow in natural selection, but thinks that Paley's argument is rendered inconclusive.

The lectures are concluded with a consideration of the work of Agassiz and that of Berkeley. Agassiz's idea of tin? wider teleology—that " it is not because we find contrivances in nature but

because the order of nature is one consistent and harmonious whole that beholds it to be intended " — was, of course, pre-Dai winian. He considers all the data of natural science as a language in which the creator tells us the story of the creation, and Berkeley too, finds in the signs to which in life we Irani to respond, as stimuli, the parts of a language which we come unconsciously to read and know — in which the creator reveals to us the intentions of the creation.

The book is interesting in its breadth of conception and clearness of style. While in the main a criticism of the theories expressed by previous writers many of the the-, s are based on the profound knowledge of biology of the writer himself, and we cannot but think as we follow his convincing reasoning, that we have be'ore us the latest addition to American classics in scientific literature. \V. G. M.

The Mineral Waters and Health Resorts of Europe. Treatment of Chronic Diseases by Spas and Climates, with Hints as to the Simultaneous Employment of Various Physical and Dietetic Methods. Being a revised and enlarged edition of "The Spas and Mineral Waters of Europe." By Hermann Weber, M. D., F. R. C. P., and F. Parker Weber, M. D , F. 11. C. P. With a map. {London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1S98).

The title of this enlarged and revised edition of a well known work, states in a general way its scope and purpose. It is. however, more than a mere description of the various European sanatoria ; it includes a general account of the therapeutic uses of water that, in itself, will be found a valuable guide to the many who wish to utilize this agency. The usefulness of health resorts, as the authors claim, is not overstated, and all the accessories to the water cure are fairly stated and valued; it would be a very excellent thing had we some work of this kind on American health resorts.

Two new chapters have been added, besides the general revision ; one on sanatoria other than hydropathic ones, and one on the different diseases in relation to the selection of mineral waters, climatic and other cures, etc. The latter is quite lengthy and full ; the former hardly as much so as it might well have been made, or as the subject deserved. Considering the importance attributed to it at the present time, the space given to sanatoria for consumptives, (only about four pages), is not by any means as much as could well have been devoted to it. There is already quite a growing literature of the subject, and it seems likely to have a larger share of professional and other attention in the near future.

The bibliography at the end of the book, though not exhaustive. is quite lengthy, and will be found useful for reference.

Atlas of Syphilis and the Venereal Diseases, including a brief Treatise on the Pathology and Treatment. By Prof. Dr. Franz Macbk. English translation from the German. Edited by L.

|i. Seventy-one colored plates. Cloth, $3.50

(Philadelphia : W, H. 8ai

This admirable little volume deserves a wide circulation. The full page colored plates, from original water colors, an- remarkably well-executed for a work of such popular price. The wioi) testations of syphilis are taken up in order of their development, and together present a vivid pictorial representation of the disease.

The lesions of chancroid, bubo, condylon re given much less space, but are well shown. The appended treatise, while necessarily brief, is only fairly well done, and the meth treatment are not such as would find favor in this country. To treat syphilis solely by inunctions which are disi I

as soon as a disappearance of the symptoms Occurs, and only resumed in their reappearance, seem- to us irrational, as well as dirty, and tedious. Since the author omits tLe protoidid from



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the preparations of mercury used in syphilis, and remarks that the " best way is to give the patient a bottle ot potassium iodid and let him prepare it himself" we are not surprised at his failures in the internal treatment of syphilis. H. H. Y.

The Office Treatment of Hemorrhoids, Fistula, etc., without operation, together with remarks on the relation of diseases of the rectum to other diseases in both sexes, but especially in women, and the abuse of the operation of celostomy. By Charles B. Kelsey, A. M., M. D., etc. (1898, E. JR. Pelton, N. T.) The title of this little book would lead one to suppose that some new and simple method of treatment is to be promulgated, and the reader is fed on glittering generalities, medical anecdotes and chitchat, until finally a time comes for divulging the longexpected panacea, when the whole subject is dismissed with the remark that there is not time to describe the plans of treatment.

The author asserts that he prefers always a "straightforward," truly surgical operation, such as "laying open the bones for fistula," and "clamp and cautery" for hemorrhoids. All surgeons, however, would hardly agree with his idea of " straightforward " surgery. For one, we would protest against the widespread usage of such barbaric and unsurgical treatment as the clamp and cautery. The cautery was, doubtless, a valuable surgical instrument before our forefathers learned how to ligate vessels, but since that date its use has been discarded by all surgeons except the pile specialists.

It has been clearly shown by Queme that hemorrhoids are due to a general phlebitis of the inferior hemorrhoidal plexus — around the entire anal circumference ; it is evident that burning off a more prominent lobule here and there does not eradicate the disease. This is proven by the frequent recurrence or development of piles in areas not burned— that is, from diseased vessels left behind.

How representative surgeons can prefer such crude methods to the beautifully exact, radically truly surgical and absolutely curative procedure known as the Whitehead operation, it is hard to understand. To say that the latter method is difficult, hemorrhagic and tedious, is a confession of inferior operative ability.

This little volume is divided into three parts — the first being a description of that " office treatment" which eludes the reader at the last moment. The second part is an exhortation to young would-be rectal specialists to consider the broadness of their chosen specialty, and not to worry over the narrow limits of their pasture. I will quote at length, as the line of argument is interesting as showing how a specialist entering the body at one little " locus minoris," so to speak, may gradually claim, by propinquity, and sympathy, sovereignty over the larger part of the body. It reads : " Would any of you admit to a patient that, although your specialty called upon you to be able to operate upon an abscess opening into the bowel at one point, you did not feel competent to operate upon another opening a little higher? .... Are you equal to a resection of a stricture six inches up the bowel and not at twelve? .... Do you wish to take the position that you can suture the bowel to the skin, but cannot suture one cut end to another, that it is your business to remove tumors from the rectum which are pressing upon the uterus, but not tumors of the uterus pressing upon the rectum ?

"So you will find the path of practice opens into many broad fields of study and interest, and my advice is to follow them for your own sake . . . . then you have a specialty broader perhaps than any other, and certainly affording ample scope for all of your powers of study and thought."

The last part, which deals particularly with excision of the rectum, as against colostomy, is good surgery, and reflects credit on the author, whose previous good reputation is not enhanced by the previous chapters.


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By E. L. Tkudeau, M. D., Saranac Lake. N. T.

Gentlemen : — I venture to say a few words to you to-day on someof the vexed questions connected with the study of tuberculosis. Any of us who can look back some twelve or fifteen years can bear testimony to the progress which has been made by experimental research in our knowledge of this disease. Viewed in the light of the past it would seem that the future is full of promise as well as of unsolved problems. It is not, r, of the past triumphs of the experimental method that 1 wish to speak so much as of some of the as yet unanswered questions relating to tuberculosis which confront . s at every step, and on which we so greatly need light before we can hope for larger results in staying the ravages of this widespread disease. I venture, also, to make a few suggestions as to what seem to me to be the most promising lines for future work in relation to the etiology, pathology, prophylaxis, bacteriology, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.

Etioloi.y. I" regard to etiology, we need to know more as to the cause of the wide variations in the manifestations of the d

■A Lecture delivered at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, on May 1,1899.

Are these due to differences iu the virulence of the infecting germ, to variations of the resisting power of the tissues, natural or acquired, or to both these factors ?

What constitutes virulence in the infecting bacilli ? Is it due to an increased capacity for elaborating toxins in greater quantity, or to the elaboration of more highly toxic products by the microbes, or does increased virulence depend merely on an inherent capacity of the germ to grow and spread more rapidly in the body ?

In this connection I may state that, in my experience, tuberculin made from the culture Quid in which bacilli attenuated by long cultivation have grown is apparently as efficient in producing the usual tuberculin reaction in tuberculous men, and in killing tuberculous animals, as tuberculin derived from the most virulent cultures.

We med more light of an exact nature in regard to the various channels by which the bacillus gets access to the body, and in this connection it maj be noted that the large proportion of cases presenting adenoid growths in the nasal fossae which react to tuberculin would indicate that this portion of the respiratory tract is more frequently a channel of primary infection than is generally recognized.



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What is predisposition? It may be individual or racial. Individual susceptibility may be inherited or acquired. It is, in either case, greatly influenced by all factors which tend to produce lowered vitality and imperfect nutrition, and which may be grouped under the terms heredity and environment. A susceptibility to the disease may be inherited; an unfavorable environment may precipitate infection, whereas a favorable one may avert it and even arrest and cure the disease when it has begun to develop. Racial susceptibility presents to the experimenter many curious problems for study which show that the line which divides immunity from susceptibility is a narrow one. Thus we find chickens highly susceptible to infection with the avian variety of the tubercle bacillus, while they resist inoculation with the bovine and especially the human bacillus. Indeed, so insusceptible are they to the human bacillus that they resist feeding for months on tuberculous sputum, and I have made repeated intra-peritoneal inoculations of large quantities of the most virulent cultures of human bacilli in a great number of chickens without the slightest deterioration in health resulting, and these birds when autopsied showed no trace of the injections or any evidence of disease in any organ. The guinea-pig, on the contrary, succumbs readily to inoculation with human bacilli, and is killed even more quickly by the bovine variety, but resists injections of avian cultures, which produce generally only a local ulceration in these little animals. The rabbit, on the other hand, is killed by all three varieties of the tubercle bacillus. Some slight artificially produced variations, however, may efface the resistance of the chicken to the human, and that of the guinea-pig to the avian bacillus. Nocard' has recently reported that by cultivating for sonic time human tubercle bacilli, enclosed in celloidin capsules within the peritoneal cavity of chickens, he could obtain cultures which not only grew well withiu the capsules when in the peritoneum of these birds, but had acquired the power of killing them when inoculated in the usual way. Although the guinea-pig resists infection with avian bacilli, Dr. Baldwin has noted at the Saranac Laboratory that this variety of the tubercle bacillus if passed through several rabbits, which it kills by intravenous injection in about twenty-five to thirty days, has become so altered that it has acquired virulence for the guineapig, and will then kill these little animals as well as the human bacillus does.


Among the problems in pathology which require to be studied are :

(a.) The chemical changes in the quality of the digestive secretions, ptyalin, pepsin and trypsin, which in common with the infectious diseases occur in tuberculosis, and their immediate causes.

lb.) Further studies of the blood in tuberculosis. The cause of the anaemia in this disease; whether due to the effect of the toxins directly on the blood cells or the blood forming tissues, or indirectly on the nerve centers, and the nature of this process.

(c.) We also need light on the exact pathological changes which result in cure in peritoneal tuberculosis after laparo

tomy, and the mechanism by which tubercle bacilli (usually so resistant to the action of the tissues) are disposed of in the cure which follows this operative procedure. Does tubercle represent a defensive effort on the part of the organism, or is it a nidus which favors the multiplication and subsequent dissemination of the germs ? What are the causes which lead occasionally to the entire disappearance of the bacilli before death in acute miliary tuberculosis from the tuberculous lesions of man and animals, and what evidence is there that we may interpret this disappearance as indicative of an acquired immunity ?

(d.) What are the factors determining local immunity in the tuberculous ? Is it true, as Koch pointed out, that the tuberculous individual is relatively immune to reinoculation with the virus (just as the syphilitic cannot be reinfected during the active progress of the disease) 't How are we to harmonize this view with (i) local extension of the disease; (ii) extension of disease in other regions, i. e. development of laryngeal secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis?

(e.) Very divergent opinions are held by capable observers with regard to the meaning of the presence of tubercle bacilli in milk, semen, urine, etc. The majority are of the opinion that wherever they are present in the excretions there must be active tuberculosis in the excreting organs. On the other hand, a large number of cases are on record in which no such tuberculosis has been discovered; and the conclusion reached is that the actual excretion of bacilli by the kidneys, mammary glands, testes, etc., may occur. The question ought to be settled, i. e. by intravenous inoculations and observations upon the secretions at successive periods to determine (i) the earliest period at which the bacilli are discoverable in the secretions; (ii) the possible taking up of bacilli by endothelial and gland cells in the excretory glands ; (iii) the difference, if any, in the appearance aud properties of bacilli cast off by ulceration into the secretions and those truly excreted.

(f.) The production both within the body and outside of "beading" of the tubercle bacilli; its meaning; whether such beaded forms are degenerate or resistant forms (due to reaction of bacilli towards body fluids) ; relationship, if any, between beading and spore formation; what is the true nature of the tubercle bacillus? Is it a bacillus at all ?

Prophylaxis. We need still further studies on the various sources of infection. Until recently we have looked upon the dried sputum of pulmonary tuberculosis, the dejections from the bowels of patients suffering from tuberculous enteritis, and the milk of tuberculous cows, as practically the only sources of infection to be guarded against. That the dried sputum is not the only source of danger has been shown by the recent work of Fliigge, 2 who has demonstrated that the throat and mouth secretions of most tuberculous patients when atomized by the act of coughing may be a real source of infection to those about them. Some method of determining to what extent this source of danger exists, and which types of cases are most apt to thus spray bacilli about them in fine particles of saliva or throat mucous, would be of great value to preventive medicine.

Jdly, 1899.]



Dr. Baldwin's' studies at the Sarauac Laboratory have also shown that the hands of patients using handkerchiefs may, in the majority of cases, be the carriers of unsuspected


Practical suggestions as to the education of the massi - in regard to the sources of infection, and studies which will give us more light on the best and most practical methods to guard against them, would be of inestimable value. Under this head would be comprised practical suggestions as to the care of dust in living rooms, cars and public buildings, and better methods of the disinfection of these places by artificial means : as well as improved plans for ventilation and light in buildings, and the general dissemination among the masses of a better knowledge of personal hygiene.

A most promising prophylactic measure would be the establishment of state and municipal sanitaria in favorable localities for the treatment of incipient cases, and of special hospitals on the outskirts of large cities for the care of advanced and hopeless ones. It does not seem unreasonable to hope that a general adoption of this plan would in itself materially reduce the mortality from tuberculosis directly by curing a fair proportion of cases, and by the educating patients as to the care of their health, and indirectly by removing from crowded communities a large number of individuals who are a constant source of danger to those about them. More facts bearing on sanitaria, their location, construction, equipment and administration, would be of inestimable value.

The production of relative immunity by preventive inoculation belongs to the held of prophylaxis, and offers a most enticing subject of study; but I will refer to this more fully later on.


Studies relating to artificial methods of exalting and attenuating the virulence of the tubercle bacillus are much needed, as they bear directly on the possibility of producing artificial immunity by preventive inoculation, and of obtaining an efficient antitoxic serum for the treatment of the active forms of the disease. Other bacilli, like the smegma bacillus and the bacillus of timothy-grass, which present nearly the same morphological appearances, the same peculiar reactions to staining methods as the tubercle bacillus; the bacteria which produce pseudo-tuberculosis, offer a most interesting field for further research.

Further light on tuberculin, the best methods of obtaining this toxin of standard strength, the influence of the virulence of the germs from which it is produced, and of the culture medium on which they grow, the technique of manufacture, etc., would be of great value. Donitz 4 has recently shown that specimens of tuberculin obtained from different sources vary in strength as one in three.* In relation to this subject my own observations so far have tended to the belief that as efficient a tuberculin can be made from attenuated as from virulent cultures, but as the non-virulent cultures grow

  • As in the use of tuberculin for diagnosis the test is only a qualitative one, the practical importance of such variations is somewhat


generally more luxuriantly it may In- thai they produce more toxin, though of less potency, while the virulenl germs elaborate a more toxic producl but less in quantity.

It is greatly to be desired that physiological chemistry shall separate the various substances elaborated by the bacilli or contained in their bodies, ami that the toxicity of each of these shall be determined and their influence on the cell and the living animal studied. Researches in this direction have been begun by Drs. Levene and Baldwin at the Saranac Laboratory. Dr. Levene - has already found that "the body substance of tubercle bacilli docs not contain any products of the albumin nature; that like the nuclei of cells it consists mostly of nucleoproteids ; that one of the nucleoproteids differs from all the other nucleoproteids inasmuch as it is not precipitated by magnesium sulphate (and in this point resembles nucleohistou), and does not give the Biuret test ; that it contains nuclein or nucleins as such." The three different proteid substances contained in the bodies of the tubercle bacillus have different coagulation points; the first from 50 to 64°C, the second from 72 to 75°C, the third from 94 to 95 '< '.. the last being very rich in phosphorus. Dr. B. li. Baldwin is about to make some experiments bearing on the toxicology of these three proteids. As such large quantities of dried T. B.'s are necessary for each chemical and toxicological experiment the completion of the work necessarily will require some time. Researches on the chemistry of the tubercle bacillus have also been published recently by Ruppell,* working in Behring's laboratory, and by Jules Auclaiiy from the laboratory of Professor Grancher.

A most promising field of research has recently been opened by the successful cultivation by Nocard id' various microorganisms enclosed in celloidin capsules and inserted into the peritoneal cavities of living animals. These little celloidin cells allow to a limited extent the passage of some of the animal fluids into the capsule, thus affording a sufficient pabulum for the growth of the germ while protecting the microbes from the direct action of the body cells, and also permit the toxic substances elaborated by the bacteria to pass through and be taken up into the general circulation, while egress of the germs and their dissemination throughout the system of the animals is prevented. Experiments by these methods offer two very broad fields: the study of the influence of cultivation under such conditions upon the germs, their virulence and their products, and the study of the effect of freshly and continuously elaborated toxins on the living organism while the latter is protected from the direct pathogenic consequences of the spread of the microbe throughout the system at large. We may hope by this line of research to obtain more light on the mechanism of infectious diseases, and the reactions of the living tissues to the toxic products of the microbes, and it would seem to open new possibilities in attempts at the successful production of artificial immunity and the obtaining of antitoxic substances for the treatment of diseased conditions.

After prolonged cultivation by this method \ if ceeded in changing the harmless varieties of saprophytes into parasites, which gradually acquired the power of producing toxins, and ultimately of killing animals. Nocard 1 found, as



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already mentioned, that the human tubercle bacillus, which is non-pathogenic for fowls, after cultivation within these celloidin capsules which had been inserted into the peritoneal cavity of chickens, acquired after a time the power to kill these animals when inoculated in the peritoneum.

We need further knowledge on the relative pathogenic properties for man of the recognized varieties of the tubercle bacillus, the human, the bovine, and the avian.


The value of any addition to our knowledge which will enable us to make a positive diagnosis at the earliest possible moment after infection has occurred must be conceded, for the chance of cure depends greatly on the early detection of the disease, and observations in the autopsy room have taught us how often nature cau cure tuberculosis in its iucipiency. We should in many cases no longer be content to wait, for the appearance of expectoration containing bacilli, for marked physical signs, or for an unmistakable clinical picture. It seems to me we have in the tuberculin test a most delicate and searching means of detecting tuberculous disease when this cannot be done positively in any other way. We need more exact knowledge concerning the practical application of the tuberculin test in man, and we greatly need more light on the best method of applying this test, its exact value, its errors, their cause, and its possible dangers; in what other pathological conditions the reaction to tuberculin may occur; — and are the reactions which take place with considerable frequency in other diseased conditions due to them, or do they invariably indicate a concomitant and unsuspected tuberculous focus in some part of the body?

We need to know more as to the mechanism of the tuberculin reaction. The most generally accepted theory at present in regard to it is, briefly, that the small dose of tuberculin injected is a partly specific irritant both to tuberculous foci and to the susceptible organism in general. It produces intense hypersemia of all tuberculous tissue in the body (local reaction), and as the result of this hypersemia much toxin stored up in the tubercles themselves is thrown into the general circulation and produces fever and the characteristic symptoms which go to make up what is termed " a general reaction." That these poisons stored up in the tubercles are in part at least derived from the dead or weakened bacilli has been shown by the experiments of Babes and Proca,' J who found that if two sets of rabbits be injected with equal quantities of living and dead bacilli the latter react to the tuberculin test at a much earlier period than those inoculated with living germs. This hypothesis that the general reaction is brought about by the toxins already stored up in the tuberculous lesions and exjdoded as it were by the hyperemia produced about these lesions as a result of the test injection of tuberculin, is borne out by the fact that a greater amount of albumose can be recovered from the evaporated urine collected during the reaction than was contained in the test injection ; also by clinical observations which indicate that patients suffering from localized surgical tuberculous processes of limited extent, and where the vascular supply to the part is limited, require a larger test injection to produce the

reaction than those who have extensive or scattered visceral lesions in highly vascular organs like the lungs.

A very general impression seems to prevail that the tuberculin test is dangerous and tends to aggravate the disease. This impression had its origin, no doubt, in Virchow's statement that the autopsies which he made upon the first patients treated after Koch's method by repeated and increasing doses of tuberculin, so as to j>roduce frequent and violent reactions, revealed in an unusual number of instances the presence of apparently new tuberculous foci at a distance from the original and recognized lesions. It may be conceded that violent and repeated reactions when brought about in patients suffering from extensive visceral disease tend to exhaust the already overtaxed defensive resources of the organism, and may in this way aggravate the disease. But the conditions are very different in incipient cases where the resistance of the patient is as yet but little impaired, and where it is necessary to produce only one moderate reaction. Even if the correctness of Virchow's observations be conceded, the finding of more pronounced and distant lesions may not necessarily mean that the bacilli were disseminated through the system as a result of the tuberculin treatment. We have ample clinical and experimental evidence that the local reaction resulting from an injection of tuberculin makes apparent the presence of latent and unsuspected tuberculous lesions, but no proof has been brought forward to show that the bacilli are scattered through the system or that new foci are produced as a result of such injections.

In a recent study by A. Broden 1 " on the Treatment of Experimental Tuberculosis of the Peritoneum in Dogs by Tuberculin Injections, he points out that the extent and number of tubercles visible in the peritoneum when the treated animals are killed at an early stage of the disease are greatly in excess of that noted at the same stage in the controls. On careful microscopical study, however, these large and more numerous tubercles are found to consist of an aggregation of leucocytes, which appear to represent a defensive effort on the part of the system to limit the disease, as the bacilli in them are seen to be very few in number, beaded, and soon entirely disappear, leaving only slight fibrous lesions from which the animal ultimately completely recovers. In the controls killed at the same period the macroscopical appearances show but little evidence of disease, but a microscopical study of the peritoneum reveals everywhere small nodules swarming with large numbers of short, well-stained bacilli, the disease going on rapidly to a fatal termination.

In my experience no injury to the patient has occurred thus far as a result of a test injection of tuberculin where small graded doses at two or three intervals have been used for diagnostic purposes, and all of the hospital physicians with whom I have conversed, who have practiced this method, have apparently had a similar experience, and none, to my knowledge, has abandoned it on account of any evidence of injury to the patient. If we consider the overwhelming importance of this subject in our struggle against tuberculosis, it is greatly to be hoped that a thorough study of the method will bring to light the true facts as to its exact value, and its limitations and possible objections.

July. 1800.]



The application of X-rays to the diagnosis of incipient pulmonary tuberculosis promises to be of practical assistance. as the height of the excursion of the diaphragm and the appearance of a slight shadow over the suspected area in the lung, when considered together with the rational symptoms and any trifling deviation from the normal sounds in the lung, enable the physician to reach a positive conclusion in many eases before the appearance of expectoration containing bacilli, or the unmistakable symptoms of the disease are present. A ease I saw recently with Dr. Francis Williams, of Boston, illustrates the corroborative value of an X-ray examination in early and doubtful cases, and that by a combination of the usual clinical methods with a thorough X-ray examination, a positive conclusion as to the presence or absence of the disease may often be reached before cough and expectoration are present, or any appreciable deterioration of the general health lias occurred. I had suspected the presence of tuberculosis in a hospital patient of Dr. Williams' merely because the temperature chart showed a rise of one-half to one degree occasionally in the evening, and because I thought I could detect very slight evidence of consolidation at one apex. These were all the symptoms present. Under the X-ray the case showed that the diaphragm on the suspected side was higher than the normal, and its excursion appreciably diminished on that side, while a slight shadow could be made out at the apex. I suggested the tuberculin test, and the patient had a typical reaction, the temperature reaching 102.5, fourteen hours after the injection.


The climatic and open-air treatment of tuberculosis in especially constructed sanitaria is at present conceded to offer tbe patient the best chance of recovery, but this needs elaboration, and studies which would afford more exact indications for such class of cases as to the proper application of rest or exercise, exposure to the air, feeding, hydrotherapy ; the use of tonics and reconstructives, and the regulation of the smallest details of the daily life, would be of great value.

The obtaining of a serum that would be antitoxic for the infections concurrent with tuberculosis would make us much l( - h"|>eless in the presence of such cases, while at present we must be contented to rely on fresh air, rest, food and alcohol to relieve this desperate condition.

To laboratory researches we may yet look fcr some general specific method of treatment, either by preventive inoculation or the production of an efficient antitoxic serum for tuberculosis. It is true that, in spite of the claims so constantly made, little of practical value to the tuberculous patient has icomplished so far by the enormous amount of research work bearing on attempts to produce immunity in animals against tuberculosis and to obtain an efficient antitoxic serum for the poison of this disease.

To many minds there seems no reason to hope that any efforts tending to the production of artificial immunity in this disease will ever be successful, and it is true that little can be found in the clinical history of tuberculosis which wovi us to believe that such an immunity ever occurs in the natural course of the disease, as recovery from a tuberculous mani

testation in any pari of the body does not seem to afford any protection against a subsequent and often fatal outbreak id' the malady. It would be presumptuous, however, in view of the recent advances mad in this direction in other infectious diseases, to deny absolutely the possibility of solving this problem, and some experimental evidence is accumulating of late which tends to prove thai the resistance of the body to a virulent tuberculous infection can be greatly increased by preventive inoculation.

I will not here review the work done in this direction by Etichet, Ilericourt, Grancher, Martin and others, as it is no doubt familiar to you, lint I will occupy your lime by referring, more particularly to my own experience in t his direction, not on account of the practical value of the results 1 have obtained, but because my observations having been made entirely independently seem to add some confirmatory evidence to the partial success already attained by others in this field. In common with many other experimenters, I failed to obtain any appreciable results by preventive inoculations of the various products to be found in liquid cultures or by tbe inoculation of the bodies of dead tubercle bacilli. I was driven, therefore, to attempt to reach the end in view by making use of the living germs themselves, attenuated by various methods.

The first evidence of any protection which I succeeded in obtaining was in 1893, which I detailed in a paper read before the Association of American Physicians in May, 1804. I found that by subcutaneous preventive inoculations of attenuated living cultures of avian tubercle bacilli I was able to increase the resistance of the rabbit to infection with virulent living mammalian culture. The photographs which I show you demonstrate tbe degree of immunity obtained. The test inoculations were made in the eye, where the immediate result could best be studied and controlled. The eyes of the controls were gradually destroyed by the progressive tuberculous process, while those of the vaccinated animals, after undergoing a certain inflammatory reaction, returned more or less completely to their normal condition. Unfortunately, many of the animals died of the attempt at vaccination, ami complete immunity was manifested only in a few ; while in others, similarly treated, the eyes were eventually either partially or totally destroyed. I have also obtained a marked degree of success in protecting guinea-pigs by cultures of mammalian bacilli attenuated simply by prolonged growth on artificial media.

Dr. de Schweinitz" was the first to call attention to his results in protecting guinea-pigs by means of living attenuated cultures, and although my results have not, thus far been as good as his, my experience in the past four years shows thai a very marked degree of increased resistance to tuberculous infection can be induced in these animals, as well as in rabbits, by such preventive inoculation. It is of interest to note that the culture used by Dr. de Schweinitz in his experiments was originally obtained by him from me, and i.- the same with which my own experiments were made. This culture originated from plants made on serum by me from the lesions of a rabbit infected with human tuberculosis in 1891, and has been grown on various media, principally on flic ordinary



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glycerin peptone bouillon, either neutral or slightly acid, ever since. J began to notice, after two years' cultivation, that a great majority of the guinea-pigs inoculated with this culture lived for many months beyond the usual time, and the virulence of the germ was evidently decreasing. It was not, however, until 1894 that I observed that many of these animals apparently recovered completely from the inoculation, while a few still died of chronic tuberculous lesions. At present, if twenty animals be inoculated with this attenuated germ, which has been grown for six years continuously on artificial media, with perhaps one or two exceptions, all survive for many months. It has been necessary, however, to keep the pigs for a long time, for occasionally some of them die of chronic tuberculosis even two and a half years after the attenuated inoculation.

What the attenuation of the bacillus is due to is still a matter of doubt in my mind. De Schweinitz is of the opinion that the acid in the media greatly hastens the attenuation, and has therefore grown his cultures on very acid media ; but the germ undoubtedly loses its virulence if the cultivation is sufficiently prolonged, no matter what the media may be. I have varied the acidity of the media, but as yet have come to no definite conclusion on this point. In favor of Dr. de Schweinitz's view it may be stated that the tubercle bacillus loses its virulence much more rapidly while growing on potato which is slightly acid, than on serum, but these two media differ also in many other respects besides in reaction.

It is a well-known fact that any living organism loses any attribute which through many generations its environment does not call into use. While living a saprophytic existence the tubercle bacillus has no need for the exercise of that characteristic which is known as its " virulence " and which means the power to cope successfully with the resisting elements of living tissues, and it may be that this attribute is lost to it by its disuse through the millions of generations the germ passes through while growing for so long on artificial media. However that may be, it is certain that the tubercle bacillus is robbed of its virulence with the utmost difficulty. All other methods of attenuation hitherto employed — heat, time, antiseptics, etc. — aim a blow at the viability of the germs sought to be attenuated, but do not alter their biological characteristics. They are either killed, in which case they produce no disease, or else they survive sufficiently to grow in the body and ultimately destroy the life of the animal. Prolonged cultivation, on the other hand, gives us a culture which grows vigorously, but which has lost to a great extent its specific pathogeuic powers.

A certain disturbance of health and loss of weight are always caused by the inoculation of this attenuated culture, but the animals after three months seem to have completely recovered. If at this time they are inoculated with virulent bacilli, together with an equal number of controls, the prolongation of life in the vaccinated animals will be apparent in every case. In several lots I have noticed the death of all the controls to occur before a single vaccinated animal had died. Complete immunity, however, has not been attained in my experience so far by this method, although some of the animals have

occasionally lived as long as eighteen months after the virulent inoculation.

I will not weary you with any of the details of these experiments, which are still incomplete, but merely rejjort the gross results which I have obtained thus far in work done on a total of one hundred and twenty-two guinea-pigs. In 36 controls the average life was 57.2 days, and in the 66 vaccinated animals it was 154.3 days, so that the vaccinated animals lived nearly three times as long as the controls. Some of the pigs survived the virulent inoculation as long as eighteen months. This includes all the experiments on guinea-pigs, some of which were made before the germ was very much attenuated. Intravenous inoculation of this attenuated culture protects rabbits to about the same extent, btit in them, as in the guinea-pigs, the immunity is relative except in a few cases where the protection seems to be almost complete.

It would seem at first sight that the evidence brought forth by these experiments tends to prove positively that at least relative artificial immunity had been produced in these animals. The evidence is incomplete, however, in so far as it relates to the complete recovery of the animals from the protective inoculation. I have kept vaccinated pigs which lived nearly three years in aj>pareutly good condition and yet ultimately died of chronic tuberculosis. It is possible, therefore, that these experiments only prove that the disease is not auto-inoculable, and that an animal in which a very chronic form of tuberculosis has been induced artificially is not susceptible to reinoculation with a more virulent infecting material. This, I believe, is true of syphilis, a disease which closely resembles tuberculosis in its course and various manifestations.


I. Nocard, M.: Anuales de L'Institut Pasteur, Vol. XII, No. 9, 1898.

a. Fliigge: Zeitsch. f. Hygien. u. Infekt, Vol. XXX, No. 1, 1898.

3. Baldwin, E. R. : Trans. Amer. Climat. Assoc, 1898.

4. Dbnitz, W.: Klin. Jahrbuch, Vol. VII, 1898.

5. Levene, P. A. : Medical Record, Dec. 17, 1898.

6. Ruppell, W. G : Zeitsch. f. physiol. Chem., Vol. XXVI.

7. Auclair, Jules : Archiv. de Med. Exper., etc., Vol. XI, No. 3, 1899.

8. Vincent: Annales de L'Institut Pasteur, Vol. XII, No. 12, 1898.

9. Babes, V. u. Proca, G. : Zeitsch. f. Hygien. u. Infekt., Vol. XXIII, No. 3, 1896.

10. Broden, A. : Archives de Med. Exper., etc., Vol. X, No. 1, 1899.

II. De Schweinitz, E. A. : Medical News, Dec. 8, 1894.


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By Clement A. Penrose, M. D.

It has been the custom in the Johns Hopkins Hospital for several years to use infusions of normal salt solution (.6$) in cases of collapse, especially during or after severe surgical operations. In such cases the pulse is generally the index to the necessity for infusion or the amount infused.

During my gynaecological service in this Hospital I had the opportunity of observing the effects of infusions in a number of such cases, and was much impressed by the fact that in many the stimulation to the respiration was more marked than to the heart. This was true especially of those cases who, taking the anaesthetic badly, were in a more or less state of asphyxia.

The possibility of this respiratory effect being in addition to others of great benefit in conditions like pneumonia occurred to me then, but it was not until I had entered the service of Dr. Osier that the opportunity arose to demonstrate the truth of such speculations. He kindly permitted me, February 14, 1808, to try the effect of salt infusions as a last extremity in a very grave case of pneumonia, to whom later inhalations of oxygen were administered after a special manner. Since then the same treatment was used by me in two other cases of pneumonia; one, on the surgical side following an operation, and the other in private practice.

The infusions of salt solution were given in the usual fashion employed in the Hospital, i. e. the salt solution, at a little above body temperature, is poured into a graduated bottle, from the bottom of which runs a long rubber tube. The needles, which are introduced under the breast, or into the subcutaneous tissues of the thighs, etc., are connected with this tube. The pressure is regulated by elevating the bottle or by means of a rubber bulb, with valves, which is attached to the stopper of the bottle, and thus air can be forced into the space above the salt solution. At intervals a careful examination of the heart is made, especial attention being paid to the second pulmonic sound, with instruments in readiness for instant bleeding if this become too accentuated or murmurish in quality. Inhalations of oxygen in connection with infusion are given according to a special method, which is as follows: — in place of the delivery nozzle usually adopted, a glass funnel is substituted, which is held by a framework resting on the bed about two inches from the face, and supplies oxygen to both mouth and nostrils without interfering in any way with the breathing. The oxygen is passed through a wash bottle containing a pint of hot water in which has been placed one dram of an inhalation mixture, the formula of which is: —


Creosoti (beechwood), . . 3 ss (one-half ounce.) Olei Terebinthinse, . . . §ss (one-half ounce.) Tr. Benzoini Comp. ... § ii (two ounce.-. )

•Read before the Medical Society of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Monday, January 23, 1899.

The inhalations are given at intervals whenever lips or finger tips become bluish, are continued till the color is normal, usually from ten to fifteen minutes in those who give a good reaction.

The first two cases of pneumonia on which I have tried infusions of salt solution combined with this special method of giving oxygen inhalations died, the last case made a perlecl recovery. It should be remembered, however, that all these cases were considered hopeless, and had received the usual treatment for pneumonia before this method was resorted to. Since I left the Hospital, September 15, 1808, this treatment has been resorted to in several other severe cases, and also by physicians in the city in their practice, with most gratifying success. In the two cases that died, the prolongation of life and the relief of symptoms, etc., were so marked that I regretted this treatment had not been employed earlier. From the brief histories which are presented, it will be seen that all three cases represented the severest types of pneumonia with every reason for unfavorable prognoses.

Case I, J. 0., admitted to Ward F (medical) February 12, 180S, on the 5th day of the disease. The patient was an illnourished, feeble man of fifty-two years, with a bad alcoholic history, complete consolidation of the right lung, a temperature ranging from 10-1° to 105.5°, and a muttering delirium, with twitching of the muscles, who in addition had chronic Bright's disease, with almost anuria for two days after admission. The pulse was very weak and wavering, 104 per minute, respiration shallow, labored and ranged about 40 per minute. Dr. Osier saw the patient two days after admission, the day upon which infusions were begun, and said the man was moribund, and would probably not live till night. The results of infusion were most surprising. On the first day, after 2700 cc. salt solution had been infused, the following was noted: — " the pulse became full and regular ; the rate however remained about 104, respirations became deeper and fell to 28 per minute." On the second day 4000 cc. more of salt solution were infused. The patient became conscious after three days of muttering delirium, and voided large quantities of urine. The pulse and respirations remained about the same. On the third day 3000 cc. salt solution were used with little effect. The pulse was 112, and respirations 44 per minute.

On the fourth day of treatment 3000 cc. of salt solution were infused. The temperature fell to 100.4°, and the patienl had a prof use perspiration. A crisis seemed imminent. Later however the pulse ran up to 140, and respirations to 52, and as considerable cyanosis developed, inhalations of oxygen were given according to the special method mentioned above. Almost immediately the patient's lips and nails became a brilliant red. He went to sleep, and the tongue and mouth were noted to be much less foul. The pulse remained about the same, hut respirations fell from 56 to 52 per minute, and



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became less labored. Oxygen was afterwards given at intervals with great comfort to the patient, the inhalation mixtures seeming to have an expectorant action, as the sputum became less tenacious and more watery, due, no doubt, in part to the salt infusion.

On the fifth day (twelfth day of the disease), patient began to fail and required 6000 cc. of salt solution throughout the day, with almost a constant supply of oxygen. The pulse was 140 and very irregular; respirations were 56, and shallow. About noon I bled the patient from the arm and removed thirteen ounces of a dark, quickly clotting blood. This was done because the second pulmonic heart sound became distinctly nmrmurish. The pulse fell after the bleeding from 14(> to 132, respirations from 56 to 32, and again, a good reaction to oxygen was given. The patient lived all day in a semiconscious condition, but at 9.30 P. M., died very quietly in spite of all further efforts.

The leucocytes in this case fell from 16,000 the day infusions were begun, to 9200 the day of death.

Case II, Dr. B., admitted June 26, 1898, Ward C (surgical side). The patient was a large, stout man aged fifty-two years ; good family history ; operated on July 11, for carcinoma of the tongue; right half of tongue removed, with glands of neck, etc. The anesthetic used was chloroform. Pneumonia followed the operation on the sixth day, due to aspiration of food. It was patchy in character, and scattered throughout both lungs.

On the second day after the development of pneumonia, the patient's condition became so desperate that salt infusion combined with inhalation of oxygen was begun. In this case the same good effects were noted as in the former. In addition, the wound in the neck which, with the half of tongue remaining, had become very foul and offensive, in a few hours became quite clean and sweet. The patient died on the fourth day of the pneumonia, having received 13,000 cc. of salt solution in all. He showed, though in a very low condition, marked reaction to oxygen after being infused.

Up to this time little had been accomplished as far as mortality was concerned, but in one case, I was contending with age and alcoholic history, and Bright's disease, and in the other with an aspiration pneumonia following a severe surgical operation ; in both cases the treatment was employed late in the condition and as a last extremity. Recently I have had a case in private practice where the conditions with the exception of age seemed even more hopeless than in the other two, but which has made a remarkable recovery and fully compensates for the disappointment of losing the other two patients after they had shown such evident improvement.

Case III, Mrs. R., aged 34, married. Delicate constitution ; had a slight cold for two to three days, in all probability, an attack of grippe, which was then epidemic. December 16, 1898, while standing before an open window, she felt a stabbing pain in the left side, which increased in severity. She went to bed and sent for the family physician. Her temperature rose steadily, and on December 19, four days later, reached 104°. The patient then became delirious and had, according to her physician, decided flatness throughout the upper left chest. The pulse was weak and thready; respirations rapid and

shallow. The delirium in spite of treatment persisted, and the patient became progressively weaker. I was called in, in consultation, upon December 26, at 10 A. M. Her temperature was then 105.5°, her pulse irregular, 120 and over, very soft and weak, running in character. Respirations varying from 48 to 52 per minute were very shallow and labored ; lips and finger tips much cyanosed. The patient was in muttering delirium, with marked twitching of the muscles, especially those of the extremities. The muscles of the neck were somewhat stiff. Her condition was so desperate that a thorough examination was out of the question. However, numerous crackling rales were heard throughout both chests and in the left upper front, the breath sounds had a decidedly tubular character. The back was not examined. 1000 cc. of normal salt solution were immediately infused in the right breast, and inhalations of oxygen were begun by my method, with immediate benefit. Respirations fell to 32 per minute and the twitching of the limbs grew less and the patient regained a normal color in a few minutes. The pulse showed some improvement in volume and tension, but the rate remained still about 120. Inhalations and repeated cold sponges were given all day at intervals, but with little improvement. The temperature fell a degree or so, but the meningeal symptoms became much more marked. At eleven P. M. severe convulsions set in, almost eclampsic in nature, and succeeding one another every three to four minutes. The patient was very blue. 2000 cc. more of salt solution were infused, and eight ounces of blood were removed from the left arm as the second pulmonic sounds had become murmurish. The blood was very dark and clotted immediately on standing. There was now decided improvement; the respirations fell from 48 to 24 per minute (just one half), and the oxygen which had apparently been of little service all day, in a short time gave a good reaction. The lips and nails became a good color ; respirations steadily grew deeper and less labored. The tongue and mouth became cleaner and more moist, the pulse steadier and fell to 104 per minute. The convulsions gradually disappeared.

December 27, 4.30 P. M. The patient is much better, is conscious after eight days of muttering delirium. The temperature is 105.5°. She takes nutrition well, has voided much urine, and perspired freely. 600 cc. more salt solution were infused, and the rectum was irrigated with large quantities of this solution also. Oxygen was given at intervals to the patient more for her comfort than because of cyanosis. Mouth and tongue continued moist and clean ; the breath was sweet, with a strong odor of the inhalation mixture.

December 28. Temperature 102°; general condition much better ; pulse is full and strong, regular and 117 per minute; respiration only 30, quiet; oxygen is now discontinued. From this time on the patient steadily improved; the temperature fell gradually by lysis, and on January 14, was normal. She has now fully recovered, has gone to the country, and has already gained several pounds. I consider this a remarkable case, a veritable resurrection, and which fully repays one for the time spent in vain on others. With such a high temperature, with muttering delirium for eight days and later convulsions, with grippe as a precursor to the pneumonia, in a naturally delicate woman, I am sure all will agree that the

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prognosis was more than bad. The blood in this case was negative for the Widal typhoid test, the urine showed a considerable number of pus cells from a leucorrhcea, but no casts, etc.

In conclusion. I claim that the infusion of salt solution in pneumonia is a decided advance in its treatment if used by those familiar with the significance of the second pulmonic heart sound, and who are prepared to bleed immediately if this indicates danger. In my opinion, infusion, which is Blower, is preferable to transfusion. It dilutes the toxines in the blood, relieving delirium, etc.. and promotes their elimination through the sweat glands and kidneys. It lowers the temperature. It stimulates the heart. It lowers the rate of respirations and renders the breathing less labored. It seems undoubtedly to render the patient more susc ptible to the influence of oxygen.

The use of a funnel in the administration of oxygen held by a framework has these advantages:

The patient gets oxygen through both the nostrils and mouth. There is no impediment to expiration, as is the case with a nozzle in the nose or mouth. The patient may go to sleep and still take the oxygen, which they frequently do, whereas the nozzle being uncomfortable and producing a blast, is apt to keep them awake. The passage of the oxygen through a hot inhalation mixture is more beneficial than when used alone. The vapors from such a mixture carried over with the oxygen certainly render the tongue and mouth less foul, the breath sweet, and promote expectoration, — and who can say it does not have some antiseptic effect on the lungs ?

Oxvgen alone being odorless, a patient if conscious will make greater efforts to breathe something which is tangible, and will not turn the head away, etc.

That cases which have been previously infused with salt

solution react much better to oxygen has certainly been my experience. I have tried oxygen alone in several cases of pneumonia, and have the notes of the same with me, but not one, although representing pneumonias of a much less severe type, gave the remarkably quick reaction noted in the three cases where infusions of salt solution had been previously given. Oxygen, it is known, is held in the blood in two ways : — as a chemical compound with haemoglobin and in solution ; increasing the bulk of blood may increase its oxygen-carrying capacity as a whole, although diminishing it relatively ; hence the advantage of supplying more oxygen.

Dr. Reid Hunt, of the Johns Hopkins University, has kindly told me of some experiments which he has made in the Biological Department on the effect of intravenous injections of saline solution into dogs. He finds that in curarized dogs in which artificial respiration is maintained, the injection of normal saline solution, or of Ringer's solution, will cause a marked increase in the amplitude of the respiratory undulations of the blood pressure. This change often occurs before there is any rise of blood pressure or appreciable change in the pulse rate. He thinks it is due to a larger volume of blood passing through the pulmonary vessels. The accompanying kymograph curves are taken from one of his experiments. A is a portion of the record before; B, after the injection of 700 cc. of warm Ringer's solution into the saphenous vein of a curarized dog.

In this, we would have then an experimental proof of my clinical observation, viz., that infusion of salt solution increases the circulation in the lungs, and therefore their ability to take up more oxygen. The oxygen capacity being increased as a whole by increasing the bulk of blood, gives us an additional factor.





By Paul Gerhardt Woolley, B. S. (From the Pathological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.)

Some time ago while studying cultures of B. pyocyaneus and

B. fluorescens liquefaciens, the similarity of the pigments produced by these two organisms seemed to me to indicate a possibility of interchangeability of chromogenic function. In these two particular cases the chromogenic peculiarities on agar-agar of the B. pyocyaneus seemed to be more nearly like those of B. fluorescein, while chloroform solutions of the pigment from agar-agar cultures of B. fluorescein showed a faint trace of blue.

Babes, Fordos, Gessard and Kuntz showed long ago that B. pyocyaneus produced three pigments, one fluorescent, not soluble in chloroform, one blue, soluble in chloroform, and the other a red, pyoxanthin, supposed by Gessard to be an oxide of pyocyamin or the blue pigment.

Since these observations Gessard, Wasserzug and others have shown bow easily achromatic and monochromatic varieties or "races" could be produced artificially.

What I intended to do was to place B. fluorescens lique



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faciens, which is the fluorescent bacillus most nearly akin to P>. pyocyaneus in cultural and microscopic characteristics, under conditions most favorable for production of pyocyamin and see whether or not a " race " could be obtained which would produce pyocyamin. For this purpose 1 used the medium known as Gessard's Agar, which is a neutral mixture of agar-agar, peptone and glycerine, and which Gessard found to be the best medium for forcing B. pyocyaneus to a maximum production of its blue pigment with a minimum of the other two pigments. In these experiments I used samples of B. pyocyaneus obtained from six different sources, and samples of B. fluorescens from five sources. These were grown at room and blood temperature. Each culture made was allowed to grow for three days and then cultures were made on fresh media from the cultures already grown. In this way an uninter

rupted series of cultures was made from each specimen of the organisms, and extending over twelve transplantations.

The result however was negative. For one or two generations two of the fluorescent varieties did give some blue pigment soluble in chloroform, but at the end of the series all of the cultures of B. fluorescens were colorless, and only one of the cultures of B. pyocyaneus was typical. That one was a specimen for which I thank Dr. Jordan, of the University of Chicago. Evidently the color-line is not to be crossed.

Besides these results, I was able to confirm the statements made by Gessard, Noesske and others that the absence of phosphoric acid in some form inhibits the production of fluorescence. I also am able to state that the magnesium in Uschinsky's fluid can be replaced by aluminum with no effect upon pigment production.


By Paul Gerhaedt Woolley, B. S.

(From the Pathological Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.)

Uniformity in the composition of culture media is one of the requisites of uniformity of observalion in the study of bacteria in cultures. This is evident on its face; and yet it is probable that in the study of the bacteria in laboratory media the fact that a certain amount of sugar is present is not sufficiently considered, in spite of the fact that, in some conditions, for instance in the production of toxins by the B. diphtheria?, the presence of sugar makes a great deal of difference. Of course the quantity of sugar in the ordinary bouillon media is very small, but it is large enough to allow B. coli communis some exercise of its fermenting functions, and is therefore appreciable, and may also make appreciable differences in results in observations. It was in view of such facts as these that I set out at Dr. Flexner's suggestion to make a series of experiments with sugar- free and sugar-containing media to see what the effects of sugar upon certain functions of certain bacteria might be.

For these experiments the chromogenic bacteria seemed to be best suited, one reason being that many of them are known to be prevented from producing their pigment in the presence of sugar, and this, if true, would make it easy to determine with greater or less certainty the relation between the chromogenic powers of the organisms and the sugar present in the medium.

As examples of the chromogens, I selected B. pyocyaneus, B. fluorescens liquefaciens, B. janthinus and B. prodigiosus. As examples of the sugars I used glucose, lactose and saccharose.

In order to have a sugar-free medium as a means of making " check " observations, I treated bouillon made from fresh beef, by the method of Theobald Smith, the essential of which is the destruction of the sugar, present in such an extract, by the helu of B. coli communis. To this bouillou when rendered

neutral and prepared in the usual way were added definite quantities of the three sugars. For the purposes of the experiments I used a 1 per cent, and a 2 per cent, solution of each of the three sugars. In all the experiments cultures were made in the sugar-free medium as "checks" upon the sugar-containing cultures.

In the first series of cultures, which were merely preliminary, the organisms were allowed to grow at a temperature of 37° C. until a maximum of pigment was developed. This time varied from seven to fourteen days. At the end of this time the cultures were sterilized and tested for sugar at leisure. Speaking generally, the results were that the pigment developed sooner in sugar-free bouillon and appeared earlier in the 1 per cent, sugar media than in the 2 per cent, media. The growth in itself was more rapid and luxuriant in the sugarcontaining media, and at the end of the period of growth no sugar could be appreciated by Fehling's solution in glucose and lactose cultures, but some reduction did take place after inversion in saccharose cultures.

In the second set of cultures the same materials and the same organisms were used, but a temperature of 25° C. was adopted as a temperature best suited to B. pyocyaneus and B. prodigiosus at the same time. The cultures were allowed to grow not longer than seventy-two hours. One set was sterilized at the end of twenty-four hours, one at the end of forty-eight hours and one at the end of seventy-two hours. The results were as follows:

(In the following tables an X represents the smallest amount of color in growth present in the three cultures on the same line. A zero means total absence of color. An "S" in a subdivision of a column means that in testing with Fehling solution after sterilization, sugar was present. A zero in a like place means absence of sugar.)

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CULTURES STERILIZED AT THE END OF 24 HOURS. Organism. Plain. Glucose, 1^. Glu.

i Pigment. x x x

B. pyocyaneus •! Reaction. alk.

1 1 iteacMon I. Growth.



/ Pigment.

B. prodigiosus \ Reaction. alk. acid S acid S

( Growth. x xx x x

t Pigment.

B. janthinus ■] Reaction. alk.

' Growth. x

acid S acid S








Glucose, 2%.

( Pigment, pyocyaneus • Reaction.








y Growth.




i Pigment.





prodigiosus -j Reaction.




( Growth.



i Pigment.





janthinus i Reaction. ' Growth.







i Pigment.

B. fluorescens -j Reaction. alk. acid S acid S

I Growth. x x xx



Plain. Glucose, K,

Glucose, 2^.

, Pigment. x x x

B. pyocyaneus -j Reaction. alk. alk. S alk. S

( Growth. x xx xx

/ Pigment.

B prodigiosus -, Reaction, alk. ac. ac. S

'Growth. x xx xx

i Pienu ■j React ' Growl


'•. janthinus ■] Reaction. alk. ac. S

ith. X XX

t Pigment.

B. fluorescens -] Reaction. alk. alk.

' Growth. xx xx


(Pigment. x x x x x

B. fluorescens j Reaction. alk. alk. o alk.

' Growth. xx x

(In these tables it will be noticed that glucose media alone were noted because it was impossible to make differential tests for the various products of decomposition of the complex sugars in the presence of each other, and so to give reliable results.)

From the above tables the following conclusions can be drawn : 1. That pigment is produced more readily in sugarfree media. 2. That growth is more luxuriant in sugar-containing media. 3. That pigment is produced earlier in 1 per cent, glucose media than in 2 per cent, media.

Cultures in media containing lactose and saccharose as well as those containing glucose give evidence that glucose offers the best nutritive advantages, that lactose is less readily used, and that saccharose is only with difficulty made use of by all of the bacilli with the exception of B. prodigiosus which seems to thrive equally well in all.


By Charles W. Larned, M. D.

(Assistant Physician to the Dispensary, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.)

The two points of greatest interest in the case I have to report are, (1) the fact that the infection was of the quartan type, the rarest of the three recognized forms of malarial fever, baring been noted in but about 8 per cent, of cases recorded in this institution, and (2) the associated nephritis which was almost certainly dependent upon this or a previous malarial infection. The only other possible predisposing cause was to be sought in an attack of measles during April, 1898. This however can be ruled out, since the attending physician states that the attack was light, and that there were no symptoms whatever suggesting involvement of the kidneys, and especially when we take into consideration the infrequency of measles compared with malarial fever in this locality as an etiological I : "r in nephritis.

As to the connection between measles and a conseqnent nephritis, the following citations are of interest: Tirard' says, "It is comparatively rare for albuminuria to be associated pith measles, and there is reason for suspecting that some of the cases which have been described under this heading were

really cases of scarlatinal nephritis." Blum 2 in a collection of 45 cases of measles records but one that showed any renal involvement. Carr 3 collected at the Infants' and Children's Hospital, Randall's Island, 107 cases of measles, only one of which showed a nephritis, the condition being associated also with broncho-pneumonia with purulent infiltration, emphysema and pleurisy. Albuttf in London, where malarial fever is so uncommon, has collected 130 cases of nephritis due to all causes ; of these, he attributes 3 to measles and one to malarial fever and exposure. Smith/ Goodhart,' Ashby and Wright,' Tyson, 8 Osier,' Anders,' and others, conclude that nephritis, if it ever occurs as a complication of measles, is exceedingly rare in this connection. Unit" has never seen a severe degree of nephritis associated with measles either clinically or at autopsy. On the other hand malarial fever as an important factor in the production of nephritis has been recognized for a long time. The statistics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, compiled by Thayer, and published in a recent monograph "On Nephritis of Malarial Origin," show that in 758 cases of malarial fever



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treated in the wards, there were 21 instances of acute nephritis; of this number 11 recovered, 4 died,. and in 6 the result was unknown. In four instances Thayer believes the process may have assumed a chronic form. He also states (page 23) that, '•Out of 112 instances of acute nephritis observed in the .Johns Hopkins Hospital, 21, or 18.7 per cent., were of malarial origin." He does not mention measles as a predisposing cause, although he gives statistics of case&of nephritis resulting from diphtheria, typhoid fever and scarlet fever.

Charcot'" says that the albuminuria coincident with intermittent fever is at times transitory, augmented during the paroxysm, diminishing or disappearing entirely during the intermission, and ceases to exist the moment the fever is cured,

or a short time after recovery but that at other times

the albuminuria persists a long time after the cessation of the paroxysms and takes on decidedly the chronic form.

Hertz' 3 in speaking of albuminuria during malarial fever says " More frequently albumin is to be found after long-continued attacks of intermittent fever, or while a person is laboring under the malarial cachexia, and is then constant and quite abundant, depending upon the existence of an enlarged kidney or an amyloid degeneration of the renal vessels."

Rosensteiu states that the dropsy and ascites accompanying nephritis of malarial origin attain a higher grade than in nephritis from any other cause.

Bartels" claims that next to chronic suppuration "Marsh Miasm" is the most frequent cause of chronic parenchymatous nephritis. He also thinks it may produce this condition without having been attended necessarily by paroxysms of any degree of intensity.

Tirard'" holds rather uncertain views on this subject, stating that the influence of malaria as an etiological factor in chronic nephritis is open to considerable doubt. Further on he says "It must be admitted also that observations made in Algiers and Bombay show that in these places the association of chronic Bright's disease with malaria is as marked as it is in colder climates; hence the supposition that malarial nephritis is essentially due to exposure to cold scarcely seems to be tenable."

The pathological changes occurring in the kidneys during this disease have been studied by Bignami," 1 Barker," Bastianelli, 18 Laveran," Kelsch and Kiener,""Rem Piccr' and others.

Kiener" in 1877, seems to have been the first to have worked up the histology with any degree of method; later in 1881 and 1889," in conjunction with Kelsch, the same author did excellent work in this field. In their former work (pp. 279 and 495) they do not identify any particular form of chronic nephritis as the result of the malarial poison, the tissues reacting in the same way as to any other morbid impression, the process not confining itself to either the connective tissue or the secreting portions of the gland, the picture presented being that of a diffuse nephritis. At first the glomeruli and epithelium suffer most, the connective tissue being affected later. This however they do not claim as a fixed rule.

In their later work (page 276) besides going extensively into the pathological anatomy both microscopically and niaoroscopically they give at length the clinical aspects of the disease. Their conclusions are to the effect that this form of

nephritis may be insidious during the course of a chronic malaria and discovered unexpectedly at the autopsy. At other times eclampsia finally reveals very suddenly a lesion already far advanced. In certain cases the symptoms are those attributable to an acute parenchymatous nephritis with anasarca, sudden, considerable and of rapid development, with scanty high-colored and bloody urine. In other cases the urine is clear, slightly albuminous, containing a few hyaline casts.

The consensus of opinion expressed by the different observers of the acute form seems to be that the pathological changes are not great, there being some pigmentation of the glomeruli with albuminous exudates and casts, the epithelium of the convoluted tubules being more or less swollen and degenerated.

Charcot 2 ' thought that the pigmentary alteration of the cortical substance might possibly be regarded among the organic causes of the persistent albuminuria.

The history of my case is as follows:

M. B., female. Age 7 years 5 mos. Colored. Complains of swelling of the abdomen.

Family HMory, — Negative.

Past History. — Child lias never been strong, but has escaped the diseases incident to childhood, with the exception of measles, which she had during April, 1898.

In July or August of 1895, '96 and '97, the child visited Prince George's county, Maryland, and upon each occasion contracted chills and fever; the attacks were cut short and apparently cured by the administration of quinine, the paroxysms occurring each day, the chill and fever being quite marked.

The present illness dates back to July, 1898, when patient visited Anne Arundel county, Maryland. She commenced feeling badly while there, but did not have marked malarial paroxysms, only an occasional fever and sweat. On her return to Baltimore, at the end of two weeks, the grandmother noticed that the child's face was much fuller than when she left; in fact she thought the child was looking remarkably well. She attached no significance to the swelling till the abdomen commenced to enlarge; she then took her to one of the hospital dispensaries where a careful abdominal examination was made, but neither the urine nor the blood was examined. She was prescribed for, but the condition gradually grew worse, the abdomen becoming so distended that the patient could no longer be carried to and from the hospital. It was at this time, September 24th, that I first saw the child. 1 found her intensely weak; she could not turn in bed without assistance; there was no headache; appetite fair; no nose bleed, no herpes; slight cough; no pain in back or limbs; bowels loose since taking medicine prescribed at dispensary.

Physical examination showed marked oedema of the face, genitalia and ankles. Abdomen very much distended, tense, and exhibiting the usual signs of ascites; teeth irregular and notched but no pegging; tibia? rickety; the heart's action was rapid, 128 per minute, forcible, apex not displaced, no murmurs; slight accentuation of aortic and pulmonic second. Lungs gave crackling rales over both bases with marked puerile breathing everywhere; respiration 46 per minute, thoracic in character, temperature 99° F.

The same evening I did a paracentesis abdominis, removing three quarts of turbid fluid, after which abdominal palpation

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showed plainly the edge of the spleen about 5 cm. below the costal margin; the liver was not palpable. Suspecting malarial fever, treatment was deferred until the following morning when an examination of the fresh blood was made. This showed one or more intracellular parasites to nearly every tield. the infected cells being decidedly smaller than normal. the organism occupying nearly the whole if not the entire corpuscle, the part remaining being greenish and easily discernible. The parasites were quite refractile, the pigment coarse, the grauules not numerous, without motion, collected at the periphery and in many instances at the centre. There were many typical segmenting organisms seen, the number of segments ranging from seven to twelve; also one oval form. There were no hyaline forms noted.

This examination was made about 10 A. M.. and when the child was seen, about 5 P. M., her temperature was 104.2°. I was prevented from making any further blood examination for three days, quinine being given in 4-grain doses during the interim. The parasites had then disappeared from the cutaneous circulation with the exception of an occasional atypical contracted form, pigmented leucocytes being quite numerous; a leucocyte in process of surrounding a small extracellular pigmented organism was noted.

The urine was light amber, slightly cloudy, acid, sp. gr. loin. On boiling, almost a solid precipitate was thrown down ; Esbach's albuminometer showed 2.1 per cent, albumin.

.Microscopically there were hyaline, fine and coarsely granular, also epithelial casts, a great deal of detritus, no red cells, a few leucocytes and epithelial cells.

Fleischl's haemoglobiuometer showed 35 per ct. haemoglobin.

Upon questioning members of the family further, a history of fever on every fourth day was easily obtained. The absence of chills and the fact that the child had been feverish only occasionally had not led them to suspect a malarial infection.

The treatment instituted was essentially, quinine, Bland's pills, and later, Basham's mixture or bitartrate of potash; restricted diet and rather free purging. The child's condition improved steadily, the oedema rapidly disappearing: the haemoglobin when last taken, October loth, was 65 per cent. The amount of albumin, however, was always high, never going below yL per cent.; the specific gravity remaining in the neighborhood of 1010. The total amount of urine in 21 hours could not be estimated owing to constant action of bowels.

From October loth to .March 5th, 1899, I saw nothing of patient. On the latter date I was summoned at 10 A. M. and found the child profoundly comatose, pulse 160; she hail had several convulsions during the previous live hours; her condition up till the day before had been considered good by the parents. Morphine, chloral, bromide and chloroform were administered with but little effect upon the convulsions, death o^ uning at 2.30 P. M. An examination of the blood just previously failed to show parasites.

Autopsy. — A partial autopsy only was granted, a member of the family remaining in the room. Notes taken just after are as follows:

3.30 P.M. Rigor mortis quite marked. Poorly nourished. Small for age. Rickety. Slight oedema of face and ankles. Abdomen distended, apparently by gas.

Abdominal incision showed marked agglutination of intestines, so much so that in getting back to the kidneys the gut was torn in several places. Edge of liver was not below costal margin; spleen extended about 2 cm. below costal margin; surface rather granular.

Kidneys slightly larger than normal, soft, capsule not adher ut, surface rather granular, of a pinkish grey color, studded

here ami there with dots suggestive of fat. On section these

same yellowish dots are noted. Cortex somewhat translucent.

Striation not at all well marked. Glomeruli indistinct.

Dr. MacOallum who hardened and prepared the sections gives the following report:

Microscopically the kidney presents the picture of a chronic diffuse nephritis of the interstitial type. The glomeruli are extensively obliterated by an ingrowth of connective tissue along the vessels or by a thickening of the capsule. In the section a few are relatively normal, and in nearly all the capsular epithelium is fairly well preserved.

The connective tissue growth is quite diffuse, and the urinary tubules are generally compressed and atrophied. The wellknown appearance of dilatation of the tubules in certain areas with flattening of their lining epithelium is present. Such dilated tubules contain masses of granular, colloid or hyaline material mixed with a few leucocytes and desquamated epithelial cells.

The tubules in general show flattening of the epithelium and evidences of degeneration in the epithelial cells. Many are desquamated into the tubules which in places contain a considerable number of polymorphonuclear leucocytes. Fatty degeneration of the cells is not, however, so extensive as one might expect. There seems to be a good deal of fat in the interstitial connective-tissue cells.

The blood-vessels show an extensive endarteritis.


The conclusions to be drawn from this and other cases already on record, especially Thayer's and those of Kelsch and Kiener, are:

1st. Certainly in some localities malarial fever should be given a prominent position in the etiology of chronic as well as of acute nephritis.

2d. In all cases of malarial fever the urine should be closely watched.

3d. A blood examination should be made in all cases of nephritis occurring in those who have visited or lived in a malarial district, as it often happens that the severe gi nephritis resulting may mask entirely the clinical picture of malarial fever.


t. Tirard : Albuminuria and Blight's Disease. Smith, Elder & Co., Lond., 1899.

2. Blum: Deutsches Archiv. f. klin. Med., lid. 17, Ht. 3, 4.

3. Carr: Arch, of Ped., N. Y., Ia9», Vol. XVI, p. I.

4. Albutt: System of Medicine, English edt., L897, Vol. IV,

p. 359.

5. Smith: Diseases of Children. Lea Bro. & Co., N. Y., 1896

6. Goodharl : Diseases of Children. P. Blakiston Sons & Co.,

Phila., Ib89.



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7. Ashby and Wright: Diseases of Children. Longmans,

Green & Co., N. Y., 1893.

8. Tyson: Practice of Medicine. P. Blakiston Sons & Co.,

Phila., 1896.

9. Osier : Principles and Practice of Medicine. D. Appleton

& Co., N. Y., 1898.

10. Anders: Practice of Medicine. W.B. Saunders, Phila., 1897.

11. Holt: Diseases of Infancy and Childhood. D. Appleton

& Co., N. Y., 1897, p. 921.

12. Oeuvres Completes de J. M. Charcot: Paris, 1888, t. v. p.


13. Herz: Ziemssen's Cyc, Am. edt.. Vol. II, p. 641.

14. Bartels: Ziemssen's Cyc, Am. edt., Vol. XV, p. 328.

15. Tirard : Op. cit., p. 40.

16. Bignami: Atti della R. ace. med. di Roma, 1890, Anno

XVI, s. II, V, 317.

17. Barker: J. H. Hospital Reports, 1895, V, 230.

18. Bastianelli: Ann. di Med. Navale, Anno II, 1896.

19. Laveran: Traite du Paludisme, Paris, 1898.

20. Kelsch et Kiener: Arch, de Physiologie, Paris, 1881; also,

Traite des Maladies des Pays chauds, Paris, 1889.

21. Rem Picci: II Policlinico, Vol. V.M., 1898, 197.

22. Kiener: Comptesrendus des Seances de la Soc. de Biologie,

Juillet 15, et Aout 1, 1877.

23. Kelsch et Kiener : Op cit.

24. Charcot : Op cit.



By N. B. GwYisr, M. B., Assistant Resident Physician, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The generalized distribution of the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus throughout the body, as seen at autopsy, is usually ascribed to a pre-agonal dissemination from a local lesion or other source, and the recognition of the condition has so far been post mortem; the case of Graham, Stewart and Baldwin shows that the organism invading the general circulation may produce characteristic lesions in the tissues several hours before death; in this instance there had occurred an abortion and subsequent infection of the uterus, from which point the general infection proceeded. It is possible that in the living tissues of a subject presenting no local lesion, and whose resistance to infection has not been completely lost, the gasproducing and other functions of an organism maybe more or less inhibited and the nature of the infection not become evident. The following case was probably influenced by these conditions, for although the B. aerogenes capsulatus was repeatedly demonstrated during life, none of the characteristic evidences of its presence as seen post mortem were to be made out.

The case, diagnosed as chorea insaniens, gave this history:

Alice B., white, aged 18, schoolgirl. Admitted May 13, 1S99, complaining of St. Vitus's dance ; family history, negative ; had most of childhood's illnesses, and when 9yearsold had mild chorea, from which she completely recovered without subsequent heart or joint symptoms.

Two weeks before aiimission she had been suffering from insomnia, extreme restlessness and nervousness; a few days later she was said to have been in a condition of severe nervous prostration and was sent home from school. On the way home she suffered from delusions of persecutions, imagining that the passengers would injure her. She showed great incoordination in her gait, reeling from side to side, tossing head and arms about and contorting her face. Her speech was slow, but intelligible. She grew rapidly worse, and by May 12 apparently every voluntary muscle of the trunk, face and limbs was affected, she being unable to talk or to feed herself. On admission she was unable to walk, was unintelligible in talk and quite out of her mind. There were ceaseless involuntary purposeless movements of muscles of face, limbs and trunk, the patient tossing and throwing arms and legs about, muttering and gibbering. There were no joint symptoms; no com

plaint of pain anywhere; no subcutaneous fibroid nodules; some erythema of elbows and knees from constant friction. Her pulse was regular, rapid, from 100-120. At apex of heart a slight thrill with systole was to be felt. On auscultation merely a booming, first sound, an accentuated pulmonic second sound and a soft systolic murmur over the pulmonary area were heard. There was no pericardial friction.

Her respiration was irregular, partly owing to irregular contractions of abdominal wall; lungs clear; knee-jerks exaggerated; no ankle clonus; plantar reflex present.

Patient improved for first few days after entry ; facial movements became decidedly less and her mental condition clearer; the movements of trunk and limbs persisted. During this time her daily temperature had been ranging from 99° to 100° F., the nightly record being often higher, but in order not to interrupt the effects of sedatives was not regularly recorded. Stools and urine were voided involuntarily; in the latter a trace of albumen and a few casts were to be found.

After a few days of apparent improvement her symptoms became exaggerated ; the temperature rose to 101.5°-101.7° on May 25 and 27; her pulse became more rapid and weaker. By May 28 her temperature was ranging between 103°-104° F. Her mouth and tongue were dry and fissured, the movements much more rnarkeu. Patient began to show signs of extreme exhaustion from ceaseless rolling and tossing. On June 3 she passed into a semi-comatose condition, remaining so till death, on June 6, on which date her temperature reached 106.5°.

A few hours before her death, a large, painful swelling of the right parotid was observed. There was no redness of the overlying skin, no fluctuation and no emphysema. No subcutaneous emphysema was to be felt over the body before or at death ; after eight hours in ice-chest there were no alterations to be observed. Unfortunately, no autopsy was obtained.

The rapidly fatal course of this case and the concurrent symptoms suggested at once the presence of an infective agent, and cultures were repeatedly taken to determine its presence; the long-considered connection between rheumatism aud chorea induced us to make use of the methods employed in the demonstration of the bacillus of Achalme, described recently by Achalme, Thiroloix and Savchenko in cases of rheumatic fever.

On May 16, 22, 24 and 27, aud June 6 cultures were taken

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from a vein of the fold of the elbow, 30-50 cc. of blood being extracted ami distributed in different media.

Cultures of May l(j. Aerobic cultures in bouillon and on agar [dates and anaerobic in milk and bouillon mixture remained sterile. The cultures of Maj 22, 24 and 27 were made Briaerobically in mixtures of milk and bouillon as recommended by the above observers, tubes of the same lot of media, and cultures from other patients in the same media being employed as controls ; to further guard against error, an examination of the fresh blood for organisms was systematically pursued, and on two occasions several distinct bacilli resembling, morphologically, the bacillus to be described could be demonstrated.

All control tubes remained persistently sterile. Pure cultures of a large, non-motile bacillus were obtained from the patient on May 22 and 24, but a failure in obtaining anaerobic condition in the Buchner jar probably interfered with the development of bacilli on May 27. Although the sterility of the control tubes, the presence on two occasions of the same organism and its demonstration in the fresh blood were quite convincing, it may be objected that cultures in fluid media give chances of accidental contamination, and further that no idea of the number of organisms present is obtained. On these grounds, subsequent cultures on June 6 were controlled by the plate method.

As a rule, 5-10 cc. of blood were placed in each tube or plate. After 12-18 hours in Buchner jar at 37°, the inoculated tubes of milk and bouillon showed evidences of a very vigorous bacterial development: on the surface, a pinkish, fissured, firm, retracted clot: clinging to the sides of the tube clots also fissured, and containing gas bubbles, which, rising continually to the surface, formed there a frothy layer. The fluid iu the tube had assumed a port-wiue color, becoming black on exposure to air. The clot of blood was completely disintegrated, and an aromatic cheesy odor could be detected.

On glucose agar plates after 12-18 hours, 12 small, irregular colonies were visible, which after 48 hours were 1-2 mm. in diameter, gray-brown, with irregular margins, occasionally showing a central dot. An occasional gas bubble was to be seen about some. Numerous colonies of streptococci were also present at the last culture inoculation.

Hii roscopically, both in fluid and solid media the growth was found to be a large non-motile bacillus 8-10 /x in length, about 2 fi in width, very regular iu size, with rounded ends, occurring singly or joined in pairs, often at an obtuse angle; rarely w. iv more than 3-4 organisms seen in chains: an appearance as of a capsule was to be seen, which was subsequently demoncrated iu experiments. The bacillus stained well by Gram; aerobic growth on the ordinary media did not occur, development taking place only anaerobically or in hydrogen. On agar slants small separate and fused gray-white colonies with irregular dentate margins were to be seen, an occasional gas bubble developing at bottom of tube.

ilucose agar was regularly broken up, and segments of the media were forced up the tube by the pressure of gas, some fluid appearing on top and in the spaces formed below.

In litmus milk and bouillon, gas formation was shown by the presence of numerous frothy bubbles on surface ; in the former, in 18-24 hours, were to be seen fissured and retracted

clots in a whey-like fluid, the clots, at first white from decolorization by hydrogen, becoming pini on exposure to air, thus indicating an acid reaction. The bouillon showed general cloudiness with a stringy, yellowish precipitate. Potato gave a scarcely visible film, often with gas formation in fluid below. Gelatin allowed a slow growth with production of gas bubbles and a general softening of the media; no complete liquefaction. On blood serum (Loeffler) small isolated growths or a film of fused colonies, gray-white in color, developed. An odor of stale glue was noticeable, especially from the growth on solid media. A most abundant growth was always to be obtained in mixtures of milk, bouillon and serous fluid or blood. Under these conditions it could be repeatedly shown that development iu presence of oxygen was possible. A standard culture of bacillus aerogenes capsulatus lent me by Dr. Harris responded to the same test. Further aerobic development in transplants on other media from these tubes has so far not been obtained.

Greater regularity of size of the organisms was observed iu the young cultures on agar and blood serum ; iu fluid media short forms and chains appeared, the latter after several days' growth extending over several fields of the microscope; interesting involution forms were often to be seen on surface growths, irregularly staining, dentated, swollen or club-shaped bacilli.

Spores, usually centrally situated, oval, l-l length of containing bacillus, were found on blood serum inoculated from a several days' old milk-tube; occasional end spores were also demonstrated; little swelling of the body of the bacillus was caused by their presence.

Continued transplantation of the organism tended to diminish slightly its size and regularity, smaller diplo-bacillus forms appearing in large numbers; occasionally iu media to which blood or serous fluid had been added distinct capsules were to be demonstrated. Experimental inoculations proved that rabbits were insusceptible to intravenous injections of as much as 5-10 cc. of actively-growing culture. Killing the animal 3-5 minutes after the injection and keeping the body at room temperature showed enormous gas development in 4-8 hours. The subcutaneous emphysema, the condition of the liver and other organs, the presence of gas in the heart and vessels, serous cavities and tissues as described by Welch, Nuttall, and Flexner being accurately reproduced.

A slight detonation accompanied the ignition of the gas, which burnt with pale blue flame. Organisms in abundance showing distinct capsules could be obtained in pure cultures from the blood and tissues.

Guinea-pigs were killed in from 36-48 hours after subcutaneous injection. At site of inoculation characteristic lesions were produced, extensive edematous infiltration of tissues with exudation of bloody serous fluid; in one animal the pericardium was found tilled with fluid, evidently an extension of the cedematous process. Numerous bacilli, fibrin flakes and cellular elements containing organisms were present in the exudate; in most inoculations slight gas formation evidenced by emphysematous crackling was noted; in others it was perhaps too slight to be observed; necrosis and rupture of overlying skin were frequently seen.



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Id pigeons death ensued in shorter time, 24-36 hours. At site of inoculation some slight emphysema could be felt, which, however, might have been post mortem ; oedema and sero-sanguinolent exudation with brownish-red discoloration and softening of the muscles were produced. Bacilli in numbers were present in the lesions. Depending upon the time elapsing before autopsy, greater or less numbers of bacilli could be detected in the blood and organs of the guinea-pigs and pigeons.

This resume of cultural and experimental reactions seems sufficient to show that the organism is identical with the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus of Welch and Nuttall. The cultures obtained on three occasions corresponded accurately, and illustrate the possibility of a long continued infection by this organism, the first positive result being 13 days before death.

The gas-forming property of the bacillus, when in the circulation, may apparently remain in abeyance duriug the life

of the infected individual; the duration of the infection, the seeming abundance of the infecting agent as evidenced by their demonstration in the fresh blood, and the fact that a general streptococcus invasion helped to produce the fatal ending, indicate but a limited degree of virulence on the part of the organism.

It is not assumed that the infection with the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus bears any etiological relation to chorea insaniens, the affection diagnosed in this case, but the bacterial association is of interest in connection with the acute infectious character this disease often presents.

According to Dr. Welch, to whom I am indebted for valuable suggestions, this is the only instance in which the bacillus aerogenes capsulatus has been demonstrated in the circulation during life; whether present as a primary or secondary infective agent is yet to be decided.



Monday, Man/, t;, 1899. Remarks upon a Case of Jejunal Fistula. — Dr Ciishing.

Surgical No. 8025. The patient, Lawrence L., from North Carolina, aged 28, entered Dr. Halsted's service on the 17th of August, 1S98, with the history of having received ten years previously a razor cut across the abdomen which had completely severed the intestine in one place and had opened it in two others.

As a result of this injury from which he had made a marvelous recovery, an intestinal fistula, which was practically complete and which had resisted a subsequent operative attempt at closure, had persisted in the abdominal wall. On several occasions he had nearly starved to death from periods of inability to assimilate sufficient nourishment from the ingesta before it was lost through this accidental enterostomy wound.

Bis appearance on admission was most extraordinary. He was a man of large frame, emaciated to a degree and weighing only 93 pounds. His abdomen and thighs were covered with an acute brilliant dermatitis, which extended from the costal margins almost to his knees resultant to the irritating, continuous discharge from the fistula,, which was situated in the median line below the umbilicus. To the right of this in the scar which extended almost across the whole abdomen there protruded a large ventral hernia (cf. photograph) through a transverse separation of the parietes about six centimetres in width.

The coils of intestine in this hernia showed a moie or less constant visible peristalsis, and from the fistula, through which a rosette of mucous membrane usually protruded, issued in jets an acid, irritating and frequently bile-stained fluid. The skin everywhere in the vicinity was raw and thickened and so tender it could not be touched. The patient's mental condition, possibly as a result of his chronic starvation, was unbalanced and he had several epileptiform convulsions during his first days in the hospital, and the history mentions the occurrence of similar attacks during the past few years.

He was put in a continuous bath and was fed with nutrient enemata. Attempts to feed through the fistula were unsuccessful. The condition of the skin under water cleared up rapidly and he began to gain in weight under the rectal feeding.

Some months later he was operated upon ; the fistula was closed by a resection of the bowel and end-to-end suture over a Halsted inflated rubber cylinder. The adherent coils of intestine were freed from the hernia sac with difficulty, necessitating another partial resection at one place. The abdominal wall was closed without drainage after excision of that part of the parietes involved in the hernia.

His convalescence was uninterrupted. His weight, 180 pounds to-day, has almost doubled itself since the operation. He gained eleven pounds in one week shortly after the operation.

The case presented many opportunities for physiological study, some of the results of which will be briefly mentioned here.

The situation of the fistula was evidently high up in the alimentary canal as was evidenced by the irritation produced upon the skin by the discharges.

It has been a common observation that the degree of dermatitis surrounding an intestinal fistula becomes more pronounced as the situation of the opening approaches the duodenum. The usual colostomy made in the large bowel causes no cutaneous irritation. It seems not unlikely that the pancreatic juice is chiefly responsible for this condition, as no fistula? are so intensely irritating to the skin as those produced by opening and draining pancreatic cysts which have retained some communication with the secreting gland. In two other cases of high fistula now present in the wards, it has been necessary to place the patients in a continuous bath to control this acute eroding dermatitis. One was the result of a temporary fistula at the site of suture following a pylorectomy for carcinoma; the other was resultant to the establishment of a jejunostoiny for post-operative obstruction. Biliary fistulas are unirritating. Gastric fistula' are commonly not followed by cutaneous inflammation.

December, 1898, weight 93 His.

Pel ; h1 v,s ' ■ "'-'

Surgical No 8025. ' FUtula and Ventral Hernia

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A method of determining the exact distance of the fistula from the stomach was suggested by the accidental discovery thai oysters were discharged from the opening a short time after ingestion, practically unchanged. A piece of ligature silk was sewed through one of these before it was swallowed and three hours later the oyster appeared at the fistula. On careful measurement it was found that 3 feet 11 inches of string reached from the patient's teeth to the fistula. Peristaltic action was so strong and tugged at the string so vigorously after the oyster had been expelled that the patient had tie, I the buccal end of it about a lead pencil, which he was wearin° between his teeth like a bit to prevent the string's disappear ance. This measurement showed the fistula to be high in the jejunum, possibly one foot below the duodenum.

Physical examination of the stomach showed that there was no dilatation despite the extraordinary amounts of food, solid and liquid, with which the patient was accustomed to gorge himself at freqnent intervals. Naturally a condition of chronic gastritis was present and the stomach contents after test meals showed great variability on chemical examinations. The reaction was always acid, sometimes due to free HC1, sometimes when this was absent, to fatty acids. This lack of constaney iu the analysis of the gastric secretions unfortunately led to some variability in the results of many of our observations.

Hhs propulsive power of the stomach and intestine above the fistula was very great. A glass of milk given on an empty stomach on one occasion began to appear, acid in reaction and finely coagulated, at the fistula in one minute and had been entirely recovered in four minutes. This rapid emptying of the stomach seemed most extraordinary. The patient had learned to prevent this immediate loss of food by swallowing large unmasticated pieces of meat and vegetables so that he would occasionally succeed in obstructing the pylorus and apparently at times the fistula itself, thus allowing of some absorption by the bowel above or possibly of some passage by the fistula. When the stomach was empty, peristalsis of the proximal bowel, seen through the thin parietes covering the hernia, was especially active and associated with "gnawing cramps" and the mucous membrane would protrude from the fistula to such an extent that on one occasion it became nearly strangulated when food had been withheld for 12 hours. 1 1 If. Photograph I.)

This motive activity was further shown by the fact that cold beverages would appear at the fistula before they had been termed to the body temperature. A glass of ice water would reduce the temperature at the fistula a full degree while I was being discharged, and at such times the coils of intestine adherent in the hernial sac felt perceptibly cold to the hand.

Attempts to determine the absorptive power of the stomach were unsatisfactory. The fistula was too tender to allow the wearing of any apparatus to collect the discbarge. Under or Unary circumstances when the stomach was empty there seemed to be no diminution whatever in the fluids collected from the quantity taken into the stomach. Whether there was some absorption when the bowel or fistula was blocked with food could not be certified. The reaction at the fistula despite its proximity to the pan


creatic ducts was quite uniformly acid, increasing in degree during digestion. It was due largely to the presence of fatty acid.

Some observations of great interest were made with Dr. Clopton on the bacteriology of the contents of the bowel under various conditions. These will be published in full in a forthcoming paper on the flora of this part of the intestinal tract. The great variation of the gastric acidity, chiefly in IK/I, unfortunately made these observations at times somewhat uncertain. During active digestion on a mixed diet the flora of the discharge showed great diversity of organisms. It was found that several varieties of pathogenic bacteria taken into the mouth in inoculated milk could be recovered readily and grown at the fistula. We also succeeded in demonstrating that the ingestion of a sterilized diet, the mouth meanwhile being rendered as (dean as possible by frequent antiseptic washes. was followed by a pronounced diminution in the number of colonies on plates inoculated from the lumen of the proximal bowel. For forty-eight hours before the operation every precaution was taken to prevent the entrance of micro-organisms through the mouth, and, at the time of operation, cultures taken from that part of the bowel above the fistula, where a partial resection was rendered necessary, remained sterile, and no organisms could be demonstrated on stained preparations from the mucosa. Kesection and " end-to-end " suture followed by closure of the parietes without drainage, under such circumstances, is attended with little risk.

I regard this as an all-important procedure, when time permits, in the preparation of a patient for a laparotomy during which the bowel is likely to be opened or when a resection and suture is premeditated. The results of observations in this direction during the past year will be published.

Treatment of Acute Otitis Media following: Influenza.— Dr.


I wish, to-night, to speak more especially of the abortive treatment of these cases when one can see them in the earliest stage.

There have been, as you probably know, an exceptional number of serious ear troubles following the influenza or grippe. The statistics bearing upon this subject that Dr. Bacon gives in his recently published treatise upon the ear are interesting. lie says that a few years ago 12 to 20 cases of mastoid disease were abouf Hie average met with in the course of a year in the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, while in 1897 there were 161 mastoid operations. He attributes this great increase to the prevalence of influenza.

The most serious involvements are those in which the brain is affected. This may happen in several ways. Epidural abscess is one of the more common forms, anil purulent meningitis is another. Abscess of the brain substance itself or thrombosis of the lateral or sigmoid sinus are other ways in which the brain may be involved.

Tie- modes of infection of the middle ear may be referred to in passing. The most common way is through the Eustachian tube. Nature has provided a means for lessening the likelihood of this happening, the ciliated epithelium of the Eustachian tube acting iu such a way as to hinder the entrance of bacteria



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from the nasal cavity into the middle ear, but it is only partially successful. Another route of infection is through a perforation in the tympanic membrane. The infection may occur also through the blood-vessels or the lymphatics.

Various micro-organisms have been found in suppurative middle ear inflammations. The staphylococcus aureus and albus, the streptococcus pyogenes and the pneumococcus are among the most common, the two first-named being found especially in the milder cases. The micro-organism that is supposed to be the cause of influenza is occasionally found, but is usually accompanied by other organisms. My own experience is, that the purulent infection occurs very frequently, only after perforation of the tympanic membrane. This is not always so, for often when the tympanic membrane is incised pus escapes; but not infrequently the discharge is not purulent but sero-mucoid, tinged with blood, and does not until later become purulent. It is a very difficult matter, even with antiseptic precautions, to prevent infection after a perforation has occurred or an incision has been made through the tympanic membrane, for one cannot sterilize the skin of the external auditory canal as thoroughly as the skin upon other parts of the body may be sterilized.

Every one is familiar with the symptoms of inflammation of the middle ear. Pain is the most prominent symptom, and deafness occurs, but the pain is so great as to prevent attention being called to the latter. Tinnitus aurium is usually present. The temperature, in children especially, is apt to run high. Even in uncomplicated cases in children it may reach 105°. In adults we are not apt to have so high a temperature unless there are serious complications.

In the beginning of the attack, if we inspect the ear with the mirror and speculum, we will see a hyperemia of the upper part of the membrane, especially of Schrapnell's membrane, and running down the handle of the malleus will, perhaps, note a line of congested vessels. A little later, the whole membrane becomes red and loses its normal appearance. If the attack runs a little longer we shall usually find evidences of fluid in the tympanic cavity, causing bulging of the membrane, usually of the posterior and lower quadrant, but sometimes of the membrana flacciila.

What I want to speak of more particularly is the early treatment of these middle ear inflammations, especially of those cases following the grippe. I believe, in the large majority of instances, if we can see these cases early, that is, within a few hours of the onset of the pain, we can cut short the attack. I think it is greatly to be desired that this should be accomplished, for if the inflammation is not controlled promptly it is extremely difficult to prevent suppuration. Even when this occurs, most of these cases, it is true, do well ; but we never know when serious complications may supervene.

I have recently met with the most rapid death following ear disease that I have ever encountered. The patient had had influenza, had been out and exposed to cold, and was taken on Friday with ear-ache. She suffered severe pain Friday night and Saturday and was given morphia liberally to relieve the pain. On Sunday she showed signs of nervousness and irritability, and when I saw her, for the first time, on Tuesday evening she was delirious, had a temperature of 105°, and

a very rapid pulse, and a look into the eyes satisfied me that there was commencing optic neuritis.

There was no reason to suppose, in this case, that the mastoid process was involved, but it was evident that there had been a direct extension to the brain from the tympanum, and there was no doubt of the existence of a meningitis. An extensive operation upon the brain suggested itself as a possible means of relief and, at my suggestion, Dr. Finney saw the case, but he thought the condition of the patient was such that no operation was advisable, and she died on the following morning. This is an extreme instance of how rapidly ear disease may induce fatal brain complications. If, then, we can abort these cases, in which such a result is a possibility, it is most important to make the attempt and make it early. The plan of treatment which I recommended years ago, and for which I have been given considerable credit, although I do not deserve it, as the suggestion was not original with me, is the using in the ear of a solution of atropia, to which I have added more recently cocaine. I prescribe either a watery solution of atropia? sulphate and cocaine muriate, or a solution of the alkaloids of atropia and cocaine in oil of sweet almonds. In either case the strength of the solution is half a grain of atropia and one grain of cocaine to the drachm. The advantage of the oily solution is that it remains in contact with the tympanic membrane for a longer time and so favors freer absorption, and further, if there is a perforation of the membrane present it is not so likely to find its way through the Eustachian tube to the throat and produce constitutional effects. When the solution is to be put into the ear the patient should lie down with the affected ear up, and should be kept in this position for at least ten minutes, so that the solution may remain upon the tympanic membrane. A little cotton can then be put in the ear and the head raised.

Eight drops of the solution, warmed (5 or G drops in the case of children), are used at a time. This means about 1-15 grain of atropia; but the absorption is very imperfect and there is no danger of constitutional effects from the application, unless a perforation of the membrane exists. Where this is the case, however, one should be a little cautious, and I always speak of the possibility of constitutional effects, and advise accordingly. The instillations may be repeated 3 or 1 times a day as long as pain is present. I have seen occasionally slight evidences of the systemic action of atropia from this plan of treatment, but never anything alarming. In addition to this local treatment I give small doses of calomel every hour or half hour until the bowels are freely moved, and if the effect of the calomel in this respect is slight I prescribe a saline cathartic.

The result of this plan of treatment, if only one sees the case in its incipiency, is usually extremely satisfactory. The pain is often relieved within a few hours and the inflammatory process controlled so effectually that in the majority of cases an incision of the membrane or a spontaneous perforation is avoided.

After the acute symptoms have subsided, the tinnitus and deafness which are apt to remain are benefited by liberal doses of muriate of ammonia — ten grains, three or four times a day. If the pain is not controlled by the cocaine and atropia instil

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lations. antikamnia or phenacetine may be ad ministered, or, if necessary, morphia. It is not safe, of course, to wait indefinitely for the effects of this treatment ; but my experience with it has been so favorable that I am sure I wait longer than many do before incising the tympanic membrane. If it is evident that the tympanum is distended with fluid a free incision should be made, preferably through the posterior portion of the membrane.

One does not make a small puncture, as was formerly advised, but a free incision, beginning it well up and carrying it down parallel with, and close to, the posterior margin of the membrane. After this the ear should be syringed with a saturated solution of boracic acid two or three times a day. and if this does not control the suppuration a solution of bichloride of mercury, 1 to 8000 to 1 to 4000, may be employed instead.

The effect upon the hearing in these cases is not usually disastrous. In the mastoid cases the impairment is often pronounced and permanent. In the milder suppurative cases, however, we expect a complete restoration of the hearing.

Dr. Reik. — I would like to add a few words to what Dr. Theobald has said concerning the treatment of these cases. As Dr. Theobald has already said, there has been a larger number of cases of otitis media accompanying or following the recent epidemic of grippe than has occurred in the past. I fully agree with the method of treatment he has outlined except that I am, perhaps, in favor of incising the drum membrane at an earlier stage.

Wishing, however, to avoid an operation wherever possible, I have frequently made use of local blood-letting in addition to the treatment described by Dr. Theobald. I apply one or two leeches over the mastoid region and allow the bleeding to continue for some time after their removal. It is remarkable in many cases to note the great relief that follows almost immediately upon their application. The pain ceases to such an extent that the patient soon falls asleep and the inflammation is retarded.

Dr. Theobald. — There can be no doubt of the value of local blood-letting in these cases.

Dr. Finkey. — I saw the case Dr. Theobald referred to, a few hours after Dr. Theobald saw her. She was then comatose, with a pulse that could hardly be counted, a temperature of 105 to 106 degrees, very high, and utterly beyond operative aid.

There was at that time no evidence that would aid in the localization of the trouble. There had been no paralysis, no muscular contractions ; the pupils were of the same size and there was no evidence of any trouble or any other evidence that I could detect by examination or the history of the case, that would aid in localizing the process, and even had we gotten any idea of the location of the trouble, I thought at that time, there would have been no use in operative interference.

I saw one other case, just a day or two before this one, that

was similar in many respects, only of more happy termination. Also a young woman, sick for two or three days, had bad grippe and recovered from that apparently, and a week later complained of headache which lasted for some time, only very intense she said, and always referred to right ear. After a few days she noticed a certain amount of discharge on the pillow in the morning, supposed to be from the ear, although the physician who saw her said he could find no discharge from the ear, nor was there any discharge from either ear that I could detect at the time I saw her. The drum upon that side was ruptured, she was stupid, dull, very different from the usual vivacious temperament. Could be roused enough to answer questions intelligently, but it required considerable effort to rouse her. Upon pressure over the mastoid she evinced some pain. No swelling or other evidence of mastoid trouble.

We thought it best to open the mastoid and did so and found no evidence of trouble so far as I could detect. I continued the opening in the bone until I exposed the lateral sinus and punctured that. It bled very vigorously and 1 came to the conclusion that the lateral sinus was not at any rate thrombosed. I drained the wound, and the patient from that time made a rapid recovery and is now entirely well.

Some Objections to the Neurone Theory. — Dr. Paton.

The investigations of Apathy, Bethe and Nissl have shown that the ganglion cells in the spinal cord and brain contain a specific fibrillar substance essentially different from the protoplasm of the cell body and its processes. This substance can be stained by several different methods. Little is known of its origin. It may be shown to be an integral part of the ganglion cell or it may develop from other cells in the nervous system, or it has been suggested that it may be the product of both kinds of cells.

Until it has been determined histogenetically that the fibrillary substance is a part of the ganglion cell it is an assumption to speak of these cells as units or individuals. The picture of the ganglion cell, obtained by the use of Nissl's methyleneblue method, is the negative of that given by Bethe's new stain. The achromatic tracts in the first correspond to the colored tracts or fibrils in the second specimen. Nissl believes that the fibrillary substance is present, not only in the cells, but exists in large masses in the intercellular substance and is one of the important constituents of the grey substance.

In the main the fibrils follow the distribution of the dendrites and axons. The life of the fibrils undoubtedly depends upon the preservation of the myelin sheath. There is nothing revolutionary in the new discoveries in relation to the studies of the degeneration of nerves. Little has been done in studying degenerations. Bethe has cut peripheral nerves and found that the fibrils degenerated, and that in a short time there is nothing left but granular masses. There is a great deal of interesting work to be done on this subject. Nissl emphasizes the importance of the nerve cell as a nutritive centre. If later the fibrils are proved to develop in the nerve cell, and not from other cells, it will no longer be an assumption to speak of the nei as a unit.



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By One of his Descendants.

John Archer, M. B., was a son of Thomas Archer, a descendant of an English family that had settled in the north of oeland ; whence he emigrated to America with several brothers before the middle of the last century ; and after a brief sojourn in Cecil county, Maryland, removed to what is now Harford (then part of Baltimore) county, where his son John was born near the present village of Ghurchville, on the 5th of May, 1741. Besides farming, Thomas Archer was agent for several extensive iron works in the vicinity. He also drew up indentures for his neighbors, auctioned off goods, etc., and Hras acquired a considerable estate. Among his other enterprises, he set up, on his own premises, a skilled blacksmith, jphicb, no doubt, gave rise to the false assertion that he himself worked at the trade. His wife, Elizabeth (Stevenson) Archer was also of an English family that had settled in the north of Ireland. Of their five children, four were swept off ir infancy by a malignant epidemic, the subject of this sketch barely escaping death from the same disease ; and from li.n all of the name in Maryland who are in any degree whatever related to the family, are descended.

John Archer was educated in part at West Nottingham

•Presented to the March (1809) Meeting of the Johns Hopkins Historical Club.

Academy, in Cecil county, a school of wide repute, in charge of Rev. Samuel Finley, a learned minister, its founder, who was subsequently called to the presidency of Princeton College. Among his classmates at this academy were two of Mrs. Finley's nephews, Dr. Benjamin Rush and his brother Judge Rush, with the former of whom he enjoyed a lifelong intimacy.

In 1760 John Archer graduated, A. 15., at Princeton, and A. M., in 1763. Meanwhile, in February, 1762, he advertised that he would open a Grammar School in Baltimore Town. There is reason to believe, however, that this project was neyer initiated, as he soon afterwards entered upon the study of theology under Presbyterian auspices and progressed so far as to preach his trial sermon — which is, I believe, still extant —but, on being examined for ordination, he failed to pass the ordeal. The record of his examination by the Presbytery of New Castle is worth giving here in full, if for nothing else, as a specimen of human inconsistency as to the time-being, and fallibility as to the future. It runs to the following effect:

"30 Aug, 1764. Mr. John Archer having at last meeting of Presbetery offered himself for Tryals as a candidate for the sacred ministry, then delivered a discourse by way of specemine, on a text that had been assigned him. He was also examined at some length in the Latin, Greek & Hebrew languages, his own experience in religion & on some points of divinity ; but the Pb'y not having time fully to satisfy themselves thought it best not to enter him



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then on their minutes, & only recommended to him another subject for a discourse by way of specimine. Mr. Archer now delivered said discourse & was further examined on the article of experimental religion. The Pb'y upon solemnly considering the whole, do so far sustain his answers on the several Branches of Examination & particularly said Specimine, as to enter him upon further tryals, & appoint him to compose an exegesis upon the question, "In quofundatur obligatio moralis? " [What is the basis of the moral obligation?] & a discourse on Romans VII. 15. [" For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not : but what I hate, that do I."]

"6th Dec, 1764. The Pb'y proceeded to hear the exegesis given to Mr. Archer by our last, & further examined him on Logick, & asked him some questions on Divinity ; & on the whole, unanimously judge that though we would gladly encourage youths who offer themselves for the sacred ministry yet think Mr. Archer through the whole course of his tryals discovers such a want of knowledge in divinity & the other particulars he has been examined on, as well as such an incapacity to communicate his ideas on any subject, y' we cannot encourage him to prosecute his tryals for the Gospel ministry any further."

Now, it is evident from the record itself that the candidate, in the opinion of the Presbytery, was well versed in all the essential branches except as to some points of the denominational creed. And as to his " utter incapacity to communicate his ideas on any subject," it is a sufficient answer to say, that the Presbytery had just declared, as the record runs, that he was particularly satisfactory in his discourse or sermon before delivered.

Col. Nathaniel Ramsay, the hero of Monmouth, is authority for the statement that he was present when John Archer underwent his trial before the Presbytery ; and that his failure of ordination was " because he did not give entire satisfaction on some doctrinal points."*

In the spring of 1765 he became a pupil of Dr. Morgan, who, in the following November, began the initiatory course of medical lectures in Philadelphia College, with Dr. Shippen as his colleague, — these two being the founders of the department of medicine in that institution, afterwards the University of Pennsylvania.

About this time he wrote as follows to his future wife:

" .... I am daily at Dr. Morgan's shop, & on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays attend his Lectures — the Course is four Pistoles & a Dollar. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday's Dr.' Shippen's — the course, six Pistoles .... I have concluded to remain in Philadelphia until Spring come a year."

In February, 1767, he wrote to the same lady — then his wife— the following, which, as 1 believe no account of the case has ever appeared in print, may be of interest at present: " .... A monster was lately born in Charles Town [Cecil Co., Md.] in the shape of two negro children in one. They have two heads, four arms & four legs, distinctly & regularly formed ; they are united from the shoulders to a little below the navels & lie in each others' arms, and each having its arm under the other's head. This wonder of nature is now in Town. — I saw it yesterday. It has been opened, & the bowels are distinct & separate, as in two infants, ought to be. One of them presented near half an hour to the world before the other & was alive at its first appearance. The

  • Col. Ramsay made this statement to my father, Dr. Robert H.

Archer, one of John Archer's sons, who at that time was his family physician and who communicated it to me.

midwife gave up the delivery, which was afterwards executed by the owner of the wench, who himself understood nothing of the business. The owner is John Kirkpatrick of Charles Town."

On the 6th April, 1767, he wrote to his wife :

" . . . . It will be some time before I can go down [to Maryland.] Dr. Morgan's Lectures will not begin before May 20th, & I am determined to hear them to the last. Dr. Bond's will not begin

until y e last of May.* However, I shall not wait for his

Dr. [Robert] Harris has taken Dr. Bayard as a partner in the drug business & Practice of Physic."] April 21st, 1767, he writes to the same :

" . . . . All prospect of entering into partnership with Dr. Boyd of Lancaster is vanished. Therefore I still have the wide world to seek where to pitch my tent."

In the summer of that year — between his second and third course of lectures— he proceeded to put into practice, .among the denizens of New Castle County, Delaware, the professional knowledge which he had acquired. He, no doubt, gave this locality a temporary preference over the place of his nativity merely because it was much more convenient to Philadelphia, where his medical education was yet to be completed. His ledgers show that during his two years residence in Delaware he attended 212 families, receiving for his services about $1000, nearly three-fourths of it in money — the remainder in rent, produce or labor, including the work of mechanics. About one-third of them paid nothing at all. There is, in his ledger, kept while practising in Delaware, a prescription, which, though a little humiliating, it is the duty of the faithful biographer to record. It may perhaps be condoned, for the reasons that it is the only one of the kind in all his ledgers, and that it antedated his diploma — though, truth to say, only a few days.

The entry runs in this wise :

" Rev. Mr. Elihu Spencer Dr. 1768 June 6th Milleped : pp l for your Daughter."

This, of course, was to be taken in one dose; and there being no other prescription entered for that particular patient, though the attendance upon the family was quite extended, it is fair to infer that it either killed or cured. At that date such revolting prescriptions were nearly out of vogue, though once an every-day matter. Dr. Buckler Partridge, who came from England and practised in what is now Harford county, Md., from 1715 until about 1750, was wont to dose his unfortunate patients— as his prescription book still extant amply shows — not only with millepeds, but with "juleps of goat's blood," "powdered bees," and "dried viper's flesh "; and, as if these were not enough in themselves, his favorite vehicle for conveying them into the wretched patient's stomach, was a copious draught of nauseating "frog-spawn water." And yet Dr. Partridge was the leading physician of his day thereabouts. Even "Hooper's Medical Dictionary," a standard

  • Dr. Thomas Bond at this time delivered clinical lectures at the

Pennsylvania Hospital. In May, 1768, he was elected to the chair of clinical medicine in the new institution.

t Dr. Robert Harris was a brother of Dr. John Archer's wife. He was a very prominent member of the profession.

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work of only fifty years ago. contains the following prescription, which, for sheer loathsomeness may perhaps be said to exceed them all : "For very obstinate jaundice : Theexpressed juice of 40 or 50 living millepeds given in a mild drink."

After attending his third course of lectures — Dr. Kuhn having meanwhile been added to the faculty — tl Bachelor of Medicine was conferred upon him and nine other students on the ".21st of June, 176$. This being the first occasion in America of the conferring of a medical degree, it was to be expected that even under ordinary circuit contention would arise as to who should be the recipient of the very first honor of the kind in the new world. Unfortunately in this particular case the decision was greatly complicated by the fact — which soon became known — that the faculty of the College, most of whom had been educated in England, wished to show their respect for the mother country by conferring the first diploma upon the only Englishman among the candidates — Jonathan Potts. But, with the recent attempted humiliations of the odious stamp-act fresh upon their memory, the glorious nine regarded this loyal ssion as a downright insult. After a vain protest, they threatened to demand certificates of their successful examination, — armed with which, they would secure the coveted parchments from the neighboring College at Princeton. That settled the question. The thought of losing all except one of their graduating class, and he a foreigner, was more than the intensest loyalty could have endured. The rebels were told to arrange the matter among themselves. This they did by compromising upon the alphabetical order. It may seem a little strange that this was preferred to a decision by lot, — usually the fairest way in such cases. There is little doubt, however, that they were afraid a trial by lot might possibly give the prize to the Englishman, after all their contention; whereas, by the alphabetical plan, as they must have known at a glance, this was impossible. It is greatly to their credit, however, that they generously allowed him to come in several grades higher than he would have attained by the plan agreed upon if strictly observed, — the following being the order of graduation as given in the official catalogue : "John Archer; Benjamin Co well ; Samuel Duffield: Jonathan Potts; Jonathan Elmer; Humphrey Fullerton ; David Jackson ; John Lawrence; James Tilton ; & Nicholas Way."

Declining an offer of partnership kindly extended to him by his preceptor, Prof. Morgan, Dr. Archer returned to his native county in July. 1 TOO, where he practised his profession for nearly forty years. These duties, however, did not prevent him from taking part with characteristic energy in thi struggle for liberty. He was chosen in November, L774, a member of the first local Revolutionary Committee and of the several successive committees, until August. 1776. Meanwhile, iu December, 1774, he enrolled the first militia com] the county, was commissioned its Captain and drilled it regularly until called to other duties in the patriotic cat] though forced to use a speaking-trumpet, his voice having been permanently reduced to a hoarse whisper by a

  • I have often heard my father state the facts above given, which

he had from his father, the subject of this sketch.

throat disease. The sword « Inch he wore on these occasions is still in possession of a branch of the family. Hut the trumpet is long since lost, or mouldered away. For many years his sons were wont, on every 4th of July, to bring n down from among the rubbish in the obi garrei of -Medical Hall" and make the premises ring with the re-awakened notes of Independence.

In January, 1776, he was commissioned Major of our of the local Battalions of Militia.

In August of the same year he was elected a member of the convention which framed the Constitution of the new State and the Hill of Bights.

In 1777 he was appointed one of the Commissioners of Peace for Harford county, who constituted the County Court, and held the office for thirteen years, when the court was reorganized on a different basis. During part of this time he was also one of the Judges of the Orphans' Court.

In November, 1776, he was chosen as an Elector of th Senate — the senators being then chosen by an electoral <

During all this time, as his medical ledgers, still extant, amply show, he practised his profession, not only throughout several counties of his native State, but also in the adjoining State of Pennsylvania.

After the Revolution he devoted himself exclusively to his professional duties. Facilities for acquiring a knowlei the medical profession being then extremely meagre, students from far and near placed themselves under his tutorage. He built a substantial stone office a few steps from his residence, " Medical Hall,'" and for a quarter of a century it was seldom that half-a-dozen young men were not under his instruction, one or more of whom, after a certain course of reading, would accompany him on his tedious professional rounds, hearing from him veritable clinics at the bedside, and on their return compounding under his directions the necessary prescriptions. After a longer apprenticeship, he intrusted exclusively to their care the less obscure and complicated cases, whose symptoms they noted and reported to him. Indeed, but for their subsidiary aid, he could not possibly have done justice to onehalf the patients under his care. Iu several of his ledvisits and prescriptions of his various students are noted by their initials. From 1790 to 1794 thirteen students are thus noted, most of whom were afterwards in active practice in various parts of the country. And there were probably ol hers. His students formed the first medical society of Harford county, which met at stated periods in the office ai ■■Medical Hall." Someof the papers read on these occasion- air to be seen, in manuscript, in the library of the Medical and Chirurgical faculty.

In 1797 he was chosen Presidential Electoral large on the Jefferson ticket.

lb' ami his son. I >r. Thomas Archer, were charter members of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty, January, L799. In the following June be was chosen on miners; and

in 1802 and L803 was on the Executive Committee.

In May, 1799, he wrote,* " . . . . Some person with n

•All the letters quoted from in this sketch, unless otherwise noted, are addressed to the subject's son, Dr. Robert Harris Archer.



[Nos. 101-102.

Knowledge hath published that I am a Candidate for the important Place of Elector of the President. It is not my Wish, as I am certain a popular Character in Baltimore county would have a greater Chance than I could he expected to have."

In 1S00 he was elected a member of Congress; and two years later he was re-elected. While a member of that body the physicians of Washington aud vicinity availed themselves of his professional advice in cases which had baffled their skill. Jt was at this period that he discovered the interesting fact, that in the early stages of whooping-cough, vaccination will so modify the disease that its course is rendered comparatively harmless, even in winter. He also contrived and used, in cases of fractured femur, the apparatus which afterwards became famous as " Physick's modification of Desault's apparatus."

On the expiration of his second congressional term he resumed the practice of medicine. But the following, from one of his letters written at the seat of government, in April, 1802, more than hints of the strong man's failing vigor: " I shall be a very valetudinarian, and in my old days begin to investigate what will best agree with me, who once knew no difference in any kind of diet ; who could eat anything without fear that was suitable for nutrition. But those days are gone with the days before the Flood."

A few years later, partial paralysis, the sequel of an attack of rheumatism following a severe fall, unfitted him for the discharge of his professional duties. He relinquished all active pursuits and his health gradually declined. The end came on the 2Sth September, 1810, when he expired suddenly, in the 70th year of his age, at his home, while sitting in his easy chair, — an asthmatic ailment for some days before his death precluding a recumbent posture.

A marble slab over his grave in the burying-ground of the Presbyterian church at Churchville gives merely the dates of his birth and death. Of that church he was a member for nearly half a century.*

Extracts from a few of his letters (some two dozen of which are still extant, written in great haste, nearly all of them to his son Dr. Robert Harris Archer, then practising his profession in Baltimore), will give glimpses of him not only as a physician, but as a parent, a Christian, a patriot, and a politician. In a letter of date May 31, 1798, he advances the theory, that —

" While the country in this section, which I distinctly remember as far back as 1750, was covered with Oaks, Willows, Maples, Beeches, Alders, Chestnuts, etc., which are Astringent and Antiseptic, the rain which ran off from their Roots into the Streams & Swamps prevented Sickness, as Salt in the Ocean prevents it. And in proportion as the Country was denuded of these natural Antiseptics, Fevers prevailed. In other words they prevented

  • Of him, Dr. Mitchell of New York, said : " He left the world

full of years and full of honors. His life was fully devoted to the service of his fellow-creatures and to the glory of the great Redeemer. As a physician he was beloved in a peculiar manner by all who knew him. His early piety, ripening into maturity with his years, enabled him to meet death with persuasion of his acceptance with God."

Putrescence of both vegetables & Insects, which is the Cause of

Remittent & Intermittent Fevers Crowded & dirty Cities

are nurseries of Putrefaction."

" July 12, 1798 The Physicians of Philadelphia & Baltimore now succeed in curing Croup with Rad. Seneka;, though the disease was before almost opprobrium Medicorum. But they are so obstinate, they will not acknowledge it, because they were not the first to discover the remedy. I was informed when in Philadelphia that Dr. Kuhn has not lost a Patient since he has used the Seneka. I would, before I close these observations, just remark that the cure could be expedited by dipping a cloth in a hot decoction of the Seneka, to be held frequently near the Patient's mouth & nose, that the vapor may be inhaled & come in contact with the membrana trachealis. This I would not communicate to any of the unbelieving gang — Bivolunt denpi, desipiantur."

In a letter without date, but probably written in 1798, he says:

" . . . . The proper time for repeating the Cortex Peruviana I have found from experience to be the 7th or 8th day. Dr. Moons [one of his former students], in his Thesis [at the University of Edinburgh], has not given me credit for this practice, as he should have done. It is not to be found in any practical work before that date, unless in a very vague way — no precision is determined — no time set apart for taking it, to counteract the Return of the Fever.

"This is a hasty scribble, & as such you will take it."

'• Harford County, Sep. 4, 18(0.

" .... I am of the opinion that the seat of the disease [yellow fever],* is in the prima; vire — that the septic gas impregnates the saliva, water, & especially meats; that taken into the stomach it acts as a ferment, & according to the concentration of the Gas, is the violence of the Disease. Its state of concentration may in general be judged by the color of what is vomited & the Foetor of the motions. The different degrees are green, brown, coffee-coloured & black. The nature of this Gas, from the experiments I have made, is an acid ; therefore, this year I have exhibited Absorbents very freely by Glyster, with occasionally Laxatives & Laxative Glysters until the motions ceased to be fetid. I have given the Absorbents every two hours & ordered Glysters every four hours with the happiest effect. When the excessive stimulus is taken off the fever soon intermits & the Bark is given with the best results. The lowness of the Pulse is from the excess of the Stimulus in the Intestines ; when this is corrected, the pulse becomes fuller. Bleeding, in some cases, may be advisable to lessen the effects of stimulus; otherwise, it is not indicated. W T hen it is used very largely the Patient may die by great Debility. Cathartics are absolutely necessary, not only to remove the Septon, but to carry the Absorbents soon through the bowels. A large dose of Absorbents should be given with the Cathartic, & a Dose after every Motion. Care should be taken that the Patient does not become costive, as the Absorbents are apt to be formed into hard Excrements difficult to evacuate.

"I have not time to be more particular. I could show the rationality of this method— that it accords with Philosophic Principles. Should it succeed with you, it will give me Pleasure. It will be a new mode of treating the Fever ; & the cause of the Fever will be better known."

His treatment nearly one hundred years ago, as above given, was almost identical with that so strongly recommended by recent writers, — among them Dr. Sternberg, Surgeou-Geueral

  • The son to whom this letter is addressed was at the time

Physician to the special Yellow Fever Hospital in Baltimore, and narrowly escaped death from the disease a year or two later.

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of the United States Army, who also expresses the same view of the nature of the disease: namely, thai its seat is in the intestinal canal and that alkalies (absorbents) should be administered to neutralize the acids which favor the production of yellow fever germs.*

" Harford County, Sept. 19th, 1800. " I am sorry to hear of the deplorable condition of Baltimore. .... We have had two or three cases of Yellow Fever that originated in the county, & two or three from Baltimore have died. One of them refused to take medicine. One of them was in a cold Sweat, & vomiting dark, coffee-coloured Bile; arms and legs with purple Spots— was cured with Absorbents, opium, laxatives& Bark— absorbents & Opium given very freely— laxatives to prevent Constipation, & Bark as a Tonic."

The following was also written in September, 1800 :

•'.... I am anxiously concerned for you, dwelling, as it were, in the midst of Death. Such chastisement by Divine Providence

should lead the contemplative mind to God & our Saviour

I hope you will be careful to avoid bad company of all Sorts, & wheu time A the situation of your Patients will admit of it, you will, on Sundays, attend some place of Divine Worship. The neglect of our Worship of the Supreme Being is the forerunner of the Sinking of a good Moral Character. When the Attendance on the Duties required by the Christian Religion is neglected, there is then a gradual Decline from one degree to another, until we are even brought to deny the Reality of that Religion & turn Deists. The Christian Religion holds forth Rewards & Punishments — eternal Happiness or Misery — on the purest Principles for the good ordering of Society while here, & our eternal Welfare hereafter. Relinquish the system of revealed Religion, then, on what foundation can you build your hopes of Futurity? The Answer is plainly, On none — or on a State of uncertainty. Miserable state — to be lost in Doubt & Difficulties in a matter that should so greatly concern us. But perhaps some may say, ' Reason is a sufficient guide.' But six thousand years should convinre us that, unaided by Divine Revelation, Reason has run into every extreme, every folly, every wickedness. Has not Reason prompted the world in different ages to worship men, beasts, stocks, stones, & even to sacrifice their children to appease a senseless Deity & quiet their Consciences? It may be said that this was not consistent with Reason — it was madness, folly & stupidity. But why do we say so? Because Divine Revelation hath enlightened us: and even Infidels & unbelievers are benefitted by the rational Truths contained in the Holy Scriptures."

Washington, Feb. 26th, 1802.

" . . . . From what I am now going to write, you will doubtless think that I make Absorbents a grand Catholicon in Medicine. If you did, it would be nearly true. Since I have been here, I have directed their use in a variety of cases, & they have never disappointed my expectations. The Patients have been relieved, & if they laboured under a Fever, the fever, after the use of Absorbents, was of short duration ; & the Effect produced is founded on the most rational Principles."

Here are extracts from two letters written in Cecil County, in September, 1709, in which, although .Esculapius occasionally flits before us, he is soon fain to hide his diminished head amid the distracting hubbub of war and politics. Could they now be read by the Presbytery which pronounced him " utterly incapable of expressing his ideas upon any subject," if is not impossible that that venerable body, while they m in the letters anything to cause them to regret his absence

Ml. Medical Journal, November, 1889.

from the ministry, might be disposed t<> assign some other reason fur excluding him therefrom.

" . . . . The news tells us Republicanism is expiring. This comes from the hotbed of Royalty. I am sure, if I admit one fourth of what they relate, I should have a Right to claim by Act of Supererogation, I believe il is right the French should be drubbed. I do not mean finally, but as a chastisement for their many errors & cruelties. [This refers, of course, to the excesses of the French Revolution.] They have been as despotic as the Tyrants they have opposed, & royal Gold has showered down on numbers of them, that they might betray, or at least do acts unworthy of true Republicans. I believe that the King of France was the tenth Horn of the Beast — if so, it was the first that was to be destroyed. Others are also to be destroyed. . . . Then will the Beast & Kings & Emperors fall together into the Bottomless Pit — that is, a State of Neglect — degraded, despised, & at last forgotten."

It is rather amusing that one who, on all occasions, was utterly fearless in expressing his political opinions, should close his letter in this abruptly subdued tone: "Although you may speak of Politics with your Friends, 1 think you should be cautious that you offend none — no, not a little one."

In the other letter, of date a week later, he writes :

" . . . . When I wrote you last, I stated, that from the Head of Tide upwards, the bilious Fever was general, but that it did not extend far from the River. I can now say it has gone up the Creeks & even the Branches that empty therein. It is like the murderous Suwarrow, who goes where he is not wanted & destroys without mercy; but it is unlike him in this particular— it spares neither Aristocrat nor Democrat, neither Republican nor Monarchist. The Friend to America & the Friend to Britain are all involved in the common fate of the Country.

" What do the dear, dear Friends of Britain think of the Condemnations at New Providence & Jamaica? I trust it will become an Emetic — that they may emit their Monarchy & their Aristocratic Principles. . . . Will America tamely say that the French are the only Pirates, Murderers, Plunderers, Floggers in the World, when, in Nassau, there has been condemned of American Property in the Month of August to the amount of 293,000 Dollars? Will not this open the Eyes of Americans? Why was it done? Because the President has dared to appoint Envoys to treat with France?

In haste, I am," &.c.

A sketch of him, which I have not seen, is to be found in Lanman's "Biographical Dictionary of the American Congress." In 1826 Dr. Revere, contemplating the publication of his " Biography of Eminent Physicians of America," wrote to one of Dr. Archer's sons for facts in his career. The following is an extract from a fragmentary sketch prepared in compliance with the above request, but never sent, being afterwards found among the son's papers:

" Dr. John Archer proved himself an able physician during an arduous practice of about half a century. He was successful in many of the important operations in surgery ; and as an accoucheur, for judgment and dexterity, was not surpassed by any who had gone before him in the medical world." . . .

In " Hooper's Dictionary, edited by Samuel Ackerly, M. I ».," may be seen the following:

"Archer, John, M. D., of the State of Maryland : a celebrated practitioner of medicine. Many contributions of bis on various subjects of medical science are to be found in the New York Medical Repository. He was the first to introduce seneka snakeroot (polygala senega) as a remedy in croup. He died in 1814."



[Nos. 101-102.

The date of his death here recorded is, however, incorrect. It should be 1810. His degree, as given above, is also erroneous ; it should be M. B. He was "Doctor " only by courtesy, — having never applied for the second degree. The institution in the first year of its existence adopted a rule that two degrees, M. B. and M. D., should be conferred with three years intervening. In 1792 this rule was discontinued and only the degree of M. D. was conferred. The official catalogue states that very few applied for the Doctor's degree during the early years of the college.

As regards his contributions to the Medical Repository, referred to by Dr. Ackerly, I have seen only two of them, describing cases which occurred in his own practice. ( me was that of a white woman who gave birth to twins— one white, the other black. She was the wife of a toll-gate keeper on the turnpike leading eastward from Baltimore. She confessed that after her husband had left her bed early in the morning, a negro entered her room before she had risen, with whom she had connection. The other case was that of a man whose stomach was cut open by a cobbler with a shoe-knife — the cornbread and cabbage which he had recently eaten rolling out upon the floor. The cobbler sent at once for Dr. Archer, but, being terribly frightened by his own act, sewed up the wound with a wax-end. The doctor let it remain as he found it, and the patient recovered.

His love-letters, written while pursuing his medical studies in Philadelphia, though silly enough in their exuberant endearments, are not a whit more so than those of the average man on such inevitable occasions. Fortunately, he attempts poetry — the sine qua non of the infatuated lover — but once; and the quality thereof shows unmistakably that he knew infinitely more of Medicine than of the Muses.

In October, 1766, while pursuing his studies, became on to his native county and married the lady upon whom these endearing terms had been lavished. She was a daughter of Thomas Harris, of Pennsylvania, who had removed to Maryland. He was a member of the family that founded Harrisburg. Among his descendants of the present generation is the illustrious astronomer, Prof. Simon Newcomb. Thomas Harris, in his old days, returned to Pennsylvania and died amongst his kin in Tuscarora Valley, in 1801, over one hundred years of age — having lived in three centuries.

Dr. Archer, in his will (dated Sep. 23d, 1808, signed and sealed 29th Dec, 1809, and proved 12th Jan'v. 1811), devised all his estate, real and personal, to his wife Catherine, as trustee for their children (five sons) during her life or widowhood; on her death or marriage, to be divided equally among them. His real estate consisted of about 700 acres of land in one body, lie directs, that as there are many persons indebted to him as a physician — many of whom cannot pay without distressing them — "my sons, who are my executors, are directed to make the following entry in cases of such as they think are unable to pay : ' Forgiven by order of theTestator.'" Accounts to the amount of several thousand dollars are so credited in such of his ledgers as are still extant. His male slaves are to be free at thirty years of age, and the females at twentyfive.

Numerous anecdotes have been handed down, which will

serve to illustrate some of the more salient points of his character.

A neighbor, who was widely known to be more ambitious of fine display than of satisfying the just demands of his creditors, undertook once (and only once), to rally the doctor on the mean appearance of his badly-groomed and awkwardlygaited Eosinante, — and, to say truth, he was not over-nice in his selections of horseflesh. " Every hair on this horse is paid for," was the gruff, though well-merited, rebuke.

At a mixed political gathering, he got into a dispute with the sheriff of the county on some exciting party issue. The latter, finding himself worsted in argument, suddenly changed his tactics and came down npon the doctor with brute force, whereupon the assaulted party hurled the pugnacious dignitary to the ground, and was pounding him according to his idea of justice — so that the singular spectacle was presented of one man breaking the peace, whose peculiar duty it was to preserve it, and another inflicting wounds, who had made the art of healing them his lifelong study. Mr. Sheriff, however, soon cried, "Enough!" "Do you pretend to know the dose better than the Doctor, you rascal ?" was the uncompromising reply; aud it was not until after an additional cuff or two that the restraints put upon the sheriffalty were removed.

Soon after being placed upon the Committee of Observation, in 1775, he met in the public road, on horseback, an influential Tory of bis acquaintance, who accosted him in a very excited and insolent manner, when the following colloquy took place :

Tory. — Well, sir, I understand you are part of what is called a Committee of Observation ?

Doctor. — I am, sir.

Tory. — And pray, sir, what's the purpose of the d d

thing ?

Doctor. — To keep an eye ou such scoundrels as you; and. if necessary, thrash them.

The Tory, a powerful man, now leaped from his horse and advanced, as if eager for the fray ; but finding the doctor was operating on a corresponding line with characteristic energy, he remounted without loss of time and rode off.

He was wont, when coming upon a party engaged in longbullet rolling — then much in vogue — to dismount and take part — with the invariable result of beating them all.

Occasionally, when nearly worn out by professional duties, he would steal off to some hospitable home, where he was sure of a welcome, and remain until rested, — not even telling his wife of his hiding-place. A favorite resort of the kind was the home of Mr. Philip Thomas, on Mt. Ararat in Cecil county. This gentleman, (at one time, I believe, a member of of Congress) whose family he attended, was always glad to have him as his guest, and was wont, when the doctor signified bis intention of leaving, to place in his way several interesting novels — knowing his weakness for that class of literature. The invariable result was that the guest tarried until he had devoured their contents. This he did eagerly, but in a rather peculiar way — always beginning at the end and reading the events backward.

In his Ledger "I " is:

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" Philip Thomas, Esq., Dr.

1797. Nov. 21st. To inoculating twelve of your Negroes, £9. Nov. 27th. Ad inscrend: Infect: variolse in Filios (5) et Africanos (32) To staying with your Family (when inoculated) hy your particular request, three weeks £29.15"

The doctor's good wife, naturally enough, resented to stun,' extent these prolonged periods of absence in unknown parts. On one occasion, when a stranger appeared at " Medical Hall," and inquired if Dr. Archer lived there, she sarcastically replied: "A man of that name gets his washing done here."

On returning, after one of those prolonged hidings, and entering the office, lie found no one there ; but on the study table was a pack of cards. Though card-playing was decidedly against the rules, he simply wrote on one of them, in his unmistakable chirography, "This is neither Van Swieten, Boerhaave, nor Cullen." No "devil pictures" were ever afterward seen, at least by him, in that office.

Beneath his mauly character and strong intellect ran a vein of superstition, as the following family tradition will show :

About the year 1777 he dreamed, for several nights in succession, that the house in which he was then living — his ancestral home — was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. He forthwith built a house on a distant part of the farm, selecting a very low situation, doubtless to diminish the risk from lightning, and moved into it with his family. lie never afterwards would allow the older house to be occupied, although it was commodious and in good repair. The dream was never fulfilled; and it was but a few years ago that the last vestiges of the abandoned edifice disappeared by slow decay. The home to which he removed is still in possession of a branch of the family and retains the name which he so appropriately gave it.

In person Dr. Archer was considerably above the medium height, possessing great bodily strength, and was endowed with a large share of both moral and physical courage. His mind was of the combative order; and although a throat disease had sadly broken bis voice — perverting it into a loud, gruff whisper at its best, for the remainder of his days, ami totallj unfitting him for public speaking — he did not allow the affliction to exclude him entirely from the humbler field of personal controversy. With a vigorous intellect and a good education, he entered zealously the political arena, then in a state of excitement far surpassing that id' our own day. Though unflinchingly earnest in the support id' bis party, he was tun independent to degenerate at any time into the dema-it- place-seeker — too honest to be led by public opinion or to allow ambition to swerve him from his convictions of right— one of those bold, self-reliant natures, who, notwithstanding they possess infinitely more of thefortiter in re than of the suaviter in moclo, exercise over their fellow men greal Influence, being admired for their strength of charai honored for their incorruptible integrity.

Had he applied himself exclusively to his profession, and especially had he been a more frequent wielder of the pen. lie

would doubtless have left his impress on the medical literature of the country. Hut being particularly averse to the mechanical part of writing, and being not of those who -'seek the bubble reputation even in the" (mortar's) "mouth,"his fame as a physician must depend mainlj on a few desultory pages hastily thrown off amid the distracting hubbub of war and politics. While the effect of this will be to blend with the image of the skillful physician thai id' the stern old tyrant -hater, it must impart to his memory a dash of that interest which will ever, it is to be' hoped, cling around the names of the prominent participants in our war for liberty.

Dr. Archer had ten children, four of whom died in infancy. Of the six survivors — all sons— live selected medicine as their profession and studied under their father. The youngest of these five, George Washington, died while pursuing his studies. The other four, Thomas, Robert Harris, John and James — named in the order of age — completed their studies at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced their profession. James removed to Mississippi, where he married and died while still a young man, leaving no child that reached maturity. The remaining son — the youngest of all — Stevenson, studied law and became Chief Justice of Maryland, member of Congress, and, by President Madison's appointment, in 1817, Judge of Mississippi Territory, with Grubernatori a powers.

Four of Dr. Archer's sons left numerous descendants, among whom the ancestral proclivity for a roving life seems not yet to have died out. Although many of them still reside in Maryland, a greater number have gone forth to other parts. Some of them live in Virginia and Pennsylvania; several in Texas ; and they are becoming quite numerous in Mississippi and Tennessee, with a few in Louisiana and even in the remote State of Washington. Gen. James J. Archer who commanded a brigade under "Stonewall " Jackson in the war between the States, and died in Richmond in 1864, was a grandson of the subject of this sketch; Stevenson Archer, another grandson, was elected to Congress for several terms from the same district, which was formerly represented by his father, Judge Archer and his grandfather; and many others of the third and fourth degree of kinship served with distinction in the Southern army.

Dr. Archer sat for his portrait in Baltimore aboui 1802 — the artist being a Mr. Harrison. It was painted for his son. Dr. Thomas Archer. Dr. Robert II. Archer engaged the artist, for a replica, which was at Once executed, and some lime afterwards a, copy was made of this replica by another artist for Dr. John Archer, Jr. They are all, I believe, still in

existei The replica, is now aboui to be presented to the

Medical ami Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. Its original owner always said it was much tin- besl of the three portraits. And he mentioned to me as proof of its striking resemblance to the original, that many years, after his father's dei seeing it in an unusual place and in a rather dim light, he thought, for a moment, that it was his father himself— or, rather, his apparition. A copj of this replica also ha

thecourt-r n al Bel Air. It was recently taken bya Wash

ington artist, and is wvy creditably done.



[Nos. 101-102.


By Charles 0. Bombaugh, M. D., Baltimore, Mil.

One of the commentators on the works of the ancient Greek writers, says : "Among the Greeks, women appear to have been most addicted to criminal poisoning, as we learn from various passages in ancient authors." The author most frequently quoted is Antiphon, whose discourses on judicial procedure in Athens in criminal prosecutions, which appeared about four hundred and thirty or forty years B. C, are still preserved. Dr. Witthaus, the toxicologist, in repeating this observation, supplements it with an assumption which may or may not be warrantable. He says: "Women appear to have been most addicted to the crime of poisoning in the Grecian period, as they are at the present time." A repetition may also be noted in Dr. Smith's Dictionary of Antiquities, under the term Veneftcmm, the crime of poisoning. Referring to its frequent mention in Roman history, Smith says: "Women were most addicted to it."

This crime has furnished a theme for novelists and dramatists all the way from the Poison Maid or BishaKanya of India in the Hindu story of the Two Kings; in the Secretum. Secretorum of Aristotle (XXVIII) ; and in the Gesta Romanorum (XI), to Nathaniel Hawthorne's story of Rappacini's Daughter. Our modern fiction writers, however, generally select their culprits from the male sex, as for example, Charles Dickens in his "Hunted Down," and Charles Reade in "Put Yourself in His Place." Frequent references in Shakspeare's dramatic works, such as the poisoning of Regan, daughter of King Lear, by her sister Goneril, or the removal of Leonine by Cleon's wife in Pericles, show that this, as all else in human character and conduct, could not escape the grasp of the master spirit. He makes Richard II say:

" Let us sit upon the ground,

And tell sad stories of the death of kings: —

How some have been deposed, some slain in war ;

Some poisoned by their wives, some sleeping, killed ;

All murdered."

In Cymbeline, the king's physioian, in announcing the death of the queen, surprises and startles the monarch with the revelation of her fiendish purpose to destroy both him and his daughter by a former queen, in order to clear the way for her ambitious projects: —

" Your daughter, whom she bore in hand to love With such integrity, she did confess Was as a scorpion to her sight; whose life, But that her flight prevented it, she had Ta'en off by poison.

"More, sir, and worse, she did confess she had For you a mortal mineral, which, being took, Should by the minute feed on life, and lingering, By inches waste you: In which time she purposed By watching, weeping, tendance, kissing, to O'ercome you with her show," etc.

Sanskrit medical writings, which date back several hundred

'Read before the Johns Hopkins Historical Club, Dec. 12, 189S.

years before Christ, testify that the Hindus of that early period were familiar with poisons — animal, vegetable and mineral — together with their antidotes. Passages like the following show that criminal poisoning was guarded against:

" It is necessary for the practitioner to have knowledge of the symptoms of the different poisons and their antidotes, as the enemies of the Raja (sovereign) — bad women and ungrateful servants — sometimes mix poison with food."

To various warnings which follow is added the precaution, " Food which is suspected should be first given to certain anima