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in resisting allopathic treatment, and yielding to homœopathic treatment. In this case the transparency of the cornea was restored in six weeks, and thus the eye became perfect.

Such recoveries are a great source of satisfaction to the followers of the illustrious Hahnemann. Cases such as these cannot be explained away by the plea of possible mistake regarding the nature and extent of the evil to be combated; all here was external and visible, not internal and obscure.

THIRD ANNUAL REPORT, 1853.-Number of patients. admitted, 377; cured, 167; benefitted, 87; not benefitted, 8; died, 3; remain on books, 112.

OBSERVATIONS.—Many of the above diseases are the offspring of oppressed poverty, bad drainage, ill ventilation, and the accompanying miseries which are now before us among one class in this city-we refer to the pale and delicate female glovers-who toil from morning until night for a miserable pittance.

FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT, 1854.-Number of patients admitted, 366; cured, 232; benefitted, 59; not benefitted, 4*; died, 4; remain on books, 67.

OBSERVATIONS.-The class of cases treated during the year were of a more acute form than those of the three previous years, which exhibits a growing confidence in our therapeutics. The numbers admitted are unavoidably less than last year, owing to the severe illness of Dr. Tuthill Massy.

FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT, 1855.-Number of patients admitted, 508; cured, 358; benefitted, 59; died, 5; remain on books, 86.

Making a total number of 1,711 patients admitted since the opening of the institution, in March, 1851.

The deaths on all cases received do not amount to one per cent.

Two were medicinal diseases.

The old dispensary, with full medical staff and daily open, has only numbered seven hundred and sixty-eight patients this year, and the deaths were twenty-six,— nearly six per cent.

The new dispensary has only one medical officer, and has but two days of admission. Mr. Orson Lane has been elected surgeon since the first of January, 1856.

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The new treatment was introduced by the establishing of a public institution at the time when homœopathy was misrepresented" by the Edinburgh faculty and the medical association, and when the Brighton meeting bristled with its severe medicine" over a milder treatment.

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Now that high and low dilutions are so often at variance, we may as well state our experience. In all chronic cases, globules were prescribed in the form of powders and in potencies, varying with the peculiarity of the disease and the habit of the patient. The third, sixth, and the twelfth, were the numbers most in demand.

In all acute cases, tinctures were invariably given, in order to secure our own mental impression that a portion of the medicine, selected on the law of cure, was really taken; and not for want of confidence in the portion of medicine that may be held in a globule. The third or sixth were in general selected.

I have given combined tinctures of the same medicines, calling the third, sixth, and twelfth dilution of aconite, or any other single medicine (A); calling the combination of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth dilution of aconite (B); and calling the mixed dilutions of one hundred, two hundred, and three hundred (c), and I have given these solutions thus prepared, without noticing any appreciable results, more than from an ordinary decimal dilution.

Having prepared numbers of dilutions myself, I must say it demands an amount of care and attention that no one could bestow who does not believe in the law similia similibus curentur; therefore allopathic chemists should not be encouraged to sell homoeopathic medicines. I have

known instances where cases were filled with unmedicated globules, and all tubes were filled from one bottle by an unprincipled druggist, and more than one of my patients has detected the fraud by taking alternately the medicated and unmedicated globules for similar attacks at intervals of a week or thereabouts. A spurious sugar-of-milk is also imposed on the public-a combination of magnesia, chalk, and common lump sugar.

Two of the old school surgeons attended the new practice at the dispensary, and I am happy to say each of them have since adopted the system. One of them wrote the following note to me a short time after he began the practice for himself: "My dear Massy,-I have had a very bad case of pneumonia since I last wrote to you, and which I have treated on the new principle. I am, I assure you, both surprised and delighted with the result, for I never saw a case go on so favourably, or terminate so quickly as it has, though I am now fourteen years in active practice; but what I have been most pleased with is, that after the inflammation subsided, the patient gained strength so fast-no doubt to be accounted for by the vital power not having been lowered by loss of blood, etc. I used aconite, phosphorus and bryonia-the third solution."

AUXILIARY TREATMENT.-The auxiliary measures resorted to at the dispensary are of a very mild form, consisting of hot fomentations in stomach and chest affections. In those of the head, cold-water compress, and occasionally the cold sitting-bath. Various forms of syphilis called for the first triturations of mercurius solubilis.

Solutions of nitrate of silver were called for in a few cases of opthalmia, and also in gonorrhoea virulent.

Uterine headaches, which engage the transverse arch of the head, yielded in general with quickness to a few doses of belladonna with the cold sitting-bath every morning.

I may here mention a very remarkable case of intermittent headache, returning every two days for a period

of twenty years, in a clergyman, and yielding in one week to a few doses of the sixth solution of arsenicum. This gentleman is now well; for twelve months previously, his case resisted all the old school treatment.

The present medical officers to the new Worcester dispensary, are Dr. Tuthill Massy, physician, and Mr. Orson Lane, surgeon.

Worcester, July, 1856.



FROM the tables representing the proportionate mortality in the convent of refuge, it results that from 1841 to 1848, (both inclusive,) when the sick were under allopathic treatment, the mortality rose as high as twelve per cent. on the whole number of inmates of the convent, and never fell below 4.17 per cent.; whereas, since the year 1850, and under the influence of homœopathic treatment, the mortality has fallen to 1.48 per cent., and has never been higher than 3.72 per cent. The following tables will exhibit these results more conspicuously:

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DR. CLERC, chevallier of the legion of honour, and ex-surgeon-major of the imperial armies, etc., residing at Rive-de-Gier, having adopted homoeopathy as his mode of practice, was appointed to take charge of the patients in the hospital of that place, in rotation with an allopathic practitioner, each of the medical men holding his appointment for three months. The colleague of Dr. Clerc published a pamphlet, giving a report of the results of his treatment while in charge of the hospital; the friends of homoeopathy wished Dr. Clerc to reply to this pamphlet. This he refused to do. "Let homœopathy go on," said he. "That which my colleague has said of it will have no more effect than the arrow shot by a babe upon the coat-of-mail of a carabinier. Wait a few years, and the registers of the hospital will answer for homœopathy. Some years after, when the budget of the hospital was discussed before the municipal council, it was stated that the allopathic practitioner, out of an equal number of patients, had a greater mortality than the homoeopathist, and that the expenses to which he put the house were four times as great.

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The registers of the civil authorities were consulted, those of the hospital were examined, and it was found, that during five years, with six hundred and forty-seven patients, the homeopathic medical officer had thirty-five deaths, and had occasioned an expenditure of 1,750 f. (apparently for the cost of the medicines only. ED.)— while the allopathic official lost sixty-five patients out of seven hundred and eight, with an expenditure of 8,060 f., which makes 2f. 70 c. per patient treated homeopathically, and 11 f. 39 c. per patient treated allopathically.—Journ. de la Soc. Gall. de Méd. Homœop., vol. vi., p. 100.

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