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club-foot is malposition in utero, preventing the properdevelopmental changes in the foot; that not only are musclesat fault, but bones and ligaments too; that in severe casesthe shortened ligaments offer great and, it m4ky be, insuper-able obstacles to the correction of the deformity, and are thecause of the frequent relapses after tenotomy; that tenotomyshould be often supplemented or replaced by division ofthe shortened ligaments-syndesmotomy as it is called. Webelieve that Mr. Parker has made a valuable addition to our

knowledge and our means of surely remedying one of the Icommonest of deformities. The book is, however, weak on I,its clinical side. The pathological argument is complete, I,but not a case is given to show the practical value of thetreatment recommended. We are well aware that the load-

ing of brochures with accounts of cases is a vulgar device of ’,unscientific writers, but none the less is it to be wished, that I,Mr. Parker had recorded one or two of the cases in which ’he has practised syndesmotomy. The book is excellent, butit needs a clinical appendix.

Druitt’s Surgeon’s Vade-Mecum; a Manual of Modern ISurgery. Edited by STANLEY BOYD, M.B., B.S. Lond.,F.R.C.S. Eng., Assistant-Surgeon and Pathologist to the

Charing-cross Hospital, and Surgeon to the Paddington-green Hospital for Children. Twelfth Edition, with 373 Wood Engravings. London: Henry Renshaw ; J. and A. ’IChurchill. 1887.-This is an old friend, but in its new form Ishows none of the decadence of age, but all the vigour ofyouth. Mr. Stanley Boyd has amply justified the con- ’,fidence placed in him by the publishers, and we most ’,heartily congratulate him upon the success of this, which,we believe, is his first literary effort of an important kind.Every part of the book shows signs of careful and judiciousrevision, and while the well-known characteristics ofDruitt’s book, which have been appreciated by many gene-rations of students, are preserved, all the chapters havebeen brought well up to date. The most important altera-tion made in this edition is the incorporation of a goodaccount of antiseptic surgery in all its branches, and of thechanges introduced into pathological views by the recent

discoveries of the important rdle played by micro-organismsin many morbid processes. The arrangement, the illugtra-trations, and the size of the book have been improved, andit is in every way a trustworthy text-book. The twelfthedition ought to do more than maintain the reputationDr. Druitt earned.A Treatiae on Chemistry. By Sir H. E. ROSCOE, F.R.S.,

and C. SCHORLEMMER, F.R.S., Professors of Chemistry in theVictoria University, Owens College, Manchester. Vol. III.Part III.: The Chemistry of the Hydro-carbons and theirDerivatives, or Organic Chemistry. London : Macmillanand Co. 1886.-This, the third part of the third volume of thegreat work which the Afanchester professors have in hand,is, after all, only another small instalment, and leaves almostany amount to be completed. The present volume " com-mences the consideration of the complicated but most

important series of bodies known as the aromatic com-

pounds" ; in fact, it deals with benzene and its simplerderivatives, including, of course, the phenol and aniline.It is quite equal in value to the preceding volumes, whichis saying a great deal. The section on benzene itself is amodel of scientific writing; it is eminently practical, withgood working directions and clear illustrations, and yet thescientific idea is never lost sight of throughout. As in the

previous volumes, unusual prominence is given to the historyof each important compound. It is not universally reco-gnised that such history is essential for the true comprehen-sion of the present views. We trust there will be as littledelay as possible in the issue of the remaining volumes. Thebook will remain a landmark in the history of Englishchemistry. It is unnecessary to praise it, for every chemistin England knows and values it.

Brain a Journal of Neurology. Edited for the Neuro-

logical Society of London by A. DE WATTEVILLE. Part 37.

April, 1887. London: Macmillan and Co. this,which is the first number of Brain since it has beenconverted into the organ of the Neurological Society, isalmost wholly occupied with an elaborate paper byDr. Bastian, read before that Society, upon the MuscularSense, its Nature and Cortical Localisation. It would be

impossible, within the space of a brief notice, to detail thepoints laid down by Dr. Bastian, whose argument is directedlargely against the doctrines enunciated by Dr. Ferrier,The interest of the subject is heightened by the publicationof the full text of the discussion which followed upon the

reading of the paper, and was joined in by Dr. Ferrier,Mr. Sully, Dr. Ross, Sir J. Crichton Browne, Dr. HughlingsJackson, Professor Horsley, Professor Haycraft, Dr. Mercier,and Dr. de Watteville, and the reply of Dr. Bastian to thecriticisms of these gentlemen. Beyond this subject, thejournal contains a Critical Digest on Peripheral Neuritis byDr. Pierson of Dresden, and an abstract of a paper byLandouzy and Déjérine on Progressive Atrophic Myopathyinvolving the Face.

The Ne2v Sydenham Society’s Lexicon of ..:Medicine and theAllied Sciences.-The thirteenth part of this dictionary,which is edited by Henry Power, M.B., and Dr. LeonardW. Sedgwick, has just been issued. It extends from "Her"to "llm," and its publication is another step towards thecompletion of a work that will in the future be of immensevalue to those who are fortunate enough to possess it.Pen and Pencil. Glasgow: Maclure, Macdonald, and Co.-

Several numbers of this recently established illustrated

weekly newspaper have been forwarded to us. Each partcontains eight pages, and with several a supplement is alsoissued, of high class illustrations and interesting letter-press. As a means of implanting and encouraging the loveof the beautiful and refined we are glad to afford it a

hearty welcome.

ROYAL MEDICAL BENEVOLENT COLLEGE.

AT the annual general meeting of the governors of theRoyal Medical Benevolent College at Epsom, held on May25th, Mr. Hird, who has filled the office of treasurer for

many years, resigned in consequence of giving up practicein London. He was unanimously elected a vice-president,and received a most hearty vote of thanks for his services.Dr. Holman, of Reigate, on the recommendation of thecouncil, was elected as the new treasurer. He is wellknown in the profession, and has been an earnest supporterof the College for a lengthened period.The aid given by this institution to the aged and helpless

by pensions, the education free of all cost afforded to thechildren of the less prosperous members of the profession,and the really first-rate education given to sons of anymedical practitioner for X55 a year, are all so many reasonswhy every member of the profession should support theCollege, and yet we are grieved to say not one-fifth of ournumber give anything. It is not, perhaps, sufficiently knownthat the College has several good scholarships to the univer-sities. It has seven free medical scholarships to the metro-politan hospitals, besides numerous other minor exhibitions.With Dr. Jonson, Sir Edward Sieveking, Mr. France, SirJoseph Fayrer, Sir Trevor Lawrence, M.P., Mr. MorrantBaker, Mr. Page, Mr. Malcolm Morris, Dr. Frederick Taylor,and Mr. Propert, the son of the founder, on the Council, wecannot but hope that the new treasurer and his colleaguesmay receive a generous pecuniary support to enable themto carry. on the charitable objects ot the institution withno niggard hand, and, at the same time, to be shown suchconfidence by sending pupils there as may secure a triumphantsuccess for their efforts to place Epsom College in the frontrank of the schools of the country.

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