The Practitioner Volume 24

The Practitioner Volume 24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... shall have brought the profession to unite their efforts to sift and study the matter. As an illustration of the difficulty of tracing the symptoms to their actual source, no stronger fact could be adduced than that so large a percentage of patients were in the houses of the medical men themselves, and so directly and constantly under their scrutiny; and this seems to indicate that exceptional facilities are necessary to the discovery of the evil. Not only must the symptoms be watched and tested, but every article that suggests an explanation must be suspected. The occurrence and recurrence of the mischief under certain conditions will often lead to its detection. But as all these precautions involve much labour and assiduous attention, it is too much to expect them to be employed except by those who possess both the knowledge and the determination necessary to support them in their search, and an earnest desire to cope with a somewhat impalpable antagonist. As to the articles referred to, thirty-six medical men report that they have observed cases of poisoning clearly due to arsenic in paper, five in paint; while several others have traced its presence in stockings, wearing apparel, artificial flowers, bedsteads, and toys. Your Committee have come to the conclusion that the time has arrived when some check should be imposed upon the free and unrestricted sale of poisoned articles before mentioned, with a view to making it compulsory that such articles should be advertised as containing deleterious matter, in order that purchasers might at least be aware of the danger they were incurring in their use. But before taking any steps with regard to legislation in the matter, your Committee are of opinion that some further effort might be more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236919025
  • 9781236919021