Deaths in the Province of Oude.?The death-rate for 1871 was,?per 1,000?cholera 0'02, small-pox O'lS, fevers 0'71, bowel complaints 0'07, injuries 0 07, all other causes 0-05; total 1'07. There were 112 deaths from suicide (61 males and 51 females); 89 from wounds (47 males and 42 females); 432 from accidents (266 males and 166 females) ; 223 from snake-bite and wild animals (97 males and 126


Population, 11,223,746.


Return of deaths, exclusive of still-born, in Bombay, during the month of September 1871. The population of the city, as per Census return of 1864,? 8,16,562 Causes



Fever Cholera

Dysentery Diarrhoea

omiui-pox Small-pox Injuries











All other causes







T. S.


Hewlett, Health Officer.

Return of Deaths in the Town of Calcutta during the September 1871.

month of Total

population of Calcutta,


Carbolic Acid in Ague.? M. Treulich states that obsti-

of intermittent fever, which are not in any way benefited by quinine, can be rapidly and permanently cured by the administration of carbolic acid without any disagreeable consequences. The average dose amounted to four grains and a fraction. The acid was given in an infusion of gentian. The author records no less than S cases which were associated with large tumours of the spleen, and resisted the action of quinine, but were speedily cured by carbolic acid. This experiment supports the view that malarial fever is essentially a parasitic blood poisoning?Wiener Medizinische Presse, Nov. 12, 1870, quoted in the Practitioner. This plan of treatment might be put to trial. Dr. Cullen's experiments go to show that an even larger amount of this acid may be administered without bad effect. nate


Deaths in the Uorth-Western Provinces.?The death-rate for July 1871 was,?per 1,000?cholera 0 0, smallpox 0'14, fevers 0-79, bowel complaints 0*16, injuries 0 05, all other causes 0-11 ; total 1-28.' There were 96 deaths from suicide (37 males and 59 females); 119 from wounds (76 males and 43 females) ; 758 from accidents (391 males and 367 females); 642 from snake-bite and wild animals (260 males and 382 females.) Population, 29,572,648.

Punjab.?The death-rate for July 1871 1,000?cholera 00, small-pox 0 09, fevers 0"81, bowel complaints 0*11, injuries 0'04, all other causes 0'4l; total 1 o. There were 22 deaths from suicide (7 males and 15 females) ; 17 from wounds (11 males and 6 females); 471 from accidents (300 males and 171 females); 175 from snake-bite and wild animals (119 males and 56 females.) Population, 17,481,189. Deaths in the


Deaths in the Central Provinces.?The death-rate for was,?per 1,000?cholera 0*0, small-pox 0'0, fevers 0-7, bowel complaints 0*1, injuries 0-04, all other causes 0-19 ; total 1*1. There were 44 deaths from suicide (21 males and

July 1871

23 females); 11 from wounds (7 males and 4 females); 120 from accidents (68 males and 52 females); 172 from snake-bite and animals (94 males and 78 females.) Population,




Fever Cholera


Registered. 332 64 67 18




Small-pox Injuries

per Census o/'1866,?430,000. Unregistered.






The Gth


?83 ?16 ?19 ?09

5 14 21



Per ] ,000 of population.


12 229




;03 _j79_ 2-19

All causes and ages, 896. Chaeles Fabek Tonneree, 1871. J Health Officer.


New plan of dressing wounds.?The Paris correspondent of the Lancet observes that the surgical novelty of the day in Paris is M. Alphonse Guerin's new plan of dressing wounds. It consists in introducing a quantity of cotton wool into the stump immediately after amputation, or any wound whatever, surgical or accidental. The amputated limb?to take this case?is then wrapped round and round with cotton wool quite dry and alone; a bandage is then applied, and that is all. The bandage is pressed a little tighter on following days, if necessary, so that there may be a mild compression, but the dressing remains undisturbed till the 20th or 25th day, when on removing the packet of wadding a glassful of pus is found in the folds of the cotton, and the wound is discovered quite healed. M. Guerin, amidst the extraordinary mortality which has attended all the amputations done since the beginning of the German siege, has already obtained by this means 6 successful cases of amputation of the thigh out of 9, whilst all his amputations of the leg are doing well. This has created quite a sensation in Paris in the surgical ward of the hospitals, and Professor Gosselin of La Charite and M. Guyon of Necker are already experimenting with this method of their colleague of St. Louis. ?Lancet, July 15th, 1871. Mr. Lister in a recent address published in the British Mcdical Journal describes his experience of dressing wounds with cotton wool, but we observe that he considers it necessary that the wound shall have been treated ab initio on antiseptic principles, and that the cotton wool shall have been itself rendered antiseptic before being brought in contact with the wound.

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