as follows :?" On admission each patient was placed in ward cooled by kuskus tatties, and immediately douched with cold water, and the following draught was administered when the patient became a little sensible :? Calomel gr. iii. Soda bicarbonas gr. v. Ammonias carb. gr. iii. Country wine each =ss. Camphor water, If afterwards great thirst was complained of, mango syrup was
In very severe cases, when the insensibility was complete and prolonged, with burning skin, red conjunctivae, imperceptible pulse and continued vomiting, and green-coloured stools, cold water was poured over the whole body, ammonia applied to the nostrils, a blister to the nape of the neck, and mustard poultices to the legs."
of deaths, exclusive of
during the month of October 1871. The population of the City, as per
Lunacy Statistics.?In the August number of the Australian Medical Gazette, there is an interesting summary of a report on the hospitals for the insane in the colony of Victoria for the year 1870. Among an average insane population of 174, 566, or 32-4 per cent, were admitted, 276 or 15 8 per cent, were discharged, recovered or relieved, and 145 or 8 3 per cent., died. The corresponding ratios for English and Bengal asylums is as follows :?
Causes of Death. levers Cholera
?06 ?01 ?01
Other causes except still-born Toral Still-born All other causes
1,273 1,336 T. G.
cent, of aveeage
Mortality among Immigrants in British. Guiana and St. Vincent.?'The Gazette of India of the 21st October contains papers which set forth the vital statistics, during 1870, of immigrants in the "West Indian possessions of British Guiana and St. Vincent. In the former, the deathrate of immigrants during 1870 was 30-6 per 1,000 against 23-1 per 1000 in 1869. The population consists of 37,510 males This includes 13,700 E'ist and 14,888 females; total 52.401. Indians (2,825 males and 10,881 females) whose statistics The remainder are Chinese, Madare not given separately. rassees, Africans and a few Madeirans. There has been a gradual improvement in the death-rate, from 54 in 1865; the rate among new arrivals is greater than among old residents?54'8 against 30 6. Some plantations give a very high figure, 101 being the worst. In St. Vincent, the mortality during the last half of 1870, was at the rate of 27 per 1,000 per annum among Indian immigrants, whose number on 31st December was 1,227. The birth-rate in British Guiana in 1870 was 23' 1 per 1,000; and in St. Vincent 46 per 1,000 per annum in the last half of 1870. No details are given of causes of disease or mor-
English asylums, 69
10 years, 1860-
of Bengal Presidencies, 3 years, 1868-70 Asylums of Province of Lower Bengal, 5 years, 1865-69
These figures place the Victoria asylums in a very favorable light, and those of this Presidency in an unfavorable position, as regards deaths, but favorable, as regards recoveries. The main reason of this is to be found in the large admission rate of Indian asylums, showing how much larger a share of the population is in the recent state, and more disposed to recover or die than a chronic residual population. Recoveries and deaths calculated admissions give the following results
total treated and
English asylums Asylums of Bengal Presidency Asylums of provinces of Lower Bengal Asylums
Admissions. Recoveries. Deaths,
of Victoria 1870
Ditto ditto 22 of 1848-70
Sun-stroko among Natives.?The following interesting note regarding the prevalence and treatment of this disease among natives in 1869, taken from an inspection report of the Banda Dispensary by Dr. J. P. "Walker, is placed at our disposal by the Inspector-General of Hospitals:?During the year 1870, there were only 4 admissions from sun-stroke, while during 1869 there were 371 admissions for that disease; of these only 7 cases proved fatal. The treatment pursued by the Superintendent, Assistant Surgeon J. Macdermott, m, m. s,,
peculiarly interesting inasmuch opening of the asylums and total treated, and admissions are represented by the same number. A comparison with the rates of 1870 show very clearly the effect of a residual population upon these rates when the total treated of one year is takpn as a basis similarly when such a residum exsists the comparison with admission is vitiated. The accumulation of chronic lunacy in public asylum is a cause of complaint in Victoria as in England. figures of 1848-70 they commence with