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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL.

There is an old saying that physicians are a class of men who pour drugs, of which they know little, into bodies of which they know less. This is both true and untrue at the same time. There are good and poor lawyers, and good and poor doctors. The trouble with these medical gentlemen as a profession is that they are clannish, and apt to be conceited. Ihey don't like to be beaten at their own trade by outsiders who have never studied medicine. They therefore pay, by their frequent failures,, the penalty of refusing instruction unless the teacher bears their own f' Hall Mark,^ \ i- .'■■ ' j- 1 '."-•'"-.:* T l-Brown-Sequard, of i,- 1 ■...:'.' ■ curately when he says : " The medical profession are so bound up in their self-confidence and conceit that they allow the diamond truths of science to be picked up by persons entirely outside their ranks." We give a most interesting in ci.lent, which illustrates this important trvrtk,

The steamship "Coneordia," of the Donaldson Line sailed frqm Glasgow for TJ ": i ■ ' ■ IC"T. ! , : . on board as afir6-

1 /: ■. .: ■ ::> ■■■. , Wade, of Glasgow, j He had been a fireman for fourteen years on various ships sailing to America, China, and j India, He had borne the hard and exhausting labor, and had been healthy and strong, On the trip we nov/ name ljc began for the first i tune to feel weak and ill. His appetite | failed, and he suffered from drowsiness, heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, and costiveness and irregularity of the bowels. Sometimes when at work he had attacks of giddiness, but supposed it to bo caused by the heat of the fire room. Quite often he was sick and felt like vomiting, and had some pain in the head. Later during the passage he grew worse, and when the ship reached Halifax he was placed in the Victoria General Hospital, and the ship sailed away without him. The house surgeon gave him some powders to stop the vomiting, and the next day the visiting i p!iysician gave him a mixture to take every icur hours. Within two days Wade was so much worse that the doctors stopped both the powders and the mixture. A month passed, the poor fireman getting worse and worse. Then came another doctor, who was to be visiting physician for the next five months. He gave other medicines, but not much relief. Nearly all that time Wade suffered great torture ; h<3 digested nothing throwing up all he ate, There was terrible pain in the bowels burning heat in the throat, heartburn, and racking headache, The patient was now taking a mixture every four hours, powders, one after each meal to j digest the food, operating pills one every night, and temperature pills two each night to stop the cold sweats.' If drugs could cure him at all, Richard had an idea that he took enough to do it. But on the other hand pleurisy set in and the doctor, tooh ninety ounces of matter from his ; ight side and then told him he was sure to die. Five months more rolled by and there was another change of visiting physicians. The new one gave Wade a mixture which he said made Mm tremble like a leaf on a tiee.

At this crisis Wade's Scotch blood asserted itself. He refused to stand any more dosing, and told the doctors that if he must die he could die as well without them as with them. By this time a cup of milk would turn sour on his stomach, and lie there for days. Our friend from Glasgow was like a wreck on a shoal, fast going to pieces. We will let him tell the rest of his experience in the words in which he communicated it to the press.

He says: "When I was in this state a lady whom I had never seen came to the hospital and talked with me. She proved to be an angel of mercy, for without her I should not now be alive. She told me of a medicine called 'Mother Seigel's Ctxrative Syrup,' and brought me a bottle next day. I started with it, witfiout consulting the doctors, and in only a fern days' time I was out of bod, clling for ham and eggs for brealtfmst. From 'that time keeping on with Mother Seigel's great remedy, I got well fast, and was soon able to leave the hospital and come home to Glasgow. I now feel as if I was in another world, and have no illness of any kind."

The above facts are calmly and impartially stated, and the reader may draw his own conclusion. We deem it best to use no names although Mr Wade gave them in his original deposition. His address is No 244, Stobcross street, Glasgow, where letters will reach him.

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2401, 15 April 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2401, 15 April 1890

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