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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 1 theyi know less. This is both true and untrue at! the same time. .There are good and poor lawyers,, and good,and poor- doctors. ,[> Thel trouble with .these medical gentlemen asa; profession is that they are,clannish and not ' fore pay, by their frequent, failures, the penalty of'refusing instruction, unless tlje , teacher bears their oAyh " Hall Mark.'' ' Ail'eminent physician—Drßrowri-Seq'iiard,. of Paris—sta+-:- +'r- ■* r-vr.'- }\ whenhe says :• " The :i < -i' '. i. »• - ', i vi' so boiind ,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, incident, which illustrates this important truth. . . , ,' ,- The steamship "Concordia," of the. 'Donaldson' Line sailed from Glasgow for TV-.' A5"---;v v,i 1*"»7. v'rv!-.' - on board as afiie■i. iv .'. ""i i': 11 ■'.'•'■ :' . Wade,.of Glasgow. He had been a fireman for fourteen years on various ships sailing to America, China, and •India. He had borne the hard, and exhausting labor, and had been healthy and strong. Qn the trip we now name he began for the first foine 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 be caused by the heat of the fire room. Quite often he was sicl^and' felt like; vomiting, and had some pain in the head. Later during the passage he grew worse, and when tke ■*' 'i> . ■ ■.■ ]IT "fax he was placed in .the, \:-;-■::.: •.« ■■»- s i Hospital, and ' the ship sailed away without him. The house, surgeon gave,him some powdei'S to stop the vomiting, and the next day the visiting physician gave him a mixture'to take every four hpurs. 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, wlio was to be visiting physician for the next five months. He gave other medicines, but hot inucb, relief. Nearly all that time Wade suffered great torture; he 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 nours, powders, one after each meal to, 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 doit. But on the other hand pleurisy set in and Hit doctor, took ninety ounces of matter from his right side and then told him he Was sure to' die. Five months more rolled by and there was another change Of visiting physiciansh The new. one gave/Wade a mixture whica he said made him. tremble like a leaf on.,tree. I 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;

ByVthis time a cup of milk would'iurn soiir 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 tallied 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 Curative Syrup,' and brought me a bottle next day. I started with it, without consulting the doctors, and !?i mihj a. few days' time X -was out of bed calling for ham and eggs for hrcalifast. From that time keeping on with Mother Seigel's great remedy, I got well fast, and was soon ahle 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 drajr his own conclusion. We deem* it boat 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 2449, 24 June 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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