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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL.

" There is anold saying that physicians are ,a class of men-who pour drugs,' of which -they knpw 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 willi M:<-■■<! is.« .!i< iil gentlemen as a profession 1 if» i'rii i!iri mc clannish and not tore pay,' by ;!vir r/ciiiiisnt' failures, tne penalty of refusing instruction unless the teacher bears their own "Hall Mark;" ■ An eminent physician—Dr Brown-Sequard, of Paris—states the fact accurately 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 .then? ranks.|,, We give a most interesting incident, which illustrates this important truth.

The steamship " Concordia," of the Donaldson Line sailed from Glasgow for Baltimore in 1887,' having on board as a fireman a man named Richard Wade, of Glasgow.;. He had been a fireman fdr'fourtecn!yearsoh/ various .Vp '■~.:V."fi* .V -.r-'i-".. Ohn-.-Vv 1* 1!' India. \\-.. ili .«■■■! ■■:;•:'! i-vi iv i!' 1. • labor, and .had;been healthy and strong. On the trip we now name he,began for the.first, time to feel weak and ill. His appetite failed, and he suffered from , drowsiness,' heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, andcostivenesa and irregularity of th-- I'»«■*;.. Sometimes when at work he had vr. ■!.- <■.' giddiness, but supposed it to be caused uy ; 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 Geneaal 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 physician, gave him a mixture to take every four hours. Within two days Wade was so much worse that the doctors stopped both he 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 AVade 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 eveiy four hours, powders, pone after each meal to digest the food, operating pilla one every night, and temperature p 1 ills 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 th? doctor, took ninety ounces of matter from Ins 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 \nade him tremble HJtca leaf on tree.

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 iould die as well without theni as with them. -By! this time' a oup 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 waß 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 SeigePs Curative Syrup,' and brought me a bottle next day. I started with it, without consulting the doctors, and in only «< few days'tiine I wat out of bed oiling for hwn and eggs for breakfast. 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 2450, 25 June 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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