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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. They 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 oi refusing instruction unless the teacher bears their own " Hall Mark." An eminent physician—' Dr Brown-Sequard uf Paris—states the facts accurately when he aays : •' The medical profession are so hound up m their self-confidence and conceit that they allow the diamond truths of science to be picked up by person 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 Baltimore m 1887, having on board as afireman a man named Richard Wade, of Glasgow. He had been a fireman for fourteen year's on various ships sailing to America, China, and India, He had borne the hard and exhausting 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 m the mouth, and costiveness and irregularity ri the bowels. Sometimes when at work he had attacks of giddiness, but supposed it to be caused by the heat of the tire room. Quite often he was sick and felt like vomiting, and had | some pain m the head. Later during the passage he grew worse, and when the top reached Halifax he was placed m 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 yUMC i\im a 'mtflMre to take every foup hairm UfStpßii two (lays Wade was so much wo»e ri*lt"V./re doctors stopped both he powders and flue 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 nob much relief. Nearly all that time Wade suffered great torture ; lie digested nothing throwing up all he ate. There was terrible pain m the bowels burning heat m the throat, heartburn, and racking headache. | The patient was now taking a mixture every four hours, 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 j /j,n idea that he took enough to do it, But! oit the other hand pleurisy set m and th* dost'iv, tooh ninety ounces of matter from km right side and then told him he was sure to die. Five months more rolled })y ami there as anotlier change of visiting physicians!) The new one gave Wade a mixture whica ■he .»*ij wtulr him tir-mh'c liken leaf on, tier. At thisci'tsi^ Wade's Scotch blood asserted itself. He refused to gJW^ any more dosing, #nd did the doctors that if he jmtst die he couW die »s well without them as wit!) fhaji). By this tiiiic a cup of milk would tun; :-..rmr. on his stomach, ajid lie'there for days. (.hitMend from Glasgow was like a wreck on a shoal, fast going to pieces. We will let him tell the rest of his experience m the words m • which he communicated it to the ' 'Re wa;. "When I was m 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 Seigela Curative Syrup,*- »ud brought ma a bottla next day. 1 started with it, without consulting the doctors, and m only n few days' time I was out of bed calling for ham, and eggs finbreakfast. 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 m another world, and have no: Iness 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 m his original deposition. His address is No. 244, Stobcross Street, Glasgow, where letters will reach him. Editor

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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