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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. Th« 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 ot refusing instruction unless the teacher bears their own " Hall Mark." An eminent physician—' Dr Brown-Sequard *>f Paris —states the facts accurately when lie aays : " The medical profession are so bound np 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 aa afireman a man named Richard 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. 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 j costiveness and irregularity rf the boweis. 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 sick and felt like vomiting, and had some pain m the head. Later during the passage lift grew worse, and when the hip reached Halifax he was placed m the Victoria General Hospital, and the ship sailed away without htm, The house surgeon gave him some powders to stop the vomiting, and *he next day the visiting physician gave tnta a m*rt*re to take every four hours VVltttin two days Wade was so much woH?e t hat trie noctors stopped both he powders *ud t!ie mixture. A month passed, the poor fireman gesing 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; he 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 foul 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 an idea that he took enough to do it, But on the other hand pleurisy set m and th* doctor, took ninety ouneex af matter from hrn right side and then told him he was sure to die. Five months more rolled by and there as another change of visiting physiciansh The new one gave Wade a mixture whica he said wade him. tremb'e like a, leaf on ttee. 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 tjme a cup of milk would turn sour on his stomach, &v& }}$ there for days. Our friend from Glasgow was like a wreck on a shoal, fast going to pieces, W<* ifiU Jet him tell the rest of his experience m the fyQpdg m which he communicated it to the press. He sayaj -"When I was m this state a lady whom I had ueve,? seen came to the hospital and talked with me, She proved to be an angel of mercy, for without her ? should not now be alive. She told me of n medicine called 'Mother Seigels Curative Syrijro,' and brought me a bottle next day. J started jj/ith it, without consulting tbe doctors, and 'm mly "■ few days' time Ixvai out of had, colling for haw and eggs fOl breakfast. From that time keeping qn witli Mother Seigel's great remedy, I got well fast, and was soon able to leave the hospital apd come home to Glasgow. I now feel as if I was m another world, and have nc Iness of any kind," The above facts are calmly anci impartially stated, and the reader ma,y draw hia owi conclusion. We deem if best to use m names although Mr Wade gave them m hi! original deposition. His address is No 244, Stobcross Street, Glasgow, where let ters will reach him. Editor

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890

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