The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (Volume 71)

9780217075671: The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (Volume 71)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... 3. Dr. van Harlingen reports three cases of one of the rarer lesions due to syphilis--viz., muscular contraction. The prognosis is favourable in any case, as the affection appears to tend to spontaneous gradual recovery. But its course may be much abbreviated, and the occurrence of relapses obviated, by regular and continuous treatment. The Chinese Opium-Smoker. London: S. W. Partridge & Co. 1881. This pamphlet, illustrated by a beautiful series of twelve pictures, is not published for profit, but with the hope of increasing public interest in a subject of great national importance--the opium trade with China. The following account of the origin of the pictures is contained in a recent number of The Friend of China:--"The Chinese people have expressed their detestation and dread of the opium-vice in ballads, tracts, wall-placards, &c., which are frequently printed and circulated at the expense of benevolent individuals or societies. The aid of the artist and the engraver is invoked for the same purpose. Series of large coloured pictures of the opium-smoker's career, from the ruddy youth inhaling his first pipe, to the living skeleton clothed in rags and the ghastly corpse, are painted and sold to be hung up in their houses, and warn the young against the deadly poison. Sometimes a sheet of wood engravings is printed for distribution, or the pictures are paged in a tract. About four years ago the Chinese Anti-Opium Society of Canton republished a set of these pictures, with descriptive text. An English gentleman, who has resided for some years in Hankow, was struck by the thought that people in England can be reached by pictures who will not read ordinary anti-opium literature. Accordingly he sent home this series, coloured by a Chinese artist, and it is p...

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