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    occurring from the tying of the femoral artery so high up asthe point of its emergence from below Pouparts ligament,where it only could be done from the shortness of the stump.In her cachectic constitution could she in her weakened statesurvive a second recurrence of haemorrhage and the tying, ifnecessary, of the external iliac ? I think not, and am of opinionthat acupressure saved this womans life, and that in thiscase it was at least triumphant.The other case referred to by Dr. Kerr is that of a patient

    who had had his thigh amputated by Dr. Keith for a crushingrailway accident. Acupressure was in this case successfullyapplied in securing the arteries. The patient did not die be-cause acupressure was employed, but from shock for which nooperator can fairly be held responsible. Dr. Kerr implies thatthe amputations were unnecessary. But he had not seen thecase, and Dr. Keith in his experience did what he thoughtbest for the poor man. I think, in discussing acupressure, in-sinuations that amputations were not necessary in the case areforeign to the subject and uncalled for.There are many inconsistencies in Dr. Kerrs letter, which

    must be apparent to anyone who reads it, but which need notbe noticed in this communication. Dr. Kerr in conclusion statesthat acupressure has nothing to recommend it but its novelty.Let him say whether its application in the other cases in thehospital have proved successful or not.

    I regret having felt called upon to write this letter, and thatone of Dr. Kerrs high standing and abilities should remainunconvinced of the benefits of acupressure.

    I am. Sir. vour obedient servant.

    March 30th, 1867.DAVID FIDDES, M.D., &c.,

    Surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen.

    THE OBSTETRICAL SOCIETY AND MR. BAKERBROWN.

    F. SEYMOUR HADEN.

    To the Editor of THE LANCET.SIR,-I shall be obliged by your allowing me, through the

    medium of your columns, to thank the many professionalfriends who have written to me to express their approval ofthe course I felt it my duty to adopt at the meeting of theObstetrical Society on Wednesday evening last.Nothing but a growing conviction of the necessity for what

    was then done, and the apparent indisposition of better mento do it, induced me to take upon myself so odious a task. Itrust it will do good.

    I am, Sir, your obedient servant,Sloane-street, April 10th, 1867.

    BIRMINGHAM.

    (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

    THE General Hospital election has resulted in the return ofMr. T. H. Bartleet. I use the word " return advisedly, forin a contest conducted on such a parliamentary scale the termseems the most suitable. Mr. Goodall retired about a weekbefore the day of election, and by this wise step the heavyexpenses consequent on the polling were saved for each candi-date. Mr. Goodall, in his notice of withdrawal from thepresent contest, has intimated his intention of seeking theappointment on the next vacancy. By Mr. Bartleets electionthe surgeoncy to the Childrens Hospital will be renderedvacant ; for this office Mr. C. J. Bracey and Mr. Kettle (aformer house-surgeon) will probably offer themselves.Our sanatorium has at last found a home at Sutton Coldfield,

    in a building erected a short time back for an hotel. The se-lection is a very wise one, as the locality is most healthy, onlysix miles from Birmingham and easily accessible by railway,and in the immediate vicinity of Sutton Park, where the con-valescents will have the privilege of wandering over a largetract of airy beautiful country. The expenses of the purchaseand the sum required to render the building fit for the recep-tion of some fifty patients will amount to considerably lessthan the 10, 000 which would have been requisite for the erec-tion of a new building on another site. Now that the institu-tion is likely to have a building worthy of its purpose, thehospital officers and the general practitioners of the town willno doubt fully avail themselves of the privilege of using it fortheir convalescent patients.During the past quarter the health of Birmingham has im-

    proved on that of the corresponding quarter of last year.Birmingham and Bristol have enjoyed the lowest death-rate-viz., 253 per 1000-of any of the large towns. This improve-ment must be a source of much satisfaction when consideredin connexion with the great severity of the weather duringsome weeks of the past three months. For the correspondingthirteen weeks of 1865 and 1866 the death-rates were 287 and307 respectively. Scarlatina has been the prevalent epidemicand is still committing serious ravages in many parts of thetown.Birmingham, April 7th, 1867.

    Parliamentary Intelligence.HOUSE OF LORDS.

    APRIL 4TH.

    CRIMINAL LLTNATICS BILL.

    THIS Bill, on the motion of Lord Belmore, passed throughCommittee, after the expression of a hope by Lord Kimberleythat a similar measure would be made applicable to Ireland.

    APRIL 5TH.

    The Mutiny Bill was read a third time and passed, LordLongford making some explanations with respect to the 22ndclause, having reference to flogging in the army.

    APRIL 9TH.

    THE LONDON UNIVERSITY.

    Earl GRANVILLE, in reference to the suspension of theworks of the London University, said that it was desirablethe building should be in harmony with the other buildings onBurlington House site. This was the opinion of the authori-ties of the University and out of doors.The Duke of BUCKINGHAM said the works of Burlington

    House site would be suspended for a few weeks so as to leaveopen the question of any modification or alteration of theplace and elevation which had been proposed for the buildingsof the London University.

    HOUSE OF COMMONS.APRIL 5TH.

    THE TOOMER CASE.

    Sir R. COLLIER called the attention of the House to the caseof Toomer, and moved for copies of all memorials pre-sented to the Home Office in his behalf and the answersthereto. He thought Toomer had suffered a great wrong,and he entered into a long and elaborate argument to showthat Toomer had been most unjustifiably convicted of anoffence of which he was not guilty. The evidence showedmost satisfactorily that there was no foundation for the chargeagainst him. Sir Robert admitted that under ordinary cir-cumstances the Home Secretary should not be made a court ofappeal in criminal cases, but this was so exceptional that hethought the Home Secretary was bound to interfere.Mr. WALPOLE declined to consider the motion, and entered

    into the same arguments which he had used on a formermotion of Toomers case in the House. He defended the lineof conduct he had pursued, and said it was one of impartialityand fairness. Toomer could prosecute Miss Partridge for per-jury, and his friends might memorialise for a mitigation ofhis sentence, which was no doubt a severe one.

    Mr. Clive, Sir F. Goldsmid, Mr. Neate, Mr. Otway, Mr.Sullivan, Mr. T. Chambers, Mr. Lowther, and Mr. Hugessonwere in favour of the interference of the Home Secretary, bothon the grounds of the conviction and the sentence. Mr. Den-man, the Solicitor-General, Mr. M. Chambers, and Mr. Bag-gally defended the judge and supported the course Mr.Walpole had taken.

    THE CHAIR OF ANATOMY IN EDINBURGH.

    THE Curators of Edinburgh University met on Thursdayafternoon to appoint a successor to Professor Goodsir. Thecandidates were Dr. Turner, Demonstrator of Anatomy in theLTniversity of Edinburgh ; Dr. Struthers, of Aberdeen ; an(.Dr. Pettigrew, of the College of Surgeons, London. Dr.

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    Turner had six votes, Dr. Struthers one. Dr. Turner accord-

    ingly is the new Professor. He succeeds one of the greatestanatomists of this or any other country. He has alreadygiven evidence of great ability as a teacher of anatomy, andwe have only to express a confident hope that he will in hisimportant chair maintain the great reputation of the Uni-versity.

    Medical News.ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND.-The

    following gentlemen passed their primary examinations inAnatomy and Physiology at a meeting of the Court of Ex-aminers on the 9th inst., and when eligible will be admittedto the pass examination :-

    Messrs. J. H. , y, J. P. D ughty, C. D. Maynard. F. S. Tuck, A. H.Aldidge. W. H, Nicholls, richard Stephen, M. H. Laxton, A. E. Kynaston,and D. W. C. Hood. stude ts of Guys Hospital; Meredith Townsend,C. N. Bell, L. M. Thomas, E. C. Se ton, Jospph Mitchell, J. A. Bell, andEdsrar Cux, of St. Tho-na,,; Hospital; C. E. Rowling, C. T. Va.het,Urban Pritchar., and Hanrlolph Caldecott, of Kings College ; EdwinSanders, A. A. Henley, C. J. Bernett, and F. J. Glencross, of St. Bar-tholomews Hospital; H. F. E Harrison, W. H. Stavely, and A. S, Drew,of St. Marys Hospital; W. J. Williams and R. A. Prichard, of Dublin;Edward S .a.in, ot the Westminster Hospital; and Enoch Snell, of theUniversity College.

    The following passed on the 10th inst. :-Messrs. T. H. Hendley, Rfiward Groves, E. A. Brickwell, J. T. Hartill, F. H.

    Rail, and A. W. Attwater, students of St. Bartholomews Kosptal;Stanley Peacock, J. G. K. Bolton, S. B. Brooks. Jams James, and F. C.Bennett of University College .1 G Vii ;;;tHl.ll and H. T H. Chanmin-of St. Georges Hospital; K. Lloyd and S. C. Aus,in, of St. MarysHospital; T. B. Tracy and W. F. Taylor, of Kingston, Canada; F. S.Palmer and W. J. P. ttav, of the We,tminster Hospital; Robert Atkinsonand W. S. Ward, of Leeds; G. E. W Turner and J. H. Forte, of Gu3sHospital ; A. J. Bell, of Kings College ; J. R. Clonting and T.tt.Johnson,of the London Hospital; J. C,,Ilier, of Manchester; Stephen 8k nner,of Bristol ; B. H. Moxon, of Hull ; and Braok Thorp, of Liverpool.

    The following passed on the llth inst. :-Messrs. W. A. 0. Fasken, Edwin Duke, F. J. Naish, W. P. Bridges, W. P.

    Mallam, W. C. Faraker, and C. T. Brokhou e, of Gu:s ospital ;J. R. A. Taylor, Ethplbert Hoskin, C. H. Ma