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WESTMINSTER OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL.
85. Ophthalmic Report from the above Institution
INTELLIGENCE, CORRESPONDENCE, &c.
NITRIC ACID IN TOOTH-ACHE.
Hatton Garden, June 18th, 1832.
Your correspondent, Mr. Thomas, of Pembroke Dock, has, in your last
number, claimed the discovery, of nitric acid as an efficacious remedy for tooth-ache,
and informed us that he had used it in 1820, eight years before Mr. Myers mentioned
it to me. I have no doubt of the truth of this statement, but must observe that several
of my friends have assured me, they had known the acid applied to carious teeth many
years ago; and therefore your correspondent's claim to the discovery is not better than
my own. My object in publishing my paper was to recommend a trial of the remedy,
as I had no doubt of its value, and to promote the interests of science and humanity.
It appears rather singular that Mr. Thomas withheld his discovery for a period of eight
years, and then published it after another had anticipated him. I am happy that he
bears testimony in favour of its efficacy; and I take this opportunity of stating that
repeated experience since the publication of my paper enables me to recommend it as
an immediate palliative for the violent pain produced by caries of the teeth. I have
never known it fail when applied to decayed teeth in the lower jaw, but it sometimes
fails when disease is in the upper, from the difficulty of placing it in contact with the
We direct attention to a very able article in the Lancet for June 23d, by Mr. Fergus,
Some very curious and instructive papers have also been communicated to our con-
1. On fetid Abscesses in the Neighbourhood of Mucous Membranes
10. Puerperal Peritonitis, followed by Perforation of the Abdominal Parietes
12. Feeble Treatment of Typhus by the French..
13. M. Roux on the Use of large flat Ligatures
14. Recent and infamous Official Mandate in France, on the Subject of the Wound-
15. Epidemic Miliary Sweating Fever in the Department of Oise
2. Cold Affusion in Convulsions..
4. External Application of Narcotics..
22. Angina Pectoris and Diseased Heart
24. Sir D. Brewster on Ocular and Acoustic Illusions..
b. Accidental Colours, with Sir I. Newton's Case
27. Composition of Cow's Milk before and after Parturition
28. Mr. Rodweiss on the Decomposition of Uric by Nitric Acid
31. Tic Douloureux of a Stump, for which part of the Median Nerve was excised, 489
45. Mr. Elliott's Case of Injury of the Head, followed by Discharge of Pus from the
16. M. M. Foville and Parchappe on Cholera..
49. Menstruation in different Countries. From Dr. Davis's Obstetric Medicine, 560
We are glad to find that Dr. Carswell is preparing for publication a work on Patho-
We have to acknowledge the receipt of a phial (from Atherstone) containing some
2 inches and has 152 legs. We refer the gentleman who favoured us with these ani-