The electrokymogram is an apparatus for the study of heart-border movement. A hundred normal healthy medical students were examined and the left atrial tracings obtained and compared with those found in a study of 35 cases of mitral valve disease. The plateau descriptionbed by Luisada et al. is discussed and found to differ in no way from that found by the authors in the examination of the normal. There are no characteristic features in the left atrium electrokymogram in mitral valve disease. Curves essentially of the same character are readily found on examination of normal individuals.
1. Eight cases apparently infected with Bilharzia haematobium developed a positive complement-fixation test in 3 weeks and 6 showd an eosinophilia in 4 to 7 weeks. 2. After treatment with Nilodin (in the 8th week) in 3 cases the eosinophilia disappeared after 7-19 weeks. In 2 of these the complement-fixation test became negative in 22-23 weeks and in the 3rd it was doubtful after 28 weeks. 3. Cercarial antigen skin-tests were consistently negative before and after treatment. 4. In 2 cases who failed to develop an eosinophilia the complement-fixation test reverted to negative 31 weeks after exposure without any treatment. 5. The complement-fixation test is the best test for the early diagnosis of bilharzia but a positive reaction does not necessarily imply an active infection.
The theories applying to the use of a catalyst ferrous iron, in activating the redux potential of vitamin C have been discussed. Implementation of the redux potential is claimed to neutralize the progress of agranulocytosis and allied blood disorders such as thrombocytopoenia, capillary fragility, etc. Two cases being treated for rheumatoid arthritis with butazolidin and vitamin C developed evidence of agranulocytosis. This complication of the arthritic therapy was overcome by the addition of a catalyst ferrous iron to the vitamin and butazolidin. No relapse has occurred during treatment persevered with for some weeks. Further research and trial of the method is advocated.
1. A case of Ferguson Smith's multiple self-healing squamous epithelioma is reported. There appear to be only 12 previous descriptionptions in the world literature. 2. The patient was a European male of 42 who had had 21 carcinomas which healed spontaneously, and presented 8 lesions which were still active. The condition probably never leads to metastasis. There are apparently 3 clinical types of spontaneously healing skin tumour in which the diagnosis of squamous carcinoma, grade 1, may be made microscopically: the solitary type, also known as kerato-acanthoma or molluscum sebaceum; the multiple form, corresponding to Ferguson Smith's epithelioma, which is sometimes familial; and a third, in which hundreds of epitheliomas may be present. 4. Inoculation of material from molluscum sebaceum failed to reveal a virus on developing hen-eggs. 5. The self-healing property of these tumours has hitherto received no satisfactory explanation, but it is suggested that it may be due to their derivation, from the hair apparatus. The tumours are extruded after a time in the same manner as are hairs from a hair follicle.