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kittle more than comment on their significant The physiology of the dural venous sinuses, and the way in which the venous blood-flow is protected from the aspiratory effects of inspiration is elucidated. Next in order are treated the etiology and pathology of sinus phlebitis, and its semiology and diagnosis ; an excellent resume of the most modern therapeutic technique is furnished in a final chapter of some 60 pages. Among useful practical matter is the ’description of the Queckenstedt phenomenon as . adopted for diagnosis of unilateral sinus thrombosis ; the account of the neural complications of the condition is in some respects inadequate (for instance, that of the syndrome of the superior longitudinal sinus), and the data (clinical and spinal fluid) for differentiation from meningitis. The bibliographical ,references are largely confined to German and American sources. -

bar-parlour mantelpiece) on the mornOne Saturday morning he took his usual dose, complained of its bitter taste, went into convulsions, and died. His medical attendant, Dr. F. C. Carle, diagnosed recent strychnine poisoning, and with great promptness took possession of the bottle of salts, glass and spoon used by the dead man ; he also discovered some spilt crystals on the barparlour floor. All these articles were eventually found to contain traces of strychnine, and the evidence of Sir Bernard Spilsbury and Mr. John Webster left no doubt of the cause of death. Vaquier, who had been early in the bar-parlour that day, had bought strychnine in London "for wireless experiments"; while in prison he revealed the hiding-place of a further supply of the poison in a toolshed in the hotel garden. He tried to implicate a mysterious third party, and the main feature of his defence was a vigorous attack on the credibility of Mrs. Jones ; but there was no doubt of the verdict, and he was hanged in August, only a few months after he first met her. on


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’TRIAL OF JEAN PIERRE VAQUIER. Edited by R. H. BLUNDELL and R. E. SEATONt The editors’ introduction is workmanlike and Barristers-at-law. Notable British Trials. Edin-wholly satisfactory ; there is no straining after burgh and London : Wm. Hodge and Co. 1929. dramatic effect. The main medico-legal interest lies in the comparison of the knowledge, confidence, and Pp. 208. 10s. 6d. THE evidence upon a charge of poisoning, " of alll precision of modern experts with that of the scientific forms of death the most detestable," is usuallyr witnesses in a case of strychnine poisoning such as the .circumstantial, not direct. In Vaquier’s case it wasI Rugeley trial some 70 years earlier. Fitzjames . overwhelming. He became intimate with an English-- Stephen, who was present during most of the latter woman, Mrs. Jones, who came to Biarritz for a holidayr trial, gave a contemporary exposition of the effect of early in 1924. He followed her home to the Bluethe expert evidence against Palmer in his " General Anchor Hotel, Byfleet, which she managed with herView of the Criminal Law of England," a book still .husband. Mr. Jones used to take bromo salts (kept ini well worth studying.

News Inventions. ETHER INHALER. THE ether inhaler here illustrated has for its basis ’the principle of a vapour space which is obtained by superimposing an outer wire gauze cage on a Schimmelbusch face-piece. The gauze is perforated at short ;intervals, and when in use is covered with one or two layers of lint held in position by a spring. The outer

tageous to use oxygen while maintaining anaesthesia. By adding an extra layer of lint to the cage or by covering with a layer of gamgee’the anaesthesia can be deepened at will. Among the advantages of this inhaler are ease and uniformity of anaesthesia, clear view of the face during anaesthesia, and economy in


I would like to thank Dr. Z. Mennell, senior visiting anaesthetist, and Dr. G. Edwards, senior resident anaesthetist, of St. Thomas’s Hospital, for testing the inhaler and for their very helpful suggestions. The mask is made by Messrs. Down Bros., Ltd., St.

Thomas’s-street, London, S.E. G. A. METCALFE, M.B., B.Ch. SKIN FORCEPS. THE approximating forceps for the skin designed by the late Mr. C. P Childe, of Portsmouth, i of great in avoiding the in-turning of skin edges during suture when completing an operation, but needs the use of one hand in holding the ends together while the stitch is tied. In order to free this hand and so make for increased rapidity in suturing, this forceps has been



modified clipped down holds the faéepiece lint in and ether is introduced by a small funnel position,

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A feed pipe in is fixed near one .end of the face-piece through which oxygen or oxygen and ether vapour can be introduced under the. mask. The cage is so constructed that it - can be completely removed, and the mask used as an

the gauze.

ordinary Schiminelbusch by fixing a wire retainingring in its place.. When in use anaesthesia can be maintained either by blowing a slow stream of oxygen through ether into the mask- through the feed pipe, the proportions of ether and oxygen ’being ideally maintained by such an apparatus as Mennell’s bottle and by-pass, or by gently dripping’ etherthrough the gauze by the funnel. In all cases it is advan-

that when the finger grip is released the ends remain in apposition. A certain amount of



necessary to

get accustomed to the reversed action of the spring, but it will be found that’ the modified instrument does help in producing a neat and therefore quick-healing scar. The instrument has been made for me by Me3srs.’ .

Allen and

Hanburys, of Wigmore-street, London. A. W. HOLTHUSEN, M.B., B.S. Lond.