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BEFORE THE DAYS OF ANAESTHETICS. The A rch-ires of Military Medicine recently gave an interesting account of the medical history of the siege of Mayence in 1793. The medical officer in charge of the hospital says On the 11th of April there was a dreadful cannonade. Amongst the number brought us with enormous wounds—and the number was not inconsiderable (in less than an hour, eight for various amputa- tions)—was a little volunteer with great courage, although suffering teir.bly. I ordered that he should be undressed while I went round the ward to glance at the various operations which the assistant-surgeons were performing. Returning to him with Citizen Riviere, who was to perform the operation, we perceived an enormous lower limb, enormous from the unusual amount of swelling. Manipulating the limb, we came across a hard swelling, which we took to be caused by a grape-shot ball lodged in the limb Our aston- ishment was great when we found than an incision of five or six fingers' breadth was insufficient to extract this enormous foreign body, which, on beiiij finally got out, turned out to be a Prussian ball weighing no less than 131b How could a mass of this size have just the amount of force necessary to lodge in a thigh and not pass through it ? This problem I leave to natural philosophers, but I admit it to be almost necessary to have seen such things to believe them. Of c.-ut-se there was nothing for it but to operate on this poor fellow or leave him to certain death we therefore amputated high up. When we had finished h3 asked if it was done, and on being told that it was, he cried out loudly, 'Long live the na'ion!' Anaesthetics had not then s?en the light, it must be remembered. On another occasion the firing of a mine caused a tremendous explosion, which shook the hospital building terribly. At that moment I was engaged amputating the limb of a soldier. As I was sawing the bone amidst the general confusion caused by the first shock, a second occurred which brought down the whole of a glass skylight over the patient and myself. Not knowing whence all the ghs, came, I asked those standing round what was the matter. The patient over- heard me, and said, Go on, don't alarm your- self, you will s, c plenty of this kind of thing.' When I had finished the operation he cried, Vive la llepublique

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