The Oil-Silk Jacket in Asthma.
Dr. S. C. Busey, of Washington, has used the oil-silk jacket in bronchial asthma with good results, and recommends it for further trial especially in that type of cases which is under the influencing control of climatic and atmospheric conditions. In the case of one patient the regularly recurring winter paroxysm has been apparently kept well under control whenever the jacket has been adopted at the onset of an attack; from October, 1889, to January, 1890, the jacket had been worn continuously; when it was removed, about January 1, 1890, because of the discomfort incident to a period of unseasonably warm weather. Since its last removal the patient has had numerous very slight attacks of dyspnœa, coming on during the early morning hours but disappearing after sunrise; none of these attacks were noticed during the time of its being worn. How far idiosyncracy influenced