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Prof. Bouchut speaks (Comptes Rendus) of some experiments he has made, going to show that the milky juice of the fig-tree possesses a digestive power. He also observed that, when some of this preparation was mixed with animal tissue, it preserved it it from decay for a long time. This fact, in connection with Prof. Billroth's case of cancer of the breast, which was so excessively foul smelling that all his deodorizers failed, but which, on applying a poultice made of dried figs cooked in milk, the previously unbearable odor was entirely done away with, gives an importance to this homely remedy not to be denied.--Medical Press and Circ.