The treatment of ascites should be, of course, to re move the cause as far as possible. In many cases, unfortunately, this cannot be done, as in degeneration of the peritoneum and cirrhosis of the liver. Much, however, can be done for the relief of the patient, and not infrequently a cure can be effected. Attention should first be given to the general health of the patient. The diet should be carefully regulated. The food should be nourishing but unstimulating in character, free from fats, condiments, and excessive quantities of sugar, so as to relieve the liver as much as possible in cases in which that organ is chiefly involved. The general regimen of the patient should be strictly in accordance with the rules of hygiene. If he has been accustomed to the use of stimulants or narcotics of any kind, these may be wholly discontinued. To produce absorption of the fluid, tight bandaging of the abdomen and the daily application of electricity afford the best results. An eminent physician recently reported a large number of cures from the application to the abdomen of dropsical patients of a strong faradic current. We have used the same remedy for a number of years with marked success. When the obstruction to breathing becomes so great as to greatly disturb the patient, and the accumulation of fluid is evidently increasing, tapping or aspiration may be resorted to as a means of withdrawing the fluid. The operation itself is a trivial one, attended by no danger whatever, but it has been observed that the patient generally undergoes emaciation much more rapidly after the operation than before, as the fluid is almost certain to return quite rapidly, thus robbing the blood of some of its most valuable constituents and so interfering with the nutrition of tissue. Some physicians recommend that tapping should be deferred until the symptoms have become so urgent as to threaten the life of the patient, but we do not hesitate to perform the operation much sooner, and repeat it if necessary. In most cases, by means of the measures indicated, a return of the dropsy may be either delayed or wholly prevented.