Dropsy is a common term, signifying effusion into the cellular tissue, or into any of the natural cavities of the body. To enter into an explanation of the causes of this effusion would lead us into a broader field, than the design of this work would admit, a field, which would be in a measure uninteresting to the general reader. It will only be necessary for us then to briefly describe some of the varieties of this disease and the treatment. We shall here speak of three varieties:

1. Anasarca, or cellular Dropsy.

2. Ascites, or Abdominal Dropsy.

3. Hydrothorax; or Dropsy of the chest.