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As everything beneficial to homeopathy in any one place increases its world-wide influence, so the erection of these extensive structures renders it more easy to secure similar ones in other parts of the world. If Australia can erect a fine Homeopathic Hospital and Liverpool an extensive Dispensary, why cannot San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington do likewise; hence these opening exercises possessed a more than local significance, and expressions of interest came from distant quarters. From Richard Hughes, Dyce Brown, Dudgeon, and Pope, of England, men who know better than many of our own countrymen what is going on in the homeopathic ranks of America, we are not surprised to receive warm congratulations and appreciative words of cheer. Such came also from our own alumni, scattered far and wide ; from public officials who saw the benefit to the State; from philanthropists who looked upon it from a still broader point of view; and not least in importance from recipients of the benefits these institutions confer. From the multitude of responses which came from the prominent members of our school throughout the country, it might seem invidious to mention the names or quote the expressions of such men as Dake, of Tennessee; Fisher, of Texas ; Stout, of Florida ; Orme, of Georgia ; Custis, of Washington ; Price and Chandler, of Baltimore; Dudley, Morgan, and James, of Philadelphia; McClelland, Cooper, and Willard, of Pittsburg; Mitchell and Ludlam, of Chicago; H. D. Paine and Kellogg, of New York; but we are quite justified in quoting from that veteran, Dr. J. V. Hobson, of Virginia, who says: “I am now nearing my eighty-second birthday, and an accidental fall on the ice has so disabled my spinal column that I can hardly expect to meet again any assemblage of my professional associates. But I do enjoy the perusal of the reports of their transactions and all the accounts of the progress of homoeopathy, to which I have devoted my life interest. Most heartily do I congratulate you on your great success.”
Dr. Charles Neidhard, of Philadelphia, wrote:
“My Dear Friends, – Your warm and heartfelt letter has been a source of great enjoyment to me, and if I was not in the 83rd year of my age, which few of us reach, it would be the greatest satisfaction to me to meet you on this festive occasion. You, however, have my warmest sympathy in your new undertaking. When I first commenced my homoeopathic career, some fiftyfour years ago, and can see now the rise of our great cause, I can be content to die with the knowledge that homoeopathy will continue to prosper and advance forever, until it has conquered.
From the venerable Dr. James Kitchen, the following shows
that neither time nor age has dampened his ardor or lessened his faith in homeopathy:
"My Dear Colleague, - Were I a young man, my answer would be an easy one to your very flattering and gratifying communication to me, a few days ago, but having the heavy weight of 93 years to carry, and two attacks of the grippe, I find that I must reluctantly forego the pleasure of meeting you on the day of the dedication of your noble buildings. I cordially feel proud with you that such an event is to take place, and will, though distant in body, be present with you in spirit. Success to your noble efforts."
The following telegram and subsequent letter were received from Dr. J. N. Eckel, of San Francisco, who spent a post-graduate year in Boston University School of Medicine:
“I rejoice with you all. God bless the good people of Boston.”
"Your kind invitation to be present at the house warming,' I assure you, I appreciate, and thank you very much. What fine structures ! If we only had some one here to stir up our wealthy people, we would get along much faster. However, we intend to build this year yet; the plans are ready. We are indebted to Mrs. Geo. Hearst, the widow of Senator Hearst, and the late Moses Hopkins; also to our active Ladies' Aid Society, who have secured two fifty-acre vacant lots, all paid for; besides, they have over ten thousand dollars cash on hand, and before the year is ended will add another large sum to their exchequer. We have a valuable friend in Mrs. Hearst, who, besides possessing great wealth, is noted for her generosity. I am afraid, owing to my serious accident three years ago, my visit to Boston will be postponed indefinitely, but you have my warmest wishes for the prosperity of those noble institutions.
Dr. G. W. Winterburn, of New York, wrote:
“I have received the invitation to the opening exercises in your new buildings, and it would afford me a distinct pleasure to be with you on March 16th. I am sorry that my engagements here will prevent my being present in body, as I certainly shall be in spirit. The Boston University School of Medicine has always been an object of sincere interest to me, and it was with great pleasure and satisfaction that I went through the buildings last year, as they then were, with Dr. Conrad Wesselhoeft. Your College has, since its inception, maintained so high a standard in its curriculum, and has thereby set so worthy an example to all other medical institutions in the land that to it is due the homage of every man who desires to see the profession of medicine take precedence for culture and sound learning. Those of your graduates who have come here to practice, and whom I have the pleasure of knowing personally, are all by
their good works honoring themselves, their alma mater, and the profession to which they have devoted their lives; and with the increased facilities which you henceforth possess for clinical work, we may look to you for still better equipped men and women to take the place of those upon whose heads time and death lay their heavy hands."
The following is from Dr. Munsell, an allopathic physician, who, as a member of the committee on public charitable institutions of the Legislature of 1890, was one of the most earnest and efficient members to secure aid from the State, which made it possible to erect these additional hospital buildings :
"To the Committee on New Buildings, etc.— Your kind invitation to be present at the grand opening' is gladly received, and it would give me especial pleasure to be with you; I fear, however, that the press of professional duties will prevent. But, whether present or absent, allow me to say that I heartily congratulate you upon the great success of your labors, and if there is one effort I made during my legislative term of which I am happy and proud, it is that I was given the opportunity to render some service whereby the honor and success of the Homeopathic Medical Society can be 'so delightfully represented to-day in these elegant conveniences for hospital service and work. May God grant that from these dedicatory services to-day a beacon light may be set outside the crumbling walls of medical bigotry and superstition, and in its warm and cheering halo may be ever read, 'Our mission is to relieve suffering humanity.'”
Had such sentiments as Dr. Munsell expresses prevailed in the medical profession years agone, homeopathy would have had a much better chance of proving its real value, the whole profession would have been at liberty to adopt so much of its methods as they find valuable, and the Massachusetts Medical Society would have been saved the disgrace of expelling honorable members for practising what they believed to be true and best for their patients. Moreover, it would not to-day have a statute which makes the belief in and practice of homeopathy a crime. Let us hope that a better day is dawning for liberality and generosity in the medical profession.
BOSTON HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY. The regular monthly meeting of the Boston Homeopathic Medical Society was held at the Women's Industrial Union, No. 264 Boylston street, Thursday evening, March 3rd, at 8 o'clock, the president, Henry A. Spalding, M.D., presiding.
The records of the last meeting were read and approved.
The names of A. D. Bowman, M.D., and George A. Suffa, M.D., were proposed for membership.
Dr. Walter H. White read a letter from Sampson, Murdock & Co., Directory publishers, in reply to one from him, in which they said they would insert office hours and telephone number after the names of physicians in the business department of the Boston Directory for one dollar ; orders to be sent to their office, No. 155 Franklin street, or given to their canvassers during the next two months, to be inserted in the edition of 1892.
Dr. Horace Packard exhibited some pathological specimens.
Dr. Woodvine next read a paper upon “General Catarrh of the Nose,” in which he spoke of the extent of mucous membrane covering the irregular passage from the end of the nose to the pharynx, exposing a large surface to the changing atmosphere, making it susceptible to disease. The affections most generally manifested being acute and chronic catarrh.
The severity of the attacks are modified by constitutional peculiarities, a simple case likely to prove most serious by being neglected and allowed to run into the chronic form.
The popular idea that chronic nasal catarrh is incurable is erroneous, as a large per cent. of cases can be cured by the use of appropriate surgical interference, and the internal administration of remedies.
Dr. Woodvine recommended the use of fresh milk as a local remedy in hypertrophic nasal catarrh. Place the end of the nose in a glass of milk and draw through the nostrils into the mouth, and then spit out. This leaves upon the mucous membrane an amount of milk which becomes sour by the process of fermentation, and thus cleanses in a healthy way the mucous membrane. This should be repeated three times a week, on retiring. The use of salt water, bi-carbonate of soda, &c., with water, run through the nose does no good, and is apt to injure the middle ear.
Dr. Bellows considered cleansing of the nares of the utmost importance, but did not approve of douches. He preferred a medicated coarse spray, used regularly by the patients. He recommended the pastils used by Carl Seiler, M.D.
Dr. Rice followed with a paper upon “ Laryngeal Catarrh.” The meeting adjourned at 10 o'clock.
M. E. MANN, M.D., Secretary.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS. The annual meeting of the Society was held at Cooley's Hotel, Springfield, Wednesday, March 16, 1892. Meeting was
called to order at 11 A. M. by the president, Dr. J. P. Rand, of Worcester.
The minutes of December meeting were read and approved.
The annual report of the treasurer was presented, showing the Society to be in a very prosperous condition financially.
The annual election of officers then took place, with the following result:
President – A. J. Bond, M.D., Adams, Mass.
First Vice-President – P. R. Watts, M. D., Stafford Springs, Conn.
Second Vice-President - G. F. A. Spencer, M.D., Ware, Mass.
Secretary and Treasurer — H. L. Clark, M.D., Westfield, Mass.
Censors — N. W. Rand, M.D., Monson, Mass.; O. W. Roberts, M.D., Springfield, Mass.; G. F. Forbes, M.D., West Brookfield, Mass.
The following delegates were also elected :
It was voted to hold the next meeting the first Wednesday in June instead of the third, thus giving members an opportunity to attend the American Institute meeting in Washington.
The chair was here taken by Dr. E. L. Mellus, chairman of the Bureau of Neurology and Ophthalmology.
The first paper was by Dr. J. C. Mitchie upon “Headaches; Differential Diagnosis and Treatment.” The Doctor classified headaches according to their location and character, giving the treatment for the varieties.
Dr. Mellus then read a paper by Dr. Barton upon “The Correction of Errors of Refraction."
The last paper, “Some Obscure Reflexes," was presented by Dr. Mellus. The writer reported a large number of cases of obscure origin, which were cured by the proper glasses. He advised a thorough examination of the eyes in all obscure cases, especially in those of nervous origin. Adjourned for three months.
P. R. Watts, M.D., Secretary. Patient (after receiving his prescription)—"Thanks, doctor ; God will repay you." Absent-minded physician (taking out his note-book)—" Please give me his address."'--Med. Argus.