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nine men could assemble, who for upwards of twenty-five years, some even forty-five years, had been devoted to the interests of a common cause. It is a rank of honor which every member acknowledges and appreciates.
Included in the report of the Senate of Seniors is an official proclamation that patent-medicine men and specialists who belong, or claim to belong, under the particular protection of homeopathy, will be summarily ousted from its ranks, if the charge of charlatanry is established against them. The report positively forbids any homeopathic physician from advertising himself possessed of any remedy or method of cure not known, and capable of being used, by the entire medical profession, emphasizing that the physician should depend for his standing upon his able judgment and training, and not upon discovering quack cures.
NEW MEMBERS. About two hundred new members were elected at this session, which swells the total membership to upwards of fourteen hundred. This is a large number for a single association ; but we hope in the near future to see these hundreds increased to thousands. There is no way by which a physician can obtain so much valuable information and professional position as through the publications of and membership in this association.
A HIGHER MEDICAL DEGREE. An earnest effort was made to induce the Institute to petition the Congress of the United States to establish an examining board which could give a national degree of Master of Medical Science, (U. S. M. M. S.); but the majority of the members were opposed to placing the medical profession, in any way, at the mercy of politicians, and did not endorse the plan.
MONUMENT TO HAHNEMANN, THE MEDICAL REFORMER. There is not in all America a single monument to the man who has done so much for the improvement of medical science and the saving of human life. A century has nearly elapsed since Hahnemann first made his observations which developed into homeopathy, and at this meeting resolutions were passed and steps taken for the erection, in the city of Washington, of a bronze statue to him. Subscriptions were made on the spot amounting to upwards of $1200, and there are probably very few homeopathic physicians in the country but will be willing to contribute to this fund. Probably at least $50,000 will be required and can be raised, and not a few of the laity, who have derived such great advantage from the labors of Hahnemann, will be willing to contribute to this object. We shall hear more of it and speak more of it later.
SOCIAL MATTERS. There is no place in this country that knows how to conduct social entertainments so well as Washington, and the local committee spared no pains to make this part of the Institute gathering a noted success. On Monday evening, at the beautiful National Theatre, some 1500 people, including many of the élite of Washington, assembled in full dress. The Marine Band, one of the most noted in this country, under the leadership of John Philip Sousa, was present and gave a concert of delightful music. After the invocation by the Rev. Dr. Bittinger, the chairman of the committee, Dr. J. B. Gregg Custis, welcomed the guests in a few well-chosen words, and introduced the Hon. J. W. Douglass, who voiced the official welcome of the District of Columbia. He described the old-fashioned doses of calomel and jalap, of which he spoke most feelingly. His entire speech had a pleasant "sugar-coating" of humor, and concluded: " The Capital, in her summer dress of green, greets you on every hand with a smiling welcome, which I, in turn, reiterate on behalf of her people.”
Our Dr. J. H. Gallinger, of Concord, N. H., now Senator, was expected to make an address, but, owing to his important duties at Minneapolis, he was unable to be present, and the Hon. John Dalzell performed the double duty of addressing the audience as a Congressman, and as President of the National Homeopathic Hospital Association. This he did in a most admirable manner, describing the progress and success of the hospital, the aid which Congress had given to it, and the still greater hopes for further aid in the future. He concluded by reciting Leigh Hunt's poem of “Abou Ben Adhem." Dr. Tullio S. Verdi detailed the struggles of homeopathy for National recognition. This was followed by an oration by the President, Dr. Theodore Y. Kinne, touching many suggestive points in the history of our School, with a fine peroration to the portrait of Hahnemann, which, under its electric illumination, surmounted the stage. Then came a reception tendered to President Kinne and his lovely daughter, to whom many of the promiment members of the Institute were presented, with several hundreds of the invited guests. The brilliancy of this occasion has never been exceeded in the history of the Institute. On the following afternoon, Dr. G. W. Pope, one of the oldest physicians of our school in Washington, and his wife, gave a reception to the members of the Institute and their ladies, and several hundreds partook of their hospitality. Later in the evening, after the close of the regular exercises, the resident graduates of the Hahnemann College, of Philadelphia, gave a reception to the alumni of that school, with other invited guests.
On Wednesday afternoon, escaping from the uncomfortable heat of the city, about nine hundred members and guests made an excursion, on a steamer, down the Potomac to Mt. Vernon, which was dressed in its most beautiful garb of green. The place is owned by the Mt. Vernon National Association, which keeps it in excellent condition and retains the beautiful simplicity and elegance which characterized it in the time of Washington. In fact, one would not have been greatly surprised to have seen the Father of his Country upon the veranda, waiting to receive the enthusiastic guests. From this place the party crossed the river to Marshall Hall, where, in the open air as well as in spacious halls, tables were bounteously laden for the guests, and their good cheer much appreciated. A beautiful moonlight sail up the Potomac landed the entire party in Washington about eleven o'clock, without an accident or any flaw to the enjoyment. On Thursday evening, after the Institute exercises were over, the most récherché reception was tendered by the alumni of the New York Homeopathic Medical College.
We must also speak of the great attention bestowed upon the ladies who accompanied members to the meeting Carriages were daily in waiting to take them to various points about the city, and the wives of the physicians as well as many distinguished Washington ladies accompanied them as companions and guides. Aside from these delightful entertainments, there were many comforts systematically arranged which relieved the members from annoyance and disappointments. A sub-postoffice, with a government postmaster in attendance, was arranged at Willard's Hotel, and all postoffice matter, to and from the members, was cared for in a most satisfactory manner. A bureau of information was also established, to which any member could apply for information upon any point connected with the Institute, or the city.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Perhaps it would be hardly possible in a city so full of politics, for any association to hold a scientific meeting in Washington without getting a taste of these same politics. Yet for a time it seemed that there would be no attempt to mingle the politician's art of electioneering in the choice of officers of the Institute. It looked like a foregone conclusion that the Vice-President, Dr. McClelland of Pittsburgh, who, for twenty-five years, has labored, in the most efficient and unselfish manner, for the welfare of this association ; who has scarcely been absent for a single session ; who has done so much for homøopathy in his native city, and who has a reputation so distinguished, both at home and abroad, would be unanimously elected to the presidential chair, which two years ago he had declined, after receiv
ing the majority vote of the Institute at Waukesha. But it was destined to be otherwise. A few persons seemed to think that the session would be a tame affair if politics could not enter into the matter, and so with the secret manceuvering and wire-pulling, the electioneering and securing pledges, under the pretence that Dr. McClelland had declined, and that the leading members of the Institute were opposed to him, and that their candidate must be elected to save the Institute from the eternal disgrace of putting some disreputable fellow into the chair, an hour before the election took place it seemed doubtful whether Dr. McClelland would be elected. But an informal ballot, made without nominations or fulsome speeches - which have at times disgraced the scientific character of the Institute - resulted in a large majority for Dr. McClelland, much to the discomfiture of the political wire-pullers, who had fruitlessly spent so much time in their midnight sessions and cabals. Let us hope that such means will always furnish similar results in the American Institute! Other officers elected were : First Vice-President, Dr. C. E. Fisher of San Antonio, Texas; Second Vice-President, Millie J. Chapman of Pittsburg, Pa.; Treasurer, E. M. Kellogg of New York city; Assistant Treasurer, Dr. T. F. Smith of New York city; General Secretary, Dr. Pemberton Dudley of Philadelphia ; Provisional Secretary, Dr. T. M. Strong of Boston ; board of Censors, Drs. Rush, Coperthwaite, Smith, Hoag, and Kenyon.
THE NEXT PLACE OF MEETING. Unanimously, and without the suggestion of any other place, the Institute voted to meet next year at Chicago. As at Atlantic City last year, a congress will be held, in which the homeopathic physicians of the world will participate. The sessions of the Institute will be for business only, while the scientific work will be done in this congress which will form an auxiliary to the Columbian Exposition. The most extensive preparations are being made for this, and there is little doubt that the session will be one of unexampled interest and value. While, therefore, we look back with the greatest satisfaction upon the last two sessions, we may look forward to one of still greater importance and value in the congress at Chicago in 1893. Let every homæopathic physician, who feels any interest in medical progress, do something for the success of the next session.
EDITORIAL NOTES AND COMMENTS.
A LAST CHANCE to secure one of the most valuable scientific works of the generation, – the Cyclopædia of Drug Pathogenesy — at cost price, is offered to the members of the Ameri
can Institute of Homeopathy. The facts on the subject are thus stated by Dr. Kellogg, the treasurer of the Institute :
“This most important work is now complete in sixteen parts, including Appendix, Supplement, and General Index. The Editors are now preparing a Reperto rial Index, which will form a separate volume, and which, it should be remembered, is not included in the original subscription.
The cost price of each part is about seventy cents, to which should be added the present tariff duty (seventeen cents each), making the total cost of the sixteen parts complete, $14.00. To facilitate its distribution and to enable members to obtain the work in bound volumes, arrangements have been made with Messrs. Otis Clapp & Son, of Boston, who have been constituted the authorized agents for the sale and distribution of this work. The agents have been instructed to accept subscriptions for complete sets from members of the Institute, up to July 15, at the following prices :
Sixteen parts, unbound, $14.00;
Bound in four volumes, half morroco, $20.00. Postage or expressage extra, and, as the books are so!d at cost, it will be strictly a cash transaction, and the money should either accompany the subscription, or goods will be forwarded for collection on delivery.
The books will be delivered as soon as received from London.
The right is reserved to increase the price after July 15, for the benefit of the Institute, and the agents will be authorized, after that date, to accept subscriptions from others, not members of the Institute, until all the sets shall have been sold.
The subscriptions are to be sent direct to the Institute's agents, Messrs. Oris CLAPP & Sons, 10 Park Square, Boston. It will be noted that the above holds good only until July 15. Members of a procrastinating turn of mind, can take a significant hint from the fact that, in England, the price of the work has already advanced from about seventy cents to a dollar and a quarter (five shillings) per fascicle.
The absolute indispensableness of the Cyclopædia to every progressive and thoughtful student of homeopathy needs no dwelling upon. No study of the possibilities of homeopathy can rest upon securer foundation than that drawn from this rich treasure-house of tested facts.
" THE SCIENCE OF HOMEOPATHY.”
BY W. BUIST PICKEN, LONDON, ENGLAND.
To the Editor of the New England Medical Gazette :
Sir,- In reply to the editorial which you honor me with in the GAZETTE of April, pray believe that my motive is not of selfdefence, nor of anything else personal, but is simply one with your own the desire for more light, more fruitful truth.
Taking the several points of your criticism in the inverse order, let me first remark that there is a misunderstanding somewhere on the subject of similia as distinct from doctrines